The First Trillionaire

by Sapna Jha, translated by Alok Jha

I’d come across this title back in 2016 when I chanced upon the site about the “Most compelling read of 2016”. When I was one among the winners of the Goodreads Giveaway of this book, I was overjoyed! While I waited for the book, I went through the reviews of the book on Goodreads. At the time of checking, the book had 270 five-star ratings, out of 274. Unbelievable, but true. Sure enough, after some... »

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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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Bull

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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The Spy

by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is best known for his work ‘Alchemist’ where he stylistically infuses fable with philosophy to give out a wonderful piece of literature. But it was after reading ‘Adultery’ that I established my love for his writing. ‘The Spy’ came in at the right moment. The new found love for ‘historical fiction and Paulo Coelho’ seemed like the best treat. Unfortunately, it was one of those times when you get over excited and the... »

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Kissing the Demon

by Amrita Kumar

It wasn’t since ‘On writing’ by Stephen King that I read any book on the craft of writing. It is not just for writers but for reviewers too that it is important to understand what goes into writing a good book. A deep understanding of the craft also helps to form your opinion on how a book should be talked about rather that just giving them shallow stars at the end of a shallow review.... »

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

by Lewis Carroll (Illustrated by John Tenniel)

Alice in Wonderland is a book that is often quoted, made idiom of and has multiple retellings to its credit. It is one of the most loved books amongst those who enjoy reading. It was during my childhood years when ‘A mad tea party’ was a compulsory read in our English course. After years when I again come across the chapter, the memory goes back to the time when I finished the chapter and it... »

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