Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

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Things We Lost in Fire

by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell

My determination to read more of regional literature from different countries has lead me to ‘All the things we lost in fire’. This one is a collection of short stories set in Argentina. The book has a whiff of social and political air into the stories. The wave of witch hunting and horror stories has given birth to many of the stories inside. Some of them even talk about the political unrest. The dictatorship has... »

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Review Copies - The Beginning and Now

Every reader dreams of a never ending pile of books generously gifted by family, friends, neighbours, co-passengers in trains and drug addicts on the nook of the corner building no one visits! Yes, we are that obsessed. But most of us take the easy way out (or so it seems initially). We start a book review blog. While most of the readers assume that they would receive carton full of books from publishers begging to... »

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Zelaldinus, A Masque

by Irwin Allan Sealy

Fatehpur Sikri is a stunning example of city planning which has been inspiration for many architecture students and professionals alike. The set of buildings which were prime inspiration for Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; never fails to awe you. Fathehpur Sikri was later abandoned due to unavailability of water and thus a whole city was left to whether. A masquerade surrounding this beautiful place, that houses a chequered chess board, where Akbar played with actual... »

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by David Elliot

I prowl The senseless alleys Of the maze In the darkness And asphyxiating Solitude. There used to be a monster. Half man and half bull. Often ridiculed, he became the face of the evil. Then came a prince who slayed the monster and everyone lived happily ever after. It is quite heard of Greek myth. Goodness triumphs over evil and that’s how a great tale is born which is told over and over to the... »

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The Spy

by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is best known for his work ‘Alchemist’ where he stylistically infuses fable with philosophy to give out a wonderful piece of literature. But it was after reading ‘Adultery’ that I established my love for his writing. ‘The Spy’ came in at the right moment. The new found love for ‘historical fiction and Paulo Coelho’ seemed like the best treat. Unfortunately, it was one of those times when you get over excited and the... »

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Kissing the Demon

by Amrita Kumar

It wasn’t since ‘On writing’ by Stephen King that I read any book on the craft of writing. It is not just for writers but for reviewers too that it is important to understand what goes into writing a good book. A deep understanding of the craft also helps to form your opinion on how a book should be talked about rather that just giving them shallow stars at the end of a shallow review.... »

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

by Lewis Carroll (Illustrated by John Tenniel)

Alice in Wonderland is a book that is often quoted, made idiom of and has multiple retellings to its credit. It is one of the most loved books amongst those who enjoy reading. It was during my childhood years when ‘A mad tea party’ was a compulsory read in our English course. After years when I again come across the chapter, the memory goes back to the time when I finished the chapter and it... »

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DNF: Saraswati's Intelligence

by Vamsee Juluri

I was actually looking forward to reading this book and hate myself for DNFing it. I wouldn’t say it is a bad one but just wasn’t for me. It is the story of Hanuman while he is an adolescent. He is a smart boy and everyone loves him. I had a few problems with the narration. Right from the beginning, there is a sense of danger in the book. There is something which is not... »

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Maybe the Baby

by Nicole Lourdes Chavez

We have all seen a family who give up on their dog when there is a baby coming into the family. The pets often find it difficult to adjust with someone who comes in to share the love that was solely meant for them before their coming. The same emotion has been portrayed in the picture book here.Cover page The cover is a beautiful illustration of the dogs in the family. The water color illustration flows... »

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad

by Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle Khanna came into the spotlight last year when Mrs. Funnybones released her first book of non-fiction. Just a couple of incidents coated with funny remarks and hilarious derivations the book was good enough to make you smile. After reading the book I made a mental note of reading more from her. Not a great fan of the columns, it was a relief when her next book of fictional stories was announced. Fiction I always... »