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Book Review: The Lively Library & an Unlikely Romance, by Niranjan Navalgund

A mysterious world that exists inside a library… that does pique a book lover’s curiosity. I find libraries to by mysterious. The younger me would spend summer vacations there, answering the call of books to pick them up. When I read The Lively Library and an Unlikely Romance, the world that it created was something I enjoyed.

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Book Review: Yama’s Lieutenant, by Anuja Chandramouli

Mythology, and fantasy based on mythological characters are genres that are quite popular in Indian Writing in English of late. Though I’ve read many authors attempting the former, very few have really made an impression. Devdutt Pattanaik has been one. Anuja Chandramouli is another author whose works I have liked reading. She was attempting mythology from usually unseen perspectives, like Arjuna or Kamadeva. I wondered how she’d handle the change from the former to the latter. Yama’s Lieutenant is a fantasy novel, with mythical elements.

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Book Review: She Walks, She Leads by Gunjan Jain

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Sweeney.

Growing up, we always look at someone to inspire us, to show us the path to walk on, but not how to walk on it. At first, it might be someone very dear to us, like our parents or a teacher. As we get to know stories of leaders, we try to follow in their footsteps.

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Book Review: Gone with the Bullet, by Sheeja Jose

I love reading thrillers that keep me at the edge of my seat. When I read the author’s earlier work, I had felt a single line from the blurb make an impact on me as a reader. That line was at the back of my mind through the read. The blurb of this book begins, “An answer to a gun is another gun. Answer to deceit is love.” It set the tone of the book well, and it made me eager to read it. First things first though. The cover art of this novel was brilliant. I loved it more than that of Goodbye Girl.

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Book Review: Among the Stars, by Dhasa Sathyan

There’s something about a well written short story that charms the reader. Perhaps it is the ability to connect threads in the span of a smaller word limit, or the chance to devour a story quickly. I love reading them, and I love writing them. To connect short stories across a book, and keep the reader guessing what the next story holds, that was an interesting concept. I did not expect to get short stories connected to each other when I took up “Among the Stars” for reading. The beginning of the collection, and the common thread between the stories, made me nostalgic.

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