Book Review: Waiting by Nighat Gandhi

The fight for gender equality had been long and tiring, and even then women today find themselves in unexplainable and unacceptable situations in the name of religion and patriarchy. Nighat Gandhi’s ‘Waiting’ is a collection of 13 stories that shoves us into the lives of thirteen different women, caught in the monotony of life, lookingContinue reading “Book Review: Waiting by Nighat Gandhi”

Book Review: Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire

It is always the narrative that helps us remember certain life lessons better than the others and ‘Son of the Thundercloud’ is one such mesmerizing, tragic and comforting story. Pele, after losing his entire village including his wife and child, embarks on a journey without a destination in mind. On his way, he meets twoContinue reading “Book Review: Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire”

Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

How do I get over a book that has latched itself on to me, in a maddening sort of way? This might sound exaggerating, but you have to trust me when I say, ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ wasn’t what I expected it to be.  Right from the first sentence, the book hadContinue reading “Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson”

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: The Adventures of Biplob the Bumblebee- Volume 1 by Abhishek Talwar

What a jolly bee, our friend Biplop. With three stories, the author writes about a bee who is happy and truly concerned about the beings around him, especially the stunning flowers in the garden he lives in and farmer Balram who grows them in his land. The first story is about Biplob realizing his purposeContinue reading “Book Review: The Adventures of Biplob the Bumblebee- Volume 1 by Abhishek Talwar”

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|”

Book Review: Black River Run by Kiran Khalap|The iconic BDD Chawl and a story of violence, betrayal, and riots|

Set in the historic BDD chawls in Mumbai, a society that has been the epicenter for violence and fights for recognition, ‘Black River Run’ is the story of Bhuva. A taxi driver by profession, Bhuva moves between two worlds- the ‘eye’ nation, that constitutes the English speaking elite of Mumbai and the ‘ear’ nation, mostlyContinue reading “Book Review: Black River Run by Kiran Khalap|The iconic BDD Chawl and a story of violence, betrayal, and riots|”

Book Review: The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay

The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay is one person’s journey to Kashmir, amidst political chaos. With a steady increase in the number of militants and the continued war between the locals and the army, Shalini (our protagonist) is looking for answers which are not exactly important in the bigger scheme of things. Narrated in shiftingContinue reading “Book Review: The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay”

Book Review: Love in the Time of Affluenza by Shunali Khullar Shroff|A dwindling marriage, an affair and a lot of glam|

Natasha- the beautiful wife to an aristocratic Prince (an actual prince) spends her days juggling between her three kids, husband and her day job. She is a columnist and writes passionately about her everyday life. She draws inspiration from simpler things and believes in making everyone’s life brighter and easier. But when she finds herContinue reading “Book Review: Love in the Time of Affluenza by Shunali Khullar Shroff|A dwindling marriage, an affair and a lot of glam|”

Book Review: Bhumika by Aditya Iyengar|A Feminist retelling of Sita

Bhumika, the queen who stood up for her people, removed gender biases in a male-dominated society and stood proud by her choices is a fiction rendition of the popular character ‘Sita’ from the epic ‘Ramayana’. Sita, in Valmiki’s ashram, is asked to watch a play performed on the eternal love story of Ram-Sita, a taleContinue reading “Book Review: Bhumika by Aditya Iyengar|A Feminist retelling of Sita”