The Midnight’s Children~ Reviewing a cinematic edition
Article / February 19, 2013

Before starting this piece my mind was being constantly bombarded with a whole gamut of thoughts popping their heads out of here and there. That’s what happens when your mind is in proximity of a great author like Rushdie. Being a booklover myself, the very comparison of a book and its cinematic outcome seems futile to me.

An interview with Tania James, on her experience at Jaipur Literary Festival
Authors Exclusive / January 24, 2013

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Tania James is one of the latest additions to the shining brand of authors who represent the country’s endless prowess in literature. Writing stories that both innovative and heartfelt James creates her own benchmark. She currently teaches creative writing at George Washington University. As she prepares to attend the Jaipur Literary Festival, India Bookstore tried to get a glimpse of it. Excerpts from an interview:

Notes from a Book fair
Article / December 21, 2012

My association with the book fair goes back to the days when I have just started bearing the idea of what books were. I was born in a typical Kolkata family where books are valued and archived.

Review : Unaccustomed Earth
Review / November 22, 2012

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Publisher: Random House India Year: 2009 ISBN: 978-0676979343 Rating: Read book reviews from other readers   At times, to enjoy certain books completely, one needs to do something different than just the usual self-identification with the characters. Long time back, when we participated in Macmillan interschool tests, there used to be puzzles with figures instructing us to have a bird’s eye view on them. Though such views had little application in our future lives along with those tests which dared to judge our merit, one never really knows which art comes handy when. Moving back to the initial tone of the article, sometimes, to enjoy few books one needs to segregate oneself, move above and get that bird’s eye view. There is a pleasure involved in such kind of reading and viewing, one that provides a wonderful panoramic display of life, in every variety possible, through the words printed in black. Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Unaccustomed Earth’ was one such book. Every story in this book narrates different episodes in the lives of Bengali families dwelling abroad. That way Lahiri stays true to her roots. Being a Bengali myself, may be the book came especially closer to my heart…

Review : The Artist of Disappearance
Review / November 21, 2012

Author: Anita Desai
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-0547577456
Rating: ★★★★☆
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The queerest thing which strikes the mind when one starts this collection of fictions by Anita Desai is perhaps the name, ‘The Artist of Disappearance’. However the novellas, through every taste of the myriad emotions they accompany, justify it in the best possible manner.

Review : The Music Room
Review / October 19, 2012

Author: Namita Devidayal
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2009
ISBN: 978-0312536640
Rating: ★★★½☆
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In the ocean of life, sailing through the tides of incidents, accidents and change, the one thing which keeps the sail high and upright is perhaps music, the only thing that makes us feel closer to ourselves. Somehow, while reading The Music Room, this faith will get established in you. The book, as the name itself says, is a memoir.

What Young India wants
Review / October 5, 2012

Author: Chetan Bhagat
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9788129120212
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Ironical enough that I read this book on 2nd October, Mahatma’s birthday. To speak about the book I will say it tells the truth. All this while, the most fascinating feature of Chetan Bhagat’s books has been their titles.

Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Review / October 1, 2012

Authors: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780307950628
Rating: ★★★★½
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To read Murakami is an experience, one of the types which circulate over our known fears and anguish, especially those which keep us awake at night. However it paves way far from the conventional thereby reaching the inner recesses of our heart, liberating us form the agony that reigned over it.