First published in 1868, Little women is a story about an American family that follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. The story takes the reader through the span of their childhood till they reach motherhood. The four sisters are in no way flawless. While Jo is a literary genius, she … Continue reading Little women by Louisa May Alcott: A book review.
When Rain turns to Snow by Jane Godwin is a YA contemporary that revolves around two families that harbours secrets from their children. The story is set in Melbourne which evoked familiarity in me. In an effort to find out the truth, one of the kids, Reed Lister, sets out into the world with no … Continue reading When Rain turns to Snow by Jane Godwin : A book review!
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain is one of those writers who touched the deepest recesses of my heart with her poetic and empowering writing. While Sultana's dream is a story of a feminist utopia where women, with the help of science and technology, win wars and preside over the nation, Padmarag is a realistic version of it. … Continue reading Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Padmarag and Sultana’s dream: a short book review.
The title in itself is apt in describing the central theme of the story. Anne Elliot, daughter of Sir Elliot, belongs to a social class of higher standing. Sir Elliot, father of Anne and Miss Elizabeth Elliot, her sister, are both narcissistic and uncaring of Anne's wishes. They are selfish and vain. They care a … Continue reading Persuasion by Jane Austen: A book review!
"God is not made manifest in language, you dope. He's not manifest in anything. He doesn't exist. God was a mistake. I've long understood there is zero difference between me and a bug, or a bug and a river and a river and a voice shouting above it. There's no sense or meaning in anything. … Continue reading Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai: A book review!
Manto's writing exhibits pure talent and precision. His ramblings were really fun and enlightening to read. He clearly loved Bombay and its people. His portrayal of the city's streets, its gangsters, the prostitutes is very engaging and flawless. It paints a very realistic picture in your head. However, at several instances, I got the feeling … Continue reading Bombay Stories by Manto: A book review!
Set in North Carolina 1973, Joyland is a story of a young adult, Devon Jones. After leaving town for a summer job at an amusement park, Devin Jones finds himself learning new things on his new journey. On his first day, Dev meets with Rozzie, the fortune teller, who prognositicates his future and warns him … Continue reading Joyland by Stephen King: A book review!
I loved Jessie Burton's writing style in "The Muse" and "The miniaturist" has made me fall in love with the way she writes. It is formal yet poetic. The miniaturist's best part is how engaging it is. It keeps the reader hooked till the end and is highly unpredictable. The worst part about the book … Continue reading Miniaturist by Jessie Burton: A book review!
Cobalt blue is a story of love revolving around the themes of homosexuality, the associated secrecy in India, masculinity and its fragility, longing and heartbreak. The story is centered around a paying guest who enters a Marathi family and overturns the lives of Tanay and his sister, Anuja, at the same time. The guest is … Continue reading Cobalt blue by Sachin Kundalkar: Book review
It is a collection of 10 enlightening short stories revolving around themes of untouchability, caste discrimination and upper caste privilege in then India. Although the stories are set in a time way earlier than now, most of the things discussed in the stories still ring true. Since I read the translation, I am pretty sure … Continue reading Stories on Caste by Premchand: A book review