Book Review: The Angel’s Beauty Spots by K R Meera|Three Novellas|

"The experience of love that I'm going to describe is the strangest you'll have ever encountered." Countless stories about numerous women from different phases of life and yet, K R Meera succeeds in creating a disparate world with her audacious portrayal of fierce women tormented by love and longing. 'The Angel's Beauty Spots' is a …

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Book Review: Waiting by Nighat Gandhi

The fight for gender equality had been long and tiring, and even then women today find themselves in unexplainable and unacceptable situations in the name of religion and patriarchy. Nighat Gandhi’s ‘Waiting’ is a collection of 13 stories that shoves us into the lives of thirteen different women, caught in the monotony of life, looking …

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Book Review: Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire

It is always the narrative that helps us remember certain life lessons better than the others and 'Son of the Thundercloud' is one such mesmerizing, tragic and comforting story. Pele, after losing his entire village including his wife and child, embarks on a journey without a destination in mind. On his way, he meets two …

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Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

How do I get over a book that has latched itself on to me, in a maddening sort of way? This might sound exaggerating, but you have to trust me when I say, 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' wasn't what I expected it to be.  Right from the first sentence, the book had …

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Book Review: A Promised Land by Khadija Mastur

I have read numerous accounts on India's post-partition story, but none from the other side of the border. 'A Promised Land' is a refugee's story, forced to leave her ancestral home and move to a refugee camp in the newly formed country, Pakistan. Sajidah arrives at the Walton Camp with her father. She has been …

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Book Review: The Adventures of Biplob the Bumblebee- Volume 1 by Abhishek Talwar

What a jolly bee, our friend Biplop. With three stories, the author writes about a bee who is happy and truly concerned about the beings around him, especially the stunning flowers in the garden he lives in and farmer Balram who grows them in his land. The first story is about Biplob realizing his purpose …

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Book Review: Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore|A Timeless classic of love, lust, and lonliness|

Tagore's novel on lust, jealousy, entangled fate and sacrifices, Chokher Bali takes us into the heart of a Bengali household. When Mahin decides to marry the meek and gentle Ashalata, his relationship with everyone else including his best friend Bihari suffers a strain. But Mahin, engrossed in his newfound marital bliss doesn't notice these changes. …

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