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 …

Flight for life, flight to freedom – A Flight of Pigeons

A Flight of Pigeons is a Novella by Ruskin Bond. Set in the backdrop of the 1857 uprising, the story traces the lives of a British family as their city is taken over by Indian rebels. True to his style he spins a simple yet engaging tale of humanity, love and courage weaving it beautifully …

Evil Eye and the Charm

Evil eye and the Charm is a 2015 book by Neil D’Silva. It is a collection of 3 short stories inspired by the very Indian lemon chilli charm. Yes the lemon chilli that we see hanging around in cars, at shops and sometimes at the entrance of houses. Whether you are the superstitious sort or …

Chillies & Porridge – A book of Senses

For a food lover or more specifically a Bengali, the measure of a good or a bad day, is pretty much dependent on how good or bad their gastronomic experience was for the day. Especially if it’s a Sunday or a Holiday, elaborate discussions go into planning each of the days meals. Being a Bengali …

Bound in love, with a twist!

To begin with, let me share that I am more inclined towards novels than short stories. I like to spend time with a book, read it leisurely, soak it all in and get transported to the world of the characters. Short stories for me are like this really sinful chocolate fudge served to you in …

All the Light We Cannot See – Heartbreakingly beautiful

Published in 2014, All the Light We Cannot See is the 5th Novel of Anthony Doerr. Set in the backdrop of the German occupation of France during the 2nd World War, the novel traces the lives of the blind Marie-Laure LeBlanc and the Orphan Werner Pfenning whose paths cross at the threshold of death. The …

The Girl on the Train – Keeps you guessing till the end!

The Girl on the Train is a Psychological thriller written by British author Paula Hawkins. Published in 2015, the book touted as the ‘next Gone Girl’ is an edgy thriller. An alcoholic, Rachel has the most monotonous, aimless and mundane existence, till she gets involved in the disappearance and murder of a woman called Megan, …

The Surveyor – Poetic Justice!

The Surveyor, published this year is Ira Singh’s first Novel. Set in the 1970s-80s the Surveyor maps the journey of Ravinder Singh through the eyes of his daughter, the plain Jane, Natasha. The Novel is a quest for one’s identity. It chronicles the lives of a part Sikh part Anglo Indian family, where the younger, …

The Buried Giant – Fantasy, not so fantastic

The Buried Giant is the 7th novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Published this year, the novel comes 10 years after his 2005 book ‘Never Let Me Go’. Set in 6th century Britain, the book follows the journey of an old couple, Axl and Beatrice, who are out to meet their son. On the way to their …

The Olive Picker – Brave & Inspiring

The Olive Picker, published this year, is a memoir written by Kathryn Brettell. The book is an account of Kathryn’s life which is presented in the form of sessions with her therapist. The book starts with Kathryn being taken to the hospital in a semi-conscious state with multiple head wounds. As she drifts into unconsciousness, …