Fellow Book Worms :)

My Bookish Friends :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Books I Read In 2012

Image courtesy beaubooks.tumblr.com- representation purpose only

I took the GoodReads Reading Challenge for 2012 and had set myself a goal of 70 books. I finished the challenge and am still reading. So here's the list of books I read here, have you read any of these?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2012 Complete!

Your 2012 Reading Challenge Goal

Debolina Raja Gupta
Congrats! You have completed your goal of reading 70 books for the 2012 Reading Challenge!
Btw, that doesn't mean im a lazy bum and just lie about and read :-P

- Debolina Raja Gupta

The Bride Stripped Bare: On The Cover

Cover of The Bride Stripped Bare

This book has been on my wishlist for quite some time now, so yesterday while I was browsing the aisles of the book chain Landmark and came across it, I obviously had to get it!

Here's what's on the cover: it's really interesting and I'm almost through the book already! The book is The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell

 author Nikki Gemmell

'Sexual awakening for the dark horse in all of us' - Tatler

'Wonderfully sensuous' - Independent

A woman disappears. She leaves behind an incendiary diary chronicling her journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her she was the Good Wife: happy, devoted, content. But the diary reveals a secret self - a woman who has desires her husband cannot fulfill.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst: Review

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst is the 2004 winner of the Man Booker Prize. I was desperate to read this one after I read the storyline in a magazine and immediately went out and got both books by Alan Hollinghurst that I could find - The Swimming Pool Libraries and The Line of Beauty.

If you're aware of Hollinghurst's work, you'll know that the underlying themes in (maybe) most of his novels are sex, the exploration and understand of one's body and sexuality. Also, his subjects are gay, and his books offer us an insight into the inner lives of gays. I've read both The Swimming Pool Library and The Line of Beauty, and where I found the previous a little tedious at some places, I absolutely am in love with the latter.

The Line of Beauty essentially deals with the world of AIDS. It begins in the summer of 1983, the last summer before AIDS took its grip. The protagonist, Nicholas Guest, lives as house guest in the West London mansion of his Oxford friend Toby, Toby's sister and their parents. Toby's father is an MP, who is expected to take a prominent place in the Thatcher government. Nicholas is about to turn 21, he is gay, he is an intellectual, has a very good mind of his own, and begins thinking of this family as his own.

The title 'Line of Beauty' is a reference that Nick uses to describe his lover's body - a shape that is the model of beauty and that will swing both ways. The line of beauty refers to the 'S' of the ogee shape that is curve shaped like an 'S'.

With the 80s on in full swing, Nick finds himself getting more and more entangled in the world of fashion, hi-life and luxurious pleasures of the Feddens household, and in comparison, finds his own parents and his life quite dull and colour-less.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Return of A King: The Battle For Afghanistan, 1839-1842 by William Dalrymple: Live Chat with William Dalrymple on IBNLive.Com

Aah, so I got a chance to participate in the live chat with world-renowned historian and author William Dalrymple on the release of his latest historical masterpiece Return of A King: The Battle For Afghanistan, 1839-1842.

The book has just been launched in India, with the book launch happening in New Delhi on the 6th of Dec 2012 and scheduled for Mumbai on the 8th of Dec 2012. Of course Im going, meeting him, getting my collection of his books signed and picking up his new book that he will be signing...yipppeeee!!!! Super happy!!!!!

Here's the transcript of the chat, which turned out to be super interesting and quite informative.

Was the threat of Russian outreach to afghanistan exaggerated or was it real Asked by: chinmayThere was an effort to open diplomatic relations between Russia and Afghanistan. But this was manipulated by British hawks into a much bigger threat than it really was. By 1839 the British had persuaded themselves that the Russians were about to charge down the Khyber Pass and seize British India.
Describe your book in one word! Asked by: Supam

What is the most photogenic spot/monument you noticed in Delhi during your fact finding mission while writing "The Last Mughal"? Asked by: Vikram Gupta
In Delhi I love the Zeenat ul-Masajid in Daryaganj which originally stood above the Yamuna waterfront. In Afghanistan for this new book it was the great Timurid madrasa of Gauhar Shah in Herat.

