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Book Review: Selected Poems, by Gulzar

The beauty of a poem is not only with the poet but with the reader. The reader’s imagination completes it, and it is truer for a poem than a fiction I feel. I have never been a connoisseur of Hindi poetry, but when it comes to the genius of Gulzar, I have, most of the time, made an exception. To review a poem is difficult. To review a poem is something I cannot do, but I shall share my thoughts. Continue reading “Book Review: Selected Poems, by Gulzar”

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Book Review: The Crossover, by Sunil Sandeep

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities” – JRR Tolkien.

So we dream. We dream about things that are abstract, or sometimes that are clear and possible. We sometimes chase them with all our heart, and sometimes give up on them because they seem too far to reach. Yeah, when reality hits and pushes the dreams seemingly out of reach, we sometimes accept, feel the dreams were but sour grapes and give up on the path to try and make those dreams into reality. Continue reading “Book Review: The Crossover, by Sunil Sandeep”

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Book Review: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

“If you want to be happy, be.”

Leo Tolstoy, one of my favorite authors, gives voice to what is a beautiful thought. That if we want to be happy, then we should be. The only thing stopping us from being happy is us. Seeing from the white side of life, this feels the way life should be lived, without giving a thought to sadness. And this is something I try to do most of the time. Why not always? Why do I stop myself from being happy? The easiest answer, and the one that is true, is that life is not white, but mostly gray. There are times when you can’t help but feel a little low. Continue reading “Book Review: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne”

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Book Review: The Avatari, by Raghu Srinivasan

If there is a genre that I love to read, it is thrillers and mysteries. I can’t get enough of it, and enough of saying it either. A thriller has to do is to keep the attention of the reader. To do that with a small set of characters is difficult enough; to do that with different characters and settings is even more laudable. Indian authors in English are now beginning to embrace this genre as well, evident from a few books that have come in the recent past. This book adds on to that impressive pile and is now one of my favorite books. Continue reading “Book Review: The Avatari, by Raghu Srinivasan”

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Book Review: Servants of the Goddess, by Catherine Rubin Kermorgant

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”

To continue the quote by Martin Luther King Jr., “Hopelessness cannot drive out hopelessness. Only hope can do that.” That’s my belief, and I know for a fact that it is true. Continue reading “Book Review: Servants of the Goddess, by Catherine Rubin Kermorgant”