The Swap by Shuma Raha: Urban couples’ swinging fascination between marriage and morality

‘The Swap’ treads a careful line while uncovering the private lives of the urban middle class, exploring their marriages through swap parties and their guilty pleasures in doing so, intricately weaving an emotional subtext. Obviously, it is a taboo to talk about ‘spouse swapping’ in the commonplace parlance. Yet, its existence as a hearsay reality … Continue reading The Swap by Shuma Raha: Urban couples’ swinging fascination between marriage and morality

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Our Song by Milan Vohra: A musical romance of Mills and Boon style

Our Song is a light-hearted romance written by Milan Vohra published by Harper Collins. First up, the beautiful book cover. They say never judge a book by its cover but this cover with its calming colour palette and the beautiful flowers is simply mesmerizing! Our Song by Milan Vohra, 223 pagesHarper Collins Our Song is … Continue reading Our Song by Milan Vohra: A musical romance of Mills and Boon style

The Curse of Nader Shah – Rise and Fall of a Tyrant by Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu weaves a historical fiction around Nader Shah, one of the most powerful Persian rulers and his endeavors in conquering a vast expanse of the world. Nader Shah was not a Mughal but a man who conquered the Mughal Empire bringing the ‘Peacock throne’ and ‘Koh-i-Noor’ diamond to Persia. He was a man who … Continue reading The Curse of Nader Shah – Rise and Fall of a Tyrant by Sutapa Basu

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: A futuristic fiction around Malaria with a bit of Supernatural

The Calcutta Chromosome is an experiment at best, a motley of science fiction (or medical fiction if such a term exists) and a supernatural thriller. The research aspects on Ronald Ross, the recipient of the 'Nobel Prize for Medicine' for his discovery of the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes in 1902, are brilliantly portrayed. It … Continue reading The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: A futuristic fiction around Malaria with a bit of Supernatural

As Boys Become Men by Mukul Kumar: Book Review

As Boys Become Men by Mukul KumarRupa Publications ‘As Boys Become Men’ is the story of three friends – Mihir, Uday and Sandeep who hail from Bihar and come to Delhi with the objective of getting into the coveted Civil Services, set in the 90s. As you get to know that Mukul Kumar, the author … Continue reading As Boys Become Men by Mukul Kumar: Book Review

Waves in the Sky by Rakhi Jayashankar: Book Review

‘Their friendship was like a kite that soared up in the sky, travelling through different strata, overcoming different obstacles but still safe, sound in the hands of the flyer.’ Waves in the Sky (Canaries Book I) by Rakhi Jayashankar ‘Waves in the Sky (Canaries 1)’ is a gripping tale of six girls - Charu, Ananya, Neha, Avantika, Raihana and Yami. Rakhi Jayashankar, … Continue reading Waves in the Sky by Rakhi Jayashankar: Book Review

They Go To Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty: Book Review

They Go To Sleep is a collection of twelve short stories written by Saugata Chakraborty, an erstwhile Banker turned Author. They Go To Sleep by Saugata ChakrabortyNotion Press The background of Saugata Chakraborty with his experience in Central Bank and experience in currency management, human resource planning, financial supervision, foreign exchange, etc had made me brace … Continue reading They Go To Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty: Book Review

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Book Review

‘The Palace of Illusions’ is written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, published in 2008. ‘The Palace of Illusions’ explores the beautiful premise of mythological retelling, and what better than to understand the epic of Mahabharata through the eyes of Draupadi. I began the book in an apprehensive way. Mahabharata has been told, a zillion times over, from … Continue reading The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Book Review

Cabuliwallah: One of the most popular short stories by Rabindranath Tagore

'Cabuliwallah' is one of the most cherished and loved short stories in India. Written by the great nationalist and poet Rabindranath Tagore, Cabuliwallah is deeply etched in our minds. It was originally written in Bengali, and was published in 1892. The story strikes an emotional chord and largely rests on the characterization of Cabuliwallah - Abdur Rahman, the seller … Continue reading Cabuliwallah: One of the most popular short stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Rewind and Play by Tarun Gautam: Book Review

‘Rewind and Play’ promises to take you down the nostalgic college days. Engineering students, their woes beginning from ragging to the presumptive top-notch jobs in America, is a premise that we are quite familiar with. In a subtle way, the book’s cover with three friends on a scooter lets you connect with the iconic Hindi … Continue reading Rewind and Play by Tarun Gautam: Book Review

Kaalkoot by S.Venkatesh: Book Review

Kalkoot is the poison that emerged from the Samudra Manthan, deemed as the deadliest poison in the universe. Lord Shiva had to swallow the poison and become Neelkanth. Mythology has the seed to the present-day reality. A bio weapon as lethal as the Kalkoot, known as Toxin Z is created to destroy the world. This time, without the … Continue reading Kaalkoot by S.Venkatesh: Book Review

The Tree by Manoj Das: Short Story

‘The Tree’ is a short story written by the famous Indian author Manoj Das. Manoj Das was born in Balasore, Odisha in 1934. He is considered to be a social critic and his work in fiction depicts authenticity in the portrayal of characters and the atmosphere. 'The Tree' seems more like a fable. Yet, beneath … Continue reading The Tree by Manoj Das: Short Story

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: A satire and a dark comedy on Indian poverty

A metaphorical white tiger caged inside a rooster coop, and how he breaks free is the story of 'The White Tiger'. This book by Aravind Adiga was called a ‘masterpiece’ by The Times and it won the Man Booker Prize 2008. This book depicts the issues of poverty and class discrimination grappling the 21st century India. … Continue reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: A satire and a dark comedy on Indian poverty

Subha: Short Story by Rabindranath Tagore

'Subha' is a short story by Rabindranath Tagore.  Nobody understood Indian women better than Tagore in Literature. Tagore portrayed the everyday agonies of the women rather than questioning the wider question of feminism. In 'Subha', Tagore addresses loneliness and lack of opportunity for women with auditory and speech impairment. The title of the story is … Continue reading Subha: Short Story by Rabindranath Tagore

Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan: Book Review

‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ by Anuja Chauhan is one of the breeziest reads. It is knitted in a simple setting with some drool-worthy love moments. In my complete dislike to the usage of Hindi blatantly in an English work of fiction, this book gave me an overwhelming dose.  Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan There seems unwanted and … Continue reading Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan: Book Review

Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair: Book Review

The story of 'Ladies Coupe' has remained closer to my heart ever since I first read it, about fifteen-years-ago. This is one of most cherished reads of mine from the Indian fiction scenario. Years back in my college library, when I picked up this book and started to read, I felt an instant connect with … Continue reading Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair: Book Review