“Recommended for those one who want to experience a thrilling and truthful dilemma called ‘Love’.” – Isha Shankhpal on goodreads.

Link to full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2275364132

Thank you, Isha Shankhpal, for a lovely review.

On Tyranny: Timothy Snyder

41qAqGoeRvL._SX353_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgB1tH+hXuXjS._UX250_.jpgThese are turbulent times indeed.  Ultra-nationalist, populist leaders in power in Russia, India, Turkey, US and many more places.  Snyder provides a list of twenty things ordinary citizens can do, not to get sucked into the spiral of potential dictators, drawing lessons from the twentieth century.  Defending institutions, being aware of the dangers of one-party rule or domination, speaking out, and believing in truth, are some of them.  The book does make a compelling case for being watchful, to ensure that the twentieth century history (rise of Hitler, persecution of Jews, the Holocaust, World War II), are not repeated.  Some of the parallels drawn between today’s leaders and Hitler are chilling.  However, the writing, when it’s theorizing, is not engaging.  It holds attention only when there are examples of twentieth century that bear an unpleasant resemblance with today’s events.

Read, if some of today’s leaders are ruining your sleep.

Exit West: Mohsin Hamid


1490311628206-pjimage-33.jpegLife is full of wonders.  One of them is Mohsin Hamid’s ‘Exit West’ being short-listed for Booker 2017.  It’s a badly written book that didn’t make much sense to me.  Sayeed and Nadia meet,  in their country that is soon to be engulfed in a conflict.  They fall in love, well sort of, and then escape the country to the west, when living in their country becomes untenable.  The first half of the book is reasonably good – the sexual tension between the lovers, and the worsening situation in the city of their birth come out well.  My only complaint about the first half was what I thought was a bit of a lazy writing –  Hamid won’t tell us where they are  – and when is this all happening.  It could be Iraq, Syria, Yemen, but we don’t get to know.  I didn’t appreciate the abstraction.  But the novel nose-dives big time in the 2nd half, when Sayeed and Nadia make their way to Mykonos, London and then San Francisco.  The abstraction touches a new and a completely understandable level.  I don’t even know what Hamid was trying there.  Was he going for some magic-realism ala Marquez and Rushdie.  If he was, he sure didn’t succeed, with his light and dark Londons. The story floundered.   The arc of Sayeed-Nadia relationship didn’t make any sense either.  It was repetitive, unengaging and seemed to go in a circle.

Don’t bother.

Little Fires Everywhere: Celeste Ng



Celeste Ng, follows up her last inter-cultural masterpiece, ‘Everything I Never Told You’ with a book that traces the class and cultural differences in US.  The story is so compelling that you turn pages instantly, and the writing so good, that you regret only so much is left.  The characters, particularly the teenagers – Lexi, Chip, Moody, Izzy, and Pearl are drawn really sharply, and distinctively.  The only drawback is the excessive back stories of the adults – Mrs. Richardson and Mia – that slow down the pace of the book.  An interesting lesson there – sometimes the writers feel compelled to tell us the back stories of some of the main characters , to tell us how they came to be what they are, and sometimes the readers only want to get on with the story and don’t really care.  Overall, a brilliant book.

A must read.

‘The Jasmine Bloom’ – A book of strong emotions

Thank you for a great review, Sohinee Dey!

The Jasmine Bloom” written by Author Rajat Narula is up on my blog #PoesyInChrysalis. Check out the link to read the full review 🙂

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“Complex characters, good narration, secrets that can destroy relationships. But at the heart of it, this is a story of a man learning to accept life as it is and be happy with who he is.”
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Book Title: The Jasmine Bloom Author: Rajat Narula Total Number of Pages: 232 Publisher: Sristhi Publishers Publication Date: 1 October…


The Jasmine Bloom Review: The Forbidden Affair Of A Crestfallen Hero

Final View: I read this book from cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you feel you need a break from regular romances, then pick this forbidden affair so you know the ramifications of threading the most disapproved path.

For the full review, click on the link   The Jasmine Bloom Creative Cover