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Two-in-One

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Today with this post I am trying to catch up with two reviews in one post. The people at Fingerprint Publishing have always been patient with me and my mostly-delayed reviews of the books they send me. So here I am with two reviews – one pending and one on time πŸ˜› and they are –

  1. Those Immigrants by Scott Haas
  2. Penumbra by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

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The Spectacular Miss – My Thoughts

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Author – Sonia Bahl

Blurb (from Goodreads) –

I learned that I am, despite my early years spent as a
swaggering boy, at heart just a middle-class, hard-working,
risk-averse, un-creative, strait-laced, routine-obsessed
conformist. In case I forgot to mention it, I’m also
prudish to the point of being puritanical.
But at eight, Nira had only one over-powering wishβ€”to pee
standing up like a boy. In fact, to be a boy.
Join Nira as she steps into her brother’s clothes and becomes
the self-appointed Al Caponesque gang leader of the neighbourhood
boys. Her oddball yet madly loving family shapes her
personality, and a poignant relationship with her brother’s best
friend shapes her life.
She uses uninhibited candour to detail her coming-of-age journey
from Calcutta to London, from tomboy to reluctant woman-
in-progress . . . always trying to fit in, but always failing. She’s
a laugh a minute, and yet she breaks your heart with her subconscious,
percussive yearning for the one person who is always too
old, too far, too married to be hers.

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The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen – my thoughts

murder of soniaAuthor – Salil Desai

Blurb –

Late one November night, the mutilated corpse of a young Finnish tourist is found in a public garden in Pune. It looks like a case of brutal rape and murder, but Senior Inspector Saralkar and PSI Motkar find themselves probing further….delving deeper.

Standing virtually clueless, except for a single white sandal found on the scene of the crime, the policemen duo start looking for suspects.

Things get murkier when Saralkar’s old friend and colleague, Inspector Patange, seeks his help to establish the identity of another murder victim – an old man found by a wooded hillside on the outskirts of Pune. Not only do the old man’s injuries match the wounds inflicted on the Finnish girl, but he is also found wearing the other white sandal.

As Saralkar and Motkar struggle to find the link that connects the two murders, nothing is what it seems….The emerging truth seems far more dangerous and the motive far more bizarre! Who murdered Sonia , and why? The truth will chill you to the bone!

My thoughts – This book is in the 2nd one in the Inspector Saralkar series. I have not read the earlier one but had read quite a few good reviews about it in the blogging community. So when I was offered to review a copy of the 2nd one in the series, by Fingerprint Publishing (the publishers), I agreed. (more…)

Autobiography of a Mad Nation – my thoughts

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Author – Sriram Karri

Blurb –

“I was born in a mentally retarded nation.” –

Thus begins this provocative, stylish, and racy literary rant against India by a twenty-four-year-old awaiting capital punishment.
When Dr M Vidyasagar (β€˜Sagar’), retired chief of CBI, gets an unusual request from his old friend and the President of India to privately investigate if Vikrant Vaidyaβ€”sentenced to death for motivelessly killing his teenage neighbour Iqbalβ€”is innocent or not, little does he know how convoluted a conspiracy he is setting foot in.
With a narrative that springs forth from and weaves its way through the Emergency, anti-Sikh riots post Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Ram Janmabhoomi Rath Yatra, anti-Mandal Commission protests, economic liberalisation, Babri Masjid demolition, and Godhra riots, readers will find themselves in the grips of a chimerical tale, asking and answering the question: Is India truly a mad nation?

My thoughts –

First of all I would like to thank the publishers, Fingerprint Publishing, for sending me a copy of this book. Also, I would like to apologize for the massive delay in posting my thoughts on it, even though I had finished reading it quite some time back. :/ (more…)

This Week in Books – Vol.1

lipsy-thisweekinbooksAfter MizB discontinued the weekly bookish meme, WWW Wednesdays, I was thinking of coming up with a weekly feature of my own to share about my books each week. And when I came across fellow blogger, Lipsy (from LIPSYY LOST & Β FOUND), starting her own weekly feature THIS WEEK IN BOOKS, I decided to join in the fun. Thanks for hosting Lipsy! πŸ™‚

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Letters from an Indian Summer – my thoughts

letters from indian summerGoodreads

Author – Siddharth Dasgupta

Blurb –

A love story between an Indian photographer and a French artist, Letters from an Indian Summer, is suffused with a strong sense of serendipity and spiritually liberal doses of the things Arjun Bedi and Genevieve Casta hold dear in this world. The past, though, lurks constantly around every chosen corner. Will the secrets they harbour end up destroying them, or will the unspoken belief in their entwined cosmic paths be much too strong a force . . ?

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