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Monday, May 6, 2019

First Page Mondays: Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

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I picked up this book at the Barnes & Nobles outlet in New York near Times Square, and honestly, this is the only book I got from there.

I did read a few pages of this one, and for now, here is a look at the first page..


OUTSIDE THE GUARDED ENTRANCE, reporters clicked like a pack of wolves. They wanted names and locations, any links to the Mob, every newsworthy detail for tomorrow's front page.

 The irony wasn't lost on me.

 In the hospital waiting area, on the same chair for hours, I raised my head when a doctor appeared. He spoke to a nurse in a hushed tone. His full mustache, peppered like his temples, vibrated with his words. My shoulders coiled into springs as I searched for a look, a suggestion of the worst. Tension heightened around me from others fearing the same. The sudden quiet was deafening. But then the doctor resumed his strides, his footfalls fading around the corner. Once more I sank into my seat.

 The air reeked of disinfectant, bleach, and the cigarettes of nervous smokers. From the tiled floor came a shrill scrape, a chair being dragged in my direction. Tiny hairs rose on the back of my neck from more than the sound. Upon learning of my involvement, an officer had warned me a detective would soon be here to talk.

- Debolina Raja

Monday, April 29, 2019

First Page Mondays: Suits by Nina Godiwalla

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As I walked up to JP Morgan, I didn't see anyone around except the sidewalk food vendors. At every third corner, a massive semi would drive up to a street corner and a vendor would hop out, open the back of the truck, and push his little rectangular steel food cart down the ramp. I kept pace with the ColdSodaWaterSnapple guy, the Shish Kebab guy, and the Nuts 4 Nuts guy. They were a global collective - Pakistan, China and Guatemala - who had adopted New York as their new home, paving the way for their kids' futures. I was on my own journey from Texas, off to conquer Wall Street.

 Before I arrived in New York, my dad impressed upon me that subways were places where people could get knifed in broad daylight, so I walked from Thirty-fourth Street and First Avenue to Wall Street. In Texas, I had never been on any public transportation, other than a Greyhound a few times, so the New York City buses with their transfers and the trains with theirs were so intimidating that I decided to walk. It made me feel more in control. Plus, Manhattan's 2.3 mile width was less than the width of my suburban neighbourhood outside Houston. Looking at the map, I estimated it would be an hour's walk, but I left three hours early just in case. "It's always better to play it safe," my dad had said.

- Debolina Raja

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Reading as I travel

Reading at a shack on Candolim Beach, Goa, India

It's been a long time I came here .... I have been traveling a lot.... and quite enjoying the break from everyday life...

And yes, I have been reading up a lot as well...

I will be back soon, and this year, I promise to make up for all those lost book reviews that I never really sat down and shared...and will talk about all those amazing books that I read...

Till then, have lots of interesting reading time and let me know what you are reading too :)

- Debolina Raja

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

How many books did I buy at the flea book market?

I know I have not been here regularly for quite some time now, but actually, I was lost in my book world, and am also gearing up for quite a few travels..

So for now, the good news is that I have been visiting flea book markets a lot, and have got about 14 kilos of books (yesss!!!!!) to add to my collection..... Still wondering and trying to figure out how I will make all that extra space (coz none of my thousands of books are going away anywhere)...

For now, here is a sneak peek into some of the books that are on top of one of the cartons...i will soon do a complete book haul and share the details of all the books I got... amazing finds I got and even got to complete my collection of a terrific South African writer I really love.... wonder how people give away such amazing gems ... good for me though  ;)

See you all soon...and if you have the time, do let me know what books you are reading or are planning to read soon!

Till then, have fun and stay happy!

- Debolina Raja

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Playful: The Ultimate Guide to Child Safety by Dr. Chetan Ginigeri

Dr. Chetan at the launch of his book
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Here's a scary but very real truth:

It is estimated by the UNICEF that about 6.3 million children, all under the age of 15, died in the year 2017, which means that, there was 1 child death happening every 5 seconds !!! Also, the report further goes on to state that most of these deaths, at least about 5.4 million of these children, took place in children who were under 5 years of age, and could easily have been prevented....

What a loss and what a huge amount of shame on us all....

I have always been one of those people who has spoken up for safety, especially the safety of children, be it newborns, babies, toddlers, older children, teens or even the very vulnerable young adults. Not only do I actively share my views on these topics, I also make myself vocal whenever the need arises, and read up on these too.

