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Parineeta (Espoused) by Sarat Chandra

Parineeta (Espoused) by Sarat Chandra

The third novel in The Sarat Chandra Omnibus ,Parineeta is somewhat similar to Devdas. It can be loosely termed as another childhood romance, where protagonists, Shekhar and Lalita are neighbors, falling in love with each other by virtue of familiarity. Their liaison is objected by Hero’s father, and much drama […]

by November 25, 2012 Review
Salt and Sawdust by R.K. Narayan

Salt and Sawdust by R.K. Narayan

Salt and Sawdust written by R.K. Narayan is the story of a wannabe novelist who becomes famous as a cookery book writer though she could hardly distinguish between salt and sawdust! Veena and Swami are a childless couple in Malgudi. Swami works as a weaving supervisor in Coomer’s silk mill, […]

by November 25, 2012 Review

Delhi Noir

Delhi Noir attracted me with its unique title. Being a Delhiite, anything remotely related to Delhi is bound to appeal. So, one look at the title and I picked it up. However, what I encountered was much beyond my wildest dreams! The book is a curious mix of 14 stories, […]

by November 24, 2012 Review
Magic of Life

Magic of Life

“People end up killing what they love the most.” As I read Valkyries by Paulo Coelho, the above said phrase touched a chord in my heart, and since then, it is reverberating in my mind. It is one of those universal truths which we all know, but somehow fail to […]

by November 24, 2012 Articles

The Postmaster by Tagore

Love has the uncanny ability to ensnare unsuspecting men and women, bringing them in close proximity in the most unusual circumstances, and then letting an incongruous spark doing the rest! Something similar happens in Rabindranath Tagore’s short story ‘The Postmaster’, where a young Calcutta boy is posted in an obscure, […]

by November 24, 2012 Review
Palli Samaj by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Palli Samaj by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Palli Samaj by Sarat Chandra is a scathing remark on the idyllic village life, often portrayed in novels and stories. Most of the books, be it fiction or history, present villagers as innocent, good creatures, who are unpolluted by civic vices, eking out a sheltered life in complete oblivion of […]

by November 23, 2012 Review

Housewife by Rabindranath Tagore

All of us have our share of embarrassing moments when we are ashamed to such an extent that death seems a sweeter option than the bitter humdrum existence. It may be a disastrous job interview, a guffaw in front of your relatives, or a rash judgement resulting in mortifying discomfort! […]

by November 22, 2012 Review
The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

A couple of months ago, I had listened to a fairy tale, where a young girl Alice wanders through a dreamland, ironically exposing herself to whims and fancies of strange creatures in virtual world, transporting me back to my childhood days, when I could easily accept fancy, without raising a […]

by November 22, 2012 Review