Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag : Review ★★★★.5

Ghachar Ghochar is a short novella translated from Kannada (regional language in India) by Srinath Perur. It is a profound take on inescapable and complex familial relationships. Our good for nothing narrator sits in a coffee house in Bangalore mulling over his thoughts, observing people, and reminiscing his past. As he walks back home he … Continue reading Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag : Review ★★★★.5

The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ★★★★★

Cats & Japanese literature. A treat to all the feline lovers.  Imagine you went into a grocery store and brought home a packet of a new flavour of instant noodles not like your usual taste. You decide to cook them one particular morning. From the look of it seems like a usual dish, but the … Continue reading The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ★★★★★

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: Book Review

Holocaust is a sensitive subject. It takes courage to pen down and even read such stories. Brutality beyond imagination. I have read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank in high school and even today I can't get myself to read it again.  I'm sure there are many more books written on the … Continue reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: Book Review

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: A tale of loss, a tale of life ★★★★★

“You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away.” - Fredrik BackmanTweet Ove is a 59 year old man who is disappointed about everything around him. He has taken upon himself to make sure everybody sticks to the rules because if he doesn't monitor the situations around him everyday like a … Continue reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: A tale of loss, a tale of life ★★★★★

Men Without Women: Cats, Music and Murakami

It is a collection of seven short stories with a similar sense of eerie, alienation, vulnerability, and loneliness of the male characters dealing with either grief, unrequited love, betrayal, or something completely peculiar. This book is translated from original Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen.Cats, Jazz, and Murakami with the usual surrealism are the … Continue reading Men Without Women: Cats, Music and Murakami

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: ★★★.5

A convenience store is a retail store generally opened for long hours containing grocery and household supplies. Keiko Furukura is a 36-year-old working in Hiromachi Station Smile Mart. She is indifferent and sometimes behaves oddly in the presence of humans. She likes being a convenience store woman. She has been working at this dead-end job … Continue reading Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: ★★★.5

Normal People by Sally Rooney: An unusual love theme ★★★

“All these years, they’ve been like two little plants sharing the same plot of soil, growing around one another, contorting to make room, taking certain unlikely positions.” - Sally RooneyTweet The entire narrative is about its characters and their progression over the years.It is an unlikely love story which can tear you apart but can … Continue reading Normal People by Sally Rooney: An unusual love theme ★★★

South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami ★★★

You know you are reading a Murakami when you feel you are lost in the world of a pensive mood nostalgic enough to make you emotional, melancholic and composed. Being a regular Murakami reader I have noticed that he has a distinct style when it comes to writing. Even though the elements are very much … Continue reading South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami ★★★

Wheels of Wish | An amalgamation of mystery and mythology

Title: Wheels of Wish Author: Bhibhu Datta Rout Genre: Mystery Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ A combination of variegated knowledge systems including history, biology and mythological, 'Wheels of Wishes" turns out to be one of the most enriching and engaging reads. The novel focus on three parallel stories following three separate timelines. While Shashank Chaudhary is charged … Continue reading Wheels of Wish | An amalgamation of mystery and mythology