So it was interesting when I saw a book by Consultant Pediatric Intensivist Dr. Chetan Ginigeri, titled Playful: The Ultimate Guide to Child Safety.

The book cover
Of course if you are a parent, or are an avid reader, you may already know that there are countless books out there that talk about safe parenting and simple every day ways of how you can protect your children and keep them safe and away from harm.

Then why this book?

For someone who has read many books on child safety, I feel reading this book can give you quite an insight, and here's why:

  • It's really small and handy
  • The simple and colourful illustrations will appeal to even those who do not like to read 
  • It touches on key topics, whether it is safety for kids in the house or outside
  • The book will relate to any caregiver - parent, grandparents, uncles, aunts, older siblings
  • Older children and even those young ones who have started reading can easily read and understand the book themselves. In my case, my 5 year old read the book herself and understood all the important information!
  • You can navigate through the book as you please, instead of having to read it from start to finish.
  • Since it's portable, you can also read through it on the go 

Some of the key topics mentioned in the book:

  • water safety
  • kitchen safety
  • feeding safety
  • safety within the house and outside 
  • school transportation safety
  • toy or playtime safety
  • seasonal safety
  • internet safety 
  • safe touch

These are just some of the key topics that are there in the book, and it has a vast list of important safety topics that it talks about.

Yet another thing that I really enjoyed about this book is that it has small yet real and meaningful quotes by noted medical professionals as well as regular parents or caregivers that any parent or caregiver can relate to.

A joint effort by a dedicated group of children's ICU doctors
While the main name behind this book is Dr. Chetan Ginigeri, it is a joint initiative by many other children's doctor who mainly handle care in the ICU and have been witness to many cases of child accidents that they know could easily have been avoided.

About the author
Dr. Chetan Ginigeri is the head of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Aster CMI Hospital in Bangalore.

I enjoyed reading the book, and trust me, even though not many parents are avid readers, and honestly, reading will be the last thing you would want to do when you already have your hands full as a parent or caregiver, the beauty of this book is that it is light to carry, and can be easily read while breastfeeding, while waiting at the doctor's office, while you are pregnant, while waiting to pick up your child from school, on your way to work, or even together with your child!

As a parent to two lovely daughters myself, I would say - READ IT :)

- Debolina Raja

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sneaky Peeky Sunday: A R Rahman Biography Notes of a Dream by Krishna Trilok

The book I am reading right now is the biography of A.R. Rahman called Notes of a Dream and even though I started reading it only late last night, I am already loving it.

So here's a quick look at the page I am currently on and trust me, this is one of those really beautifully written biographies that pulls you in the story and gives you a realistic look at what goes on in the lives of those it talks about.

Here goes...


He chats with the actors for a while. He has a quick word with the production designer - a chirpy woman by the name of Aparna Raina - about her work, which he likes.

 But still, nearly no one notices him; everyone is too busy.

 A few moments later, the man exits the living room and settles into an empty chair in a hallway outside. Vishwesh and the film's two executive producers, Sharada Trilok and Karan Grover, join him. The four of them talk about how the movie is shaping up. They discuss the next day's shoot and a few other things that remain to be done for the project - including finalizing filming locations for some major sequences.

 A couple of minutes later, the man rises to his feet. He has somewhere else to be and is satisfied with the way things are playing out at No. 75 Nargis Dutt Road. He bids goodbye to the director and two executive producers and heads out.

 As he exits through the back door of the house and makes his way towards the compound's gate, he walks past a pair of set electricians. They glance at him as he passes by.

 For a moment nothing happens. Then their eyes narrow as realization begins to dawn.

 The man simply continues to hurry away, clearly still trying his best not to be noticed. The electricians stare after him even as his figure recedes into the darkness of the coming night.

 The two electricians look at each other. Finally, one of them says to the other, "Woh A.R. Rahman thha kya?"

Over a thousand kilometres to the south-east of Mumbai is another big, hot, crowded coastal city: Chennai. In the western part of the city lies Kodambakkam, an area that has for decades been synonymous with the south Indian movie business. AVM Studios, the oldest still-functional movie studio in the country, was established here in the middle of the twentieth century. It was the first of its kind in the area, but others were quick to follow. All these years later, Kodambakkam boasts multiple theatres, film-related tech establishments and homes of several people who work in both movies and television. But the area is no Pali Hill.


- Debolina Raja

Monday, October 29, 2018

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight #Firstpagemondays First Page Mondays

Finally I picked up the awesome memoir of the man who gave us the iconic Nike! Here's a quick look at the first page....and trust me, I've just about started reading it today and can't let go...... must must read !!!!

