American Maharajah by Mark Stephen Levy – Review

I have been reading quite different stuff for sometimes and for a change, I decided to read this fiction, American Maharajah, by Mark. I have heard much about this book from different persons and read some reviews on different websites. I was anticipating a good story and a mature plot and I got it as well. However, there were some corners which were not illumined as were the other corners of the book and my review will clear the air.  Continue reading “American Maharajah by Mark Stephen Levy – Review”

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Readings and Ramblings

What have we made of this world? Seems so clearly that we have corrupted it and did not stop only there; we moved on of the things and kept corrupting it as ever until we made our heavens regret – Hiroshima, Pearl Harbour, WW1, WW2, slavery, independence, politics, propaganda… so many names are there which can be called destruction safely and none of us should have any problems with that because we deserve to be called out! So many times, in so many books, so many authors have vented out their frustration about the worsening situation in the world and on some occasions, they have even warned us of the coming dangers – like always we do to the good advice, we shrouded ourselves with immunity and left unaffected. Books, truly, are the best companions a person can have. Do we really enjoy their company? Or we just flirt with them at times? The question is worthy to be posed because had we been enjoying the company of books, we could have been human beings!

I have been reading books about the degeneration of humanity in the recent days. Believe me, the world does not seem very good when I read the words written in those books – we have been acting like enemies to each other – brothers and the philosophy that once Vivekananda taught us have been forgotten long ago and we are ourselves to be blamed for that – no one else!

Eliot cried on the best of his voice but we did not care about the world war 1 and lo – we had another world war years later. Likewise, when Arnold told us that the Sea is unusually calm, we mistook it just for poetry while it was nothing lesser than the warning message to us all… many authors, on many occasions in many books, have tried to warn us of the upcoming dangers because of our actions but we just enjoy the books – we do not read them to get the message. And this is, just so sad!

Despite Stolen Dreams by Anita Krishan

Anita Krishan’s novel, the latest one, Despite Stolen Dreams is being considered as being one among the works of fiction by Indian novelists which represent the Indian English writing on the world stage with the true colours and in the best possible way! I am not saying all this merely because many others are saying so. I am saying all this because I have been reading literature for some time now and I have grown old reading books by authors from various parts of the world – India being special. Despite Stolen Dreams, as it might reflect by the metaphor in the title, is a work of fiction which traces the loss but the ‘despite’ that begins it says a lot to the readers who are rather serious about reading! Continue reading “Despite Stolen Dreams by Anita Krishan”

With You; Without You book review

प्रभात रंजन द्वारा रचित उपन्यास, विद यू; विदाउट यू मैंने हाल में ही पढ़ी है। उनकी कहानी काफी अच्छी एवं इंसानी जज्बातों को प्रगट करने वाली है इसमें कोई दो राय नहीं हो सकती। शुरू से लेके अंत तक मुझे ये पता ही नहीं चला की मैंने कितनी जल्दी इस उपन्यास को पढ़ डाला। आप अगर खुद इस पुस्तक को पढ़ेंगे तब आपको पता चलेगा मैं ऐसा क्यों कह रहा हूँ। इस कहानी में कुछ तो खास है जो पाठकों को बस लुभाए एवं उलझाए रखती है और लेखक इस काम में बहुत सफल हुए हैं। हमें तो बस वही दीखता और पढ़ने को मिलता है जो लेखक पन्नों के पीछे से पढ़ाते और दिखाते हैं Continue reading “With You; Without You book review”

A new beginning – book lovers from India

Dear friends, how are you? I have been reading as well as exploring and finally found something worthy to be shared with all of you. Indian Book Lovers is an upcoming book review website which is being set up by a group of enthusiastic readers who are ready to storm into the book readers’ community! A group of people who read a lot and also keep an eye on the happenings in the literary and bookish community. As I have gathered by talking to some of them and from my own understanding of their plan, these guys on Indian Book Lovers will share their book reviews with the readers through their website as well as express their opinions on various issues like reading habits and all.  Continue reading “A new beginning – book lovers from India”

Bleeding Queens by Palak Kundra – review

Have you ever come across a book which openly supports the brazen and ghastly punishment against rapists? If not, then you need to read this book Bleeding Queens by Palak Kundra. Bleeding Queens is a novel written in Hindi and which runs around 150 pages. However, the novel does not let you rest unless you finish this and sit relax after knowing how does the central character, Diljit, punishes the culprits who have raped her and takes her vengeance. Other than that, you will find the frustration of the author against the society which has become so dumb and deaf against the crime against women.  Continue reading “Bleeding Queens by Palak Kundra – review”

What do I follow for book reviews?

There are the people who might be following my WordPress website for their book reviews update. However, for my updates, I do follow some of the leading book review platforms in India. These websites keep me updated about the latest happenings in the book world and among the reading fraternity. Today, I will tell about some of my favourite book review websites.  Continue reading “What do I follow for book reviews?”

Reading Sports Biographies and Autobiographies

Readers don’t want any excuses when it comes to reading books! I am also one of those readers who just read anything when doing nothing and recently, I had the opportunity of reading a number of sports biographies and autobiographies. I came across the books by and on many sportspersons including Sachin, Pele, Flintoff, Gerrard, Beckham, Kevin Pieterson and many others. And let me tell you, reading those books has given me deep insights into the lives of those iconic personalities of the sports.  Continue reading “Reading Sports Biographies and Autobiographies”

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter | Book Review

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter is the debut book by author Shilpa Raj who has been in the constant focus after the launch of the book on 28th of July 2017. Shilpa has been invited by different institutions to deliver a talk on her book and tell the audience about the issues she has raised in her memoir. So far, the book has been a success for Shilpa’s writing career debut and she must be feeling inspired to come up with more works like this which focus on the vicious side which we constantly ignore. Today, I will review The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter for my readers and also provide the link from where you can purchase the book. And be clear about it, Shilpa’s book is far more serious than a book is supposed to be by some debut author. The issues she has raised are grave and a civil society must look into those. Continue reading “The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter | Book Review”

Books are never old!

Dear readers, hope you all had a good weekend. Today, I will share my personal experience with you. It’s about a week ago that I had this amazing experience. I was in a library I used to go in childhood. Of course, the choice of books and magazines changes with the age and mental growth. However, the reading tendency remains the same and we must know it. In childhood, I used to read the books by Lewis Caroll because they reflected more childish joys and adventures than anything at that time. When I had to read the same book during my graduation, the perspective changed and when I had to write a paper on the same book once again during my post graduation, the perspective changed dramatically!  Continue reading “Books are never old!”