The Palace Of Illusions

Jan 28, 2014 1 comments

The Palace Of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
My rating 5 out of 5 star
To start with, I love the title The Palace Of Illusions and the way it was used as a metaphor to Draupadi's earthly body when she was dying. Coming to the story, one reason we read Mahabharath over and over is the beauty of its characters, rather their complexity I should say. The palace of Illusions is one such reason to re-read Mahabharath - the story told from the view point of Draupadi. 

Against All Odds

Jan 25, 2014 0 comments
Against All Odds by Jazz Singh
My Rating 3 out 5 star

Against all odds, a simple love story with its lifelike characters and vivid narration is a compelling read. As the author unrolls the canvas, the characters spring into life as though they have been living next door all this time. Every character has an accurate portrayal irrespective of how big or small their role is.
What didn't work for me though are the portions depicting the intimacy between Sanjana and Abhimanyu. Its my personal opinion that premarital sex shouldn't been advocated in a book. It is still a taboo in our culture. There are exceptions in the society. Exceptions cannot define rules. Exceptions might soon become the norm. But let us not make it sooner. Books, these days are  increasingly having such obscene stuff. Let us spare another Sanjana in a small town to imagine it as a 'cool' thing taken lightly by the city-bred. Overall, a quick and relaxed read.
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Zeus(Olympians #1)

Jan 22, 2014 0 comments

Zeus(Olympians #1) by George O'connor
My Rating : 4 out of 5 star

This is my first venture into Greek Mythology and there couldn't have been a better book to start with. Mainly because it is a graphic novel and the size of the book is not intimidating. Though I think it is too concise to contain a story of this proportion. Having read this book, I get a vague idea of greek myth but I can't recollect most names. There is a whole bunch of gods of various sizes and shapes crammed into a single panel! 

But, as I said, this is an excellent starting point. Had I picked up a big regular book, chances are I would have shunned the idea of reading greek mythology any further. But this book, with its recommendations for young readers and adults , has succeeded in convincing me to read more. 
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Jan 11, 2014 0 comments
Books and Movies are reflection of a society, a frozen piece of life and culture. Indireads aims to do just that, record the life and times of South Asian community. When I picked up the book Unsettled by Neelima Vinod , I had least expectations. For one, everyone has a story these days, humble or otherwise, and wishes to share it with the world. The mode of reading, the audience, the publishing industry everything has flourished in ways unimaginable. That said, even if the boom means a never ending to-read list , bring it on, I say! 

Unsettled by Neelima Vinod
My rating : 5 out of 5 stars

Unsettled, the story of a couple and their visit to a haunted house in hopes of saving their marriage is an excellent read. Just few pages into it and am convinced I have a good read at hand and with every page I feel that it is surpassing my expectations. As the story progresses, am just traveling with it, eager to find what the story is all about. Both the story of the couple and that of the yakshi are convincingly narrated. Considering that it is a novella, the Author gets across the characters emotions crisply. 
She wanted to trust, to forgive his transgressions, not because she was a doormat but because their love compensated for all foibles 
She was like the words he(a poet) chased elusive yet necessary 
The author's brilliance is reflected in her narration. Few samples that I really enjoyed,
Their love was sweet and young and cut unripened  
Death had only magnified his presence as though he were broken shards of glass everywhere
...Quicksand is not good bedding 
Libraries as large as the folds of our brain 
Overall, its a very satiating read. Just one trivial point, I would have preferred a better title! Am looking forward to reading more from Indireads. By the way, I have strict standards for a book to enter my favorites list. Not that am a voracious reader, a literature freak or anything, its just that there is some unexplainable joy and excitement that only certain books evoke in me. And there goes Unsettled, into my favorites list :-)
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For One More Day

Jan 2, 2014 0 comments

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book doesn't need a review. One could only share the experience of reading it. Its a quick read and a good one too. Just pick it up and enjoy!
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