Defining Success: Yet

I was logged in to work, early for a Friday morning that is, when Laddu, also logged into her school iPad in the same room, walked up to me. Her face was serious. I removed my ear phones and gave her my full attention preparing myself to send a note to her teacher whatever the … Continue reading Defining Success: Yet

Nalak By Abanindranath Tagore – Translated by Urbi Bhaduri

Towards the end of 2019, I received an email from Urbi asking if I would like to read a book she had translated. She sent me a blurb and I was definitely interested. I forgot all about it until the book turned up in my mailbox in February of this year. It is a slim … Continue reading Nalak By Abanindranath Tagore – Translated by Urbi Bhaduri

Book Review: Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob’s book Good Talk kept popping on my social media feed since it came out in March 2019. The term graphic memoir was strange enough for me to put away looking for it. Then, this week, while searching for something unrelated, this book popped up again. On impulse I bought it. I finished the … Continue reading Book Review: Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Announcement: Book Deal!

Miracles happen. They do! In July this year, a publisher from Red Panda, a children's imprint of Westland Publishing (an Amazon company) in India reached out through my blog. She asked if I was interested in writing children's fiction. I hemmed and hawed and eventually jumped at the opportunity. For someone who primarily writes creative … Continue reading Announcement: Book Deal!

Book Review: A Fractured Life by Shabnam Samuel

I stumbled onto Shabnam Samuel by chance. A common FB group, a random conversation and then an intentional phone call had me ordering her debut novel on Amazon. I thought of it as good karma. Something I did for a fellow writer. Admittedly, the blurb of her book intrigued me and I would have looked … Continue reading Book Review: A Fractured Life by Shabnam Samuel

Book Review: Love, Hate And Other Filters

I started following the author Samira Ahmed on Twitter a while back when her book was yet to be published. I followed her through the preview of her cover art and the eventual publication date. The premise of the book is that of a teen figuring out her place in the world amid islamophobia and … Continue reading Book Review: Love, Hate And Other Filters

Book Review: With Malice By Eileen Cook

At the beginning of the year I told myself I would try and read at least two books a month and signed up for the Goodreads Book Challenge for 25 books. I am currently close to 80 books and we have a month left in the year. The other thing I told myself was that … Continue reading Book Review: With Malice By Eileen Cook

Gifted – Poignant and strangely haunting

I grabbed Nikita Lalwani's Gifted from my local library's fall sale. The cover appealed to me and I checked the blurb at the back and it resonated. I added it to my list of books to read as I research setting my story partly in India and partly in the US. I read the book … Continue reading Gifted – Poignant and strangely haunting

What She Left Behind – Cross generational tale well told

I started What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman after dinner. I settled in, a throw over my lap, the baby monitor humming by my side. The story hooked me, reeled me in and kept the pace up. When the monitor awoke with angry cries, I pleaded with my spouse to pick her up. … Continue reading What She Left Behind – Cross generational tale well told

Luckiest Girl Alive – Stellar writing and a taut story line

I pick my books the way I browse the grocery aisle. I scan, double back and pick things that call my name. I also scan the ingredient list carefully looking for markers that signal 'that's not for you'. I also hate to go shopping so I make sure I load my cart up when I … Continue reading Luckiest Girl Alive – Stellar writing and a taut story line

One more page

It is 7:30 PM. I hear whining from the sofa. Another two hours before I can curl up and be lost in blissful sleep I think. My feet hurt from being up all evening. I load the dishes. Time slows to a crawl. Another half hour later, the twins hug good night and head upstairs. … Continue reading One more page

Book Review – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

I closed the book a little after midnight yesterday. My heart was heavy and sleep eluded me. I started the book A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry after I found it in my bookshelf this past Friday. The cover was muted. I read the book in stages. At bedtime. In the evening absent mindedly watching the girls. … Continue reading Book Review – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

The Alchemist – Lingering after thoughts

Two to three weeks back, I read The Alchemist before I went to bed. It was required reading for a training at work. I had heard of the book before but had no idea of what it was about. I just wanted to be done reading so I could truthfully say I read it. A … Continue reading The Alchemist – Lingering after thoughts