Book-Bit : The Master and Margarita

“The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes never! You’re asked an unexpected question, you don’t even flinch, it takes just a second to get yourself under control, you know just what you have to say to hide the truth, and you speak very convincingly, and nothing in your face twitches to give you…

Reviewed: Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

When I was a kid, dad read to me stories. He created vivid pictures through his narration; difficult for one to forget. I yet remember the good stories albeit vaguely. But it’s the disturbing tales that I remember so vividly that I could narrate them in one breath. Train to Pakistan is such a story….

Reviewed: The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

A friend who had read the book said to me that ‘The immortals of Meluha’ was based on Lord Shiva’s life. Being a devotee of the lord, I dropped everything to read it myself. It was in the very first chapter itself that I had realized that the book was not based on Lord Shiva but…

Reviewed: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Many times, simple yet not-so-perfect situations take most of our time and energy in wanting to put things right. This exactly is the premise of Tom Rachman’s – The Imperfectionists. Set in Rome, Italy, The Imperfectionists is about the inter-connected lives of the staff of an English newspaper which is on the brink of a…

Reviewed: The Passage by Justin Cronin

I’d read somewhere about how a writer wrote a book based on his 8-year old daughter’s request. A request that said the book must have – A girl who saves the world and vampires. The writer is Justin Cronin, The girl – Iris (his daughter), and The book – The Passage. The Passage is not…

Unread Quote: The Plague

“Week after week we were reduced to starting the same letter over again and copying out the same appeals, so that after a certain time words which had at first been torn bleeding from our hearts became void of sense. We copied them down mechanically, trying by means of these dead words to give some…

Unread Quote: The Plague

“In fact, it comes to this: nobody is capable of really thinking about anyone, even in the worst calamity. For really to think about someone means thinking about that person every minute of the day, without letting one’s thoughts be diverted by anything- by meals, by a fly that settles on one’s cheek, by household…

UnRead Quote: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

“Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them – a mother’s approval, a father’s nod – are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart…

UnRead Quote: Adultery

“You don’t choose your life; it chooses you. There’s no point asking why life has reserved certain joys or griefs, you just accept them and carry on. We cant choose our lives, but we can decide what to do with the joys or griefs we are given.”       – Paulo Coelho, Adultery

Reviewed: Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

I wonder why we never get to hear much about good books like Rohinton Mistry’s ‘Such a Long Journey’ quite contrary to the books that stand tall in bookshops but have nothing to appease a reader’s appetite. Anyway! Here goes the review. What you wouldn’t want to know about a book is that it is endlessly…

UnRead Quote: Adultery

“After a certain age, we put on a mask of confidence and certainty. In time, that mask gets stuck to our face and we can’t remove it. As children, we learn that if we cry we’ll receive affection, that if we show we’re sad, we’ll be consoled. If we can’t get what we want with…