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, …

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Maya’s New Husband – Be prepared to be scared!

Maya’s New Husband is an Indian horror story by Niel D’Silva. Published this year, it is the first story in the author’s Beast Within trilogy. While I am not a horror reader at all (I cringe even when a hero punches the villain), I was drawn to the book by the cover. It has the …

Chander & Sudha – Soulful

Chander & Sudha is the English Translation of the popular Hindi Novel ‘Gunahon Ka Devta’ by Dharmvir Bharti. Published in 1949 ‘Gunahon Ka Devta’ went onto become a huge success catapulting the author as one of the most recognized names in Hindi Literature. 66 years later, Poonam Saxena has given us the English Translation of …

Scion of Ikshvaku – Engaging, thought provoking & very Amish

Scion of Ikshvaku, the latest from Amish, is the first book in the 5 part Ram Chandra series. The author takes the Epic, Ramayana and fictionalizes it to tell us the story of the revered Hindu God Ram Chandra. Set in 3400 BCE it traces the journey of Ram from his birth to the 13th …

Anthology of Birdport Prize winning Stories and Poetry 2012

The Birdport prize is one of the more famous and respective prizes in the field of literature. Started in 1973 by the Birdport Arts Centre, it strives to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence. They have an annual award for Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Poetry and the award winning works are then published …

Luminaries – Stellar, Captivating, Brilliant!

The Luminaries is the 2nd novel of Author Eleanor Catton. Published in 2013, it went on to win the Man Booker Prize in 2014. Luminaries is like an ensemble cast mystery movie which keeps you hooked till the last scene. Set in the 1860s in New Zealand in the coastal town of Hokitika in the …

Sorry, Not For Sale….A woman’s undaunted journey!

Sorry, Not For Sale is an autobiography of Urmila Bhargava, ‘the only woman entrepreneur in the world engaged in the business of re-refining waste lubricating oil’. While this in itself is a great feat, what is all the more fascinating is that she did this 4 decades back, in the 1970s when women were mostly …