House Rules – Heartbreaking and Heartwarming At The Same Time

I am part of an awesome group on Facebook that has 10k other readers like me (10k as of this instant). Every day, there are scores of discussions on books and reading, not to forget the long list of book recommendations that the members dole out. Thanks to this group, I built up a TBR…

Bask Under Ruskin Bond’s ‘The Blue Umbrella’

Like I’d done with The Cherry Tree, I bought The Blue Umbrella when it was on sale. And just like The Cherry Tree, I fell in love with this book, too. Ruskin Bond is pure genius in his simplicity. His stories are simple, yet carry a message that resonates with every reader in some form…

‘Think With Me’ – Annoys With Its Preposterous Ideas

Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara – I knew that this man, a brilliant businessman, was arrested in 2014. But I didn’t know why. It doesn’t matter early in this review, but it somewhat dented my opinion of him when I read the book with his arrest in mind. I agreed to review Think With Me, the…

King Lear – Strenuous To Read But Heartbreaking

The only book I’d read of William Shakespeare was Timon of Athens. As time passed, I thought, maybe I should be reading his more popular works like Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It. But then my book list kept expanding (and still does) to the point where I did not want to concentrate…

The Fault in Our Stars – A Poem

About The Fault in Our Stars, I was so touched and influenced, that I rustled up a poem on this absolutely wonderful story. Though I might not be a pro at recreating beautifully told prose into poetry, please know that the poem is heartfelt.

Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks Needs To Calm Down A Little

There is no particular reason I picked up this book, other than that the Kindle version was available for a dirt cheap price. But reading this book sort of put me in a position where I was almost ready to chuck my device at the wall in absolute fury. I hate the book, but deep down, I know that it’s not the book I hate, but a certain character.

War Poems – A Poignant Account by Christopher Pascale

The style of writing is simple, almost like a narration, but there is music in this style of poetry. It’s the simplicity that hits you with the force of a battering ram. There isn’t any explanation as to why you feel the load crushing your chest as you read the poems, aside from the fact that they are as beautifully realistic as a poem could possibly be.

The Cherry Tree – The Perfect Dose of Warm Nostalgia

Rating: 5/5 stars I bought the Kindle edition of Ruskin Bond’s The Cherry Tree at a very cheap price. Ruskin Bond is widely loved for his simple, poignant stories, so I thought that I must lay hands on these gems. I bought three of his works, The Cherry Tree, The Room on the Roof, and…

Steve Jobs – The Rudely Honest Genius Visionary

I had gifted this book to a brother who’s an Apple fanatic on his birthday a couple of years ago. He hasn’t read it yet but I managed to lay hands on a cheap Kindle edition and have finished reading it. And the feeling that engulfs me right now is indescribable. It’s a mix of…

Scion of Ikshvaku – Amish’s Take On Righteous Prince Ram

Rating: 4/5 stars I have never been an overtly religious person. My vision of the existence of God has been more organic than everyone around me. These basics are important to see which way we trundle forward in life. But that’s a discussion for another day. Still, when Amish, my favorite Indian author, decided to…

Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

Rating: 3/5 stars The blurb to Melody’s Key has a pretty interesting ring to it. So when I got the chance to read and review the book, I went ahead immediately. Here’s the blurb: “Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her…