A Man’s Head by Georges Simenon

Here’s something about me: I love philosophy, and believe firmly that it needs to be made more mainstream. Philosophy helps root your beliefs into a concrete base. Professor Michael Sandel in his Justice series asked a very interesting question which went something like this: “You are in a mine, in one of those trucks and […]

Howling at the Moon by Darshana Suresh

I’ve been following Darshana on Tumblr for a while now, and I’ve been waiting to read Howling at the Moon since it was first published, and I have to say it did not disappoint in the least. Darshana Suresh’s poetry collection is exquisitely painful – but it’s the beautiful kind of painful, the kind that […]

Fools and Other Stories by Njabulo S. Ndebele

The Test For a long time, I wanted to write about the streets of my childhood, our games of summer and rain, my poverty and my perception of it. I have still not been able to pen down anything without it sounding like a chip on my shoulder I need to get rid of very […]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

I’ll be honest — I am not (yet) a science fiction aficionado. I have a very limited, can-count-on-my-fingers number of the genre, some short stories and currently only two novels I can think of. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is the second one. (“What can I say? I only read science-fiction books I fall in love […]

Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Writers and authors, storytellers and what Neil Gaiman calls, ‘those trade-in fictions’, I believe, have a hidden agenda to glorify, not unjustly, our own kind. We love to write and we love to read but above both, we love to write extensively about books, libraries, voracious readers and brilliant story-weavers. It is our way of […]

Tales from the Border by Blackwood

Last month, I acquired a membership to a library in Mumbai; an old, dilapidated building that has volumes and volumes of old books in English, Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati. There were a dozen people sitting there and studying, the lights above the bookshelves had not even been switched on and the dust covered volumes bookshelves […]

Fatal Affair by Marie Force

*claps hands* So, romance novels are a guilty pleasure of mine – they’re the perfect way to cleanse your palate after finishing a book(s) that require my complete mental involvement – and Fatal Affair is a fun, quick, and enjoyable read, with an entertaining political and suspense twist that it makes it perfect for just […]