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→

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Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie

This is another book I picked up to read before the movie comes out. I had deliberately stayed away from Agatha Christie all these years. I tried my hand on one of her mystery novels about six years back and did not quite like it. I frankly do not remember why I didn’t like the book either. I picked up this book after I watched the movie trailer. Now, after reading the book I am... continue reading→

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my Hanuman Chalisa

by Devdutt Patnaik

Jai Hanuman Gyan Gun Sagar. Jai Kapish Tihun lok Ujagar. Hanuman Chalisa was written by Tulsidas almost 500 years ago supposedly while he was imprisoned by Akbar. Written in the language of Gangetic plains called Awadhi, the Chalisa was meant to be accessible to the non-elite crowd who wanted to be closer to the gods. Tulsidas gave us a masterpiece that is recited in every prayer, however, it is seldom understood. Devdutt Patnaik has brought... continue reading→

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The Proxy

It’s common for us in India to have a Literature class or a Moral Sciences class, or an Environmental Sciences class replaced by something “more important”, like Mathematics, or Physics. Or Sports, for that matter. And we’ve all been victims of this setup at some point of our school life. The logic behind such a choice is clear: Mathematics and Physics help you find the right college to launch your career from. Of course, our... continue reading→

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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→

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The Sceptical Patriot

by Sidin Vadukut

The first book by Sidin Vadukut that I read was Dork. It was 2010, and I’d just finished college, and had joined an IT firm (the firm that I currently work for; man, I’ve spent a quarter of my life here). I disliked Robin ‘Einstein’ Verghese, the protagonist of the series. But I loved the way Vadukut wrote. The casual descriptions, the humour… I think it was about two years ago that I picked up... continue reading→

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