Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Small is Big- by Rafaa Dalvi

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Small is Big- by Rafaa Dalvi Brevity is the soul of wit, said Shakespeare; it is the sister of talent, said Chekhov. Writing flash fiction is challenging as well as deeply satisfying. I have loved all varieties of micro-fiction- as a reader as well as a writer. Micro-tales compel you to stay focused on your story and to find creative… Read more »

Book Review: Pretty Vile Girl by Rickie Khosla

Pretty Vile Girl

Pretty Vile Girl: The protagonist you will hate to love! When you have racy plot and myriad, twisted sub-plots married to a series of brutal murders, committed with ice-cold nerve made all the more chilling by a kind of detached, almost meditative casualness, you get a Pretty Vile Girl! The theme of this novel is revenge- and its corollary, Justice. It’s… Read more »

Book Review: T F. Carthick’s Unfairy Tales

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Fairy tales are written for impressionable youngsters; Unfairy Tales are written for discerning adults. The values and perceptions of  the modern world are not the same as those of the times when the Perrault, Anderson and the Brothers Grimm penned down their stories. Today, their stories seem biased, bigoted and even regressive. Humans have learned to shake off the elaborate… Read more »

Book Review: It Happens by Karan Sharma

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The theme of the novel is unusual, specially in the Indian context. Men wanting to marry women older than themselves aren’t thick upon the ground in India, as yet. For an author to have picked such a theme for his debut novel, speaks of his own comfort with the idea. The love interest between the main characters was well and… Read more »

Book Review: Brahmahatya By Rajiv Mittal

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BRAHMAHATYA: by Rajiv Mittal Complicated yet integrated characters, a skilfully created sequence of inevitable events and  a thick suspense plentifully fed by a revengeful, murderous intent, Brahmahatya has it all. To make the novel additionally delectable, there is the  generous inclusion of local flavor. This, I said to myself, is an Indian story written in English. The language does not mess… Read more »

Book Review: Water Boarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna

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Water Boarding is not just a romantic story. While the story revolves around love (yes, there is a love triangle),  this story is a lot more than just another romance. The story demonstrates how circumstances and events can hold you immovably captive in their grip, reducing you to a helplessness so acute that you feel as if you were drowning. [Water… Read more »

Book Review: Revelations of an Imperfect Life

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To be honest, this is not a book review. This is the description of a soul-satisfying feast. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the first paragraph of the book was about maasor tenga, a signature dish from verdant Asom.  It is not just a paragraph heralding a gripping story. It has layer upon layer of thought, each imparting a distinct… Read more »

Book Review: Lean in to Relationships

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Book Review: Lean in to Relationships by Rishabh Jhol                   I was highly skeptical when I began to read this book. The title was not exactly encouraging and the cover page was uninspiring. Moreover, relationships? Er… um… I thought to myself. Rather pompously, yes. My first clue that I had stumbled onto… Read more »

Book Review: Finding The Angel By Rubina Ramesh

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The protagonist Shefali is an orphan who is raised by Kalpana, the best friend of her mother. At the time the story opens, Shefali is working for Kalpana’s gallery as an expert art curator. Kalpana is approached by a once-upon-a-time royal family to curate their art collection at their haveli in Rajasthan. It is prestigious undertaking, for the family are… Read more »

One Book Is All It Took

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I bought a book* around fifteen years ago. For some reason I can no longer remember, I did not read the book for almost three years after I got it. There it sat, gathering dust, while I struggled trying to find a foothold in the dense fog. All the while, if I had but read the book, I might have… Read more »