Monthly Archives: May 2018

Getting Nuanced

Getting Nuanced

Crossing the road any major Indian city is an art; a challenge; an act of daredevilry.

Yesterday evening, I came to a halt at the sight of a line of crazily veering vehicles – only to feel a tug at my arm.

I turned my head.

“What are you stopping for?” asked a querulous voice.

It was my daughter. The same little girl I would instruct, in serious tones, to “not try this when you’re alone” on the rare occasions we’d dart across a busy intersection.

This was a weird reversal of roles.

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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 and my reading strategies; recall favorite or insightful bits; re-live the experience. And then, share it in a review.

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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.

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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.

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