Book reviewer’s Brutally honest review of ” The white Tiger ” movie

this movie would remind you of both the ” Sound of Millionaire ” and “Parasite “.

Once again ,a large number of the people are picking up “The White Tiger ” ( won The man Booker Prize in 2008 )because of the movie. Though my fellow bookworms and I both agree that ” The book is better ” there’s always an indomitable curiosity to watch the movie !

I read the book back in 2017. But I reread it again and watched the movie.

Buy and read the book !
Let me tell you about the story first. This story is narrated by Balram Halwai ,who’s actually writing email to describe how he became a renowned Entrepreneur from a random India village guy who used to drive for the son of their Landlord first in Dhanbad , then in Delhi. Brutally frank narration about upper caste and lower caste system , believes of people and faithfulness. But to Balram ,it’s a “Rooster Coop ” and he wishes to escape this coop and why not , he’s “The white tiger ” once-in-a-generation .

To be honest this movie would remind you of both the ” Sound of Millionaire ” and “Parasite “. ( Just trying to give you some hint without any spoiler )

Rajkumar Rao was good as the son of the landlord, Ashoke and Priyanka Chopra Jonas ,as Pinky (the wife of Ashoke ” ) was good to . But Adarsh Gourav really nailed it as Balram.

Now get back to the main topic – did this movie did justice to the book ?- No.
Why you ask ?

Okay Let’s start –

I know it’s not possible to include every minute details in the book and sometimes a bit change also needed . But here , a lots of “things ” are missing .

1. Balram is not really Balram . He’s family used to call him Munna, the boy. His teacher gave him the name. It’s a huge miss ! Because it’s not Balram who made it to Bangalore. It’s Munna .

2. Balram is someone who loves four poets – Iqbal , Rumi , Mirza and t and he has forgotten the name of the fourth one. This is a huge trait of Balram’s character which is highly missed !

3. In order to show case the ”  India ” you don’t always to show cows and Gandhi statue in movies ! Balram from book has already told you that .

4.The Language ! I know it is a Hindi-English movie , but if two drivers are talking and cursing each other in Hindi, then why the English is important in most part of the conversation ?

If I have to Review this movie it’s a 7.5/10 ⭐

But As Book to movie adaption it’s 5/10⭐

Because I think Bahrani’s roars are louder than “The White Tiger ” itself !

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Adulting by Neharika Gupta

Adulting by Neharika Gupta

Total pages-207

Genre -fiction

Publication- HarperCollins

About the book

Adulting by Neharika Gupta revolves around three characters Tejas, Ruhi and Aisha .
Tejas is a best seller writer and struggling to overcome writer’s block. Ruhi is working at Literacy Publishing . Aisha is a popular blogger .
Ruhi works hard to take the literacy to a new level . But her mother is always there to throw her weight about. That’s why she hides her relationship with Tejas.

On the other hand Aisha is a popular fashion and lifestyle blogger and lives alone in Delhi. Aisha has an external faith in her beauty. She joins literacy as Social media manager.
Ruhi‘s too much insecurity makes Tejas uncomfortable, and he breaks up with her . Soon he feels attracted towards Aisha .
Aisha is too much conscious about her looks and weight. As her weight increase she starts loosing sanity . She feels depressed .

My views

The book gives us a inside view of publication house . The struggle of bloggers also well reflected here. But the story is predictable enough and finished hurriedly.
Tejas s unstable decisions about whom to date has made the story insipid.

It would be more logical if Aisha has consulted a Psychologist instead of visiting doctor only to control her diet.

