The Stationery Shop of Tehran #BookReview

Sometimes I wish I could flip back the calendar to a time when there was no social media, no bookstagram, no goodreads. I wish I could feel again the anticipation of opening a new unknown book; the excitement of picking one up simply because the title sounded good or the cover was enticing or because …

Madame Tussaud #BookReview

This year I decided to look at historical fiction beyond WW2. There are so many revolutions and so much history from so many different parts of the world to catch up on, that it seems like a shame to restrict oneself. It is with this thought that I picked up Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud. The …

The Bluest Eye #BookReview

Book: The Bluest EyeAuthor: Toni Morrison 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove believes she’s ugly. And nothing can change that. Nothing at all. Unless … unless she could trade in her eyes for beautiful blue ones. Now if she had those blue eyes, things would be different; because then, everyone would love her. The boys at school would …

The Book of Negroes #BookReview

Book: The Book of NegroesAuthor: Lawrence Hill After a bit of break, I’m back to reading African American history. Most of us have a vague idea of how scores of Africans were sold in European and American markets. We are familiar with slavery through books like Uncle Tom’s Cabin or, in a more glorified form, …

The Giver of Stars #BookReview

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a beautifully written book about pack-horse librarians -a group of women who travelled long distances on horseback, carrying with them books for people in isolated houses on the hills.

10 minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World #BookReview

Book: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange WorldAuthor: Elif Shafak After January’s reading spree February was a month for slowing down. Elif Shafak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds was the perfect pick for the purpose. One cannot open a Shafak and breeze through it. Her books are to be sampled and savoured at leisure. But …

Who Should be Buddha? #BookBytes 21

I'd read and loved Liberation of Sita by Volga so it was with high expectations that I picked up Yashodhara by the same author. Here's a quote from the book that made me think: I can't become a path finder though I have the desire to become one. So, I must make the path of …

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