Book Review: Matilda, by Roald Dahl

There are many childhood classics I’ve yet to read. I had heard a lot of good things about this book from many friends who admire Roald Dahl’s writing, and thought it was about time I picked it up for reading.

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Book Review: Flute in the Forest, by Leela Gour Broome


About the author:
Leela Gour Broome an Indian author who lives near Pune. She enjoys playing with words – painting her puns into cartoons or cooking up real and imaginary yarns for children or anyone else who is willing to listen.

Thoughts from cover and blurb:
A light read about a young girl’s life as she discovers her dreams, her passions and her life itself.

My thoughts on the book:
It was pure luck that this book came into my possession. I saw the title staring at me from the shelves at Landmark and I just knew that I wanted it. And the book did not disappoint.

Flute in the Forest is a simple tale, about a young girl who stays in a sanctuary with her father, who is the forest ranger there. Her mother left them for a career on the stage, after Atiya, the girl, was afflicted by polio. After that happened, her father became even more protective of her, and stopped music from her life so she didn’t get attracted to the stage.
She loves her father very much, and knows the forest like the back of her hand. When her classmates tease her endlessly because of her limp, she goes off on adventures in other parts of the forest. Once, she hears a flute and is mesmerized by its magic. The story, titled on this instance, follows young Atiya’s life.

The story does justice to the thoughts and actions of a young child who has been brought up almost as an adult itself. She’s responsible, thoughtful and wise, as well as innocent and cheeky. The language is simple, as is needed in a children’s fiction. The flow is nice. There are morals and good character values explored through the tale. It shows a power that is there in music. Lots of things to enjoy, that’s for sure. I like Atiya and the Ogre Uncle’s characters.

If at all, something is there to feel let down, maybe it is a hint of predictability to certain events. And maybe a premature end to a growing friendship. Just when that part is getting enjoyable, it ends, though not in an abrupt way. I wanted to know more about Atiya and Gopal etc. So a little more lengthier novel would have been even better!

Otherwise, overall, this is a tale as enchanting and magical as the title. It’s a light read, refreshing, with some nice illustrations along with the chapter names. I’d recommend it as worth reading, and it goes into my favorite books.

Rated a 9/10
Rated a 9/10

Book details:
Title: Flute in the Forest
Author: Leela Gour Broome
Genre: Children’s Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-143-33160-5
Publishers: Puffin Publications
Price: INR. 199


This book is a personal copy. No payment was taken for this review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with
1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.

(July 20th, 2013)

Book Review: Grandma’s Bag of Stories, by Sudha Murty


About the author:
Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over three lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan’s Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006.

My thoughts on the book:
I borrowed this book from the library just about the same time I was delving into a literary fiction, so after that, this came as a breath of fresh air, to refresh my mind. This brought back memories of visits to my native place, and of stories that my grandmother used to tell me too, sort of a bittersweet experience.

Childhood is the time when morals are imbibed, so the stories we hear then from our elders are those happy ending, wisdom filled tales so we understand that though the world isn’t a perfect place, there are good things, and good people. This book has those innocence filled stories that just sound in place. It might as well be you in the place of Raghu or Meenu, and your grandmother instead of Ajji, the stories might seem familiar in their wisdom.

My favorites from the book are “Doctor, doctor” which shows that kindness can bring wonderful rewards, but if the reward is misused, the kindness can be overlooked and the rewards stopped, “Kavery and the thief” which shows wit and wisdom can triumph in a hard situation and “How the seasons got their share” which brings importance to the need to share, and to work together.

The language is simple and enjoyable, just as the language for a child’s book should be. The morals are right, and the illustrations well done. It could double up as a coloring book for the kids, as well as a refreshing change of perspective and weight of reading for you.

A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: Grandma’s Bag of Stories
Author: Sudha Murty
ISBN: 978-0-143-33202-2
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publishers: Puffin Publishers
Price: Rs. 199


The book was borrowed for reading from the local library. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with the First Reads challenge at b00k r3vi3ws and Indian Quills at Tales Pensieve.

(March 25th, 2013)