Hi William..This is Tim from Nottingham, UK..I have read so many of your books and they all have been excellent..My compliments to you..My question is will the taliban take back Afghanistan in your opinion? Asked by: Tim, Nottingham(UK)
The Taliban already control 70% of Southern Afghanistan. They are likely to be a major force in whatever government or governments come to power after the Americans leave... 

(This is me!!! :)))) Do readers get a chance in future to have similar phenomenal books that give us a glimpse of the history of your birthplace, Scotland? Any plans? Asked by: Debolina Raja Gupta 
I have all sorts of ideas for Scottish books, especially one on the Massacre of Glencoe, in which my ancestors played a lead role. But my life is currently in India and I'm not sure if or when I'll ever return to my roots...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Return Of A King` The Battle For Afghanistan by William Dalrymple: Release Date

Whoa!!! The King returns again finally, with his latest masterpiece of a book 'Return of A King - The Battle for Afghanistan.'

Much as I had been waiting to get my hands on this one, the book is now officially ready to grab!!!!

Release Dates: India: December 2012
UK: Feb 2013
US: April 2013

Copies are now available for pre-order on Flipkart.

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, December 3, 2012

On The Cover: Long Gone by Alafair Burke

Picked this up as a quick read at an airport and quite liking the thriller.....called 'Long Gone' by Alafair Burke. Here's what the cover jacket says...

'Should come with a warning....highly addictive.' KARIN SLAUGHTER


 'After months of unemployment, Alice Humphrey lands her dream job - managing a Manhattan art gallery in the trendy Meatpacking District. According to recruiter Drew Campbell, the gallery is a passion of its anonymous owner, who remains uninvolved in its daily operations.

 When Alice arrives one morning, she walks into a nightmare: the gallery is empty, except for the dead body of Drew. Before she knows it, Alice finds herself at the centre of the police investigation.

 With every thread of the investigation leading back to Alice, she knows she has been set up. But who is out to get her?


 'It's going to be BIG.' - MICHAEL CONNECLLY

 'The plot of an Alafair Burke thriller doesn't just rip from the headlines. She's one step ahead of them.' HARLAN COBEN'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Books I'm Carrying For My Vacation

Hey my lovely book worms,

As this is a big vacation season in India, I am heading out with my hubby and daughter for about 03 weeks, will be visiting family and friends and taking a short trip to HongKong as well (daughter was terribly missing Disneyland and so were we actually!) ;-)

Have been doing a lot of reading and came across some really good books and some not so good ones too. As I'm part of the Goodreads annual book reading challenge, I've finished reading 64 books this year out of the 70 that I had challenged myself I will read...and I will!

I recently read a lot of stories in the Bengali language, which is my parents' language and my original too. And currently am reading this beautiful book by one of my favourite writers Alan Hollinghurst called The Line of Beauty - really, its a visual masterpiece. I've read The Swimming Pool Diaries by him, and was eagerly looking forward to starting this one too. Now finally did (started it yesterday) and am loving every single bit of it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bengali Literature: Getting Back To My Roots

This photograph is from a wonderful blog I happened to visit by chance. Its a magical place of simple storytelling going on every day. Do visit the blog. Its called Right In Front of Me

Of late I've been reading a lot of books, but these have been so different from what I generally read that I'm not sure it will make any sense for me to talk about them here. Maybe, I will still try later.

I usually read books only in the Indian language, but as it was Durga Puja recently (for those who're not aware of this culture, this is the biggest festival for Bengalis and happens around October), I ended up going to book stalls that had been specially created for the festivities. Of course I can't come out of a book store/stall without a book, and since I can read my language (though must admit it takes me a lot longer to read it than english!) I wanted to get some Bengali books for myself.

I picked up a huge novel, and three books that are collections of short stories and short novels. I finished one of these collections. So that's why I wasn't able to write much about the books I was reading right now. But I'm now reading a fantastic book and will come back to you with details about it soon.