I want to give this book 3/5 ⭐️

Author Interview with Pravin Agarwal

1.Tell something about your book.
The Girl in the Dream: A Love Story Planed 500 years ago is a Romantic Thriller with Mythology at its core. It’s a mix of romance, mystery, mythology and fantasy.
I wanted to write a novel that depicts passionate love and keeps the readers hooked till the end. Thrilling romance is the USP of the book. The story revolves around a mysterious girl that comes into the protagonist Vivaan’s dream. The novel is a saga of love and passion, betrayal and conspiracy, hope and ambition.What connects Vivaan, a Nasa scientist to Shrinika, the missing girl in the 16th century? What links Rachit and Swara, a love-struck pair of MNIT engineering college to the complex puzzle of Vivaan’s dream? What is the secret of the ancient Shiva temple? Do read the novel to know the answers.
2. Why have you chosen this genre?
I love reading thriller novels. Romance and Mythology are my favorite genre. Thus, I wrote a Romantic thriller novel in which mythology plays an important role. I like to write stories that I love to read.
3. Are you an avid reader?
Yes, of course, what else you can expect from a writer. Reading is my favorite pass time. I am hopelessly in love with books. Since my childhood, I am in the habit of reading everything that comes my way, be it a newspaper, magazine, or book.

4. Tell me about your favorite books.
I am a passionate book lover. I love every book I read. All the books written by Chetan Bhagat are my favorite in the romantic genre.

Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi, Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathi, and Harrapa Trilogy by Vineet Bajpai are my favorite in the Mythological genre.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Greatest Salesman in the World by OgMandino, Who Moved my Cheese by Spencer Johnson, The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, 13 Steps to Good Luck by Ashwin Sanghi are my favorite books in the non-fiction genre.
5. Any author whose works you admire
the most?

Chetan Bhagat is my all-time favorite Indian romantic author. I had read all his books. He is absolutely brilliant in his craft and one can learn a lot from him. He is the biggest-selling English-language novelist in India. I suppose many Indians started reading books because of him. He is phenomenal.

Besides Chetan Bhagat, I admire Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Vineet Vajpai, Ravinder Singh, Preeti Shenoy, Durjoy Datta, Nikita Singh, Nora Roberts, Veronica Ruth, Dale Carnegie and the list goes on. They all are absolutely brilliant in their craft and one can learn a lot from reading their books. For example, if you read books of Durjoy Datta or Ravinder Singh in the romantic genre then you will see how fabulous writers they are.Above all authors are exceptionally blessed writers.
6. Do you write every day?
Yes, I write every day. Even if I am busy, I write at least a hundred words each day to maintain continuity. Writing is a lonely job. There is no one to push you to write, and thus the onus is on us to maintain discipline.
7. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Taking out time to write a book was a key challenge for me. I am a full-time employee, and I rarely get time to write on weekdays. I write mostly on weekends. Then I had a family too. But then we always find out time for the things that we love to do.
8. What was your favorite part of this publishing journey?
My favorite part of the publishing journey is when the book reached the readers. When they write back to me, telling me how much they loved the book is the most satisfying feeling. Every artist lives for the clapping from the audience.
9.How do you handle literary criticism?
I appreciate the honest feedback as it helps us evolve as a writer. Whenever there is negative feedback, I try to find out what the reader didn’t like and how I can address it in my next book. I took literary criticism as an opportunity to improve my writing.
10. Any tips for aspiring authors 😊

Maintain discipline and write every day. Read more to learn from the experts. Keep writing, keep dreaming. The journey to your dreams will be filled with challenges, but don’t give up, fight it, move past them.

Author interview : In conversation with Author Amit Bagaria

Being a reader, behind the scenes of writing a book always attracts me. After reading a book,I thought how the author came up with an idea and penned it down.

I got chache to talk to Author Amit Bagaria………

1. What inspired you to start writing?
I have been writing from the time I was in high school 37 years ago, when I was editor of the school newspaper and the annual yearbook. Again, in university in the USA, I was the news editor of the weekly newspaper. After getting into my own business, for about 17 years, I wrote articles or columns for several national newspapers and magazines. I began writing books in 2017.

2. How do you come up with the titles to your books?
I think of a catchy title which is also connected to the contents of the book. People have really appreciated titles like “1914 NaMo or MoNa”, “DeMYTHSifying MYTHS”, “OK TATA”, “72@72”, “I-SPY” and “SPIES, LIES & RED TAPE”.

3. How you create these characters?
“SPIES, LIES & RED TAPE” is my only fiction novel and therefore the only book out of my 10 in which I had to ‘create’ characters. I created each new characters as and when the story needed them.

