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Book Review: Transactions of Belonging, by Jaya Padmanabhan

Some books see the light of a reader by word of mouth. Such books sometimes make for wonderful reading, because it is suggested by a friend, someone who you know knows your book tastes well. This book came to me in such a way. First that friend gave me her copy. I liked what I read, so I bought a copy of my own. Continue reading “Book Review: Transactions of Belonging, by Jaya Padmanabhan”

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Book Review: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

There are some books that just delight on reading. They come into my life at a time when they’re much needed, and they feel right; like a breath of fresh air. It leaves a mark on me and it is remembered always. It feels strange at first that a book like that doesn’t make a difference to everyone, but it is such a book that also makes me realize that a book is different for every person. I may love it, and others may hate it. It’s all about perspective. Continue reading “Book Review: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho”

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Book Review: The Kill Switch, by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood

Thrillers make interesting reading. The genre is my favorite, and the most read in my shelves. I’ve read quite a few authors and some have become a favorite, so much so that I have their complete collection. James Rollins and Grant Blackwood were authors I had previously not heard of when I took it for reading. The premise of the book interested me. Continue reading “Book Review: The Kill Switch, by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood”

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Book Review: Singing Soul, by Shalini Samuel

Poetry is something I love to read, but find difficult to review. What the poet wishes to convey might be completely different from what I follow from the poem. And also, you don’t know what attracts you to the book in the first place. When Shalini Samuel shared an update on her publication on a Facebook group, it was the title that intrigued me. A poet’s soul would definitely have a song. Continue reading “Book Review: Singing Soul, by Shalini Samuel”

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Book Review: Obsession, by Various Authors

“Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession, you keep coming back and back and back to the same question, and you never get an answer.” – Norman Mailer

And yet, that’s what most of us tend to do. We obsess about some things and continue to do so, at times without even realizing it. The thing might be something that’s deep or something that’s frivolous, but it means something to us, or we think it means something to us, so we do it, we look for it, we hold on to it, we obsess about it. Frankly, we’re sometimes obsessed about obsession; though when it came to this book, it was more the cover page than the title that intrigued me. It showed loneliness, and that to me is one aspect of life, which is central to the book. Continue reading “Book Review: Obsession, by Various Authors”