Sunday, 5 January 2020

Book Review- Thirteen Kinds of Love by Soumya Bhattacharya

LOVE. So simple, yet so enigmatic. There are as many kinds of love as there are people in the world. Soumya Bhattacharya brings to us the thirteen most beautiful and purest kinds of love in his book “Thirteen Kinds of Love”.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Book Review- Nobody’s Child By Kanchana Banerjee

Think about a gripping Bollywood masala movie you like. Now triple the thrill and masala quotient. And Bingo! You have Nobody’s Child. Just one difference from the Bollywood movies- there is an intelligent story in this book. No offense Bollywood.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Book Review- Missing, Presumed Dead by Kiran Manral

The story begins with the ringing of a door bell on an uneventful late afternoon, to find a stranger on Aisha’s door claiming to be her half-sister. Aisha lets her in reluctantly with a resolve to not let her stay for long. Little did she show that this decision of hers was going to change her and her family’s destiny forever. 

Friday, 28 June 2019

Book Review- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer- the name made me pick up the book as soon as came across it. And I had very high hopes from it. The cover page did not reveal a lot about the story and I had to rely on the interesting title to plunge into it right away. And I am glad I did. I was hooked to it right from the word go. 

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Book Review- Kanha to Krishna by Pranab Mullick

Kanha, Krishna, Murlimanohar, Radhyeshyam, Gopal, Madhav…..many names and many forms. One can never get tired of his stories in various forms that he took to deliver his followers from the cruel Kansa. Children and grownups are equally fond of leelas of Krishna. 

The debut novel by Pranab Mullick is yet another attempt to retell the story of “Kansa Vadh” (killing Kansa) to liberate the people of Mathura from his tyrannous rule, albeit in a different way. In this mythological fiction, the author has woven a unique tale on the background of a commonly known legend from a part of Krishna’s life. Some parts are well-known and well-accepted while some imaginary characters and instances are added to create a new compelling storyline. 

Friday, 1 February 2019

Book Review- White Crane, Lend Me Your Wings by Tsewang Yishey Pemba

The title of the book says that it is a tale of love and war. I think it lies. It is so much more than that. It is a tale of determination and perseverance, it is a tale of sacrifice and betrayal and it is a tale, well told, of a bond between people that only strengthens with each hardship and challenge. White Crane, Lend me your wings is a literary masterpiece from the magical land of mountains and valleys.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Book Review- BestSeller by Ahmed Faiyaz

Kalim publishing had seen better days. There were books that had topped the charts and were considered literary gems. Famous people frequently visited the place. But that was long…long ago. When Akshay Mathur, an out of work editor from the UK, comes to work at Kalim publishing, it was a ship sinking head-first. To make matters worse, chief editor of Kalim Publishing, Iqbal Kalim passes away on Akshay’s first day at his new stint. Angus Lee, the owner of Lee Books which was a major stakeholder in Kalim publishing, gives Akshay the enormous task to get at least 5 bestsellers in the next one year from this comatose publication house. With Tarun as the CEO and an ancient dismal staff, Akshay could only see gloom from where he stood.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Book Review – Sniper’s Eye by Mainak Dhar

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Present and future are built on remnants of the past. One may choose to forget the past and lead a life of abandon but the past will always come to haunt when you expect the least. Especially when it holds some nasty secrets. So when Aaditya decides to pretend and live a normal life, he knew that the ghosts from the past will come back for him. What he didn’t know was that it will engulf his present in a dangerous whirlwind and endanger not only his future but of all those around him who he loved and cared for.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Book Review- Chanakya by Ashok K. Banker

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If you have any interest in retelling of Hindu mythology, it is almost impossible that you haven’t heard of Ashok Banker. With over 63 books from various genres like science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller stories, and novels to his credit, he is one of the best known and internationally acclaimed Indian authors. So when he decides to narrate the story of one of the most intriguing characters of Indian history, Chanakya, you know you have to read this one. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Book Review- Invisible Ties by Nadya A.R.

Our present is shaped by our past and our present lays the foundation of our future. No matter how hard you try and let go of your difficult past, it will continue to occupy some space in your future. That space may shrink and become really small over a period of time but it will remain significant. Unless you find something that is more significant than that dreadful past of yours, you will be stuck in a vortex of memories. Invisible Ties by Nadya A. R. is a beautiful and touching story of a girl who is stuck in the past by the invisible ties of unpleasant memories and struggles to find solace.

Noor, a young girl from Pakistan, is intelligent and sensitive but fails to apply her intelligence to relationships and emotions due to the tumultuous childhood. When she witnesses the death of a loyal driver while trying to save her mother from burglars, she is scarred for life. On her parent's insistence, she agrees to marry an investment banker and move to Singapore to find a better future. But she carries a piece of her past with her in her handbag. Little does she know that her future husband Meekal, like everyone else, is also struggling with unpleasant memories from the past. Unable to find happiness with each other, Meekal and Noor looks for it elsewhere.


Noor meets Ella and Jake and realises that everybody has some invisible ties from the past. And though one cannot completely get rid of those ties, one has to try and loosen the grip and move away from them as far as possible. 

The story is beautiful for its simplicity and honesty. The author draws visual imagery with her words and detailed descriptions. The story drags initially and it takes some effort to keep on reading but there seems a promise of something beautiful in the next pages and the promise is kept. The story gradually develops into a beautiful array of emotions. Noor tugs at your heart when she portrays herself as strong on the outside but is breaking within. The story is as beautiful and serene as the cover imagery. 

