The love for reading has been there since childhood. From fairy tales to crime fiction, my school days got me into reading more often than not. Comics were one genre I consumed happily back then. I remember reading the witty tales of Akbar & Birbal as a series of comics. It was a delightful travel back in time as I re-read some of the tales that I loved back then in this book by Monisha Mukundan.
An office brings people of similar background together, yet each person is different in their own way. Casual acquaintances at office, that’s manageable, but can a group work when each of their personal lives is affected by the other?
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but more often than not, the first impression of a book comes from exactly that. When it comes to Indian writing in English, quite a lot of novels veer toward the genre of romance. When I saw the cover of this book, I had a feeling that it would not be a romance novel. Though love does play a part in the novel, Turning Back Time is not about love itself.
There are a few books that can be finished very quickly. Light reads that just flows easily and brings a smile. I’ve found Preeti Shenoy’s writing to be such. It’s one of the reasons her fans like her writing too, I feel. I liked the book because of the cover art too. It looked appealing.
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.
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.