4. Do you have any personal favourite character?
Neelima Gupta, as I created a lot of funny dialogues for her.

5. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I have just completed writing my 10th nonfiction and 11th overall book. The title is “MODI 2.0” and the subtitle is “Is it THE END of the 135-year-old Congress party”. I am sure this gives you an idea what this book is all about. After a break, I will start writing a sequel to “SPIES, LIES & RED TAPE”, which has sold 7,200+ copies in a year and has been an Amazon No.1 bestseller for 31 weeks.

6. Your last read was?
“The Escape” by David Baldacci. I write reviews of all books that I read, on Goodreads.

7. Top 3 books you have read and want to suggest our readers
It would not be fair on the authors if I rate any 3 books as “top 3”. If your readers look under “My Books” on my Goodreads profile, they can see all the books that I have rated as 5-star.

8. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Reading, watching web series, meeting friends and going out to eat (obviously not during Covid)

9. Any tips for future authors?
DO NOT COPY. Most new Indian authors end up copying famous/successful authors. Though I don’t read romance novels, I have flipped through some and have also read many reviews. The stories by new/budding authors are mostly a rejig of a famous Chetan Bhagat or Durjoy Datta or Ravinder Singh or Preeti Shenoy or Sudeep Nagarkar novel. You need to be original as copies can never be as good as the originals. Besides, there are so many other genres to write on other than romance or self-help, where there are very few Indian books available. Why don’t Indian authors pick subjects like I have covered in “SPIES, LIES & RED TAPE”? Movies / web series with similar plots do well – I don’t see why books shouldn’t. Even children’s fiction is an unexplored genre in India.

Author Interview

Behind the scenes of writing a book always thrilled me. I read Unforeseen by Chandan Sen Gupta last month and while I get a chance to interview him, I just didn’t miss the chance !

1.First of all, this book offers something new. How did you come up with the plot idea?

Answer: In October 2013, a Pakistani colleague of mine travelled from Bahrain to India for the liver transplant surgery of his eight-year-old daughter. It was the only hope of her survival, after a total organ failure due to a congenital condition. The Indian visa came after a three-week-long wait, when the family had given up hope of obtaining it. After their arrival in India, going through a strict security regime, which is customary for any visiting Pakistani, caught them off-guard. This drove them to despair, but when all seemed lost, understanding officials came to their rescue. Every year, hundreds of Pakistani citizens come to India for treatment of life-threatening medical conditions. Due to repeated terror strikes on Indian soil, masterminded by an unconcerned Pak army, their passage to India is mired in long-drawn security checks. Where time is of the essence, senseless acts of terrorism put the lives of the ailing at risk. 

This dismal scenario drove me to write this book.

  1. The book deals with a very sensitive issue. Did you face any problems while publishing this one?

Answer: None whatsoever. If you see my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Unforeseen-A-battle-for-his-daughters-life-208311756568798 you will note how well the concept of the book has been received by viewers. While the likes from people in in India was expected, considering that the book upholds our country’s role as a saviour of near-terminally ill citizens of the subcontinent, you will be surprised at the praise it has received from viewers in Pakistan, though my book openly speaks out against terrorism sponsored by the Pak army on Indian soil. These are the people who got a new lease of life after undergoing surgeries in India, when the medical system in their own country had given up all hope. 

  1. It is your second book. Can you please share your writing experience with us.

            Answer: Seventeen years ago, when we had just moved to Bahrain, my four-year-old            daughter was asked to recite a patriotic poem on the occasion of Indian Republic Day Celebration at school. Without a suitable material for recitation in hand, I wrote my first poem for the little girl. The acclaim that it won, inspired me to write for her regularly, both, in English and in Bengali, which is my mother tongue. Very soon, I took to writing prose, about the places I had stayed in during the course of my work – Thailand, Nigeria, Bahrain – and started publishing them in the local English daily. In 2012, my story – The Land with a Soul – won the first prize in a creative writing contest and was published in the Best of Bahrain collection the same year. It was, however, after I joined Bahrain Writers’ Circle – an association of aspiring and published authors from all over the world, residing in Bahrain – that I published my first novel. That book, also a thriller, was titled, “Land of Two Seas” and it was based on Bahrain during the Second World War.

