Book Review: The Puffin Book of Holiday Stories|Fun-filled stories that will make you crave for a vacation|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Hop, skip and err . . . stumble through your vacations with: Ø a clever parrot called Carrot who makes quite the entrance at summer school Ø two arch-enemies who battle it out using delicious mango desserts Ø a mischievous group of boys who finally meet their match Ø a girl withContinue reading “Book Review: The Puffin Book of Holiday Stories|Fun-filled stories that will make you crave for a vacation|”

Book Review: Muhammad Bin Tughlaq by Anuja Chandramouli|The man behind countless conquests and bloodshed|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): MUHAMMAD WAS A GOOD MAN WHO DID TERRIBLE THINGS AND A TYRANT OF A SULTAN WHO TRIED TO DO GOOD. When his father dies, Prince Jauna Khan succeeds to the throne of Delhi as Muhammad bin Tughlaq. His reign will prove to be epic and bloody, but unsurpassed in splendour, innovation andContinue reading “Book Review: Muhammad Bin Tughlaq by Anuja Chandramouli|The man behind countless conquests and bloodshed|”

Book Review: The Aunt who wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay|3 generations, a jewelry box, and a dead relative|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Is Roshomoyee actually dead? What does she want from Somlata? Who is Boshon, really? And what does the jewelry box have to do with all of this? If I had to describe how I felt after finishing this book, I would say terrific, satisfying and effortless. And this description encompasses the writingContinue reading “Book Review: The Aunt who wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay|3 generations, a jewelry box, and a dead relative|”

Book Review: No Presents Please- Mumbai Stories by Jayant Kaikini

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Jayant Kaikini’s compassionate gaze takes in the people in the corners of the city, the young woman yearning for love, the certified virgin who must be married off again, the older woman and her medicines; Tejaswini Niranjana’s translations bring the rhythms of Kannada into English with admirable efficiency. This is a BombayContinue reading “Book Review: No Presents Please- Mumbai Stories by Jayant Kaikini”

Book Review: Magical Women by Sukanya Venkatraghavan|Stories that touch your heart

Blurb (as on Goodreads): A weaver is initiated into the ancient art of bringing a universe into existence. A demon hunter encounters an unlikely opponent. Four goddesses engage in a cosmic brawl. A graphic designer duels with a dark secret involving a mysterious tattoo. A defiant chudail makes a shocking announcement at a kitty party. AContinue reading “Book Review: Magical Women by Sukanya Venkatraghavan|Stories that touch your heart”

Book Review: Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi|The disadvantages of being an independent woman in Modern India

Blurb (as on Goodreads): An Irish Times Book of the Year 2019 Escaping her failing marriage, Grace has returned to Pondicherry to cremate her mother. Once there, she finds herself heir to an inheritance she could not have expected – a property on the beaches of Madras, and a sister she never knew she had: Lucia, who wasContinue reading “Book Review: Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi|The disadvantages of being an independent woman in Modern India”

The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar|A reminiscence like no other|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): An arresting debut novel which bears witness to American racism and abuse of power, tracing one woman’s shift from acquiescence to resistance. When an unnamed narrator moves her family from the city of Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhoodContinue reading “The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar|A reminiscence like no other|”

Review: In A Violent Land|An Aleph Olio collection|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): One of the meanings of the word ‘olio’ is ‘a miscellany’. the books in the aleph olio series contain a mélange of the finest writing to be had on a variety of Indian themes—the great cities, aspects of Indian culture and civilization, uniquely Indian phenomena. Filled with insights and haunting evocations ofContinue reading “Review: In A Violent Land|An Aleph Olio collection|”

Book Review: The Diary of a Malayali Madman by N. Prabhakaran|the anomalies in everyday life|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): A research scholar whose notebook reveals a surreal pig farm… A psychologist in search of the truth about one of his clients… An aspiring writer who emulates Gogol… The unforgettable men and women in N. Prabhakaran’s stories have an uncanny ability to expose the fault lines between the real and the unreal,Continue reading “Book Review: The Diary of a Malayali Madman by N. Prabhakaran|the anomalies in everyday life|”

Book Review: The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni|A Modern-day take on The Ramayana|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): The Ramayana, one of the world’s greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita’s version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic,Continue reading “Book Review: The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni|A Modern-day take on The Ramayana|”