So without any more chatter, here goes...

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight


I was up before the others, before the birds, before the sun. I drank a cup of coffee, wolfed down a piece of toast, put on my shorts and sweatshirt, and laced up my green running shoes. Then slipped quietly out the back door.

I stretched my legs, my hamstrings, my lower back, and groaned as I took the first few balky steps down the cool road, into the fog. Why is it always so hard to get started?

There were no cars, no people, no signs of life. I was all alone, the world to myself - though the trees seemed oddly aware of me. Then again, this was Oregon. The trees always seemed to know. The trees always had your back.

What a beautiful place to be from, I thought, gazing around. Calm, green, tranquil - I was proud to call Oregon my home, proud to call little Portland my place of birth. But I felt a stab of regret, too. Though beautiful, Oregon struck some people as the kind of place where nothing big had ever happened, or was ever likely to. If we Oregonians were famous for anything, it was an old, old trail we'd had to blaze to get here. Since then, it was an old, old trail we'd had to blaze to get here. Since then, things had been pretty tame.

The best teacher I ever had, one of the finest men I ever knew, spoke of that trail often. It's our birthright, he'd growl. Our character, our fate - our DNA. "The cowards never started," he'd tell me, and the weak died along the way - that leaves us."

Us. Some rare strain of pioneer spirit was discovered along that......


- Debolina Raja

Monday, July 2, 2018

First Page Mondays: Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood The King of Pop A Love Story by Donald Bogle #FirstPageMondays

Today for First Page Mondays on The Book Worm here is a book that I picked up over the weekend from a book sale at the book chain #Landmark. This is one of those books that I picked up the moment I saw it. I had read a little about the beautiful relationship these two people shared in a biography about Michael Jackson, and it had really impressed me even then. So naturally, I had to bring this one home.

I have managed to read only the first 4 pages today, between work and a splitting migraine headache that has taken over my day, but I can already say that the book is going to be well worth it all.

For now, here's the first page for you...

February 16, 1997

in some respects, it was just another hollywood night, another of those big affairs with a gallery of glamorous stars, overeager publicists, agents, managers and immaculately groomed industry executives - as well as a surge of pushy photographers and reporters who snapped pictures and shouted questions. barricaded on the sidelines were the fans, pumped up with excitement at seeing so many famous faces. on such occasions, everyone was accustomed to the star glow, the sparkling jewels, the designer gowns, the brilliant smiles, the air kisses, and the funny chatter that didn't mean much of anything. on such nights, it was almost hard for anyone else to be really impressed. glamour was, of course, valued, appreciated, held to high standards. yet glamour in hollywood was almost second nature.

 but then in the midst of all the expected fanfare, all the lights and cameras and cries of joy, all the gilded chaos, there was a hush in the air. something miraculous seemed to have happened. suddenly, they were there. exiting from a limousine was elizabeth taylor, perhaps the greatest movie star of the twentieth century, and there wasn't one person who did not strain to see her. she still elicited the kind of awe that was seldom seen, the kind that had vanished long ago with the demise of the classic old hollywood and the old studio system. but no sooner had the great liz come into view than another wave of excitement roared through the crowd as a second star, the elusive michael jackson, no doubt the greatest entertainer of the twentieth century, stepped out of the same limousine.

 elizabeth and michael. a dazzling pair. every eye was on them......

- Debolina Raja

Monday, June 18, 2018

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises by Fredrik Backman: First Page Mondays #FirstPageMondays



every seven-year-old deserves a superhero. that's just how it is.

 anyone who doesn't agree needs their heads examined.

 that's what elsa's granny says, at least.

 elsa is seven, going on eight. she knows she isn't especially good at being seven. she knows she's different. her headmaster says she needs to 'fall into line' in order to achieve a 'better fit with her peers.' other adults describe her as 'very grown-up for her age.' elsa knows this is just another way of saying 'massively annoying for her age,' because they only tend to say this when she corrects them for mispronouncing 'deja vu' or not being able to tell the difference between 'me' and 'I' at the end of a sentence. smart-arses usually can't, hence the 'grown-up for her age' comment, generally said with a strained smile at her parents. as if she has a mental impairment, as if elsa has shown them up by not being totally thick just because she's seven. and that's why she doesn't have any friends except granny. because all the other seven-year-olds in her school are as idiotic as seven-year-olds tend to be, but elsa is different.

 she shouldn't take any notice of what those muppets think, says granny. because all the best people are different - look at superheroes. after all, if superpowers were normal everyone would have them.

 granny is seventy-seven years old, going on seventy-eight. she's not very good at it either. you can tell she's old because.......

this beauty of a book came my way as a precious gift from a precious friend. Reshma - thanks for this lovely one :) 

- Debolina Raja

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Starlite Drive-In by Marjorie Reynolds: First Page Mondays #Firstpagemondays

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The image above is apparently of the real Star Lite Drive-In Theater that was somewhere in the US. It was an open air drive in theater.