  1. Your previous book was also a thriller. Is it your favourite genre?

               Answer: Indeed, my favourite genre is Thriller. I like action and fast pace. In the seventies, when I was in school, World War 2 and the Cold War were the themes of my favourite thrillers. Bridge on the river Kwai, Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra and The Thirty-Nine Steps are some of the books that I can recall from that period. Espionage, betrayals, battles and guns captured my imagination. When I joined college, books like Papillon, Godfather, Kane and Abel fascinated me. Crime, human emotions, social relationships, intrigue and betrayals kept me glued to the books. Now, books like Mossad, Commando and After the Prophet, which bring out drama and action in real life keep me occupied most of the time.

  1. From the blurb of the book, I get to know that you have travelled to different parts of the world. How travelling has shaped your writing?

Answer: My stories generally revolve around places I’ve been to or people I’ve come across during my travels. The character of Yousuf, the protagonist of my story, is based on a Pakistani colleague of mine in Bahrain. Some of the experiences of Yousuf, in the story, were actually my colleague’s! The incidence of Yousuf checking into a New-Delhi hotel, without noticing that his Indian visa did not permit him to stay in the city, and his wife breaking down at the police station on realizing the breech of law committed by them, actually happened with my colleague.

My first book, Land of Two Seas, takes off from an intriguing air-raid and bombing incident that really happened on the oil refinery of Bahrain during World War 2, a place where I currently reside. I delved into the history of this country, visited the heritage sites here dating back to early twentieth century and explored the geographical features of this island nation to give shape to this book. So much so that one of the Bahraini readers of my book commended it by saying, “Many people might have written a book, you have lived your book.”

  1. Has this pandemic situation affected your writing style.

Answer: Not at all. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I live in the Kingdom of Bahrain at present. Though this country went through a partial lockdown, the pandemic did not affect my work schedule. I am a Civil Engineer by profession and the construction industry, where I’m presently employed, was working full swing all along.

  1. I mentioned in my video that I would like to see a book to movie adaption of your book. Would you prefer that?

Answer: Certainly. My book is based on fast-paced action which unfolds in contrasting, spectacular locales like a Bakkerwal village in the Pir Panjal mountains, the Kashmir valley, the busy streets of Delhi and the railway station of Lahore. This makes it an ideal choice for adaption into a movie. 

Incidentally, I would like to mention that I have already been approached by a well-known content production houses of India for a digital adaption of the book.

  1. Have you ever been in writing slump? How do you deal with it?

Answer:  Fortunately, I’ve not faced a writing slump, or a writer’s block as they say, very often. Whenever I encounter one, I do anything – watch TV, go for movies or on long drives with my wife, read books etc. – other than writing. Ha…Ha…

  1. This or That:
  1. E book or physical book – Physical book, any time
  2. Paperback or hardcover – Paperback
  3. Finally, suggest three books everyone should read:


  1. Papillon – It is my all-time favourite book. The description of life in a horrendous jail in remote French Guyana, by convicted murderer Henri Charierre, and his repeated attempts at escape, invariably, bring the story alive in the mind of the reader. The movie, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, based on this book, was an instant box-office hit, but I believe that the visuals from the movie were no match for the pictures painted by the words of the author.
  2. Godfather – Mario Puzo’s well-researched fiction on organised crime and its social impact in America is a classic and can beat any novel on crime, hands down, even today, five decades after it was first published.
  3. Mossad – This book by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal recreates the greatest missions of the Israeli Secret Service from a human angle. The enormous risk borne by the secret service agents while giving shape to their missions behind enemy lines, and the consequent impact on their families, is brought out superbly in the book. 
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Untamed Love -A collection of poems

Untamed LoveAuthor -Tejas BaitGenre- poetryFormat- EbookAbout the book

Love poems, a serenade of serene words poured in syllables. Like a rush, you feel every emotion of it down to the very fiber of your vulnerable self. Like a transition stuck midway that makes you strong and weak at the same time. But we still reckon it as a beautiful feeling. The author has portrayed this feeling exquisitely well in poems and you shall yearn to feel this ardor kick of love by getting along to the hymns and rhymes of poems.

