Book Review: Himalayan Bus Plunge and Other Stories From #Nepal

I tell her that being in Kathmandu is ‘like being in a museum, a video game and an impossibly crowded street — all at the same time.’ There might be a better description for Kathmandu but this one fits in perfectly. Rupert Wolfe- Murray wrote Himalayan Bus Plunge and other stories from Nepal when he…

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Ali Smith’s Winter

No they are not related. Ali Smith’s Autumn was followed by Winter and everyone wrote that they are part of four season books. Autumn was the poetic interjection of the Britain in transition-  whereas winter is the  cold aftershock. Wait a minute- they are indeed related. Not the characters, and the settings, not the art…

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” All That Man Is” And #ManBookers2016 Finale

So I have completed the Man Bookers’ prize list shortlisted books. By completing , I mean I have read 5 books & the final book “Do not say  we have nothing” was not available in India till last month, so I have moved to other books, & now it’s too late to read it before the…

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Book Review- Eileen #ManBookers2016

Young woman character- underachiever- no relationship- certain unhappiness in their life- forgetful family life- a plan to runaway-leading towards physological thriller … Well I am not talking about The Girl on the Train but Eileen had almost all the recipe of becoming a best selling page turner but instead it overdid the character development & gross narration of the protagonist…

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Book Review: His Bloody Project #ManBookers2016

Also In the series  Book Review: The Sellout  Man Bookers 2016 Shortlist I don’t know how to categorize this book. Set in 1860s, the author claims that the events in the book are inspired or part of the actual historical event, so we are safe to call it Historical Fiction but at the same time the premise is…

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Korma, Kheer & Kismet took me back to the streets of Old Delhi

Once I took a travelling friend from another city to the Old Delhi for sightseeing (or just eating!). After taking the metro from Central Secretariat we reached the Chawadi Bazar station. The sight after we exited the metro station was so different than what  we had left behind. At Central Secretariat, the view of the…

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Book Review: Angela’s Ashes

You might have already discussed this book in your book clubs. This is one of the most talked about memoir and I may not be telling anything new in this review but I cannot not write about this amazing book. Angela’s Ashes is written and narrated by Frank McCourt, Irish-American author, about his childhood and…

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Book Review: “On Writing” by Stephen King

There are not enough writing talents like Stephen King who seldom takes more than a cigarette’s length (non scientific measurement of time representing a period of time taking to consume a cigarette) to establish the character and its motivation. “On Writing” is a partial memoir and partial writing guide. He does not take more than…

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My own Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I remember watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the first time. I was in Delhi. The mercury were escaping out the thermometers and I was having an usual college-broke end of month. A friend was in town and I promised to show her around. I was usually a good host. I knew what most of my…

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5 Reasons That Will Make The Book Thief Your Next Read

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is based in Nazi Germany during Second World War, but its not a story just focused on war. A 8 year girl  is separated from her birth parents, her brother dies a cold winter death, however its not  just a story of her struggles in her life there after. Her foster…

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Book Review: Slow… by Digonta Bordoloi

In his debut book Slow, Digonta sets the story in the most picturesque and beautiful places of North-East India. Slow is the story of Baba and his family who moves to various towns of the region, thanks to the Government job of Baba’ s father. As the tittle suggests, the author is in no hurry…

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Book Review: Things a Little Bird Told Me by @Biz Stone

  Last Month, when the fellow Blogger Aman reviewed this book, he rated it 5/5 stars to which I felt that he was too generous with his ratings (you can checkout his review here). Anyway there was only one way to find out. Ever since the book was launched in April, it was high on…

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Book Review: Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar

“Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of reading this book“, a friend told me while discussing this book. Well, that statement was good enough to sell this book to me. There was also another thing about the discussion. I didn’t know what Cuckold meant. Like a good ambassador of my generation, I googled it and stumbled…

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Book Review: The Childhood of Jesus by J.M Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus is a fictional book authored by Nobel prize and twin winner of Man Booker prize, J.M Coetzee. This is the latest release of the South African author, coming in the shelf in late 2013. After reading Disgrace & The Slow man by him, I was very excited to have my hands…

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Book Review: Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

There are dark corners, blood stains, opium trips and bad memories in Jeet’s Narcopolis. In the small lanes of Shuklaji street, in the illicit brothel, in the opium dens and in the newly communist village in Guangdong are the characters of the book. None of them are the central character. In few pages you are…

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Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth By Jhumpa Lahiri

Have you ever tried a curry in an Indian restaurant aboard? They usually are too mild for Indians but too spicy for others. That is exactly how the characters of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth were. It is a short story collection, like her debut book, Interpreter of Maladies, based on 2nd generation Bengalis (natives of…

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Book Review: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

“Are you really reading this ? ” said the friend who read the summary of the book. I can’t blame her because summary of the book looks strange. A traveling Salesman transforms into a Bug , i mean, does it sound interesting ?  This is the beauty of Kafka who made a grossly uninteresting topic…

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Book Review: Nine lives by William Dylarmple

I had 2 motivations to read the book. One, with this book, I would complete all the book length works contributed by the William Dylarmple (later I realized that I have not read The Age of Kali yet) and another was, my book challenge of reading at least 12 books in 2014 based in India. As…

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Book Review: And The Mountain Echoed

In the book, And the Mountain Echoed, author Khaled Hosseini chooses a very interesting kind of narration style where the characters take their turns to narrate the story. Some character narrates in first person, some through letters and some in the third person. The book is based in the 1940s in Afghanistan where the hardship of…

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