Book Review #8: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

22910900This book marks my first foray into the Young Adult genre in a long time. I picked it up from the Kolkata International Book Fair 2016 (27 Jan-6 Feb) at a discounted price. If you live in and around Kolkata or happen to be there during the last week of January/First week of February and you are a book nerd, this is an event worth visiting. Several publishers of international repute put up their stalls there- Penguin, Random House, Oxford, Cambridge, Harper Collins, Amar Chitra Katha- along with stalls of several retail chains- Crossword, Starmark, Oxford Bookstore etc. You are bound to Continue reading

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Book Review #7: Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez

of_love_and_other_demons_0Over the last few months, one genre has attracted me a lot- Magical Realism. Magical Realism integrates a naturalistic and realistic narrative with surrealistic elements. It is a genre where the fantastic never looses track of reality, it is the supernatural within the bounds of the natural.

Subsequently I proceeded to acquire books by noted authors of the genre- Haruki Murakami, Gabriel García Márquez and (to some extent) Jostein Gaarder. Latin American authors are noted for Continue reading

A view of ‘Dystopian’ India

(Note- My sister pestered me into entering this writing competition she had in her college which led me to write this piece. This is a satirical piece in which I have put forth a view of a dystopian society in the Indian context. This is a tribute to George Orwell’s 1984.)

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The year is 2030. The rising sun greets the land of India with its mild incandescence. The cacophony of the public morning alarm bell rings through the air. Its everyday thoroughfare involves belching out an ear-splitting clangor twice a day. The purpose of this daily exercise is to let the Continue reading

Book Review #6: Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

31nf2blzda8l-_sx325_bo1204203200_I try to keep up with new releases as best as I can yet somehow a few books slip under the radar. Look Who’s Back, originally published as ‘Er ist wieder da’ in German was one such book. The English translation by Jamie Bulloch hit the markets in April 2014, but it was not until January 2016 that I discovered the book. It took me two months to finally obtain a physical copy of the book and a further 15 days to get down to reading it.

Look Who’s Back is the debut novel by German-Hungarian Continue reading

Book Review #5: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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As I set about exploring the dusty shelves of a second hand bookstore, I noticed a book which seemed to be pathetically out of place. A pearly white squalor in between a sea of yellow and golden. I picked it out only to discover that it was the movie tie in edition of The Lovely Bones. A book with white pages in a second hand bookstore? Of course I bought it.

The Lovely Bones is the second Continue reading