The Green Man of Sinai

retold by Ruskin Bond

I came across this beautiful story in a collection of traditional short stories retold by Ruskin Bond. With my faith in oriental stories I dived into this one and man!, I am mesmerized. The story finds its roots in ancient Egypt which is retold to us by the author. It is about a rich trader in the far off land who has all the pleasures of life that money could buy. His only angst is... continue reading→

Hall of small mammals

Thomas Pierce

I actually don’t know what to say for this one. It is a beautiful story. But I was expecting something more, I guess. The story is narrated in first person. This man takes his girlfriend’s son to the zoo. Val, the 12 year old child, is a pain in all wrong places. He is arrogant and it is not even cute. The narrator really wants Val to like him, but of course! They decide to... continue reading→

‘You are happy?’

Akhil Sharma

‘You are happy?’ starts off with a violent reaction to what seems like an out of control situation. Break her arms, break her legs,” Lakshman’s grandmother would say about her daughter-in-law, “then see how she crawls to her bottle.” While this may not be something unfamiliar to the natives of India, Laxman’s father immediately scuffs the idea saying he WILL go to jail for it. It is NOT India. As a native Indian it did... continue reading→

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

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→

cover: Murder on the Orient Express

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→

cover: my Hanuman Chalisa