Reviews

Hush a Bye Baby by Deepanjana Pal – Book Review

5 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Deepanjana Pal’s first fictional novel – Hush a bye baby – starts with a scene headlined by a Radio Jockey on air with well-known Mumbai gynaecologist Dr. Nandita Rai, taking questions on sex and women’s bodies. Rai is confident, witty and naughty in her answers and very, very feminist. It’s a classic first chapter with Read More

Book Review – Pyre by Perumal Murugan

8 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Pyre by Perumal Murugan has much to say – in a quiet, sweet manner. It is not a novel with what you would call a happy ending, and yet it has a romantic disposition. The novel centers around Saroja and Kumarasen, a young couple who marry for love. Theirs is an inter caste marriage and Kumarasen Read More

Stuff I’ve been reading, in February | 2018

9 months ago Shaili Desai 1
  Have I told you all how I started writing this blog? I was inspired by a book I had started reading, called Stuff I’ve been reading by Nick Hornby. Nick Hornby is best known for his books About a Boy and High Fidelity, both of which were adapted into movies of the same name. Read More

Why Shashi Tharoor is a Hindu

10 months ago Shaili Desai 1
Reading the book Why I am a Hindu by Shashi Tharoor, reminded me of a dinner table conversation of more than a year ago. It was an educated, white collared, Hindu, upper class dinner table in one of the many high rises of Gurugram. The table also seemed to have equal male and female representation. The Read More

Fantasy and adventure in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

10 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Neil Gaiman is undoubtedly one of the best fantasy novelists of all time. He has a special way with words, and a rather wondrous way of creating alternate fantastical worlds. They are intricately and beautifully crafted. But is Neverwhere one his finest works? Not in my opinion, at least. A saga of a new world Read More

Why I wouldn’t ignore Anuja Chauhan & The House that BJ Built

11 months ago Shaili Desai 0
I found The House that BJ built by Anuja Chauhan on Kindle Unlimited. The Unlimited subscription has been useful. I have discovered new books which have been good to read – some of which I had dismissed as works by Indian authors of the Chetan Bhagat genre (Yes, the man’s defined a genre). I do Read More

Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto | Book Review

11 months ago Shaili Desai 0
There is an extremely poignant moment in Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto when Imelda says this. Because the sky is so high and the crow shat in your left eye. I could tell you a lie but I don’t see why. The world is a game and the game is a tie. Read More

Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera and how I waltzed my way through it

2 years ago Shaili Desai 1
I finished reading Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera yesterday night. Now, I have dozed off while reading this book on numerous occasions and this is what happened yesterday also, as I was trying to race my sleep to the finish. Unfortunately, my sleep got the better of me and I think I dozed off when Read More

Book Review : Murder with Bengali Characteristics by Shovon Chowdhury

3 years ago Shaili Desai 1
Shovon Chowdhury’s Murder with Bengali Characteristics is a sequel to his book The Competent Authority (Book Review | Author Interview). Although a sequel to the book, it is a stand alone novel. While The Competent Authority was a purely satirical novel, Murder with Bengali Characteristics is part sci-fi, part satirical and part crime fiction. Image Read More