Friday, October 9, 2009
I picked up this book because first of all it is quite thin. Considering the fact that I don’t get too much time everyday, and keep reading the same book sometimes for the entire week. So, I thought I should read a short one.
I had bought this book online primarily because I have read so much about it, and there has also been a film with Audrey Hepburn. So, there you go.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
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Monday, September 28, 2009
- Because I have read all of Sophie Kinsella's books and find them absolutely hilarious
- Because this was the only book, apart from the latest "Twenties Girl" that I had not read
- Sophie is the queen of chicklit
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This month I have gone super-crazy. I have bought books as if there is no tomorrow. But anyways, I did manage to grab some good ones.
- Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella (Landmark)
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (only book which I actually bought on
at Landmark; rest all ended up buying in usual price) Sale
- Tamas by Bhishm Sahani (Landmark)
- Divya by Yashpal (Landmark)
- The Strike by Anand Mahadevan (Landmark)
- In the Country of Deceit by Shashi Deshpande (one of my favourite authors; Landmark))
Zakia Mansionby Gouri Dange (from Crossword ) Sale
That's about it!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Right now I am reading "The Waiting Room" by Anupa Mehta. Considering the limited time I have everyday, I picked up this rather thin book, so that I can complete it in 1-2 days. It gets frustrating to go on reading same book for weeks. It just kills the joy of reading completely.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The vibrant and attractive cover of this book and a good review in one of the magazines, made me decide that I surely wanted to check out this book. It also helped that one of my friends had bought it by chance.
Mr Ali is the main protagonist. After retirement, both he and his wife feels that rather than whiling away his time and interfering in the matters of household, opening a marriage bureau could be a great way to keep oneself engaged. A Marriage Bureau appeared to be a good business option because it hardly requires any investment and does not need too much of physical work or running around either. This book is a slow read. You can read it at your pace because for a long, long time there is no gripping story. The book is based in Vishakhapatnam and paints a beautiful picture of the city and the life there. This book is a clear winner in illustrating the sights and sounds of Vizag or for any small Indian city quite beautifully. More than the story, what stands out is the writer’s eye for detail and the pain he has taken to re-create the place and its life through his masterful words. When I read about this book, what caught my attention was the “marriage bureau” angle. It sounded like a very interesting background for any story. It can present an opportunity to explore the interesting facets of how an Indian marriage takes place.
It is not a page-turner but it keeps you interested in a different kind of charm that spells ‘India’. May be you can try this book when you have read a couple of heavy duty books and want a slow read.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009
I buy books practically every week. So, not having bought any book for a couple of days, I was itching to get some. But can’t just pick up anything, so I visited Smita’s Blog and hunted for my kind of books. Right now, after having read serious stuff like about Mahabharata and Mughal dynasty, I wanted to read some god chiklit or anything refreshingly different.
I finally zeroed in on the following books:
- The Waiting Room by Anupa Mehta
- Time Stops at Shamli by Ruskin Bond (can you believe it, I have never read a Ruskin Bond!)
- The Cradle Snatcher by Tim Stimson
- Faking it by Amrita Chowdhury
I have already lined up the following books for my next binge:
- Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella (‘Twenties Girl’ not available yet)
- Dreams Die Young by C.V.Murali
- Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
While reading 'The Feast of Roses', I got incredibly interested in reading more about the Mughal era in general and women in particular. Nurjahan's story was fascinating; and her ambition to possess the power to rule the kingdom, considered preposterous at that time, was in fact very courageous for a lady.
So, a little research, led me to 2 books:
This book is also by Indu Sundaresan and deals with Nurjahan’s life before marrying Jahangir. I have read good reviews about this book too. And after having read 'The Feast of Roses' myself, I can vouch for Indu Sundaresan. I liked her snese of detailing and making every character come alive. Best deal at Indiaplaza for Rs 287 with some shipping charges if this is the only book you are buying.
A book on one of the most remarkable architectures of
I’m itching to complete both at the earliest and will be back for the reviews for sure.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
- Noorjahan was actually the 20th wife of the emperor
- She got married to Jahangir when she was 34 years old – quite old for the years of yore
- Jahangir was Noorjahan’s second husband. She was married earlier to someone else earlier and had a daughter from her first marriage
- Shahjahan (prince Khurram) was not Noorjahan’s son
- Shahjahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal was Noorjahan’s niece and Noorjahan was instrumental in getting her niece married to Prince Khurram, who was later known as Shahjahan
- Noorjahan’s real name was Mehrunnisa
- In her pursuit of power, possessing the title of ‘Begam Padshah’ and authority to command the kingdom, Noorjahan makes and breaks several collaborations within the palace – with different sons of Jahangir in different times since she did not have a son of her own.
‘The Feast of Roses’ starts from the time when Noorjahan is already the wife of Jahangir. It is also a glimpse into the inner dynamics of harems (harem = living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household) of kingdoms – how a king used to have several queens (mostly to form alliances), and were also allowed to have several concubines and slave girls; how women could just be spectators of court proceeding, never the participants and how there was a hierarchy inside the harems.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
My take on this is:
- You buy this Membership for Rs 500 and immediately when the Membership is activated, you get a free voucher worth Rs 500 for buying books. So you are not really paying anything for this Membership.
- Through this, you will get assured 25% discount on all the books throughout one year.
- My extensive research has shown me that most of the books are cheapest on Indiaplaza despite paying the shipping for the first book.
I have already taken the Membership and today I start my first purchase of free books worth Rs 500.
It can’t get better than this!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering, Vol 1 (Paperback) by Ramesh Menon (Author)
Noorjahan, empress of Mughal
The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Rethinking the Mahabharata by Alf Hiltebeitel
Next Door stories by Jahnavi Barua
The Immortals by Amit Chaudhari
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Mahabharata by Meera Uberoi
The women of the Mahabharata by Badrinath Chaturvedi
Radheya (Hindi): Period Novel on Mahabharata's Karna by Ranjit Desai
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Reading Lolita In
The Wet Nurse by Mahasweta Devi
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Dreams Die Young By C.V. Murali
Why I assassinated Mahatma Gandhi
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
It is sad that most of the above have gone ‘out-of-print’. But, of course, no matter what I’m definitely going to hunt those down. It will be interesting to read so many versions of Mahabharata.