I have recently been reading this wonderful book called The Starlite Drive-In by Marjorie Reynolds and here is a quick look at the first page...

Must say, if books that are rich in culture and can transport you to a different country and lifestyle and a different era of living are your style, then please try and read this one!

The book cover below
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Author Marjorie Reynolds

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i wasn't there when they dug up the bones at the old drive-in theater, but i head about them within the hour. in a small town, word travels like heat lightning across a parched summer sky. irma schmidt phoned aunt bliiss and delivered the news with such volume that her voice carried across the kitchen to where i was sitting.

 after hanging up the receiver, aunt bliss peered at me through her thick bifocals. "with all those farms around there, they could be the bones of some animal."

 i picked up the coffee mug, drained it, then set it on the worn formica table. "they could be."

 pursing her lips, she stared hard at me. "i know what you're thinking, but more than one person disappeared that summer."

 "yes," i said reflectively, "that's true." but my heart was beating faster.

 i walked over to the skin, rinsed my cup and tipped it upside down on the drainboard next to a bowl of peaches. my aunt had lived in this house ever since i could remember. i didn't need to look at the linoleum patch to know a hand pump had once jutted from the floor, or at the white window cabinets to remember they concealed pulldown bins of flour and sugar. i could almost smell....

- Debolina Raja

Sorry for the absence, but I promise to be back here again regularly...right from now...

I can't believe it has been almost a year that I last came back here, to the world of books that I love.... I have of course been reading a lot, but yes, much lesser than I usually do....but still have been reading yes...

A lot has been happening in life, and the last year was quite eventful, which meant that I was not in the right frame of mind and not in the right shape either (had multiple surgeries and many hospital stays as well) which made it difficult to show the love to my blogs and to connect here.

But starting today, I will definitely try to be regular all over again...

there is so much to share, so here i am :)

- Debolina Raja

Monday, July 31, 2017

#FirstPageMondays First Page Mondays: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Before I share the first page, I will just say that instead of the one first page (obviously!!) that I share each time, this time I will share 2 first pages from the same book. How and why?


The book is about an editor who starts reading through a new manuscript, and shockingly, whatever she reads in the manuscript, strangely happens with her in real life too.... Interesting? Let me tell you this is one of the most amazing books I have read recently and I will definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a classic murder mystery, something on the lines of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and the like...that classic whodunnit, the old style London setting and so on.

Very crisp and intelligent writing....but no, this is not a review, this will be the first page(s) and the review shall follow soon :)

Here goes....the first page from the 'real' book and the first page from the 'manuscript.'

Crouch End, London

A bottle of wine. A family-sized packet of Nacho Cheese Flavoured Tortilla Chips and a jar of hot salsa dip. A packet of cigarettes on the side (I know, I know). The rain hammering against the windows. And a book.

 What could have been lovelier?

 Magpie Murders was a number nine in the much-loved and world-bestselling Atticus Pund series. When I first opened it on that wet August evening, it existed only as a typescript and it would be my job to edit it before it was published. First, I intended to enjoy it. I remember going straight into the kitchen when I came in, plucking a few things out of the fridge and putting everything on a tray. I undressed, leaving my clothes where they fell. The whole flat was a tip anyway. I showered, dried and pulled on a giant Maisie Mouse T-shirt that someone had given me at the Bologna Book Fair. It was too early to get into bed but I was going to read the book lying on top of it, the sheets still crumpled and unmade from the night before. I don't always live like this, but my boyfriend had been away for six weeks and while I was on my own I'd deliberately allowed standards to slip. There's something quite comforting about mess, especially when there's no one else there to complain.

 Actually, I hate the word. Boyfriend. Especially when it's used to describe a fifty-two-year-old, twice divorced man. The trouble is, the English language doesn't provide much in the way of an alternative. Andreas was not my partner. We didn't see each other.....


23 July 1955

There was going to be a funeral.

