Book Twins (part I)

Sometimes our Recent book loves lead us in search of the similar books in quality & background. Till few years back. I was very particular about the genres of books that I wanted to read. But some books are so genre defining that they open the gate for many other books in its genre in the To-be-read list .

Whenever people ask me for book recommendation, I always ask them about their recent books and what books they really enjoyed reading – that helps me in understanding their taste and recent book appetite. It works similar in the movies and TV shows recommendation ( Like if you enjoyed Marvel’s Daredevil than Jessica Jones is a no-brainer recommendation.) I am basically searching for the book twin for their recent book loves.

In this post, I am discussing the book twins- 2 books which are too similar in the nature of plot, author’s profile. Here is the list-

1 The Em and Big Hoom & Illicit Happiness of Other People

The beautiful paperback
The beautiful paperback

As the author, poet and translator, Jerry Pinto made a good name for himself with the Em & Big Hoom. The book is based in Mumbai and though it is a work of fiction, but the book is inspired by his personal life. The book is vivid and picturesque. The humor of the book is also delightful. It is centered as Em, who suffers from mental illness, & her family.

Bonus read- Book Review of Em & the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

The Illicit Happiness of Other People-cover

On the similar grounds, Manu Joseph, author of Illicit Happiness of Other People , is also an award winning journalist. This book is based in Madras, where Manu was bought up. Like Jerry’s book, this book also involves middle class family & central character suffering from depression & mental illness.

Both books are one of the symbol of the modern Indian writing in English. Manu and Jerry have that rare story telling craft where you will get perfumes of laughter even in the worst of situation.

I rated both books 5/5 stars in the goodreads. Read this books if you have any doubt in Indian Writing in English.

2. The Lowland & Lives of Others

The Lowland by Jhumpa Laahiri
The Lowland by Jhumpa Laahiri


The characters of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland as similar to her other creations over the years-expat Bengalis living in America. It is the story of two brothers separated by the tragedy. The Naxalbari uprising of 1960s effects the life of this family and story further shapes from their lives in America.

[Bonus read: Book Review of The Lowland ]

Life of Others;Book cover

On the same theme of Naxalbari uprising, Neel Mukherjee’s The life of others is the story of a joint family based in Calcutta that experience the change due to the uprising , both within the family and outside the family.Neel’s book showed how youth and elders were effected by the movement.

[Bonus Read- Book Review of The Lives of Others]

I rated The Lowland 5/5 stars in goodreads whereas 3/5 stars to the lives of others .

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Well Bro you gave a good thought to that. One book leads to the series of books we are going to read. I see myself doing the same thing till now, and even in the future. Indian, Hmm, I myself am, but I guess it’s very hard to match the pure British Authors in English:)


  2. abivastrad says:

    These books seem to be more or less like Family life by akhil sharma. When I finish a book, I try to stay away from that genre for a while. So that you don’t get too much dose of that and start losing interest in them….


  3. pins & ashes says:

    Book twins and triplets (I’ll add) so so true. I was reading “in those days there was no coffee..” when a book exchange was organized online in a group I was part of. Knowing I was reading on madras they sent me two book on madras.. The tamarind city and and the other on a textile industry ..! A wholesome package on madras.. šŸ™‚


    1. Thank you for your comment. I have read Tamarind city last year. What are your views about it ? I didn’t enjoy it much.

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      1. pins & ashes says:

        In combination with the other books on madras I came out of them with somewhat a whole picture. I like his blog posts more than his books.


      2. True that. I was expecting more from the book

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  4. Lata Sunil says:

    Em and the big hoom.. is on my shelf .. this has got me lip smacking.


    1. I am sure you will enjoy this book šŸ™‚

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