What are you reading?

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Disgrace by J M Coetzee: On The Cover

Book Cover

 Author J M Coetzee

It's been some time that I read this book by J M Coetzee called Disgrace. Really liked it and will definitely recommend it to all you book lovers out there. For the moment, here's a look at what the cover jacket says:


'Exhilarating..One of the best novelists alive.' - SUNDAY TIMES

'A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today.'  - RUSSELL CELYN JONES, THE TIMES

After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.

 For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultiness in their relationship.

 'Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa.' - JUSTIN CARTWRIGHT, DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Disgrace is a subtle, multilayered story, as much concerned with politics as it is with the itch of male flesh. Coetzee's prose is chaste and lyrical - it is a relief to encounter writing as quietly stylish as this.' - PAUL BAILEY, INDEPENDENT

'By this late point in the century the journey to a heart of narrative darkness has become a safe literary destination, almost a cliche. Disgrace goes beyond this to explore the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature.' - GOEFF DYER, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'A masterpiece....perhaps the best novel to carry off the Booker in a decade.' - BOYD TONKIN, INDEPENDENT
- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Unlikely Hero Om Puri: Book Review

 I picked up Unlikely Hero: Om Puri, by journalist-turned-author Nandita C Puri, who is also Om Puri's wife in real life, not because I like Om Puri's work as an actor (which I do), but because I had read so much hype and gossip around it that I really wanted to get my share too...I know, all the wrong reasons to get a book (but sometimes, picking up a book coz it was too hyped or portrayed in juicy sections has actually been a good experience.) Not this time though!

The book was a royal disappointment - a waste of money, a waste of time and a waste of my expectations! I am hugely hugely disappointed.

Well, if you're not aware of all the gossip this book generated right before its release time, let me give you a little insight into the same, so that you understand why I was so wrongly excited to pick this one up.

 From some time before its release, Indian newspapers were carrying stories of how there was trouble in Om Puri's marriage because his wife had come out with this 'explosive' and 'bare all' book on the actor, so much so that Om Puri had, supposedly, decided to divorce his wife, leave her and go back to his first wife.

Friday, September 28, 2012

On the Cover: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Wow! I never imagined I would like a vampire book or movie, much less love love love!!!! Every time I remember coming across any vampire movie on-screen, I have quickly flipped the channel and move on. So it was quite a shock when I began reading the Twilight series, and LOVED IT!!!! So much so, that I finished the entire book of 434 pages in 2 days flat, amidst office and looking after my family and child!

Right now Im simply sharing with you the cover of the book, will soon come back with the review. Do do do read the series, Im on the second book right now!

Whats the best part of the series? That though this is labelled a teenage vampire romance set in high-school, this will appeal to any age-group!

Here's what the cover tells you:
About three things I was absolutely positive..

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him - and I didn't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.

 What Bella doesn't realise is that the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back....

 Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, Twilight is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

 'Her story, recounted in hypnotic, dreamy prose, encapsulates perfectly the teenage feeling of sexual tension and alienation.' - THE TIMES 

'The thrilling tale of a vampire romance at high school.' - SUNDAY HERALD. 
- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

On The Cover: Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Trunk Music' by Michael Connelly.


Harry Bosch is back in Homicide after disciplinary leave. In the wooded hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, he opens the trunk of a white Rolls Royce and finds a corpse. It looks like a simple case of Trunk Music - a Mafia hit, the victim shot in his own vehicle - but the Mafia weren't the only ones after movie producer Tony Aliso.

 Tracing Tony A's Mob laundry in the face of official obstruction puts Harry up against the FBI and back in the arms of a gorgeous ex-felon. Warned off the case by internal investigators, nailing Aliso's elusive killer looks like the only way to make sure that Harry's first case back in Homicide isn't his last in the LAPD.

'Michael Connelly is one of America's most exciting crime writers and his books featuring maverick LAPD Detectvie Harry Bosch are often his finest' - Daily Telegraph

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On The Cover: A Fraction Of The Whole, A Novel by Steve Toltz

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'A Fraction Of The Whole, A Novel' by Steve Toltz.


