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YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL – MY THOUGHTS

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Author – Kunal Nayyar

Blurb –

Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory — the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicist — ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends.
Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow, such as his James Bond-loving, mustachioed father who taught him the most important lessons in life: Treat a beggar as you would a king. There are two sides to every story. A smile goes a long way. And, when in doubt, use a spreadsheet. Kunal also walks us through his college years in Portland, where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his French, 6’8” gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage, and begins a series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj. (That is, until he meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event that we get to experience in a chapter titled “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.”)
Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime.

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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 (‘Sagar’), retired chief of CBI, gets an unusual request from his old friend and the President of India to privately investigate if Vikrant Vaidya—sentenced to death for motivelessly killing his teenage neighbour Iqbal—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.3

lipsy-thisweekinbooksWelcome to another episode of THIS WEEK IN BOOKS!

Hosted by Lipsy (from LIPSYY LOST &  FOUND)THIS WEEK IN BOOKS is a weekly roundup about our books. Thanks for hosting Lipsy! 🙂

I am also linking this post to WWW Wednesdays, now hosted by Sam of TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS. (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 &  FOUND), starting her own weekly feature THIS WEEK IN BOOKS, I decided to join in the fun. Thanks for hosting Lipsy! 🙂

And so here I go with my 1st post – (more…)

In A Feeling Named Love – my thoughts

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Author – D. sathwik

Blurb –

Love – a simple four-letter word has the power to change the destiny of any person. Love is the best thing to happen to us if it is with our Mr. or Miss Right.
I found my Miss Right in Shritha, who changed my life and along with it, my destiny too. I will not claim that I have best love story in the world; but love was definitely the best thing that happened to me, I probably would have never come in front of you as a writer.
This book is a magical journey of love, put through to you, my readers, in a loving way as my life was with Shrita. I hope you enjoy reading about this enchanted part of my life as much as I enjoyed living it and still enjoy reminiscing about.
In A Feeling Named Love is my story, my experiences with love – the best part of my life – put into words.

My thoughts –

What & how do you comment on someone’s true love story, put down into words by one of the lovers? How does one offer opinions on the plot (which has happened for real) & the characters (who are real people)? This is the dilemma I find myself in, while putting down my thoughts on In A Feeling Named Love. (more…)

Letters from an Indian Summer – my thoughts

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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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The Bluest Marble- my thoughts

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Author: Vipin Kumar

Blurb –

Aditya is known as Ram Kumar 125 – a name given to amnesiac patients in a ‘Mental Hospital’. He doesn’t have amnesia; he just doesn’t want to go back to the world he knew before. His inmates include: UT – the brilliant former CEO, Rajesh – software engineer and Jacky – Doctor in theoretical physics. Amongst these ‘crazies’ Ram Kumar 125 discovers himself, the true Aditya, and the secret of happiness. He finds the mysterious and precious “bluest marble” he has been unconsciously looking for all his life.
With portraits that both touch and disturb, corporate politics, Mumbai night life, Dalal Street, lower-middle-class Delhi and psychological “illness”, The Bluest Marble is a sensitive exploration of young urban aspirations and angst in the age of economic turmoil.

My thoughts:

I had won the book in a Goodreads Giveaway. 🙂 (more…)

WWW WEDNESDAY VOL. 25

www_wednesdays43Hello book lovers!

It’s Wednesday and time for another episode of WWW, the weekly book meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. I am on time this week after posting late for 2 weeks…..pheww!

To play along, we just have to answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

And here are my answers this week: (more…)