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... continue reading→

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Literary world in the first half of 2017

One of the few things that I really plan is my reading adventure for each year! Yes, I call it an adventure because I try to ensure that the sequence of books I line up, the mix of genres, and the duration each takes is a trip to another land and life by itself. While I did plan to include a wide array of genres in my reading list for the year, thrillers have been... continue reading→

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An Ishmael of Syria

by Asaad Almohammad

I am not too fond of literature set in war torn region simply because of the political trivia involved, the gory details (call me a sissy if you will) and the sad accounts are too much for me. However, I have read a few books set in the middle East during, pre and post war in spite of them coming with heart-touching accounts that aren’t pretty in any way. So I decided to take on... continue reading→

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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... continue reading→

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Scion of Ikshvaku

by Amish Tripathi

It sometimes so happens that we pick up a book, and we like the work so much that we try to get everything that the author has written. It happened with me, when I came across Immortals of Meluha by Amish. I knew I had to pick up and read the entire Shiva Trilogy. And then, one fine day, Scion of Ikshvaku released. I couldn’t keep my hands off the book. Truth. Duty. Honour. The... continue reading→

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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... continue reading→

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