 The two gravediggers, old Jeff Weaver and his son, Adam, had been out at first light and everything was ready, a grave dug to the exact proportions, the earth neatly piled to one side. The church of St Botolph's in Saxby-on-Avon had never looked lovelier, the morning sun glinting off the stained glass windows. The church dated back to the twelfth century although of course it had been rebuilt many times. The new grave was to the east, close to the ruins of the old chancel where the grass was allowed to grow wild and daisies and dandelions sprouted around the broken arches.

 The village itself was quiet, the streets empty. The milkman had already made his deliveries and disappeared, the bottles rattling on the back of his van. The newspaper boys had done their round. This was a Saturday, so nobody would be going to work and it was still too early for the homeowners to begin their weekend chores. At nine o' clock, the village shop would open. The smell of bread, fresh out of the oven, was already seeping out of the baker's shop next door. Their first customers would be arriving soon. Once breakfast was over, a chorus of lawnmowers would start up. It was July, the busiest time of the year for Saxby-on-Avon's keen army of gardeners and with the Harvest Fair just a month away roses were already being pruned, marrows carefully measured. At half past one there was to be a cricket match on the village green. There would be an ice-cream van, children playing, visitors having picnics in front of their cars. The tea shop would be open for business. A perfect English summer's afternoon. 

- Debolina Raja

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Breaking Point Short Stories by Daphne Du Maurier: Cover Jacket

The only book I have read by Daphne du Maurier is Rebecca and it is one of my favourite books, so obviously I picked up The Breaking Point by the same author when I saw it. The book is a collection of short stories and I have just about started reading today. Already super interesting, even though I am just through the first few pages.

Have a look at what the blurb says.....

The apathy of Sunday lay upon the streets. Houses were closed, withdrawn. They don't know, he thought, those people inside, how one gesture of mine, now, at this minute, might alter their world. A knock on the door, and someone answers - a woman yawning, an old man in carpet slippers, a child sent by its parents in irritation; and according to what I will, what I decide, their whole future will be decided... Sudden murder. Theft. Fire. It was as simple as that.

 In this collection of suspenseful tales in which fantasies, murderous dreams and half-forgotten worlds are exposed, Daphne du Maurier explores the boundaries of reality and imagination. Her characters are caught at those moments when the delicate link between reason and emotion has been stretched to the breaking point. Often chilling, sometimes poignant, these stories display the full range of Daphne du Maurier's considerable talent.

- Debolina Raja

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena #FirstpageMondays First Page Mondays

I am currently going really high on these psycho thrillers, very edge of the seat stories that make me read them up like mad, waiting to find out what's really going on and whether someone's playing around with my head.

Trust me, I have a list of these I am going to share soon. And on that, sorry for the long absence. I have been traveling a lot, plus health has been awful of late, but no more excuses and planning to be more regular here from now on :)

So yes, for now, here's a quick look at the first page of the book The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


Anne can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head is swimming. She's had too much to drink. Cynthia has been topping her up all night. Anne had meant to keep herself to a limit, but she'd let things slide - she didn't know how else she was supposed to get through the evening. Now she has no idea how much wine she's drunk over the course of this interminable dinner party. She'll have to pump and dump her breast milk in the morning.

 Anne wilts in the heat of the summer night and watches her hostess with narrowed eyes. Cynthia is flirting openly with Anne's husband, Marco. Why does Anne put up with it? Why does Cynthia's husband, Graham, allow it? Anne is angry but powerless; she doesn't know how to put a stop to it without looking pathetic and ridiculous. They are all a little tanked. So she ignores it, quietly seething, and sips at the chilled wine. Anne wasn't brought up to create a scene, isn't one to draw attention to herself.

- Debolina Raja

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel: Review

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So some time back I received the book Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel. As most of us have done through our younger years, I also read a lot of her books and found them very easy and quick reads, entertaining and fun.

Of course over the years her writing style has also changed in some ways, and this I realized especially after reading this latest from her. By the way, she is set to come up with 4 more new titles this year, so that is something that I am definitely looking forward to!

You can read an excerpt from the first page of the book here.

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Cover Jacket

corruption, ambition, power and international intrigue..

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy SEAL, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the centre of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the Vice President of the United States, Tony Clark.

Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife but now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail.

 Then the threats begin.

 As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help like never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

My Take

*I will keep it brief as I don't want to reveal any spoiler.

I liked the character of Alix, as she is one of Danielle Steel's more mature female protagonists. There is nothing flighty about her, and she felt more of a solid woman, with brains to match the overall personality.

