Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

This week in Top Ten Tuesdays hosted @That Artsy Reader Girl, we have been asked to name top ten (or more or less) new authors whom we discovered last year. Well, last year I read a host of new authors from those whom I made a special point to read like Reginald Hill and Shelley … Continue reading Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

Crime in India: Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya (2019)

...the notion of love endures most things, even abuse.... Heliconia Lane is a peculiar patch of heaven at Valsolem, an unexplored and pristine beach of Goa. There are only three houses on that lane: Casa De Primavera or House of Spring where the Castelino family lives: Zabel and Filip with their son, Anton. The second … Continue reading Crime in India: Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya (2019)

Literature of India: The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar

More than any other kind of novel, I expect the Historical novel to have memorable characters. The past already provides events of great interest which the writer weaves into the plot but it is really the characters that make us care about their life and times.And this is where David Davidar's debut novel The House … Continue reading Literature of India: The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar

Royalty in India: Maharani, and Almond Eyes Lotus Feet

There was a time when India was a mass of Princely kingdoms who spent their time warring with each other, patronising the arts, looking (or not-looking) after their subjects, and doing other things that Royals are supposed to do.In Maharani, Ruskin Bond narrates the story of an aging former queen Neena or H.H as the … Continue reading Royalty in India: Maharani, and Almond Eyes Lotus Feet

Challenge Complete: South Asian 2013

I have successfully completed the South Asian 2013 Challenge which required one to read either books by South Asian writers or set in South Asia.Of the books read, one was in Hindi:Dhabba by Surender Mohan PathakTwo were translated into English,one from Urdu, the other from Bengali:The Last Musha'irah of Dehli by Mirza Farhatullah BaigArogyaniketan by … Continue reading Challenge Complete: South Asian 2013

Being Sindhis in India: Rita Kothari’s The Burden of Refuge

The Partition of India in 1947 was one of the darkest hours in the history of the sub-continent. As communal forces gained strength and boundaries were re-drawn according to religion, tens of thousands of people found themselves on the wrong side of the borders. People had to leave behind their homes, families, friends, means of … Continue reading Being Sindhis in India: Rita Kothari’s The Burden of Refuge

Review: Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun by Sister Jesme

Convents, monasteries, dargahs, mathhs, are places separated from the world. The deceit and falsehood that is so abundant in the outside world, one thinks, will never be able to penetrate those hallowed walls. Unfortunately, it does not happen. Greed, lust, corruption, everything seeps in; the only thing is that there is a veil of secrecy … Continue reading Review: Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun by Sister Jesme

Between the Ordinary and Whatever isn’t: Bhaskar Ghose’s The Teller Of Tales

Somehow I find novels narrated in the form of tales very fascinating. Not only the tales but also the facets of the narrator that are revealed through that telling promise an interesting read. Thus when I saw Bhaskar Ghose's The Teller of Tales sitting invitingly on the library shelves, I had to pick it up.Tapan … Continue reading Between the Ordinary and Whatever isn’t: Bhaskar Ghose’s The Teller Of Tales