Showing posts from November, 2017

death under the deodars by Ruskin Bond

It was death at first sight... and so starts the first of the 8 short stories in the new edition of Ruskin Bond's 'death under the deodars'. In his impressive and impeccable writing style, which has been admired by the young and the old alike, Bond has presented 8 stories... some of them true accounts.

Murders happen for various reasons... money, love, lust and at times because of a mistake. The main charachter is an elderly lady, Miss May Ripley-Bean, who is a permanent resident of the Royal Hotel in Mussourie. She narrates most of the stories, as she recalls the various people and peculiar characters she meets during her regular routine. My favourite from the stories was 'Strychnine in the Cognac'.

The Royal hotel, Miss Ripley-Bean, Mr Lobo, the pianist and all those who live in the quaint hill station are very endearing. The stories, though, murder mysteries lack the punch, but hit you with subtlety. While I found myself growing fonder of 'Aunty May Ripley- …

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Thoughts, when you control them, you have won at life. But when thoughts control your life, you are not living, you are being manipulated to believe that this is your life.

Many of us have faced anxiety, OCD and mental health issues. So many of us continue to battle it, everyday, every minute and so many times, unfortunately for our loved ones, we are unable to articulate what anxiety feels likes.

John Green's latest, 'Turtles All The Way Down', just like his widely acclaimed 'The Fault In Our Stars' deals with mental health and its related issues, especially in the lives of teenagers and young adults.

The story centers around 16 year old Aza Holmes, a high school student whose life is inflicted with anxiety, OCD's and thoughts which not only control her actions, but also take her life spiralling out of control. Her best friend, Daisy, is an extrovert and a completely opposite personality type, which, on many occasions lands the two of them in bizzare situatio…

Meera by Parul Mehta Patel

You wouldn't know when you are half way through a good book because you are flipping pages, faster than usual! That's what happened when I read Parul Mehta Patel's 'Meera'.

'Meera' is the story of a girl, a daughter, a friend, a sister and a wife. So what's new with that you ask?... Nothing that has not been done before, but you still connect.

Well, to begin with, you can easily identify with main protagonist Meera. As a five year old, you understand her insecurities when she has a new sibling. As a teenager, you associate with her high school drama and her trauma which she suffers. As a daughter, you relate to her life in a dysfunctional family. As an older sister, you can feel the maternal instincts she felt for her much younger sister. And as a woman, you grow with her through her years.

The book is divided into years of Meera's life: Childhood and Challenges, Marraiges and Mistakes, Reasons and Realities. Each chapter is a first person account …

The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

They say poetry should be poignant, soul touching, it should reach out to you with ease... to me poetry is all that ...along with being easily understood, uncomplicated and extremely personal. I don't know what good poetry is but Rupi Kaur's words seem to talk to you as though someone was holding you in a bear hug and talking to you in you your ears, saying, 'I got you, it is ok.'

Rupi Kaur is a 25 year old Canadian poet, writer and illustrator. And boy oh boy, her illustrations can speak volumes! Not only does her poetry transcend from one emotion to other, her illustrations add so much more life to the words.

The sun and her flowers is divided into 5 sections, wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. 256 pages of bite sized poetry and illustrations divided amongst the 5 sections are a treat for the eyes. I wonder how moving it would be for someone to read some of the lines out loud...

'The sun and her flowers' was released on October 3, 2017 by Simon …

Terribly Tiny Tales Vol 1

With attention spans of the millennials decreasing by the second, reading of books,whether digital or otherwise has become a task.
In the times of 140 characters, where everyone is trying to voice their opinions on micro blogging platforms and hashtags rule the roost,Terribly Tiny Tales comes as welcome change.

250 Tales, under 140 characters and infinite scope for imagination. Each story has a hashtag and makes you think beyond those 140 characters. Precisely what fiction is supposed to do. For me, those stories stay with me even after. Contemporary themes, modern thoughts and equally thought provoking lines on everyday life is what makes Terribly Tiny Tales different.

Open any page and read a tale, think about life and what it means to you! This tiny black book holds a plethora of emotions and is ideal to gift and also essential for one of those off days where you need some book therapy.

Another wonderful feature of the tales is that there is lot left to individual reader's imag…