A Place of No Importance

A Place of no Importance is a collection of 13 short stories written by Veena Muthuraman, an Indian writer based in Edinburgh.  The stories are set in the nondescript village of Ayyanarpatti. The village at the cusp of the great Indian urbanisation forms the perfect backdrop for her stories which are an attempt to bring …

You’ve got the wrong girl- strikes all the right chords

Published in 2015, You’ve got the Wrong Girl is Sreemoyee Piu Kundu’s 3rd Novel. I am sure you must have guessed from the name that it is a Love Story and No, not a sad one because he got the wrong girl, so take heartJ I really liked the name of the book, it is …

When they Spoke – and How!!!

When they Spoke is an interesting collection of 29 stories by various authors. Interesting because, it gives a voice to in-animates. Each of the carefully picked stories attempts to bring to life an inanimate object. Have you ever wondered what if all these objects around us, the ones we use, the ones we live in, …

Unmasked

Unmasked is an anthology of 21 short stories by various writers, all trying to unravel the protagonist called Ruby. This happens to be the 4th Anthology that I am a part of, my story ‘Punished’ is featured here. The book, to begin with has a unique concept. The protagonist of all the stories is the …

Parenting in the age of Facebook

I have never been into self-help books, not that I have anything against them, but I somehow have never got around to reading any. So probably I would have never come around to reading this one, if I hadn’t received this as a gift for completing a challenge. The name of the book immediately caught …

Other Side of Midnight and Memories of Midnight

I am a Sidney Sheldon fan girl. Like you have comfort food, Sheldon for me is comfort read. After a couple of heavy duty reads, I have to unwind with a Sheldon.  It works wonders for me if I am stressed or overworked. Fast paced, intriguing plots, strong female protagonists, irresistible men and a block …

Norwegian Wood – Of love, loss and longing

Norwegian wood is, celebrated Japanese Novelist, Haruki Murakami’s 4th Novel. Published in 1987, this novel went on to become a best seller.  In fact, Norwegian wood is one of his most successful novels [apparently much to the dismay of the writer] although he does not consider this as one of his best works, but more …

Lord of the Flies – A Masterpiece

Lord of the flies is William Golding’s first novel. Published in 1954, though not a success at that time, it gradually went on to become a best seller. Since then it has found its way on various Best English Novels list [TIME magazine, BBC’s The Big Read and Modern Library].  This dystopian novel was apparently …

Kept Woman and Other Stories

The Kept Woman and Other stories is a collection of short stories by the renowned and controversial Kamala Surrayya. Born Kamala Das, an Indian English poet and a Malayalam author, she embraced Islam at the age of 67 and assumed the name Kamala Surrayya.  She was known for her unabashed and honest treatment of women …

Interpreter of Maladies – Simple yet Evocative!

Interpreter of Maladies is the debut book of Jhumpa Lahiri which won her a Pulitzer. Published in 1999 the book is a collection of 9 short stories about Immigrants and their struggles as they are required to embrace a new world. Most of the stories are about the 1st and 2nd generation Indian-Americans and both …