Bookish services are growing everyday and it makes me so happy to read about things like this when usually all we hear about is how the budget for libraries is getting smaller and about how yet another beautiful bookstore has shut down. And while Amazon is well and good it doesn’t have that community feeling that bookstores and libraries exude. This is where bookish websites come in! Services like Library Thing and Goodreads are very well known to everyone but what about smaller, more fledgling services that may just have a lot to offer?
I’ve seen this tag going around a bit, especially on booktube and though I don’t have a booktube channel I thought I’d pair up a few and share them with you! So, off we go!
1. Urmila and Sita’s Sister
Urmila is the wife of Lakshmanan who is the brother of Rama. For those that don’t know Rama, he is supposed to be the avatar of Lord Vishnu who is one of the supreme gods of Hinduism. In the Ramayana, Rama, first born son and to be appointed ruler of Ayodhya is sent out in exile because of a scheming step mother who wants her son to be king instead. Lakshmanan accompanies him abandoning his new bride because his duty to his brother comes first. I’ve reviewed both Urmila and Sita’s Sister and the reason these will be good pairs is because they’re both about the same person. Only one, Urmila, is a modern retelling of the character Urmila who goes through the same troubles that the legendary Urmila did but only in modern India.
2. What Belongs To You and Mornings After
Both of these aren’t necessarily the same but they feeling they have is similar. A feeling of vague hopelessness and detachment with characters that are involved in abusive relationships where one is the giver and the other is a taker, almost a hustler. Mornings After (reviewed here) follows a couple in Delhi who fall into a relationship unwittingly, it gets abusive for the girl and for the boy, it just isn’t what he bargained for. In What Belongs To You (reviewed here) it’s about a gay man who is lonely and a hustler whom he pays for sex. Somehow they end up in a relationship of sorts where one is abusive and the other can’t say the word no. While each is set in a different country, both are rather involved in the city they are set in. You can’t remember the story without picturing the city it is set in. I found the writing style similar too, detached enough to not get you too involved yet involved enough for you to feel like you’re getting a rather voyeuristic view of people’s most private moments.
3. Rau, Masthani and The Peshwa
I have read two of three in this, Rau and The Peshwa. But the third one, Mastani, is still languishing in my TBR. But someone told me that these must be read together so I’m recommending the same to you. Rau (reviewed here) is a bestselling novel written in Marathi and translated in 2016 into English. It focuses on the love story between Masthani and Bajirao, the Peshwa, in great detail. The Peshwa (reviewed here) on the other hand focuses on Bajirao’s life up until the point before he met Masthani. Masthani I believe is about her complete life though I’m not sure where it ends. I love the idea that we can read all three together and fall in complete love with their story, irrespective of how much we disapprove of it.
I’ve linked my reviews to each of them and I hope you enjoy these reads if you do go ahead and pick them up.
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Everyone knows Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Her book, Sister of my heart is my favourite and her newest book, Before We Visit The Goddess, is doing the rounds in intl bookish circles. So when I got the chance to ask her what her favourite books are, I thought I’d share it with you guys.
1 Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
The winner for The Orange Prize 2011 and many many others The Tiger’s wife is a mythical ut interwoven with stark wartime scenes. A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic – Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book.
Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.
From fragments of stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia realizes he may have died searching for ‘the deathless man’, a vagabond who was said to be immortal. Struggling to understand why a man of science would undertake such a quest, she stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife.
Today’s topic is a fun one. And I’m going to take the opportunity to show off some of my favourite books. A lot of them from India. So The Top Ten Books when you are in the mood for escapism.
Escapism is a nice thing isn’t it? You have a deadline, an exam, an important meeting to prepare for and all you want to do is curl up and read a good book. Escape from the realities of our grim world where one can’t really eat like Jughead because they’d get fat and have heart disease. Well, look no further! This is the list for you my friend.
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I spotted this tag on AReaderOfLiterature and decided to do it. I’m such a self inviter.
1. Find a book for each of your initials.
I think I’ll stick to my first and last name here.V and R.
V for Vicious by V.E.Schwab. This was one of my first few attempts into YA and it made me realise that maybe, just maybe I don’t despise the genre as much as I thought I would. I can’t say I remember this fondly, it hasn’t affected me that much but I do remember this because it was a lovely an enjoyable read and made me discover an author I think I will love for years to come.