The Nine Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat

Title: The Nine Chambered Heart Author: Janice Pariat Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 978-93-5277-379-4 Pages: 200 Source: Review Copy Rating: 2.5/5 The nine perspectives on the woman at the heart of this novel are tightly framed, and show how people perceive what they want to see in a relationship. However, these vignettes told from the perspective of […]

The Boys Who Fought by Devdutt Pattanaik

Title: The Boys Who Fought Author: Devdutt Pattanaik Publisher: Puffin Books ISBN: 978-0-143-44161-8 Pages: 107 Source: Review copy Rating: 4/5 For a book this short, Patnaik succeeds in taking the reader for a long journey through the ups and downs of the Pandava family fortunes. The seeds for the Mahabharata’s climactic battle are sown in the […]

Murder in Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav

Title: Murder in Paharganj Author: Kulpreet Yadav Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-93-86826-61-9 Pages: 274 Source: Review copy Rating: 3/5 Murder in Paharganj is a compelling thriller, one you may well find yourself carrying around and snatching every opportunity to read during the course of the day. It opens on our crime-reporting protagonist observing the hotel room in […]

A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

Title: A State of Freedom Author: Neel Mukherjee Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 978-0-670-09015-0 Pages: 275 Source: Review copy Rating: 4/5 This review contains spoilers. The sections in A State of Freedom have common themes, or characters recurring in the periphery of each section’s primary narrator’s life. Migration emerges as the central theme, and its accompanying freedoms and […]

Looking for the Rainbow: My Years with Daddy by Ruskin Bond

Title: Looking for the Rainbow: My Years with Daddy Author: Ruskin Bond Publisher: Puffin Books ISBN: 978-0-143-44107-6 Pages: 110 Source: Review copy Rating: 4/5 After the separation of his parents, 8-year old Ruskin Bond went to live with his father for two years. Looking back at those years, he describes the rich tapestry of his boyhood […]

Writing about reading

I haven’t been writing one minute fiction for the past couple of years, having hit what they call the creative block – I can’t call myself a writer yet. So what is the best one can do when not writing regularly? Write about reading! Over the years I have been fortunate enough to receive review […]