A Nation of Idiots

by Daksh Tyagi

Some titles are outright offensive, and that makes them stand out in the lot, making you pick them up to read the fineprint. This book is one such: An Indian Citizen’s Guide on How to Avoid A Nation of Idiots. When we got a review request on Instagram (because apparently that’s where the entire world is, including three-fourths of Meraki Post), I was intrigued by the profile picture. After a few days, I had the... continue reading→

cover: A Nation of Idiots

Why I am an Atheist

by Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh is among the highly respected Indian freedom fighters. He was among those that disagreed with the Mahatma, the latter being a Moderate and the former being a Radical. It is a sort of irony that I post this on the Mahatma’s birth anniversary. But today is when I get to sit down and do my bit of reviewing. The reason I picked up this book was that I find myself agreeing with Singh... continue reading→

DNF: The Bride’s Mirror

by Nazir Ahmad, translated by G. E. Ward

I read this book as a part of #discoveringindiareadathon. The book is set in Delhi. It’s a historical fiction set in 13th century written in second half of 19th century. I didn’t leave much about the book neither did I enjoy the writing. I quit the book when I was left with only 60 pages to finish. Follow The book begins with the story of a girl who is married into a working class regular... continue reading→

cover: DNF: The Bride’s Mirror

Divided by Partition United by Resilience

by Mallika Ahluwalia

Partition has been a painful period in the history of India. As a nation, we lost more than we gained that could be routed back to the year when it all happened. My thirst for literature on the partition of India is never quenching as I come across books after books narrating the time. This book is different from all the others I have read before for a simple reason that this one celebrates the... continue reading→

cover: Divided by Partition United by Resilience

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→

cover: I am M-M-Mumbai

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→

cover: Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth