- Author : Ganesh Matkari
- Translator : Jerry Pinto
- Publisher : Speaking Tiger Books
- Genre : Contemporary
- Source : Publisher
- Rating : 3/5 Stars
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I didn’t expect much when Tanya Tania released. Which is why I didn’t even try to get a review copy. Even after it came I thought it would be one of those romance novels that they mark as women’s fiction that has rippling muscles and maybe a frenemy or two. Oh how wrong I was. The second I heard it was about two friends who write to each other (alas a story idea of mine gone down the drain) and then something happens…..DUN DUN DUN! Thankfully I won a giveaway for this book and immediately jumped in. Continue reading
Do you know that there are specifically Indian dogs? I bet you assumed that there were but didn’t know what they were. Well, lets start with the Mastiff, both Himalayan and Tibetan are the same dog, just known by different names. Then the Lhasa Apso, also Indian, common in the Himalayan region and then there is a Himalayan sheep dog which is trained in a completely different way to English sheepdogs. I didn’t know any of this. Which is why I requested this book the second I heard about it. Continue reading
CHARACTERS & STORY
We follow Thomas and Sonya, two millennials who have met through the usual methods and are spending time together, exploring their chemistry and their lives. Now, this is a relationship unlike any I’ve been in or heard of so it was an absolutely new experience for me. From the start it is obvious who is the giver and who is the taker. Thomas is written out as an absolute leech, a freeloader who isn’t really capable of earning is place in society or even earning enough to pay for his own clothes. Surprising then that he is also the abuser in the relationship.
Sultan of Delhi is a book that would be perfectly in place among the shelves of a Bollywood director. Filled with action, forbidden love and family honour, it is the quintessential Indian story about how a lone man, using his intelligence alone, succeedes in life only to have an old connection rear its ugly head.Arnab Ray is the author of The Mine and a couple of other books, all of which I’ve heard great things about but haven’t read yet. So when I was offered a chance to be part of the blog tour for his newest novel, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading
Exile by Taslima Nasrin is a book I got into with little info about her. The only things I knew were that she was living in Exile and wasn’t allowed back in her country, Bangladesh. And that this was because of some things that she wrote in the book, Lajja. I haven’t read this book and I’m probably not going to read it anytime soon either simply because I can’t find it in a bookstore near me. I took to Wikipedia but the page has a disclaimer that “This article is an autobiography and has been extensively edited by the subject or someone connected to the subject.” So my knowledge about Nasrin is pretty much based on newspaper articles that I vaguely recall back from 2008 and this book.
Poly Trap is an environmentally friendly story for children written by Nita Ganguly. Now as I mentioned in an earlier review of a children’s book, I don’t read kids stories but since my best friend had a kid and my own nephew was born I’ve been keeping a lookout for educational yet entertaining books and I’m so glad that Rupa publishers sent me this that fits all the slots. Continue reading
Kavita Kane is an author known to write about female characters that aren’t given credit in our epics. And here, in Lanka’s Princess, she does the same thing she’s done in her previous novels. Surpanakhai, Ravanan’s youngest sibling and only sister, is the main character here and although she is the only main character, she isn’t the protagonist, she’s the antagonist. The one thing that sets aside this book from the author’s other books is that while she wrote about those women in a pleasant, non judgemental manner, her disdain for Surphanakai and Asuras in general is obvious in this book. Continue reading
The Peshwa is another story about the brave and skilled Peshwa, Bajirao. He is said to have been praised as one of the greatest cavalry generals India has produced by an English General and while he is known for his expansion of the Maratha reign to the north, he is even more known for his love affair with the famous (or infamous) Masthani. Continue reading