Whirligig and The Copper Road by Richard Buxton- a review

Whirligig Whirligig, set during the American Civil War, isn’t exactly a war story. It is essentially about one man’s desire to keep his promise to his childhood friend, one that takes him to Tennesse as a part of a group of soldiers who are fighing in the war. Clara and Shire, our two friends areContinue reading “Whirligig and The Copper Road by Richard Buxton- a review”

Book Review: Extraordinary Lies by Jennifer Alsever|Two gifted kids, a series of bizarre experiments and a country with shady motives|

1971. Stanford University. San Francisco Two girls, Charley and Julia find themselves amidst people with abilities almost similar to theirs. They are gifted children, some have been hiding their abilities, while the others- not so much. As they are grouped together in the prestigious Stanford University, away from their home and into a set ofContinue reading “Book Review: Extraordinary Lies by Jennifer Alsever|Two gifted kids, a series of bizarre experiments and a country with shady motives|”

Book Review: The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty|Conquests, shifting loyalties and forbidden magic|

A quick recap: Daevabad has fallen. Ghassan has been killed by a mysterious vapor crafted by Manizheh. Thousands of Djinns are dead and a few more are trapped in Daevabad, which has lost it’s ancient magic, it’s veil of fog faded and is now accesible to the outer world. Muntadhir has been chained, Ali hasContinue reading “Book Review: The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty|Conquests, shifting loyalties and forbidden magic|”

Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekara

Kairo, born in a working-class family in the 1960’s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) meets Jay, a boy who seeks adventure and thrill to cover up his hate for his rich, influential and stubborn father and his loathing for his sensitive mother. In the present scenario, Ceylon battles a political crisis, a perfect time for youngContinue reading “Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekara”

Book Review: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

This is my first encounter with Patchett and I am mesmerized by the way she draws out the complexities of her characters. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is the unraveling of a family brought about by a house. Maeve and Danny who depended on this house with every thread of their being find themselvesContinue reading “Book Review: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett”

Book Review: A Respectable Woman by Easterine Kire

Kire’s latest novel ‘A Respectable Women’ is a daughter’s account of a changing landscape through the stories told by her mother and some bitter personal experiences. Kevinuo is fascinated by stories of her homeland and when her mother finally starts telling her tales from the past, stories of a war-torn Nagaland, she is elated. SheContinue reading “Book Review: A Respectable Woman by Easterine Kire”

Book Review: Laetitia Rodd and The Case of the Wandering Scholar by Kate Saunders|A Victorian Era Detective Series

Laetitia Rodd, a detective in her early 50s, returns with this murder mystery that is all about love, loss, and redemption. Mrs. Rodd’s next job is to find a ‘lunatic’ wandering scholar and give him a letter by his affluent brother who is on his deathbed. As Laetitia looks for ways to fulfill her dutiesContinue reading “Book Review: Laetitia Rodd and The Case of the Wandering Scholar by Kate Saunders|A Victorian Era Detective Series”

Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead|A house of horrors and the Fate of countless Black lives|

“We must believe in our souls that we are somebody, that we are significant, that we are worthful, and we must walk the streets of life every day with this sense of dignity and this sense of somebody-ness.” Inspired by real-life events, ‘The Nickel Boys’ is angsty and barbaric. One of the darkest phases inContinue reading “Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead|A house of horrors and the Fate of countless Black lives|”

Book Review: A Promised Land by Khadija Mastur

I have read numerous accounts on India’s post-partition story, but none from the other side of the border. ‘A Promised Land’ is a refugee’s story, forced to leave her ancestral home and move to a refugee camp in the newly formed country, Pakistan. Sajidah arrives at the Walton Camp with her father. She has beenContinue reading “Book Review: A Promised Land by Khadija Mastur”

Book Review: Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore|A Timeless classic of love, lust, and lonliness|

Tagore’s novel on lust, jealousy, entangled fate and sacrifices, Chokher Bali takes us into the heart of a Bengali household. When Mahin decides to marry the meek and gentle Ashalata, his relationship with everyone else including his best friend Bihari suffers a strain. But Mahin, engrossed in his newfound marital bliss doesn’t notice these changes.Continue reading “Book Review: Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore|A Timeless classic of love, lust, and lonliness|”