Sikkim in My Love Story – Book Review

Sikkim in My Love Story

Sikkim in My Love Story is a collection of 9 wonderful short stories by an author from Sikkim, Narsing Nirzat. The book is voluminous because the short stories aren’t that short… each short story takes 34 exact pages to finish and at the end, you will also find the details of each of the short stories – from where they have been taken, on what realism they are based and what is the story behind those short stories. To conclude the introductory paragraph, Sikkim in My Love Story is a collection which brings out Sikkim and everything about Sikkim to the readers from other parts of India who want to know and learn about Sikkim’s beauty, culture, traditions and the legacy…  Continue reading “Sikkim in My Love Story – Book Review”

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A Dowryless Wedding by Merlin Franco – Book Review

A Dowryless Wedding is no lesser than a social document if a work on dowry is considered to be a mirror of a society we live in. This novel, a debut by the author, is highly contagious and it might harm you be picking your pocket with the important time that you have for your work, reserved, in a day. It might spread laughter and spread humour too… so, my advice to all the readers in my league would be reading this book as soon as possible and then letting it rest in the backyard of your library!  Continue reading “A Dowryless Wedding by Merlin Franco – Book Review”

Making a Poem by Vihang Naik – book review

I love reading poetry and it must not be a truth so layered to be discovered by my readers by now. However, I do have a taste for poetry and before tasting, I do have a test for poetry that I read. Most of the times, you will find me engaging with the poems of Victorians because there I find the philosophy which is weird and other times, you will see taking up a fight with the Romantics because they have that audacity which I want to see in the poets. Shakespeare and Milton are on other levels and so, they find my reading desk opening its arm wide open… in the modern poets, from India and otherwise, I do love to see uniqueness which I find sometimes and get disappointed other times. Today, I am going to talk about a poet I have recently read – Vihang Naik. His collection of poetry, Making a Poem, I just finished a few days ago and I will write about the same here. Continue reading “Making a Poem by Vihang Naik – book review”

The Gunpowder Prince by Michael Archer – Book Review

Well, let me say at the outset that this is a war book which documents the role of a brave and clever war-hero, Captain Mirza Munir Baig who led the American Marine Corps into the deadly Vietnam War (the Khe Sanh Seige) and led them to victory when every hope was almost lost and the lives of many soldiers were at direct risk. The author of this book, The Gunpowder Prince, Michael Archer was himself present at the war as a radio operator and he had the chance to work with Captain Baig and observe his style and tactics of the war. He recounts his days at Vietnam war and this book is a testimony to the skills of a hero who lost his glory with the time.  Continue reading “The Gunpowder Prince by Michael Archer – Book Review”

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”

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”

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”

Indian Culture and Literature by Ajay Mishra

Indian Culture and Literature by Ajay Mishra is a book which tells the readers about the glorious past that our nation has enjoyed. This 224 page book documents the culture and literature of our country across the length and width of our physical geography. It talks about the literature in Assamese language and also talks about the literature in the Maithili language. Sufi literature, Punjabi literature, Indian literature in foreign languages, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu and so on… Ajay Mishra has talked about the literature in different Indan languages and has tracked the progress (briefly) to the modern times.

Indian Literature and Culture

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The Guide by R K Narayan

I have recently finished this book once again. It was the last time when I was pursuing my graduation that I have read this book. However, that was rather a study than a read per se. I had to study the aspects of the book academically rather than reading the book and extracting things out of that reading personally. The Guide by R. K. Narayan is truly a masterpiece of Indian Literature produced in English. It had the appeal when there was no me; it has the appeal when there is me and it’d have the appeal even then when I won’t be around! Such is the master creation of one of the greatest English novelists of India – R K NarayanContinue reading “The Guide by R K Narayan”