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|”

Translated Books That Should be on your ‘Priority’ TBR

Translated books are only worth your money if the translation is flawless and is capable of keeping the essence of the original text intact. Here are a few books with great translation, unique characters, and interesting themes: The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Translated by Deborah Smith): A woman turns vegetarian after a nightmare and herContinue reading “Translated Books That Should be on your ‘Priority’ TBR”

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: Newcomer by Keigo Higashino|Detective Kaga being his usual marvelous self

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Detective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater numberContinue reading “Book Review: Newcomer by Keigo Higashino|Detective Kaga being his usual marvelous self”

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|”