Gazala Amreen

Logophile, bibliophile, writer, designer, high on wanderlust and all things pretty.

Bangalore, KA merakipost.com 73 posts

Conflict Zone Date

Khulud Khamis

Thanks to social media we are now much closer to authors than ever before. While some still choose to not be seen on social media, some are actively advocating matters they feel strongly about. I first read about Khulud’s work on social media and have been following her ever since. She is a fierce advocate of feminism, equality and peace. When she posted on her Instagram about two stories that she’s willing to send to... continue reading→

The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin

Yet another book read due to the “raving reviews” everywhere! Why do I put myself through this when I know I do not synchronise with the world, when it comes to book loving? A question I may never answer. However, will this also be a review that coaxes you into reading this book? Read on to know. Cover The edition I read, had a black background—perhaps the sky with stars adorning it. A beautiful tree... continue reading→

Cover: The Immortalists

Urashima

Japanese fairytales

Fairytales have always been my favourite. Like someone once said, they restore hope in us. They remind us of simple lessons that we may have forgotten. And like CS Lewis said “someday you will be old enough to read fairytales again.” I found a few of these beautiful booklets, if that’s what I can call them. And this is my second attempt at reading these beautiful illustrated copies of stories from different places and times.... continue reading→

Cover: Urashima

The Vegetarian

by Han Kang

I am guilty of getting this book due to the hype around it in the digital world. It then stayed piled amidst many other unread books, until one day there was a mildew attack and I had to empty the shelves out. That’s how I finally read The Vegetarian at the end of 2017. It is the translated work of the Author. Read on to know what I think of this book. Cover The edition... continue reading→

The Damp Roman Candle

Ram Iyer

When I asked the author what the book was about, he said that it was about a girl on the ledge. Equipped with this description, I started the short story. Frieda has reached a point where she seems to have hit a dead end. She has lost someone very dear to her and the story is about her struggle with that loss. It is a thrilling story about love, loss and possibly more? Am I... continue reading→

Midnights

Rainbow Rowell

The book spans across a few years. A short story skipping through time? Yes, that’s what Midnights is. One New Year party sees two strange kids—Noel and Mag get to know each other. Noel is dorky, funny, loves dancing and has a severe nut allergy! Mag is his hero sans a cape. They become friends and then they become best friends. Follow Noel is the kind of character that one just falls in love with.... continue reading→

Cover: Midnights

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

Thanks to the vibrant community of booklovers on my social media, especially Instagram, there are a lot of books that are lauded by readers. While some hyped books have left me underwhelmed, I was intrigued about what this title would have me feeling. Gaiman is loved for his writing by most readers. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say that they did not like him. How was my first tryst with the Author? Read... continue reading→

cover: Norse Mythology

Hotel Iris

by Yoko Ogawa

Browsing through shelves that seem to go on, my list of “to buy” books lies crumbled at the bottom of my bag. I pick up books that I had no plans to buy, I buy books by Authors I have never heard of, and I buy books that are simply cover buys! This is how book shopping at a store goes. I picked this book from the rows of books first due to its cover,... continue reading→

cover: Hotel Iris

Poetic Musing

I still remember the time when I read this poem called “The Queen’s Rival” in school. I don’t remember a lot of other poems as starkly as I remember this. It is probably this poem, this strange poem by Sarojini Naidu that had me tumbling into this beautiful genre. “QUEEN GULNAAR sat on her ivory bed, Around her countless treasures were spread; Her chamber walls were richly inlaid With agate, porphory, onyx and jade; The... continue reading→

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Classics are one of the most difficult genres for me. Hence, I attempt to read at least two of those in a year, because, what’s life without a few challenges? I had heard so much about John Steinbeck that I bought a book by him (the name of which I don’t recall). Of mice and men was one title I had heard a lot about, so when I stumbled upon this particular edition of it,... continue reading→

cover: Of Mice and Men