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

Queer Review | Shikhandi: And Other Tales by Devdutt Pattanaik

#QOTD – What was your pride month read? I didn’t pick up anything specific for the pride month, but then I thought of revisiting this book: Shikhandi: And Other (Queer) Tales They Don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik. We are familiar with Shikhandi’s tale, but this book has more such stories to offer. Most of these stories aren’t new to me. I’ve known many of … Continue reading Queer Review | Shikhandi: And Other Tales by Devdutt Pattanaik

Review | The Hindu Way by Shashi Tharoor

The Hindu Way is my fourth book by Shashi Tharoor, first three being, The Great Indian Novel, An Era of Darkness and Why I am Hindu. Tharoor’s writing has detailed research and opinions, and it is kind of growing on me. In this book, he considers Hinduism to be a religion of the 21st century due to its sustainable and practical aspects. Various accounts of … Continue reading Review | The Hindu Way by Shashi Tharoor

Review | The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

Shylock. A name I have been hearing long before I read The Merchant of Venice. The trial scene in this play holds strong dramatic importance and the argument made is one of the strongest arguments made in literature. But surprisingly I never knew that it was a woman who made this argument. Shakespeare’s world was a world dominated by men so he used his wit … Continue reading Review | The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

Review | In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

#QOTD – Have you ever lived away from your language? I have been in a linguistic exile all my life. My mother tongue, Assamese, is foreign in the city that I was born in and where I did my graduation from, which was Delhi, the city where I did my high school from, Jakarta, the city where I did my postgraduation from, Oxford, and finally … Continue reading Review | In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Review | Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

#QOTD – Do you know of anyone who found love at a very late age? My maasi (my mother’s younger sister) got married three years back, at the age of 58. And guess what, it is her first marriage and it is a love marriage. Moreover, the couple didn’t meet in some temple or yoga class, they met on Facebook. She is from Assam, he … Continue reading Review | Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Kafka On The Shore : Haruki Murakami

When someone writes a book, we are reading the sum total of that person’s knowledge, experiences, dreams, and imaginations. While everyone has all the above, only a writer is expressing all of it in words. And Haruki Murakami’s world is beautiful, full of books, music, the mystical, the metaphysical, sexually charged, and even magical. Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear … Continue reading Kafka On The Shore : Haruki Murakami