Once in a while, there comes a book that just warms your heart. Nothing thrilling about it. No adrenaline racing. But just pure tender warmth that goes deep within. A Broken Man by Akash Verma is one of those. And all this even when there is nothing totally new in the basic plot. It is the story-telling which makes it amazing.
Thursday, 28 July 2016
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
There is a movie Not Without My Daughter. It is about an American woman who marries an Iranian doctor staying in the US. All remains well when they are in the US but situation changes drastically when they move to Iran. The husband becomes abusive overnight and the mother and daughter are trapped in an alien culture that has very little liberty for women. I had watched this movie long back. Also picked up the book after watching the movie (but somehow could not finish it). Obviously, I was moved by the movie. Half of the world was. The portrayal of Betty by Sally Field was pretty convincing. The movie was also successful is building a strong negative reputation of not only Iran but also her husband Dr. Mahmoody and Iranian men in general. And Betty was apparently on a pedestal for being an ideal Mom who could (and did) almost literally move mountains (she claims to cross over very difficult mountain terrain) to get her daughter away from an abusive husband. I was in awe of the movie and Betty. That was till I read Lost Without My Daughter by Sayed Mahmoody, the real husband of Betty Mahmoody.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
What happens when a boxer, caught by his demons from the past, cruelly crushes the opponent in a match that ruins more than one life? Why is this girl reluctant to disclose her identity to anybody? And what happens when both of them meet, each one fighting with their demons from the past? Dancing with Demons is the answer to all these questions. And in the most thrilling and gripping way. I totally loved the story and storytelling.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Almost like a fairy-tale, The Contract has all the elements to make you fall in love with it. I had picked up this book because I totally loved another book, Haveli by the same author. And I was not disappointed this time also. The Contract is compact story with loads of underlying romance, flirting, overt displays of disguised likes and dislikes. And I think only few authors can do justice to such tales without sounding lustful or soppy. Zeenat Mahal certainly tops the list.
Saturday, 2 July 2016
There is something intriguing about reading horror tales. Unlike horror visuals where the directors’ imagination is thrown in viewers face to be accepted as is; reading a book based on horror/suspense is different as the reader is left to draw an imagination based on those words. And if the words are strong enough, they will create a pretty vivid mental picture. Wreath and Other Stories does this job very efficiently and you are left to imagine, in your own creative and scary way, as to what is going to happen now.