My views

The writing of the poem feel like Morning Dew drops! ( spare my dramatic words)Love is the most common topic, we could find in poetry. But only a good poet can transfer an ordinary theme into an expensive piece of literature. And author has done that!Not only these beautiful poems but the beautiful illustrations are the cherries on top !” There are wolves at my throat & as I say your name They try to scrape my throat So that no sound escapes from my lips As if saying your name is my weakness”If you are looking for something pleasant to enjoy your solitude, give it a go.

Author Interview : Meet Author Praveer Kumar

As a reader, I love to connect with authors . Behind the scenes of writing a book always inspires me.

Here’s my conversation with Author Praveer Kumar !

1.The narrator Swayam is also a writer, so how did your writing journey help you to build such character?

It helped a lot. I could relate to much to Swayam. I could understand the mental agony which he might have suffered in his creations. Any piece of work which is close to a writer’s heart is mentally draining. Sometimes, I could not sleep the entire night thinking over a character or the story. The writer puts herself or himself in the shoes of his characters. The writers feels the pain and the ecstasy of his characters. He cries and laughs with them. Portraying the character of Swayam was a way of introspection and self-realisation. He is so like me and any other writer. It was like baring my heart out in conveying his emotions. Definitely, Swayam is not me but a little bit of Swayam is in everyone of us. Anyone who dreams has a Swayam in him.

2.You have written in multiple books. Where did you get the inspiration from?

I love reading. So the most obvious answer is that I get inspired from books. Also, there is something about life. I always say that life is the most wonderful book I have ever read. I am a keen observer. I relate to the stories unfolding around me. I try to understand the life others are living. I get inspired from the people around me. Everyone has so much to tell. They may not tell you directly but when you get to understand the life they have lived, you are left in an awe. Nothing is insignificant. Everyone has a struggle. Everone has a different timeline. You need not look far for an inspiration. People and life around me teach a lot. With each passing day, life continues to amaze me. Inspiration is everywhere if you are willing to embrace it.

3.Have you ever been in a writer’s block? What do you do then?

Many times. It should not frustrate you. While writing Cafe Indulge, I was stuck badly at one point of time. I had no idea how would I develop the story further. But I try to make sure that the writer’s block doesn’t frustrate me. I take a break from writing then. And if I read, I make sure that I don’t read anything related to the genre in which I am working. I do all other activities. Movies, games, outings. Anything which presses the refresh button. It is like restarting your computer. I don’t think about the story. I engage myself in other activities.It is true that writing gives me immense satisafaction but as I said earlier it can be painful as well. I keep it simple. I take writer’s block as a signal from my mind to take a break. Just like pain in your body demans a rest. It is similar with the mind.

4.Cafe Indulge is a short book. Is it hard to write a short book?

Cafe Indulge’s word count is around fifty thousand words. It was a deliberate attempt to keep the story as tight as possible. The genre of the book demands the readers to be engaged but at the same time, they should not guess the outcome easily. Keeping it short helped to create the suspense over the entire length of the book. I won’t say that it is really hard but a short book has its own challenges. Character development and storyline have to be very precise. You don’t have the freedom to explore the non essential traits. At the same time, you have to make sure that the reader and the characters don’t feel left out. Rather than hard, I would say that a short book is interesting to write challenging the conventional style of exploring the plots and subplots.

5.From where did you get the idea of this book?

Regarding characters, you see them all around you. Who hasn’t seen someone who has failed at something. Characters around you. Who fall in love. Who regret. Who lose. Who try to achieve something. Who have a mission in life. Who live in past. Who see a future. My novel is about each and everyone of us. Our dreams. Our sorrows. Our hopes. Our failures. The book is very close to my heart. Yes, it may be a fiction but it is not very far from experiences. I didn’t try to not get influenced by the people and events around me. There is so much emotion attached to this novel. The feelings of the central characters are not fiction. At least not to me. Either I have gone through those feelings or someone whom I know. To cut the long story short, the story is a fiction but the emotions are as real as it gets. And that is why it is so close to my heart. About the inspiration for the story, it is an interesting story in itself. I had heard stories about people getting inspired suddenly. It happens. It really does. I realised it myself. It may sound dramatic but it happened to me. One night. Maybe at 3 in the night, I woke up with a story. I don’t know if I had seen a dream of it was result of my continous thinking and search for a story. I woke up at 3. I rushed to switch on my laptop and quickly made notes about the story which just occured to me. It was weird but yes it is true.

6.Authors who inspired you the most?

If someone asks me to name only one book. I say Madhushala of Haribansha Rai Bachchan. Madhushala is so contemporary. It is the journey of life. I have read Premchand as well. Presently, Dan Brown is my favourite. I love his works. And who doesn’t like Agatha Christie. She was phenomenal. Ashwin Sanghi is good. Amish Tripathi is in a league of his own. Basically, I love them all. I love reading and everyone inspires me who has given words to his thoughts.

7.In the current situation, we are mostly reading E-books. As a writer, what do you think about this situation? Is it affecting your work?

The charm of turning the pages of a book, feeling it and the aroma around it is beyond extraordinary. But times are such. One should be ready to embrace change. As they say, the only permanent thing is change. E-books are not equal to a proper book when you consider the joy associated with your senses. But the words in the E-book are same. Those words are not superficial and reach your soul. For me, reading is an activity for the soul. So, I don’t mind it and it doesn’t affect me much. If I have an option, I will pick a paperback any day but E-books are here to stay and I have no issues with it.

8.Any tips for aspiring writers

Read a lot. A reader can develop a thousand perspective. A good writer has to be a great reader. Never get disheartened if your work doesnt succeed on commercial parameters. You will succeed one day. And the thought of success won’t come to your mind if you start writing for yourself. Keep writing. Write for the joy of it. Write for inner peace. Write for satisafaction. Write for writing. Love your words. Love the magic you are creating. You should never worry about the outcome. Once you fall in love with the process of writing, the world can wait. Trust me when you start appreciating your relationship with words, beautiful things start to happen.

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Rewind choices ,Forward Happiness

Name of the book – Rewind choices, Forward Happiness

Author – By Joyeeta Chandra

Book format – kindle

Pages -50

Rewind choices Forward Happiness and by Joyeeta Chandra is a tiny book ,under 50 pages and falls under the genre Self help. Though I rarely read this genre I can tell you it’s not one of the finest and to the point book I have read from this genre. This book is divided into chapters and author has discussed various aspects which come on the way to our happiness. In a simple and easy way author has tried us to believe that Happiness is a choice, and we can make our life more organized and if we follow the ways.

My Rating – 4/5

Beneath the lies by Sapna Bhog

Name of the book – Beneath the lies

Author – Sapna Bhog

Format – Kindle

About the book

Beneath the lies by Sapna Bhog is the first book from the series Forgotten book. The story revolves around Aaliya and Damien . This couple have loved each other before they got married.

This book is full of twist and turns. Damien leaves for London and there an accident took place. Due to this major accident Damien lost his memory partially. It’s affected Aaliya because this time Damien’s real ideanty as an EnglishDuke also comes to light. The story ends with a cliffhanger.

My views

Sapna Bhog has finely woven the plot and Creating twists has made the story more engaging . Author has nicely blended Romance with thriller. Character development of is also admirable. A reader can easily resonate with the characters.

Waiting for the Part 2!!

My rating -4/5

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Salty Blues by Reshma Joly

Name – Salty BluesAuthor – Reshma JolyFormat – kindleAbout the bookSalty blues by Reshma Joly and is a collection of poems and microtales with an equally beautiful cover. The theme of the poems and micro tales aren’t only based on love, but they talk about mental health issues . Within 80 pages Joly has brewed the lines from the core of her heart. Not only these poems but also there are some illustrations which will make the readers to think deep about the topic.

My views
With in simple words Reshma Joly and has raised her voice and expressed her feelings . The work of illustrations has added cherry on the top of it. Also the title and the cover of the book are both eye catching.In short I’d love to recommend this book to every poetry lover.Rating – 4.5/5

A Short book List! #birthdaybloghop

I’m a huge fan of Short reads! There are zillions of reasons to love them – they need only a little portion of your attention,they help to achieve your goodread goals and so on.

So presenting you a list so that you don’t miss the opportunity.

