Review | Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Started out with my Proust journey earlier this month. Been really trying to take it slow, savour it and enjoy all the nuances. Marcel Proust is a new literary destination, and it is a challenge for me to review his mind’s work. Those densely packed paragraphs, such food-for-thought word structure, the goosebumps from all that sensory detail, the profound way he allows us to bear … Continue reading Review | Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Review | The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Some books are not about the story, and how it will end, but they are about the journey of reading the book. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak is one of those novels. It is a novel within a novel. Two parallel stories, where the first one is written by Aziz, (a self-proclaimed follower of Sufism), about the companionship between Rumi and Shams, … Continue reading Review | The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Review | The Greatest Assamese Stories Ever Told

With so many languages that our country has, most of India’s literary works are confined only to the the states where that particular language’s identity exists. Thus, the works are confined to the socio cultural identity of a particular place. Literature can be rooted to one’s immediate surroundings but it should also reach the rest of the world, and translations are the way to go … Continue reading Review | The Greatest Assamese Stories Ever Told

Review | Othello by Shakespeare

Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. It is a tragic story about how a human mind can be manipulated to its devastation. Othello is a general in the service of Venice, and he elopes with Desdemona, the senator’s daughter. Iago is Othello’s friend, who is incredibly jealous of Michael Cassio as he is promoted to the position of personal lieutenant by Othello. So … Continue reading Review | Othello by Shakespeare

Review | Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

Thanks to @Rupsa this book had my complete attention every spare minute of the last few weeks. I was absorbed till the very last page of this historical epic. A family saga that starts with the four daughters of a Georgian chocolatier, and the recipe of the hot chocolate plays a significant role in the book. This book has seven women in the story who … Continue reading Review | Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

Review | The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

#QOTD – Do you believe one can fall in love outside marriage? I believe they can. I didn’t want to believe it for a long time, but it is possible and it can happen. And, when it does, one cannot be stopped from falling in love outside marriage! #TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty is a story of love and passion, something that can happen even after you are married! It will … Continue reading Review | The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

Review | Mumbai Avengers by S. Hussain Zaidi

#QOTD – What were you doing on 26/11 2008? I was in Jakarta at that time, and when I saw the attack on TV, it was no less than watching a movie! Mumbai Avengers by Hussain Zaidi is a crime thriller with a typical Bollywood masala storyline. It is a fictional avenge plot against the attackers of the 26/11 attacks, in a non-diplomatic, filmy way. … Continue reading Review | Mumbai Avengers by S. Hussain Zaidi

Review | Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

A little titbit from my life!I was born 12 years after my sister was born. My parents were rejoiced, and my father took a box of mithai (sweets) to his office to share his joy with his colleagues, and one of them consoled my Dad, “Oho, Bora ji, 12 saal baad bhi beti hi hui” (“Oho, Mr. Bora, even after 12 years you had a … Continue reading Review | Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Review | Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

#QOTD – Which is your least favourite Austen? I haven’t read all of them yet, but Mansfield Park falls behind Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice in many ways. As usual, the plot is centered around marriage and ‘marriage economics’. And, as always, Austen is quite successful at introducing a unique perspective to make things interesting, but Fanny Price is a rigid, boring and a humorless … Continue reading Review | Mansfield Park by Jane Austen