A Prayer from the Sea

Sea Prayer– This Hosseini’s book is a lot of firsts of mine. It is my first ever hardcover book, my first ever picture-illustrated book (excluding childhood story books), and my first ever book that took not more than ten minutes (this, I’m being generous) for its completion. Here is the thing about Sea Prayer- the…

How Fine is Eleanor Oliphant?

How many debuts have I read in gone 2 years? Hardly 10. Sole reason being- there is so much already accomplished work that I’m yet to read; so, to experiment with a debut always seemed bit dubious to me. But, with time, I’ve come to accept what I had realized long back- there’ll never be…

The Diary in the pages of History

“Finally I will get to know about the life in hiding that Anne Frank was doomed to lead for 2 years.” “War couldn’t be good, but how bad it was, will be revealed now.” “What could a diary of a 15-year-old in hiding possibly hold during the time of war, other than the misery and…

Did I just read 50 Greatest Short Stories?

If you were ever offered a book that claims to consist of 50 greatest short stories, won’t you be apprehensive in buying it? Or would you not reconsider, even once, the leap of faith that you’d be taking to buy it? Wouldn’t you think over, and over, and over the fact that how could someone…

Have you ever experienced ‘Big Magic’?

Before I start with the book, I’d love to tell you that this was my first audiobook, and I couldn’t have expected anything better than what I experienced. I had been hearing a lot about audiobooks since many months, but the idea always seemed bit dubious to me. How could listening to a book be…

Rohinton Mistry – A Balanced one

“Distance was a dangerous thing, she knew. Distance changed people.” – Rohinton Mistry (A Fine Balance) Some novels are long, too long for their content, too much of the story revolves around what doesn’t matter to anybody or anything in the story, but “A Fine Balance“, of 600 plus pages by Rohinton Mistry, is one…

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem!

“None of the men in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry really meant to be taken literally in threatening to ‘drive the Jews into the sea’. But they failed to remember that their foes had just seen six million of their kind driven into Hitler’s oven.” – (O Jerusalem!) Some countries fight for their freedom while some,…

Murakami abandoned me on the Shore

“As long as there’s such a thing as time, everybody’s damaged in the end, changed into something else. It always happens, sooner or later.” – Murakami (Kafka on the Shore) When you are set to read the work of a new (new for you) author, someone whose work is appreciated and known for its uniqueness…

“Freedom at Midnight” at what cost?

Be aware of your own history, before you indulge yourself into others’. What inspired me to pick up “Freedom at Midnight” is, at the first place, the credibility of the authors that I wouldn’t be fooled around with anything on the name of history; and secondly, of course, my craving to know what made my…

Wrongs while reviewing a literary piece

It’s been a while now since I mandated myself to write a review for my every single read; be it a classic or contemporary, be it a piece I liked or the one I didn’t, I make sure to pen my experience down (on Goodreads) for, if not anybody else’s, my sake to the least….