I am M-M-Mumbai

by Rishi Vohra

My father is an ex-Mumbaikar. He lived there for almost three decades. My cousin lived his entire childhood there before moving to Bangalore. So many years of being away from Mumbai hasn’t changed how they feel about the city. I would not blame Rishi Vohra for sounding the way he does in his novel. The copy that I read was a review copy, which I got in return for the promise I made to Rishi... continue reading→

Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth

by Audrey Truschke

Cover buys are a real thing, and if you as a bibliophile are going to deny it, I for one, am not buying it! A long time ago, I had read a fiction based in the Mughal era, and I was head over heels in love with it. So, when this book was released, it held quite the appeal to me. Partly for the non fictional take and partly for its cover, I bought this... continue reading→

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Poonachi

by Perumal Murugan

Thanks to the new feature on Amazon for Prime subscribers, I got my hands on a free copy of this book. I had heard so much about the Author that I read it as soon as I got it. If you know me, you’d know that I have had more bad experiences than good when it comes to Indian Authors, but this one- I had a lot of hope from. Follow Cover A red background... continue reading→

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American Gods

by Neil Gaiman

“The boundaries of our country, sir? Why sir, onto the north we are bound by the Aurora Borealis, on the east we are bounded by the rising sun, on the south we are bounded by the procession of the Equinoxes, and on the west by the Day of Judgement.” Having this as the curtain raiser to the first chapter, gave it a mysterious aura to what lay ahead. What followed did justice to my expectation... continue reading→

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Chokher Bali

by Rabindranath Tagore, translated from Bengali by Radha Chakravarty

Rabindranath Tagore is probably the most celebrated Indian author of all times. I have read a couple of essays and short stories by the author but never a full length novel, before Chokher Bali, that is. In Chokher Bali I found everything the author is respected for and feel that the translation has done complete justice to his work. This books forms a part of my extended #DiscoveringIndiaReadathon. This book is both modern in its... continue reading→

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Daughters of the Sun

by Ira Mukhoty

History is coming out to be my favorite genre and it keeps going better book by book. I am starting to get over the colonial history and slowing going back to the Mughal Empire. I started with The Mulberry Courtesan which turned out to be a disappointment but here I am, talking about the first book that did justice to the Mughal Empire. Ira Mukhoty writes history focusing on the women characters. These characters are... continue reading→

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