Review

The Vendor of Sweets by R.K. Narayan

Time is a strange teacher. It makes you act contrary to all your judgements, beliefs and desires. It is a great leveler too, as only it can make sure that whatever has happened would be rectified in due course. ‘The Vendor of Sweets’ by R.K. Narayan, the master creator of […]

by July 7, 2010 Review

God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s First and till date, the only novel- ‘God of Small Things’ created quite a stir in 1997 by winning Booker Prize. In my earlier years, I have always yearned to read this novel, partly because of the buzz it created and hugely because the title attracted me. A […]

by July 7, 2010 Review

Swami & Friends by R.K.Narayan

Swami and Friends is the first novel written by R.K. Narayan, the classic Indian English writer. The novel is set in pre-independence era and revolves around a ten year old kid, Swaminathan, living in Malgudi. This is the first novel in the trilogy of novels written by Narayan, the next […]

by July 6, 2010 Review

Water by Bapsi Sidhwa based on Deepa mehta’s Film

This is the first time, I have read a novel based on a film. Usually, it is the other way round ; Books inspire Film makers to make movies, following their creativity, adding much needed spices to transform a good written story into a commercially viable cinematic experience. But, I […]

by June 26, 2010 Review

Eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes struck me as a title and the excitement increased manifold when I noticed the author’s name – Paulo Coelho. I had heard this name many times before, but never had the opportunity to read his books, so I picked it up instantly. The author’s preface made it clear […]

by June 3, 2010 Review

The Accursed House by Emile Gaboriau

Emile Gabriau is a French writer who has beautifully described the paradoxes of this world in his story ”The Accursed House’. It is really difficult to understand the working of human mind. If someone charges his customers extra money, people would doubt him, but, still forgive him for succumbing to […]

by May 16, 2010 Review

Dark Afternoons by Bani Basu

‘Dark Afternoons’ is English translation by Nandini Guha of Bani Basu’s Bangla novel Kharap Chele (The Fallen Man) . The novel explores  relationships in an entirely new setup. A traditional Bengali household is shaken by its chance encounter with the dark recesses of Kolkata red light zone – Sonagacchi. The […]

by May 9, 2010 Review

Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh– the name rang a bell in my head, the moment I saw it written in bold letters on the cover page of The Hungry Tide. Perhaps  Amitabh Bachhan – Indian Cinema’s legendary actor and one of my favourites courtesy Baghban had something to do with it. Anyhow, I […]

by April 30, 2010 Review