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 …

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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 …

Guy De Maupassant – The Master of short stories

While I am on my short stories reading spree, how can I not talk about the ‘Master’ himself? Guy de Maupassant. Born on August 5th 1850 in France, Guy de Maupassant is considered the father of modern short stories. He wrote 6 novels, 3 travel books, one volume of verse and 300 short stories. His …