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 is intriguing. The characters in this book begin on the … Continue reading The Swap by Shuma Raha: Urban couples' swinging fascination between marriage and morality

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 is a love story between Andrew, a half-Indian half-British, superbly talented head honcho of a healthcare company and Ragini, … 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 rose from a humble beginning, reaching the pinnacle of power, … Continue reading The Curse of Nader Shah – Rise and Fall of a Tyrant by Sutapa Basu

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: My Read

The Calcutta Chromosome is an experiment at best, a motley of science fiction (or medical fiction if such a term exists) and supernatural thriller. The research aspects on Ronald Ross, the recipient of Nobel Prize for Medicine, for his discovery of transmission of malaria by mosquitoes in 1902, are brilliantly portrayed. This book made me so fascinated to read about Ronald Ross, and the other … Continue reading The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: My Read

As Boys Become Men by Mukul Kumar: Book Review

‘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 is a Civil Servant from the 1997 batch, you realize the parallels in the story and a sort … 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 1)’ is a gripping tale of six girls – Charu, Ananya, Neha, Avantika, Raihana and Yami. Rakhi Jayashankar, the author of the book, was born and brought up in Kerala. Her life in Kerala definitely exudes in the … 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. 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 up for stories with the aforesaid plots in them. But, the stories are very different and have no … Continue reading They Go To Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty: Book Review

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: My Read

‘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 the most favoured bedtime story to the BR Chopra’s televised … Continue reading The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: My Read

Cabuliwallah by Rabindra Nath Tagore: Short Story Read

Cabuliwallah is one of the most cherished and loved short stories in India. The story written by the great nationalist and poet Rabindra Nath Tagore, Cabuliwallah is immortalized in our minds. It was originally written in Bengali. And, was published in 1892. The story strikes the emotional chords and largely rests on the characterization of Cabuliwallah – Abdur Rahman, the seller of seasonal goods from Kabul. Cabuliwallah story begins with details … Continue reading Cabuliwallah by Rabindra Nath Tagore: Short Story Read

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 movie ‘3 Idiots’ based on the lives of engineering students. … 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 intervention of the celestial God, people are on their own … Continue reading Kaalkoot by S.Venkatesh: Book Review

The Tree by Manoj Das: Short Story Read

‘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. This story reads more like a fable. Yet, beneath the layer, it addresses the relevant questions of superstition, the … Continue reading The Tree by Manoj Das: Short Story Read

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

A White Tiger caged inside a Rooster Coop and how he breaks free, is the story of this book. The White Tiger is written by Aravind Adiga and as The Times calls it a ‘masterpiece’; it had won the Man Booker Prize 2008. This book is a true depiction of 21st century India. Adiga has divided India into two parts – the light and the darkness, … Continue reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Subha by Rabindranath Tagore: Short Story Read

Subha is a short story by Rabindranath Tagore. Nobody understood Indian women better than Tagore in Literature. Tagore understood the everyday agonies that women face rather than questioning the bigger feminism question. The title of the story is given after its central character, ‘Subha’. The actual name is Subhasini which means ‘soft-spoken’. “WHEN the girl was given the name of Subhashini, who could have guessed that she would … Continue reading Subha by Rabindranath Tagore: Short Story Read

Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

‘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 complete dislike to the usage of Hindi blatantly in an English work of fiction, this book gave me an overwhelming dose.  There are non-required and unnaturally crafted ‘Hinglish’ (mix of Hindi and English) sentences, as it is popularly known, perhaps to entice Indian … Continue reading Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair: Women and Patriarchy in India

Some books are fun re-reading. And, I picked up ‘Ladies Coupe’ after 10 years. Years back in my college library, I picked up this book and felt an instant connect with its characters. Surely, in an entirely female-driven fictional landscape, it is sure to capture a female reader’s mind. The second read made me value the simplistic writing of Anita Nair, sans unnecessary jargons or ostentations … Continue reading Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair: Women and Patriarchy in India