Film Review: the half of it

About twenty-three years ago, I created my first personal email account. It was an account that I shared with my best friend. It was also an account that saw a lot of emails go back and forth with “pen pals”, people we did not know. There were no smartphones, no way to scan and send … Continue reading Film Review: the half of it

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

The Mothers By Brit Bennett – Stunning Prose, Nuanced Storytelling

I picked The Mothers by Brit Bennett when it scrolled past me in my library’s newly added digital titles collection. Late one night, I started the book after the kids were in bed and stayed up until past 1:00 AM to finish it. I sat back in my chair letting the feelings wash over me … Continue reading The Mothers By Brit Bennett – Stunning Prose, Nuanced Storytelling

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

The Girl on the Train – Fast, Vivid Read

“I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable, I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see … Continue reading The Girl on the Train – Fast, Vivid Read

The Fault in Our Stars

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. This is a recurring line in the book and sort of encapsulates what the book was for me. It is that kind of book that if I read the second and third time, various sentences will pop out, loaded with meaning based on whatever my personal circumstance is … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars

The Lowland – Reflections

The story starts with a description of the Lowland and somehow you feel desolation fill within you. The story ebbs and flows with the two brothers and their wife. As the chapters alternate between the characters and flip back and forth in time, you are caught in it. By the time the novel reaches its … Continue reading The Lowland – Reflections

iChanged the world!

The clock showed 2:00 AM. I sat back and closed my eyes for a few minutes before I went to bed. I had just finished reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. I loved the book. It was a fast read considering the technical and business nature of most chapters. It is a book that … Continue reading iChanged the world!

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

Desirable Daughters – Bharati Mukherjee

It was a quiet uneventful Sunday evening. Tired of bugging K to talk with me, I stormed off to find a book to read. It has been a a long time since I curled up with a book in hand and did not lift my face up till it was done. Scanning the rows of … Continue reading Desirable Daughters – Bharati Mukherjee

Unaccustomed Earth – My thoughts.

I finally got through and finished the book yesterday. Closing the book, I felt a mix of emotions. I loved Jhumpa Lahiri's writing style yet there was something about that book that felt incomplete. Not sure if it was because I was expecting something more from the loose trilogy that ended the book. Now that I … Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth – My thoughts.