As the story is set in a political backdrop, the pace is never dull, and there is a lot of action to keep the reader moving through the pages. It has just about 300 pages, so is quite a fast read as well. The characters are well built and you know a good deal about them without taking up too much time and space. This helps the reader connect more with the story, especially as you know the emotional undertones playing through the book.

There are quite a few interesting twists and turns of course that I will not get into. As the cover jacket already makes it clear, the story revolves around certain political twists that lead to some really dangerous games.

I would say that if you are looking for a light yet fast and interesting read, this book should surely be in your handbag, as it will be perfect to read during a commute. Or even when you are chilling at the beach or relaxing at home on a lazy day. Go for it :)

- Debolina Raja

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman #CoverJacket #OnTheCover

I have loved reading the classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, so when I saw this one at a book sale, I simply couldn't resist.

I am just about to start reading it, so can't comment on the story yet, but here's a look at the cover jacket that reads quite interesting.

I turned the page and discovered the two title words written in black ink, in a child's spiky hand, the tail of the last letter curling down the page in a long punning flourish... Rebecca's Tale...

April 1951. It is twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the strikingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is twenty years since the inquest, which famously - and controversially - passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter's ancient family seat, was raze to the groudn.

 But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.

 On the twentieth anniversary of her death, family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel in the post. It contains a black notebook with two handwritten words on the title page - Rebecca's Tale - and two pictures: a photograph of Rebecca as a young child, and a postcard of Manderley. Rebecca once asked Julyan to ensure she was buried in the churchyard facing the sea: if she ended up in the de Winter crypt, she warned, she'd come back to haunt him. Now, it seems, she has finally kept her promise.

Julyan's conscience has never been clear over the official version of Rebecca's death. Was it really suicide, or was it actually murder? Was Rebecca the manipulative, promiscuous femme fatale her husband claimed, or the gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others had suggested? The official story, the 'truth', has only ever had Maxim's version of events to consider. But all that is about to change...

 Sally Beauman has taken Daphne du Maurier's celebrated twentieth century classic, Rebecca, and crafted a compelling companion for the twenty-first. Haunting, evocative, mesmerising, Rebecca's Tale is for anyone who has ever dreamt of going back to Manderley again.

- Debolina Raja

Monday, March 20, 2017

#FirstpageMondays Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

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I recently received this brand new book titled Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel. Here's a quick look at the first page, review will follow soon so stay tuned.

Chapter 1

It was nearly four in the morning when Alix Phillips ran for cover as gunshots rang out. A fruit-canning factory had been shut down in Alabama, putting thousands out of jobs. The union had been trying to stop the shutdown for months, and finally violence had broken out in the town, out of desperation and frustration. Most of the factory workers were African American, some of whose families had worked there for generations. There had been looting and destruction in the town and surrounding area all night, and two young men had been killed. The riot police had been called in from nearby cities, and the acrid smell of tear gas was everywhere. Alix was reporting from a live feed, and had to abandon the spot where she'd been standing, as Ben Chapman, her cameraman, grabbed her roughly by the arm and forced her to leave. He nearly had to drag her to get her away from the scene, as troops narrowed in on the area, and flames exploded the windows as looters set a .....

- Debolina Raja

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

#CoverJacket The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson

My current favourite author is no doubt Kristina Ohlsson. What began as a random read by picking up a book called Silenced I now cannot seem to stop reading her books, and am planning to read everything she has written till date.


Here's the cover jacket of the book I am reading now, The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson 


From a dead case to a living nightmare....

The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Swedish suburb. Alext Recht and his team in the Stockholm Police soon identify the body as belonging to missing student, Rebecca Trolle, but as his team continues to excavate the site, they discover that someone has been returning to the same spot to bury their victims year after year, decade after decade.

Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman is assigned the task of delving into Rebecca's private life. But little does she know that her enquiries are about to uncover evidence that will cause her to doubt the very people she trusts the most and put her every action under the scrutiny of Internal Affairs.

 Kristina Ohlsson has sold one million copies worldwide.

Now discover for yourself what makes her Sweden's favourite crime writer.

 'Kristina Ohlsson has managed to take the Swedish crime novel to a new and unexpected level.' ARNE DAHL

 'Tense, dense and very atmospheric.' - MONS KALLENTOFT

 'Superbly crafted.' - DAILY MAIL

- Debolina Raja 

Monday, February 13, 2017

#FirstPageMondays The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August by Claire North

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So the main reason I was drawn to this book was the cover. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? I loved the way the intensity is portrayed here, and the haunting effect it has.

