Book Review

5 Book Reviews


Hey guys today I am doing several book reviews within this single post, so excited.  These books are from wonderful Indian writers who spun around our history into an amazing magical journey  –

 

The Winds of Hastinapur by Sharath Komarraju

My hair is white and thin, now. In a few moons, the Goddess will claim me, and I do not have a fresh young virgin by my side to absorb my knowledge and take my place once I am gone. The Mysteries of Ganga and her Sight will vanish with me, and the Great River will become nothing more than a body of lifeless water … It is my intention, therefore, to tell you the story as it happened, as I saw it happen.’

When I started reading this book, I was skeptical on how a man could do justice to viewing the Mahabharata from the perspective of women. After a few chapters into it, I am not only amazed at how well the author has conveyed the perspective but also at the human look at the incidents which make you feel that they truly took place. I highly recommend it to all, you will be blown away-truly!

 

Lost and Found by Sunanda  J. Chatterjee

Just when you think it’s smooth sailing, life throws a curveball.A servant becomes the master.Family secrets are revealed in unexpected moments, and we find ourselves caring for the generation that cared for us.
This is a heartwarming collection of short stories. It is one of those books which you pick after reading a review and are hooked from the beginning. Some stories based in US and others in India. They are so different from each other and only common thing is their brilliance. But when you read the last one, I promise, you will need tissues. Its simply that good.

 

Idris : Keeper of the Light  by Anita Nair

It is 1659. The place, Malabar. He is ‘Idris, Idris Maymoon Samataar Guleed. Previously of Dikhil, Now an eternal traveller seeking the measure of earth and man’, a man who is more at home among the heavenly bodies than the earth he walks.

Idris is expected to prevent his son from following the Chavers who have traditionally sworn to kill the Zamorin. Idris and his son Kandavar, who he hadn’t previously suspected existed, go on a voyage.

Oh boy, I was so engrossed I didn’t realize Anita Niar had charmed me into walking around a circle with an expected denouement!
What a read! Never did the charm wear off or the mind wander on wasted words and lines.  Such a beautiful and  engrossing  journey the characters have, while finding themselves amongst a huge crowd, finally all of them getting closure. It’s ethereal.

 

Gulab by Annie Zaidi 

Gulab tests the limits that our mind sets upon a ghost’s powers. If you see her as a woman clinging to life, there is not much to fear. Yet: what if she wants to return to your life? And what makes you think you can make her leave? 

A wonderfully fast-paced thriller. The author maintains the eerie atmosphere both through the actual story as well as the interludes where the characters philosophies about the living, the dead and the connections between the two. Not the usual a person falls in love with a ghost kind of story.

Gulab is a promising read and the story does not disappoint.

 

A Forgotten Affair by Banerjee Kanchana 

Sagarika Mehta walks out of her nine-year-old marriage, meets with a near-fatal accident and goes into a deep coma all on the same day. After six months, she wakes up with no memory of her past. When she is discharged from hospital a year later, Rishab, her husband, whisks her away to an unfamiliar address in Gurgaon to convalesce.

There, in that plush apartment, with people waiting on her hand and foot, Sagarika can’t shake off the feeling that something is wrong.

A Forgotten Affair is a deep, lyrical, and unsettling read for a love story yet it explores so many emotions and feelings as it shares another shade of love. 

Right from the beginning of the story, Kanchana has our attention. Her narrative style is smooth and uncomplicated. There’s nowhere in the book where we lose interest. This is a fast paced and gripping story…to be finished in one sitting. Men and marriage is not a means to an end in a relationship and Kanchana makes this point without much ado. The story is fierce   🙂

 

Hope everyone likes it, and if you guys buy any one of these then let me know.

I have read all these books and that’s why I am recommending these to all of you  🙂

 

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