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

Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai

Anita Desai is a master of tragedy. She portrays her characters so realistically that you start feeling their pain, their suffering rubs onto you for sometime. Fasting Feasting is one of the earliest books of the author that I read. It moved me emotionally, pricking a needle in one of […]

by April 23, 2010 Review

Sister of My Heart by Chitralekha Bannerjee

Sister of my Heart by Chitralekha Bannerjee is the story of two young girls, unrelated by blood, but united by a string of heart. They were born at almost the same time, but to different mothers. Basudha and Anjali are the two young girls of Chatterjee clan who are different in […]

by April 23, 2010 Review