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, …

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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, …

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 …