Autumn Reads: Join the Hallowe’en Party with Hercule Poirot

It had been one of my greatest regrets that in spite of being a fan of mysteries, I had never read the works of Agatha Christie. I was exploring the books written by her, and was about to begin the first Hercule Poirot book ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles‘, when another title caught my eye.Continue reading “Autumn Reads: Join the Hallowe’en Party with Hercule Poirot”

Autumn Reads: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – A Haunted and Brutally Beautiful Fairy Tale: Book Review

I have always been picky in the genres of thriller, horror and mystery. I tried to stick to the classics in these genres, and so far I was happy. It was my misfortune that every time I picked up a modern thriller or horror, the book somehow disappointed me. Encouraged by my book-club friends, IContinue reading “Autumn Reads: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – A Haunted and Brutally Beautiful Fairy Tale: Book Review”

Autumn Reads: Booktober Begins with Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’

It’s October. The air is fragrant with the scent of autumn. It’s time for hot cocoa with pumpkin spice, and a few spooky books which get you in the mood for Halloween. I am celebrating Booktober this month. I have picked up a few books to read this month. My TBR list for this monthContinue reading “Autumn Reads: Booktober Begins with Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’”

Welcoming Autumn with Nostalgia, and Poetry of Keats

What makes the season of autumn so special? Perhaps it is the transitory nature of autumn. The last breath of summer mingles with the first breath of winter and creates pleasant autumn breeze. Autumn is the time when the earth prepares to go to sleep after the harvest, under the blanket of the approaching winter.Continue reading “Welcoming Autumn with Nostalgia, and Poetry of Keats”

‘Sweet Bean Paste’: A Recipe for Brewing Meaning out of Life

When I read the blurb of this book, I had the idea that it was going to be that cosy, feel-good, light hearted book you need to read from time to time. I like stories that progress with a gentle, contemplative flow, and slowly unravel their best parts. I prefer characters who are ordinary people with all their human emotions, unique qualities and flaws which make them extraordinary.

Book Review: ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’, bringing magic to life.

I truly believe that when we need inspiration, we should pick a children’s fiction. I am a fan of reading children’s fiction and fantasy books. They always present a new perspective, and often they are more spontaneous in sketching the emotions involved in relationships than many of the modern adult fictions. ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ is one such book…

Book Review: Ghachar Ghochar – A Striking Story of a Family with Money

When I found out about this book for the first time, I was quite intrigued by the title. I wondered what it could mean. As the book has been written originally in Kannada–a language I do not know, I wrongly assumed that it is an expression in the same language. The meaning of the word has not been initially revealed in the book. It appears in the story as a trivial matter, but towards the end, it acquires a larger meaning.

The Dream of the Rood: Where Paganism Meets Christianity

I came to know about ‘The Dream of the Rood’ when I was exploring the oldest works in English language. Students of English Literature have probably studied this in their course. It is a poem written in Old English, which was quite different from the English we read today. I read a modern translation of the poem online, and marveled at the beauty of it. Like most of the Anglo-Saxon poems, it is written in alliterative verse. It is one of the most important literary works in Old English which have survived till date.

Why You Should Read ‘We Should All Be Feminists’

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian feminist author of several novels, shorts stories and essays. The book ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ is a modified version of a TEDx talk she had delivered in 2012. She talks about incidents of gender-based discrimination from her own life, and from the lives of other women she knows. She bursts the myths on feminism, chalks out the reasons behind gender-bias and explains the importance of equal rights for men and women with unshakeable logic.

‘The Interpreter of Maladies’: Eternal Stories of Human Emotions

There are some extraordinary books that tell the stories of ordinary people, their trials and triumphs, but strike a deeper chord. Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Interpreter of Maladies’ is one of them. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the year 2000, ‘The Interpreter of Maladies’ is a collection of 9 short stories. Most of the stories have Indian immigrants living in the USA as their main characters. Each story is poignant in its own way…