Let’s start….

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This story is said by Cadence . Her cousins  are her best friends .They spent their summer with their Grand parents (from her mother side ) and their mothers at her Grand pa’s place. There she met Gat, her love. They waited for the summer. But it turned upside down in her 15th summer vacation . Cadence calls her friends “liars “. Know my thoughts :  There is a huge Family drama in the story. There are false “self-esteem”s . There are lots of “lies” . At first I wasn’t going with the ‘Title’ but now I totally got why They all ‘ were liars ‘. ( We can talk about it in dms because I want this review to be #spoiler free ). I love the scenic beauty of this story . The mountain . The beach. The characters are teen and author has done a great job and picturised them beautifully . This book talks about the naked truth and selfishness live beside people . There are thrills and suspense . Every thing to make you feel speechless . Everything to make you think .

Ghachar Ghochar Ghachar-Ghochar is originally written in Kannada by Vivek Shahbhag and translated into English by Srinath Perur .First time our protagonist heard the word “Ghachar-Ghochar ” he was with his wife Anita. He was surprised. This creepy sound made a place in his heart.

This is a story of a joint family consists of – protagonist, his parents, elder sister, wife and uncle. They own a spice company. But back in his childhood ,the financial condition was not good. His father lost his job and they suffered a lot. But ‘Sona Masala” changed their lives. The females in the family and the protagonist flatter Appa (protagonist’s father) and Chikkappa (protagonist’s uncle ) because if something wrong happen their life may take a U-turn! So they don’t stop them even if they do anything wrong !

Down the Rabbit hole by Juan Pablo Villa-Lobos is a novella (about 75 pages only) 

Tochtli is a seven years old boy who lives with his father,in mexico, and he calls him by his name. He loves hats . “Sordid ” is his favourite word. He wants a Liberian pygmy hippopotamus as a pet.

It sounds normal, isn’t it ? But wait. His father is a drag baron . Tochtli is growing up without a mother . Only handful people he knows .

This book is nothing but a narration of Tochtli. The way he has seen this world, cruelty , betrayal and more ,he believes it .

I rarely meet child narrator but Tochtli won my heart. It’s a funny but devastating at a same point. I must tell you Villa-Lobos is an excellent storyteller !

The stranger ,also translated as The Outsider ,by Albert Camus is about a guy Meursualt . At the beginning of the story he received a Telegram and there was news of his mother’s death. He convinced his manager so that he could attend the funeral. But the news or even when he saw his mother’s coffin he does not feel sad. He was actually detached.

The book is divided into two parts . In first part it’s about Meursualt’s mother’s death and his reactions,his relationship with Marie . But second part is different we found him in court yard ,there were charges of murder and thinking about the life he is living now and has lived so far and behaviour of people around him.

The character, Meursault is a kind of rare protagonist we find in books. He is someone who refuses to act like so called ,”normal”. He behaves unexpectedly. Even when his lawyer tried to help him he refused. He denies the existence of Jesus. Not someone you really want to know persnally in your life !

But when it was about the end of his life his wishes were also not expected.

Before writing this review I was reading articles and blog posts about this book. I found that Albert Camus himself preferred the title , The Outsider rather than The Stranger . I personally liked the title The Outsider . Because I feel Meursault is outsider to himself.

This book ends with lots of questions .

I’m recommending this to everyone of you so that you guys read and discuss this book you all.

A small place is a short yet provoking essay by Jamaica Kincaid. The starting of the story seems to be a description of Antigua ,a small island ,nine miles wide by twelve miles long, through a tourist’s eye. How a tourist can appreciate the sun here , the beautiful beaches here and all those “things ” a tourist can enjoy. But soon a schism can be felt between the white European and American tourists and the residential.

Kincaid’s words about comparing the life in Antigua as a tourist with life there a commoner creates an uneasiness. It makes us feel how much we overlook the common people, their culture, their struggle and mostly their history while travelling. And from here Kincaid takes us to the life she has witnessed before this Antigua we all know now. Antigua used to be under British Rule. How much life along with their culture, life style even education system has changed she has sketched it here.

A small place is a short even so poignant essay under 100 pages you must read .

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