When I look back in time through my memories and revisit my school days, I remember the friendships, the fun, the laughter, and yes, the first crush. When we are busy looking at forging friendships that we feel would last a lifetime, the concept of ‘love’ seems so far away. The ‘crush’ though happens on its own. It might be the shy girl who sits silently and reads her books, not talking with the others, the introvert just like you. It was for me. Ganga Bharani, through her third book, ‘A sip of Love and A sip of Coffee’ manages to take me back in time to those days as well, through its plot, its setting and of course, its two main characters – Avanthika and Gautham.
When I look at the spectrum of Indian Writing in English, the route I see many of the authors take is the tried and tested, maybe even loved route of romance. Perhaps, as a genre, it is one even I prefer to write. But as a reader, I’ve read and found many to be sub-par. It is, perhaps, a breath of fresh air to see an author take the genre of crime fiction. Continue reading “Book Review: A Minute to Death, by Ganga Bharani”