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About the Author: Nadya is an author, a psychotherapist and a motivational speaker. Her latest novel, Invisible Ties, has been published by Rupa Publications in August 2017. Nadya has written articles and submitted papers on different psychological constructs and topics in International conferences and workshops. She is married and has two children. Nadya divides her time between Singapore and Pakistan. She plans to do a doctorate in post-trauma stress disorder and study different theoretical models to understand its impact on people and their environment. Through her writing, she wants to make a positive change in the world. Currently, she is busy researching for, ‘The Sanctuary’, her next novel. (Source: goodreads)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from kaffeinated Konversations in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Book Review- License to Live by Priya Kumar

I am not a fan of motivational or self-help genre in books. Although I have read quite a few leading authors from the category, it is not something I pick up instantly. Mostly because of the “preaching” tone that most of these books have. Somehow that puts me off. So when the vendor at railway station vehemently recommended Priya Kumar’s “License to Live”, I sternly refused to even look at it. But then the vendor and I got talking about other books and I was drawn by the passion with which he was talking about them. So I asked him to tell me about this one again. He explained and offered a full refund if I didn’t like the book. He meant business because I am a regular buyer from that vendor and he offered to “paytm” the amount to wherever I was. No questions asked. And so this is how I ended up buying this one. And only 50 pages into the book, I realized that I am not taking any refund on it.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Book Review- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

                                                   "The world was silent when we died”

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During the late 1960s, Nigeria witnessed a gruesome civil war that led to the persecution of Igbo people across the state. The demand for an independent Biafra initiated violent altercations amongst the local tribes which had been living peacefully since ages in the area. Like all other civil wars, the worst hit were the local people, women and children including, caught in the state of affairs in which their mere survival was at risk. A lot has been written about one of the bloodiest civil wars in the world history since then. Adichie’s book, Half of a Yellow Sun, first published in 2006 is considered one of the most lucid fictions based on the past that still haunts the people of Nigeria.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Book Review- A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

Disobedient. Loose. Unruly. Slut. Labels- As much as you hate them, they stick to you. The more you prove to deny them, the more prominent they become. So, a certain 16 year old girl did not bother to defy them. Instead, one may think she lived to prove them right. Hence, more often than not, parents told their girls and boys to stay away from her stating the dangers of being around a girl like that. Tanaz Bhathena’s debut novel, A Girl Like That is a story of one such Zarin Wadia who lives a life on her own terms and does not shy away from the repercussions.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Book Review- Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Dutta

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Don’t judge a book by its cover. But I did. And aren’t I glad I did. Trust Me Not by debutant author Ankita Dutta Verma has all the ingredients I like in a thriller -strong impactful characters, intense drama, fast paced plot and unpredictable twists in story. I was particularly drawn by the captivating cover imagery which gives a glimpse of what to expect inside. And I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Book Review- The Assassinations- A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur

1984 is considered one of the darkest years of India’s post-independence era. The erstwhile Prime Minsiter Mrs Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her security guards who sought revenge for Operation Blue Star. Thousands of Sikhs were brutally murdered in the communal riots that erupted as an aftermath in Northern parts of the country. Property was ravaged and people were torturously killed to avenge the death of the PM. Sikhs who were forced to leave their homes still shudder at the memories of the painful past when they had lost everything overnight.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Book Review- Mothering A Muslim by Nazia Erum

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India has always been a land of dissimilarities based on religion, cultures, customs, languages and cuisines. Most of us have grown up celebrating Diwali, Eid, and Christmas with our friends with almost the equal fervor. Our friends weren’t decided on the basis of their religion or eating habits. And our parents did not influence our decision to make friends as long as they were from decent families. But with the turn of the century, something changed.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Book Review- Yakshini by Neil D’Silva

There is a horror category which has evil spirits, haunted houses, gory scenes with green colored blood(?) pouring out of weird places of a body, some form of porn and an over-used story. And there then is a category written by authors like Neil D’Silva who pen horror stories which have none of these ingredients and are still incredible to read. Extra-ordinary storylines, impeccable writing style, a twist in the plot at the right moment and an underlying philosophy are D’Silva’s trademarks. And Yakshini is no different.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Book Review – Secret of the Himalayan Treasure by Divyansh Mundra

Somewhere in the deep valleys of the Himalayas ,devoid of any sunlight and beyond the reach of mankind lies a secret treasure which if discovered can change the present and future of a not an individual but a nation all together. The treasure is guarded by secret society of seven masters, each of who has a book that leads to the next master. The secret had been fiercely guarded and passed on from one generation to the next since the age of Great Emperor Ashoka and was supposed to remain concealed hadn’t the multi-millionaire business tycoon Harish Vashistha shot himself in a press conference. What transpires is a chase that changes many lives, some for good and others for not so good.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Book Review- The Boys Who Fought by Devdutt Pattnaik

Mythology is not the first choice in books for kids. The obvious choice is comic book series or short stories. My 9 yr old is no different. While he does like to listen to stories based on mythology, when it comes to reading he prefers the sci-fi comics or stories. The Boys Who Fought was the first book based on Mahabharatha that he finished reading on his own. He came to me to clarify a few doubts and understand some new words but it was an independent endeavor overall.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Book Review- Murder in Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav

War does not end anything. It just sets the stage for next war.
- Pg 231

Vicks Menon, an investigative reporter seems to have his life falling apart. He has lost his job with a leading newspaper and his relationship with his girlfriend Tonya is on the rocks due to his alcoholism. His friend’s call about a murder of a white woman in a hotel in Paharganj seems like one of the many happening in the capital till Vicks notices important people taking interest in this murder. Vicks quickly realises that this case could get him his job back. What he does not realize is that in the pursuit of a good story he will become the target for both the police and the woman’s killer.