I picked up The Old Man and the Sea because I am participating in an Instagram readathon in which the prompt was to read a book that is a part of a “100 books to read in a lifetime” list. Needless to state, The Old Man and the Sea frequently graces many such lists and was therefore a good option.
She is as humble and adorable as they come and doesn’t let her success get to her. Afroza doesn’t like to think of herself as an author and instead calls herself a scribbler. Her latest book, ‘Confession of a Wife’ is the startling tale of a marriage that is both insipid and oppressing.
Unlike many other poetry books that I read, If I am Born Again Lord Please does not include a lot of poems. It does have a couple of them but all the poems in this collection are connected. What makes this book stand out from other poetry books is that in this book, the poet uses 7 different poems (and a few illustrations) to tell us a story.
I Wish I Could Rewind is a collection of 31 poems which cover a wide variety of topics, subjects, themes, and emotions. To give you a little idea, there is a poem on section 377 of the IPC and there is also a poem on betrayal in love. A reader will come across poems that cover a wide variety of subjects.
Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan is about a naïve bunch of ragtag men and their amateurly planned bank robbery gone wrong. The book is massive. It is just short of 600 pages and that’s a lot to overwhelm any reader but let that not deter you from giving this book a chance.
Buddhist Banker is an easy-breezy read which doesn’t have much to boast of. But even then, what it lacks in terms of the storyline, plot, characters, climax and writing style is compensated by the simple life-lessons that it teaches its readers. Expect a simple story that will introduce to the many dilemmas that face the modern generation.
Confession of a Wife is the story of an unhappy marriage and an unhappy wife. It is written in a rather simple and plain fashion. Expect a good amount of family drama and some offbeat noncliché kind of romance. Also, expect some hands-on exposure to the trials and tribulations of a modern day working woman.
Sarang Mahajan is the man behind what is being hailed as India’s first authentic fantasy fiction. His debut book, Inkredia, is a one of a kind fantasy which is neither based on mythology nor inspired from any western fantasies. Each and every part of the Inkerdia universe is original and created from the scratch.
And Then the Light Turned Green is a collection of 5 ultra-short stories that together make a rather short read. This book cannot be called a book in the literal sense as it is just 23 pages long. Expect some short and quirky tales that give you a taste of modern city life.
Mystical Warfare of Schools: The Dark Rises is a book that is meant for children. It is a fantasy but a fantasy meant just for children. This is mainly because it is written in such a way that will only appeal to children.
Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic is the story of Madhubala Ray, a thirty-year-old newly widowed woman who teaches social sciences to the students of a posh Chennai school. She lives with her seventy-year-old mother-in-law who, much to her chagrin, isn’t the chatty sorts.
All the Lives We Never Lived is basically a period drama. It loosely explores the events of the 1930s and early 1940s. It talks of a time when the entire world arena was dominated by the war that was meant as an answer to all wars, but which adversely affected millions in its aftermath.