Three in a row – book review

I can proudly and quite unashamedly proclaim that I’m a sucker for chick-lit and romance (er, novels, that is). A friend was leaving on vacation, and very sweetly offered me two of her novels, that I grabbed outright. So first, I read ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks. I was not expecting much more than a light and refreshing read, and I have to say it proved to be more than that. It was a typically quick read, replete with romance and emotions, suspense and drama. All in all, quite an enjoyable book. Leaves one wanting to either fall in love, … Continue reading Three in a row – book review

A real treat – Palace of Illusions

(Apologies for having to bombard you with this – but *** A gentle reminder : If you liked my earlier post titled ‘Past Promises, Forgotten Futures’, then please Vote to promote it on Indiblogger, here:http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=34664 *** Thanks  *** And again, do vote for a post, ONLY if you like it) After having read the review of Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni at Smitha’s blog, I ordered the book from the local library. The thickness of the volume, however, put me off. Until this morning. I picked up the book, and only a few pages into the story, I could … Continue reading A real treat – Palace of Illusions

Shadow Child – book review

There have been so many posts on ‘love and its various forms’ in recent times. I wrote about it here and more recently here, when I said people must not use ‘gay’ as a swear word. Well, in theory, being gay is as normal as being straight. When I picked up this book – SHADOW CHILD – from my local library, I thought it would just make a quick weekend read. I was slightly wrong. It was a quick read for sure. Weekend material too. But I wouldn’t brand it chick-lit or anything frivolous. In fact it left quite an … Continue reading Shadow Child – book review

Unaccustomed Earth – book review

‘Unaccustomed Earth’ by Jhumpa Lahiri was lying on the bookshelves of the rundown library round the corner, where I had gone in search of ‘time-paas-chick-lit’. I grabbed the book, (1) Because the author is so well-known, and (2) Because I enjoyed her other book, ‘Interpretor of Maladies’. Unaccustomed Earth is, like her other books, about the lives of people of Asian origin, born/settled abroad, and the life they lead, their cultural background always casting a shadow/spell on them as they merge into western society. As always, much has been said about the book and the author. And now, let me add my … Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth – book review

Give me some sunshine…

OK. There have been hundreds (er…or was it thousands?) of reviews of ‘3 Idiots’ and much has been spoken and written about it. What with the Chetan Bhagat controversy, www has been inundated with opinions and viewpoints on the movie, the book and the reality of the movie itself. So what is it that I want to talk about in this post? The simple fact, that one is somehow touched by this movie. And FEELS a sense of loss, thinking of lost opportunities, and faded dreams. I, for one, am a very simple person. I generally look at the positive side … Continue reading Give me some sunshine…

On people and their bias against India

Just posted this comment here, on the book review of Muslim Portraits: Everyday Lives in India. — I am so fed up of reading about India being UNFAIR to its minorities. Have you ever heard of another country in the world where the minorities and castes categorised as ‘backward’ command a bulk of the reservations in fields like education ? If India were such a frightening place to live in, the Muslims would have all fled to Pakistan and Bangladesh by now. We grew up in a neighbourhood where there was a Church, a Mosque and a Temple, all within … Continue reading On people and their bias against India

P.S. I Love You – Book review

All the while I was reading this book, I kept wondering if I had read it before. Why was it  ‘Oh! So familiar!’. Until I realised that this was a neat concoction of various familiar movies/books. Erich Segal’s “Love Story”, “Oliver’s story”, Sex and the City, and oh yes, “The Devil wears Prada”. “P.S. I Love You” is about Holly, a young widow, trying to cope with life after the death of her beloved husband, Gerry. What I liked about the book was its detailed characterisation and imagery. I feel like I personally know the Kennedys and all of Holly’s … Continue reading P.S. I Love You – Book review