Sane families are all alike - but every crazy family is crazy in its own way.

Meet Martin Dean: the man his country loves to hate. and his son hates to love. He spent his life analysing anything and everything, and imparting his self-garnered wisdom to his only son, Jasper. Only now that his father is dead can Jasper fully reflect on the man who raised him in his own extraordinary style, and realise that, for all its unstoppable lunacy, theirs was a great adventure.

 As he recollects the fantastical events that led to his father's last days, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries - about his infamous criminal uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent mother, and Martin's constant losing battle to make his mark on the world. From the Australian bush to bohemian Paris to the jungles of Thailand - stopping off at strip clubs, asylums and labyrinths - and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition, this is an unforgettable, rollicking and deeply moving tale.

Steve Toltz lives in Sydney, Australia.
A Fraction of The Whole is his first novel. 

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, September 7, 2012

A 'Thrilling' Affair.....

Been ages that I read a good thriller, any thriller for that matter. Happened to start reading a book by thriller writer Lee Child titled 'The Affair.' And what a book!

It happens to be the LAST in a series of thrillers, all of which can be read as an entity or on their own. And must say I am thoroughly enjoying it! Started yesterday as a bed-time book and finished 200+ pages in one sitting...quite a page-turner, will get back to the remaining pages as soon as I get off with my work...

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

On The Cover: Pride by Rachel Vincent

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Pride' by Rachel Vincent.

'Rachel Vincent is a new author that I'm going to be watching' - Kim Harrison


The werecat council has three cardinal laws - and headstrong Faythe stands accused of breaking two of them: infecting a human with her supernatural skills and killing him to cover her tracks. With the death penalty hanging over her head, Faythe has no escape route left.

 That is, until a shapeshifter informs the pride of a rash of rogue strays terrorising his land. Yet this threat is nothing like any they've seen before. Only Faythe has the knowledge to save the pride, but can she prove her worth? Or will the council's verdict condemn them all....?


- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lily My Lovely by Lena Kennedy - Review

I picked up this quite old and thumbed down 4/5th hand edition of this book called 'Lily My Lovely' by Lena Kennedy. I'd never heard of this one before, but there was something quite captivating about the look and feel of the book that I wanted to take back home with me.

To let you know, this IS quite an old book, published in 1985 to be precise.

Here's a little insight into the story:

Set in the time of the World War II, the story essentially revolves around Lily, a naive small-town girl in London. Full of life and a zeal to live each day with as much spirit and fun as she can, she soon finds herself in the middle of loneliness and desperation as her new husband and love goes off to fight for the country. As Lily makes use of this time to hang around with her girl friends and do some community work, she meets a charming young man named Kasie, who soon falls for Lily's exuberance, innocence and fresh appeal to life.

Kasie's love and romance soon makes Lily yearn for him, even as she tries to stay beside her husband, who returns after being permanently injured and mentally harmed in the war. As Lily desperately tries to play along with the tug-of-war going on in her heart and head, life gets more and more complicated. Following your head and going to the one you love, or staying along with a commitment you made - that's what the story essentially spins through, even as more characters are introduced and twists interjected.

What I thought:

The book is definitely worth a read. If anything, it's one of those cosy books that makes you want to curl up in bed, sipping on a cup of tea and doing nothing but getting lost inside the story that spins in front of your eyes. The author Lena Kennedy gets full credit for creating characters that stay on with you for quite some time even after you have finished reading. Also, the characters are strong enough to make you want to read on and on, till you have finished.

There's not really much I can tell you here about the book, as it may give out more information than I want, which will then kill the suspense and the twists. So let's not talk much here, it should suffice to say that this book is indeed one of my favourites, and I would definitely recommend it to those who love the old-world charm.

