Rebel Sultans by Manu S Pillai

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Hardcover, First, 336 pages
Published June 15th 2018 by Juggernaut

My Ratings: 3.5/5 stars


My review:

Because I am not much into history but this book was good. I haven’t read Manu S Pillai’s The Ivory Throne and read this book because I basically have little to no knowledge about history. So when I started reading the book, I had expected it to be boring text that just went on and on but instead, I got stories of individual characters told in a good narrative. Continue reading

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Crime Beyond 22 yards by Sourabh Mukherjee

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My Ratings: 3/5 stars

The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review.

 47 pages
Published June 15th 2018 by Srishti Publishers

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During the summer of 2000, Delhi Police brought allegations of match-fixing against the South African skipper Hansie Cronje. Though he denied the allegations to start with, Cronje later went on to reveal shocking truths. The confessions of a bookie in India then went on to shake the foundations of valour and gallantry that the game of cricket stands for. Before long, the scandal spread its tentacles all over the world. Crime Beyond 22 Yardsis a fast-paced reality thriller that throws light on the biggest international scandal in the game of cricket, how heroes turned overnight into villains, and how there was tragic redemption at the end of this sordid saga.  Continue reading

Road to Cherry hills: The Journey continues by Sohini Bagchi

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My ratings: 3/5 stars


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Road to Cherry Hills takes us into the world of Rimjhim, as she walks down the memory lane to her campus days where she meets Ankit, falls head over heels for him and thought her life has changed forever. Of course it did, but in the most unexpected ways, as she soon finds her life taking a completely different turn. Rimjhim, now a single mother and a successful professional, moves on to fight her own battle. She didn’t need special power to do so, but a strong willpower to overcome difficult times. That willpower which we all have but we are only one step away to realise it. The story narrates her trials and tribulations, her dilemmas and achievements, her darkest fears and her deepest desires as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.  Continue reading

Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars
128 pages
Published September 14th 2017 by Charco Press
This was a Manbooker International 2018 nominated book.

My Review:
When you’re away, every second of silence is followed by a hoard of demons infiltrating my brain. 
The book is about one thing and one thing alone (to me, every person has their own interpretation), solitude. The necessity of solitude is at its highest for a mother after she has given birth. Forget the usual notions about maternal instincts and wanting to be near the baby. Every part of this book somehow signifies that one essential need of being selfish, self-indulgent and in solitude.

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Fever Dreams by Samanta Schweblin

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

192 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Riverhead Books

This was one of the Man Booker International nominated books of 2017.


About this book: (Should probably skip this and delve right into the book)

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.
Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.
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Underground by Haruki Murakami

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

Paperback, 309 pages
Published August 13th 1998 by Vintage Books

I know it has been a long while since my last book review. Six months to be honest and while I HAVE been reading (though too little and mostly short stories), nothing has given me something to talk about as much as this book. Thus, here I am. I can never read a book by Murakami and yet NOT talk about it. Maybe a day would come when that happens but I don’t wanna be around for that. So here we go:


My Review:

When the news headline flashes on the screen talking about the number of people dead and perhaps one tantalizing video that shows a graphical representation of the tragedy, it is easy to feel that momentary empathy for the people and then go on living your life being glad that you weren’t the one going through it. Continue reading

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars

Genre: Short stories, Contemporary literature


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The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.
An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.

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