Oleander girl

Feb 23, 2014 3 comments
Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
My rating:  4 out of 5 star

Oleander girl is the second book am reading, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, after Palace of illusions. And am thoroughly convinced what an excellent story teller she is.

The Eyes That Drowned Uyuni

Feb 15, 2014 2 comments

The Eyes That Drowned Uyuni by Prashant Chopra

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The eyes that drowned Uyuni is a short and captivating read. The narration beautifully swings between the present and past of Parag, of how he lost his beloved wife Mriga and how he had won her. The portions expressing Parag's love for his child tugs at your heartstrings. I also loved the way the author brought out the intimacy between Parag and Mriga without getting into too much details. On the contrary, with its enigmatic end, this paranormal romance, or so I believe, had me reading it twice over because I wanted to make sure what I understood was what is implied. And in the process it made me speculate a little! (And a trivial observation is that the author tends to describe and express everything thrice, in different forms and ways).

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Love's Labor

Feb 8, 2014 0 comments
Love's Labour
Andy Paula
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this book at one go and later wondered what kept me glued when the story is such a simple, typical one. It's definitely the author's storytelling skills. The blossoming of love between Sathya and Piali, the way they take it forward and their families stance are realistic and never appear cliched. A couple of conversations between Sathya and Piali are actually cute. I would have loved to read more of their sweet nothings :-) And this novella definitely 'captures the very essence of being South Asian', as Indireads claims itself to be. On the flip side, I felt the book ended a little abrupt.
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