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.