Without much rambling, let me share the first page of the book The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August by Claire North


The second cataclysm began in my eleventh life, in 1996. I was dying my usual death, slipping away in a warm morphine haze, which she interrupted like an ice cube down my spine.

 She was seven, I was seventy-eight. She had straight blonde hair worn in a long pigtail down her back, I had bright white hair, or at least the remnants of the same. I wore a hospital gown designed for sterile humility; she, bright-blue school uniform and a felt cap. She perched on the side of my bed, her feet dangling off it, and peered into my eyes. She examined the heart monitor alarm, felt for my pulse and said, "I nearly missed you Dr August."

 Her German was Berlin high, but she could have addressed me in any language of the world and still passed for respectable. She scratched at the back of her left leg, where her white knee-length socks had begun to itch from the rain outside. While scratching she said "I need to send a message back through time. If time can be said to be important here. As you're conveniently dying, I ask you to relay it to the Clubs of your origin,as it has been passed down to me."

- Debolina Raja

Sunday, February 12, 2017

#SneakyPeekySundays The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

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The first book I read by Kristina Ohlsson was Silenced. It was a random buy, as I loved the cover as well as the blurb.

I definitely recommend the book to anyone who loves a well-written thriller.

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So when I saw another book by the same author I couldn't stop myself from picking it up. And yes, I am definitely going to read all her works. For now, here is the page I am on in the book The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson and I can already tell you that it is an amazing read.

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The Snakes' Nest was a really bad name for a meeting room. It carried overtones of a sex club rather than an appropriate venue for a collection of highly skilled investigators. Apart from that, Alex Recht felt entirely at home in the room, because it looked exactly the same as the Lions' Den.

 He recognized everyone but hadn't worked with all of them in the past. Everyone introduced themselves briefly, and once again Alex thought back to his former team. There had never been any problem when it came to bringing in additional resources for high priority cases, and the same applied this time.

 "Okay" he said. "Two young boys, Simon Eisenberg and Abraham Goldmann, were abducted in Ostermalm yesterday afternoon, when they were on their way to a tennis coaching session. Today....... (spoiler hence not recreating).... We know that Simon was waiting for Abraham at a bus stop on Karlavagen and we know that when Abraham was speaking to another friend on the phone, he said he had to .......... because.....to the tennis centre. The weather was terrible yesterday, so I don't think either of the boys would need to be asked more than once if they would like .....

- Debolina Raja

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#CoverJacket The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas

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Armed only with a counterfeit 100-Euro note, Ajatshatru the fakir, renowned conjurer and trickster, lands in Paris. His mission? To acquire a splendid new bed of nails. His destination? IKEA.

And there he decides to stay, finding an obliging wardrobe in which to lay his head. Only when he emerges from his slumber does he discover that is locked in, unable to free himself and heading for England in the back of a truck.

So begins a magnificent and bizarre adventure for the intrepid fakir. Even while he flees the revenge-crazed taxi driver whom he conned on his arrival, and falls further in love with Marie Riviere, the Parisian beauty whom he tricked into lunching with him, he finds time to befriend a group of Sudanese immigrants, travel to Italy in a suitcase, writes a novel on a shirt, and fly to Libya in a hot-air balloon.

Witty, moving, surprising and joyful, this novel reminds us that heroism abounds, and is to be found in the most unlikely of places.

- Debolina Raja

Monday, January 23, 2017

#FirstPageMondays Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre

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I have just started reading this one and trust me, if you have not read his works before, he is an amazing crime and thriller writer who will play with your mind big time, and I mean BIG TIME !

So here goes, and yes, it is a highly recommended read...


sitting on the ground, back against the wall, legs extended, struggling for breath.

leo is lying across her, utterly still, his head resting in her lap. with one hand she strokes his hair, with the other she tries but cannot quite manage to wipe away tears. she is crying. the sobs rise to become a wail, she lets out a howl that comes from deep within her belly. her head sways gently from side to side. at times her misery is so intense she pounds her head against the wall. pain offers a temporary respite, but all too soon she breaks down again. leo is perfectly behaved, he does not stir. she bows her head, looks at him, hugs him to her belly and weeps. no one could imagine the depths of her misery.


this morning, like so many others, she woke with tears streaking her face and a hard lump in her throat though she had no particular reason to be upset. tears are an everyday occurrence in her life: she has wept every night since she went mad. were it not for the fact that her cheeks are damp every morning, she might think that her nights were spent in deep and peaceful sleep. but waking to find her face bathed in tears and a tightness in her throat is a simple fact of life. since when? since vincent's accident? since his death? since the first death, so long ago?

 she props herself on one elbow, wipes her eyes with a corner of the sheet, fumbles for her cigarettes but cannot find them, then suddenly she realises where she is. everything comes flooding back, everything that happened yesterday afternoon, last night... immediately she understands that she must go, she must leave this house. get up and get out, but still she lies there, rooted to the bed, incapable of the slightest movement. drained.