My Hearts: I give this book 5 hearts AWESOME

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Recently Read and Reading Now

Didn't catch up that much reading in the last few days, but managed quite a few interesting ones. Here goes:

Recently Read: Lily My Lovely by Lena Kennedy

Recently Read: One Day by David Nicholls

Recently Read: The Kid and The Kid Moves On by Kevin Lewis

Reading Now: A Prison Diary Volume I Hell by Jeffrey Archer

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On The Cover: Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Safe Harbour' by Danielle Steel.

On a windswept summer day, as the fog rolls in over San Francisco, a solitary figure walks her dog on the beach. Eleven-year old Pip Mackenzie's young life has been touched by tragedy - nine months before, a terrible accident plunged her mother Ophelie into inconsolable grief. Then Pip meets artist Matt Bowles, who offers to teach her to draw - and can't help but notice her beautiful, lonely mother.

 Matt senses something magical about Pip, something that reminds him of his own daughter, before a bitter divorce tore his family apart. Ophelie is thrown by her daughter's new companion, until she realises how much joy he is bringing into their lives. As mother and daughter begin to heal and to laugh again, Matt must confront unfinished business from his own past. Then, out of the darkness, comes an unexpected gift of hope.....'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On The Cover: Paradise by Toni Morrison

Here's  what's on the cover of the book 'Paradise' by Toni Morrison.




PARADISE is structured around eight chapters, each bearing a woman's name. Each adding a different point of view to the narrative. It's set in RUBY, a fictitious black town founded by proud, racially pure men who emerged from the fight against slavery only to find there was yet another hierarchy - this time based on gradations of skin colour - to keep them down. Yet the myth of Ruby's own racial genealogy. Its piety and self-righteousness is fragile. And the women who skirt the town's boundaries, preferring to take refuge in their own company, threaten to blow it apart.' - FIONA MORROW, Time Out

'In challenging complacencies and opening up new spacces in American narrative fiction, (Morrison) has no peer.' - MAYA JAGGI, Independent

'A breathtaking new masterpiece by this much loved author....Exploring the cultural, religious and racial clashes that exist in American society. This is a wonderfully absorbing story.' - KATE FIGES, Elle

'Morrison's themes - race, faith, love, sex - may be universal. But her best writing stems from the particular. Making this a novel that is at once deeply serious and unexpectedly beautiful.' - MELISSA DENES, Harper & Queen

'PARADISE is the strangest and most original book that Morrison has written...It symbolically explodes one of the myths of race. And it is Morrison at her novelistic best.' - LOUIS MENAND, New Yorker

'PARADISE is superbly well made, effortless in its range but tightly focused and powerfully real. Wearing its mission lightly.' - JAN DALLEY, New Statesman'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

On The Cover: Tony & Susan by Austin Wright

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Tony & Susan' by Austin Wright.

'Marvellously written - the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful.' - SAUL BELLOW

'Absorbing, terrifying, beautiful and appalling...This novel I know I shall never forget.' - RUTH RENDELL

'Creepy, illuminating, quite wonderful.' - DONNA LEON

'Compelling....Mesmerising....Absolutely irresistible' - New York Times

'A thriller with the grip of a pitbull...This is a novel of immense guile and unsettling velocity. Why Wright isn't better known is a mystery to me. He's brilliant.' - RUPERT THOMSON

Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield. One day, comfortable in her home, with her children, and her second marriage, she receives, entirely out of the blue, a parcel containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

 As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of his character Tony Hastings, a maths professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, so are we. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilised lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.

 Tony & Susan is a dazzling achievement: simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret, revenge and aging, marriage and creativity. It is simply unique.'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sneaky Peeky Sunday: One Day by David Nicholls

Reading this interesting book called 'One Day' by David Nicholls. As of now it's going okay, so will let you know how it is once Im finished. I haven't watched the movie yet, which stars Jim Sturgess (I loved him in the movie Across The Universe) and Anne Hathaway.

'...understanding between them. But they have always been close; always been open, and their habitual understanding has instead been replaced by bitterness, resentment, a rage on both their parts at what is happening. Meetings that should be fond and comforting descend into bickering and recrimination. Eight hours ago he was telling complete strangers his most intimate secrets, and now he can't talk to his mother. Something isn't right.

