Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

Mumbai, MH 104 posts

Best Stories from Around the World

by Deepa Agarwal

‘Once upon a time there was a story. The child who read it was so enchanted that she/he couldn’t stop at just one and kept searching for more and more.’ I have been reading short stories collections a lot lately. A couple of weeks ago guys from aleph publishing got in touch with me. They were offering ‘Best Stories from Around the World’ to review. I quickly jumped at the opportunity. The fairy-tale like beginning... »

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13 Reasons Why: series adaptation

There are so many issues that accompany suicide. But the question always remains. Why did he/she commit suicide? Why didn’t they harder? 13 reasons why is one of the best young adult TV series I have watched recently. When I finished the book I wasn’t satisfied. There was something missing throughout. The series is everything that was missing. Here are seven reasons why I loved the series more than the book: 1. Perspective We all... »

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Reading and Travelling

Do I read as much as I like? Do I travel as much as I want? The answer to both these questions is no. You can never read and travel as much as you want. It is impractical. You definitely cannot do both enough. There is always a book that you have always wanted to read and a place you have always wanted to go. Travelling to me may as well be a substitute to... »

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by Sagarika Ghose

There has been much talked and written about Indira Gandhi. A commoner knows her by the regime of emergency and ‘Operation Blue Star’. Winning a decisive military war against Pakistan in 1971 glorified her as the only man in the cabinet of old women. But how was the Iron Lady as a person? What led to her infamous emergency? What was the cause of her downfall? This book follows the breadcrumbs of her politics regime... »

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by Anuja Chauhan

Ever fancied a life which makes you feel alive. Like a dhook dhook dhooki inside you? ‘Baaz’ by Anuja Chauhan will make your heart leap with each flip of page. It makes you learn one more thing about passion. It is magnetic. Here are the five reason why you should pick up ‘Baaz’ by Anuja Chauhan. The Indian Air Force: Baaz ke maaphik! This is for those who have fancied men in uniforms and patriotic... »

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Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same. Cover page Someone in the distant past gazing out to nowhere; that is what the cover depicts. It is here with you, but very distant. The artist has captured the book precisely in its cover. It continues to the back cover with the tape recordings. It’s one... »

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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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