Narasimha by Kevin Missal, the first book in the Mahaavatar Trilogy picks on the topic of dharma and adharma. A retelling of the fourth Vishnu avatar, it is centered around the story of Narasimha, Hiranyakashyap, and Prahlad.
Beast is one of my favorite Indian fantasy fictions in recent years and features in my favorites books of the year. An urban fantasy, the author Krishna Udayasankar has created a crisp, fast-paced thriller that has you turning the pages.
I am quite a moody reader. My next pick depends on what piques my interest. Here is a list of books I enjoyed reading this year. They range from fiction to fantasy to short stories. And quite a few translated works.
Agatha Christie meets Ruskin Bond in Before you Breathe by Tanushee Podder. Set in a quiet hill town of Ramsar, the book follows an amateur sleuth and a cop solving series of incidents and a murder.
Grief, when it comes, is nothing we expect it to be. Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. – Joan Didion. This Father’s Day marked twenty-nine months to date since I lost my dad. He was my partner in crime, my biggest critic, and overall a self made man who was my hero.
“There’s no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody.” The book follows the story of three sisters – Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina who have been asked to undertake a pilgrimage on behalf of their mother.
It was the title “My Land across the Border” that piqued my interest. A term often used by my grandfather as he reminisced about pre-partition India. Both my parents’ families were displaced by the partition. I have grown up hearing stories of life in undivided Punjab.
Kolkata holds a special place in my heart. It is a city that welcomed my paternal grandparents’ displaced family with open arms after the partition. A city that has still retained the culture in the midst of the globalization.
Are we losing our ability to read? Skim reading is the new normal! Do we lose depth in digital reading? E-books will kill the libraries and small bookstores! Every few days, I come across an article denouncing digital reading and e-books.
No Presents Please came highly recommended and I was looking forward to reading the book. It definitely did not disappoint. This is not the kind of a book that you can read in one go.