Book Reviews

Book Reading Journey : Books We Grow Out Of – And Then Grow Back Into

It’s interesting how a book reading journey evolves. Here’s my book journey…


Right out of kindergarten, Noddy’s brightly colored storybooks and his Toyland friends became good pals – to visit as often as possible in the library.

Secret Seven and Famous Five

At age 7, it was fun to solve ‘mysteries’ with the SS and Scamper. But a couple of years later, when the Famous Five (with Timmy) became my favorite series, the 7 seemed ‘childish’ by contrast.

William and Hardy Boys

Entering double digits, the rough and ready William and his Outlaws won my heart for adventure, alongside Frank, Joe and Chet. Nice, clean fun with just a hint of mortal danger, that paralleled our way of life in middle school.


Why Do You Write Book Reviews?

Why Book Reviews


I’ve invested dozens of hours in writing book reviews. For various reasons.

Reason #6: To Pause and Think About The Book

In the midst of a hectic work and life schedule, I squeeze out time to read. And in the past, I hardly ever found enough time to ponder upon what I’d read.

Nowadays, I carve out time for doing it – by writing book reviews.

It’s a chance to revisit the book; recall favorite or insightful bits; re-live the experience. And then, share it in a review.


Book Review: Urmila – by Pervin Saket

Urmila by Parvin Saket

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Urmila by Pervin Saket is a lovely read that appeals on many levels.

Having recently read Kavita Kane’s book about Urmila, I appreciated the parallels Pervin loosely draws between her heroine and Lakshman’s wife in the Indian legend.

But this is a different story. More urban. More contemporary.

It’s fundamentally the tale of a girl from a middle-class Maharashtrian family living in crowded, cosmopolitan Mumbai. She marries into a wealthy family, cares for her elderly parents-in-law, and craves the love and affection of her rather detached husband.

What sets it apart is the author’s skill in turning this rather mundane tale into a masterpiece. One that takes an egg-whisk to your feelings, stirs up emotion and gets under your skin.


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Hercule Poirot

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie’s ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ – a Hercule Poirot mystery… 

A county squire is found dead in his study, a Tunisian dagger buried in his neck – and suddenly it turns out that many people had wanted him dead!

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A Book Review of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd… by The Victim:

I’m Roger Ackroyd – and someone murdered me.


Christmas Adventure – Hercule Poirot

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding - Hercule Poirot

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A prank turns into misfortune. As a young girl lies in the snow, who in the Christmas party could be a murderer?

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A Book Review of Christmas Adventure… by the murder victim:

My name is Nancy Cardell.

I’m at Aunt Emily’s with seven other friends for Christmas. And a funny old man with his curious egg-shaped head, fierce moustache and piercing emerald-green eyes.

“It is my business to know things,” he says.

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