The Binding Vine: Shashi Deshpande

I am clueless how I happened to read this book. While looking for my next read, I was browsing through the bookshelf in the library. The book cover and the title held my attention. The lady in the cover especially had me captivated, and send mixed signals to my mind. On one hand, the ladyContinue reading “The Binding Vine: Shashi Deshpande”

Nurjahan’s Daughter: Tanushree Podder

                                  If my history textbooks were anywhere as interesting as the historical fiction written nowadays, I would have done fairly well in my exams. History which already has a ‘story’ in it never held my interest due to theContinue reading “Nurjahan’s Daughter: Tanushree Podder”

Witness the night: Kishwar Desai

Female Infanticide is problem that troubles India since many years. It has deepened roots to such an extent that even education and literacy cannot mar the effects of this crime. Though secluded to some states now, it still poses a serious threat resulting in an imbalanced male-female sex ratio. Girls are killed right in theContinue reading “Witness the night: Kishwar Desai”

Dog Boy: Eva Hornung

This was unlike any book I have ever read. After my first reading I was left aghast, as to how a child could be left to fend on his own. It took me a while to re read this one since the imagery had left such an impact, that the moment I held the bookContinue reading “Dog Boy: Eva Hornung”

Dahan: Suchitra Bhattacharya, Debjani Sengupta (Editor), Mahua Mitra (Translator)

As a literature student I have been exposed to many books that speak of atrocities against women. But few have struck a chord when it comes to Indian  writing. On a vacation I happened to read the much acclaimed novel Dahan by Suchitra Bhattacharya. Being a fan of Bengali literature I picked up this book while surfing for aContinue reading “Dahan: Suchitra Bhattacharya, Debjani Sengupta (Editor), Mahua Mitra (Translator)”

Three Women: Rabindranath Tagore (translated by Arunava Sinha)

Having tasted the sweet nectar of Tagore’s writing, I am lately drawn towards his writings. My last read was ” Three Women”, a collection of three short novels . They are aptly titled that summarizes the whole complex setup within a word. The novellas, Nashtaneer( Broken nest), Dui Bon( Two sisters) and Malancha( The gardener). I would be onlyContinue reading “Three Women: Rabindranath Tagore (translated by Arunava Sinha)”

The Giving Tree: Shel Silverstein

I revisited the book as I was looking for a short read for my daughter. My search led back to this book I had read when I first joined a school as librarian. This was one of the first books I had read in a Read Aloud session . The story remained with me andContinue reading “The Giving Tree: Shel Silverstein”

To Hell with You Mitro (Mitro Marjani): Krishna Sobti

There could be no better timing than this to be writing the book review for a book by Krishna Sobti. The 2017 Gyanpith Award winner, also known as the grande dame of Hindi Literature. The book I am reviewing here is To hell with you Mitro. This book caused an uproar upon its publication owing toContinue reading “To Hell with You Mitro (Mitro Marjani): Krishna Sobti”

Memory’s Daughter by Krishna Sobti

Reading this book both angered me and yet also made me feel heart broken at the plight of women in Indian society. Not much has changed from where she started. Women then and now are treated as mere cattle with value only for the womb that bears offspring, only to be pushed back into backdropContinue reading “Memory’s Daughter by Krishna Sobti”

Sunflowers of the Dark: Krishna Sobti: translated by Pamela Manasi

Katha has always offered a wide array of literature through translated works. I recently finished reading Krishna Sobti’s ‘Memory’s Daughter’. And the after effects are that I am drawn to books by the author. So I managed to lay my hands on another masterpiece, “Sunflowers of the Dark”. The title of the book is enigmatic,Continue reading “Sunflowers of the Dark: Krishna Sobti: translated by Pamela Manasi”