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Friday, 2 June 2017

Book Review- Half Pants Full Pants by Anand Suspi


 

I have not been attracted to a book cover and a title for a long time now. I have learned to be cautious about the promises book covers and titles make. It has happened often that the only good thing about the book was its cover page and sometimes the title. But when I saw this book while browsing the internet, I was instantaneously sure that I am going to read and enjoy this one. And enjoy I did, with every single page I was falling in love with this book even more. The classic 5 paise and 10 paise coins on the cover page beckon you to take a trip down to childhood, one of the best times of your life.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Book Review- Seasons of the Palm by Perumal Murugan




What a painter does with a brush, Perumal Murugan does with his words. He creates vivid colorful imageries with impeccably picked words. The simple stories with modest characters become extraordinary with Murugan’s magical touch. Having read One Part Woman and Pyre by the author, I was eager to start with Seasons of the Palm. 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Book Review- Black Water White Fire by Jaspreet Taunque


An innocent child turning into a cold-blooded terrorist, a glam-diva yearning for the impossible and a commando trained to remain unfazed craving to surrender to a forbidden feeling- these are the elements that make Black Water White Fire by Jaspreet Taunque exceptional. Set on the backdrop of the terrorist attack on Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai in 2008, this fictional plot perfectly captures the sentiments of that situation and embeds them into a riveting tale.

Book Review – Rafflesia by Gautam




Rafflesia is a rare flower found in the jungles of Indonesia which blooms only for 5 days in a year. It is the largest and heaviest flower known. It is distinguished by its meaty smell and absence of leaves, stems or roots. It survives by absorbing nutrients through the threads found in the flower.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Book Review- Aavarana-The Veil





Day 22 of #AtoZChallenge

Religious fundamentalism, liberalism, secularism, feminism and progressive ideologies are beautifully woven into a fine mix of facts and fiction- that’s Aavarna for you. Originally published in 2007 in Kannada, the novel is rated 4.7 on Flipkart and 4.3 on goodreads. Bhyrappa had been openly and strongly criticized for the views he presented in the book. Regardless, Aavarna, The Veil has been translated Hindi, English, Gujrati, Marathi and Tamil and read widely across the world.

Book Review- Becoming Assiya by Simran Keshwani



“We fail to understand how harrowing images of beheading, suicide bombing attacks at school-going kids and mass genocide serve as a crystalline scythe to cleanse your soul. How many Aylan Kurdis must it take for this blind bludgeoning of mankind to halt?”



Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Unaccustomed Earth- Short Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Day 21 of #AtoZChallenge

When Jhumpa Lahiri puts pen to paper, you know there will be magic. Not the kinds of magic that will make you stand up excitedly and clap your hands till they hurt; but the kind that will bring a smile of deep contentment when you close the book. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

The Book Thief

Day 20 of #AtoZChallenge

Have you imagined a life without books? Have you imagined being killed for having a particular book? For us bibliophiles, isn’t it a nightmare to see books being burned? If you think you are somebody who absolutely loves books and can do anything for your books, wait till you read about Liesel from The Book Thief.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Quiver Full of Arrows

Day 17 of #AtoZChallenge

Jeffrey Archer is well-known for unpredictable twists and explosive outcomes in his novels. His novels which are usually longer than an average book contain multiple twists and turns during the long course of the plot.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell- Book Review


Day 16 of #AtoZChallenge

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is Nadia Hashimi’s debut novel. Her fiction mostly portrays relationships and plight of women in war-struck Afghanistan. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is a story of two young women who undergo various feats to overcome the tremendous challenges thrown in their face by their respective destinies. Though both of them are centuries apart in time, they are both forced to live parts of their lives posing as boy/man. The freedom that they tasted in the garb of opposite gender is something they could not have had experienced as a woman. This is a story of Rahima or Rahim-the bacha posh and Shekiba or Shekib- the woman-man guard of the royal palace.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Book Review- Pishacha by Neil D’Silva


Horror is a tricky genre`. It dangerously dangles between being excessively gory which evokes disgust rather than terror and being so unreal that it sounds hilarious. It takes a very fine balance between the two to make a story that summons fear. Neil D’Silva, the author of Pishacha, seems to have found that balance. Pishacha is the second novel by the author and proves once again that it’s not only the silver screen that can have the desired effect in horror genre`.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Eat,Pray,Love- To Balance Your Life

Day 5 of #AtoZChallenge2017


Eat, Pray, Love- three things that should define life. Only these elements are required to balance one’s life. Everything else should just remain on the periphery of this philosophy. But we do the exact opposite. We fill our lives with all the non-important things and push these three elements on the horizon and end up yearning for balance in life. And that is what happened with Liz, short for Elizabeth.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Bhujia Barons- Book Review

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With an annual turnover of Rs 4000 crore, Haldiram’s tops the list of snack food brand in India, the list that contains big names like Hindustan Lever and Nestle` Maggi. Haldiram’s revenues are now more than that of McDonalds and Dominos put together (http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/haldiram-s-posts-annual-revenue-of-rs-4-000-crore-beats-hul-bikanervala/story-Mb8WfcYOopLSQx8sf7hTlJ.html) . What started in a tiny shop in the small town of Bikaner, Rajasthan way back in 1937 is now recognized globally for its sweets and namkins that appeal to taste buds all across the world. In India, Haldiram’s is synonymous to tangy snacks, delicious sweets and mouth-watering delicacies. But behind this spectacular tale of success lies a tale of grit and determination; a tale of brothers falling apart for profits and power and a tale of a family that had only one dream. Pavitra Kumar tells the story of how Haldiram’s became the king of snacks in India and are aptly called the “Bhujia Barons”.