Ghachar Ghochar

by Vivek Shanbhag, translated by Srinath Perur

It is quite natural for joint families to pretend to love what is thrust upon them. It is not only natural it is inevitable. This can be seen as one of their strengths. Ghachar Ghochar is a story of one such joint family. The threads of the family are intertwined to form an ugly unbearable mess but they stick together to uphold the sanctity of joint families. Each of them, during the process, losing individual conscience... »

November Haul

I’m sure most of you reading this can relate to the feeling of not having enough books to read which keep you company every other day, having become a vital part of your being and to go through a phase of the hoarder syndrome every now and then (guilty pleasures I say!) The month of November has been that way for me off lately. Finally got my hands on some interesting reads, some of which... »

Nov Haul

The next set of books which I have wanted to read for a long time but haven’t been able to and therefore haven’t got myself to sit through the movies either are The Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It has seriously taken me quite a lot of effort to keep myself from watching this particular thriller though. And talking about thrillers there’s In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Having gifted a copy of it to a friend of mine (thanks to her staying away from the city, I didn’t fall prey to the urge of keeping it to myself but ordered two copies instead), this story has always got me fascinated and I’m waiting to read it all.

Murakami’s The Wind up Bird Chronicle is the next one, and yes thanks to another friend of mine, an intense blogger and bibliophile, I was introduced to Murakami’s work with the Norwegian Wood after which it’s no stopping to get your hands on his novels. Albert Camus’ The Stranger, which I finally did add to my library after reading A Happy Death, had me thinking for a couple of days about his call of the meaning of life (This post is a little too late since the review of The Stranger is going to be up soon).

Then there’s my first travel novel On The Road by Jack Kerouac and lastly Mottled Dawn by Saadat Hasan Manto which is a collection of short stories revolving around the Partition. Gripping right? So that’s the deal for the next couple of months to come.

Be awesome. Be a book nut!

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Room

by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is considered to be amongst the most influential women authors. Her book, Room, inspired the movie by the same name which went on to win Oscar. The book which is inspired by the real-life cases of kidnapping and captivation; stands out in the book shelf. Especially since the narrator is a five-year-old who believes this is his world. Cover page I own a kindle copy of the book which is a shot from the movie.... »

The one about November birthdays…

Here we are again, with a list of few writers who inspire us with their work, and who are born in November! Albert CamusBorn on 7 November 1913, he was a French philosopher, author, and journalist based in France. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He has written books like The Myth of Sisyphus, The Stranger,  The Plague etc which are a revolutionary contribution to the literary world. Don’t... »

My Father is a Hero

by Nishant Kaushik

Vaibhav was nothing out of ordinary. In fact, if you pass him by, at a not so busy road, you may not even notice him. His ordinary face complimented his bogged down personality. But he is the hero of his own life. This is a simple heart touching story everyone must read. Cover page I was watching the book wandering amongst the bloggers but I did not intend to pick it up, just for its cover. The cover is... »

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

I had  no plans of reading this book anytime this year. Even the release of the movie did not have me reaching for the book. But when a dear book buddy announced a read-along, I jumped right into it!! Here is my experience of reading this psychological thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins, and a short movie review of the same that released this year.CoverI got my copy before the movie was shaped, hence... »