- Debolina Raja

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kindle E-Reading Trends In India For 2016

I love this image above, it is so me....If you know me you know this is just the way I am, if you love me, you will let me be like this ;) Just saying..

So recently, Kindle India revealed some interesting eBook reading trends for the year 2016 based on actual consumption in the country. I was surprised of course yes, but then, with books, it's so much about personal choice, preference, taste and even marketing, that one can't really have a general attitude on it. Check this out...

According to Kindle India, some interesting facts that emerged are:

Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl is the ‘Most Wished For’ and ‘Most Borrowed’ on Kindle Unlimited

The top bestsellers were:
1.       Cometh The Hour by Jeffrey Archer - I've read too much Jeffrey Archer for now, so later maybe
2.       Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma - Nope, definitely don't want to read
3.       The Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi - Nope again, definitely don't want to read
4.       This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer - Same as above, maybe will read Jeffrey Archer again in some time

The top genres were:
1.       Literature & Fiction - my favourite category yes
2.       Romance - No
3.       Health, Mind & Body - No, don't want to read really
4.       Children & Young Adult - Always an interesting reading category
5.       Business & Economics - Some books are damn good!

Best read cities of India were:
1.       Mumbai - yippee, am here
2.       Delhi - yes, I am from here
3.       Bengaluru
4.       Chennai
5.       Hyderabad

Obviously Kolkata will not feature here, coz people there are more into real books than Kindle ;) sorrrrryyyyy!!!!!

- Debolina Raja

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cover Jacket: A Week In December by Sebastian Faulks

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So yesterday I went to this huge book sale at Churchgate, Mumbai, which was more like a books by weight event. And I came back richer by 10 books!!! :)

I had never heard about the author Sebastian Faulks, nor had I heard about the book, but I saw this beautiful cover and realized its a book called A Week In December. The cover jacket looked incredibly beautiful and the description looked super interesting. I've already started reading it and am sure I'll finish it very soon....it's quite interesting to say the least.

So yes, here's a look at the description at the back cover..


London, the week before Christmas 2007. Seven wintry days to track the lives of seven characters; a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamic theory; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on skunk and reality TV; and a Tube driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop. With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life, and the group is forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they inhabit. Sweeping, satirical, Dickensian in scope, A Week In December is a thrilling state of the nation novel from a master of literary fiction.


Praise for the book:

'During times of momentous change, men of letter are driven to produce works that fictionalise the state of the nation, linking individuals with historic events. The 19th century gives us Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Dickens's Our Mutual Friend and Trollope's The Way We Live Now; the 21st has given us Sebastian Faulks's A Week In December' - Sunday Times

'A compelling tale of contemporary London' - Guardian

'Hilarious....The satire is so vicious that at times it's like reading a Tom Sharpe novel.' - Daily Telegraph

'Perfectly constructed...a pleasure to read.' - Sunday Telegraph

- Debolina Raja

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sneaky Peeky Sundays: Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson

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This is the first book I am reading by the author Kristina Ohlsson and yes, I know for a fact that I will check out all her other works and read them. The reason I picked up Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson is because she is a Swedish author and the book is in the thriller/crime genre. The other Swedish author I have read and absolutely loved is Steig Larrson, and obviously I have loved his Millennium trilogy, which included the books - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. So I definitely wanted to read more books by Swedish authors. And am I in love !!!!!

I am halfway through the book almost and am absolutely loving it, so here's the page I am on now...


not like that with Lena. She's 'mine' in an entirely different way. And I'm hers. We shall always be together.
 Psychologist: Always? Is that the way you feel today?
 Alex (forcefully): That's the way I've always felt. For as long as I've known her. We shall always be together.
 Psychologist: Does the thought of that make you feel secure or stressed?
 Alex: Secure. If I woke up tomorrow and she wasn't there I wouldn't be able to go on. She's my best friend and the only woman I've loved unconditionally.