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The Uncommon Memories of Zeenat Qureishi by veena nagpal

The Uncommon Memories of Zeenat Qureishi | Veena Nagpal | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 India is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse nations in the world; a melting pot of religions. Hinduism and Islam, the two major religions of India, have co-existed peacefully for many centuries, borrowing each other’s culture, art, language and traditions. The …

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Behind the Game John Sealey

Behind the Game | John Sealey | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5 In India, cricket is a religion. When team India plays, one billion pairs of eyes watch. Even when the game ends, it is discussed for days in village centres, office cubicles, college canteens, school buses and even in kitty parties. We consider ourselves …

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Sita's Curse

Sita’s Curse: The Language of Desire | Sreemoyee Piu Kundu | Book Review

PLOT: 3.5/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Erotica is a genre of books that is perhaps not yet in the limelight as much as it ought to be. “Fifty Shades of Grey” was perhaps the book that broke the shackles, both in the international market and the Indian scene too. …

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For | Jeffrey Archer | Book Review

PLOT: 4.5/5 CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 Writing a series is not as easy as the plethora of successful titles that you see on the shelves of your local bookstores. Not only would you have to make sure the long drawn out story is of interest to the reader, but …

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Boats on Land

Boats on Land – A Collection of Short Stories | Janice Pariat | Book Review

STORIES: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 The beauty of the north-east lies in its culture, its people and its landscapes. The seven sisters, as these seven states are called, have their own culture, beliefs and language, and each one is more beautiful than the other. But these are in jeopardy due …

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The Namesake

The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri | Book Review

PLOT: 5/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 I am particularly hesitant about reading books by renowned authors; authors who bag Nobels and Pulitzers and Man Bookers. It is not that I haven’t tried. Most of what they write, though beautiful, go way over my head. I would rather prefer reading …

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini | Book Review

PLOT: 5/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 If you are a devoted follower of fiction novels, and you still haven’t read A Thousand Splendid Suns, it is a point worth pondering over. This is one of the best books I have come across in a long time. The author, as …

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Lajja by Taslima Nasrin

Lajja: Shame | Taslima Nasrin | Book Review

PLOT: 5/5 RESEARCH: 5/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 History teaches us that religion has been one of the most compelling reasons behind many of the great wars, and a consequence of most religious wars is an exodus of natives who have been conquered. The exodus of Israelis from Egypt as mentioned in …

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Virgin Gingelly by V. Sanjay Kumar

Virgin Gingelly | V. Sanjay Kumar | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 It is a common accusation among readers, this reviewer included, that what the Indian authors have to offer nowadays have either suffered from a lack of a good plot or lacks drastically in any literary value. Many of the books available now are …

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The Diary of a Reluctant Feminist

The Diary of a Reluctant Feminist | Bhavna Bhavna | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 Before starting to read any book, it is always good to read the blurb at the back as it will give you a good idea as to what the story is about and whether you are going to enjoy it. More importantly, it …

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I am Life Shraddha Soni

I am Life | Shraddha Soni | Book Review

PLOT: 2/5 CHARACTERS: 2/5 WRITING STYLE: 2/5 CLIMAX: 2.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 1/5 For some people, it might have been the “it” book. But sadly, it was just not the case with me. ‘I am life’ by Shraddha Soni, starts on an interesting note at a New York street when Siddhartha, and his friend Andrea, are …

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