 'So. I saw largin 'it last week,' she says.

 'Did you?'

 She is silent, so he's forced to add, 'What did you think?'

 'I think you're very good. Very natural. You look very nice on the screen. As I've said before, I don't care for the programme very much.'

 'Well, it's not really meant for people like you, is it?'

 She bridles at the phrase, and turns her head imperiously. 'What do you mean, people like me?'

 Flustered, he continues, 'I mean, it's just a silly, late-night programme, that's all. It's post-pub-'

 'You mean I wasn't drunk enough to enjoy it?'


 'I'm not a prude either, I don't mind vulgarity, I just don't understand why it's suddenly necessary to humiliate people all the time-'

 'No-one's humiliated, not really, it's fun-'

 'You have competitions to find Britain's ugliest girlfriend. You don't think that's humiliating?'

 'Not reall, no-'

 'Asking men to send in photos of their ugly girlfriends.....'

 'It's fun, the whole point is the guys love them even though they're....not conventionally attractive, that's the whole point, it's fun!'

 'You keep saying it's fun, are you trying to convince me, or yourself?'

 'Let's just not talk about it, shall we?'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

On The Cover: Nemesis by Lindsey Davis

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Nemesis' by Lindsey Davis

In the high summer of AD 77, a laid-back detective Marcus Didius Falco is called upon to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a middle-aged couple who supplied statues to Falco's father, Geminus. The Claudii, notorious freedmen who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, are the prime suspects. Falco, beset by personal problems, finds it a relief to consider someone else's misfortunes.

 When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, only for the Chief Spy, Anacrites, to snatch their case away from them just as they are making progress. As his rivalry with Falco escalates, it emerges that the violent Claudii have acquired corrupt protection at the highest level. Making further enquiries after they have been warned off can only be dangerous - but will this stop Falco and Petronius?

 Egged on by the slippery bureaucrats who hate Anacrites, the dogged friends dig deeper while a psychotic killer keeps taking more victims, and the shocking truth creeps closer and closer to home...


'A tumultuous Ancient Rome with a delightful modern eye' SUNDAY TIMES

'One of the best of the current writers in this field' - THE TIMES

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

On The Cover: Poor Little Rich Slum - What We Saw in Dharavi And Why It Matters

Author Rashmi Bansal

Here's what's on the cover of this amazing book called 'Poor Little Rich Slum: What We Saw in Dharavi And Why It Matters' by Rashmi Bansal and Deepak Gandhi.

'One little two little three little Indians, four little five little six little Indians, seven little eight little nine little Indians.....One million little Indian entrepreneurs.

These are the stories of the little people who make up the Big Ideas of Dharavi.

A slum of energy, enterprise and hope.

Where every hand is busy, every head held high.

Where people could be miserable but choose to be happy.

A choice each of us can make.'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sneaky-Peeky Sunday: Lily My Lovely by Lena Kennedy

Right now I'm reading this page from the old-world charm book 'Lily, My Lovely' by Lena Kennedy. Here's a look:

'...him by his real name. She had just used dear or darling, and this thought amazed her and she wondered why it was.

 He returned soon afterwards, grinning mischievously. The corners of his mouth curled up and his brown eyes, which were usually stern, shone with humour. 'Up you get, Lily,' he said. 'All aboard. I got you a single ticket on the train.'

 'I won't go,' Lily stated obstinately. but her heart was hovering and in a strange way she was pleased that he was leaving her little choice.

 He held both her hands. 'Trust me, darling. Let's take a chance on some happiness while we are still young, and you are so beautiful.'

 That did it. Lost in a daze Lily held on to his hand tightly as they went through to board the train to Portsmouth. Kasie suggested that she sit on her own in first-class. 'It's better not to be seen together,' he explained. 'My shipmates are on this train and I don't like them to know my business. Besides, they might pinch you from me.'

 Lily stared at him suspiciously. 'I don't think I'll come,' she said half-heartedly. 'I've changed my mind.'

 Kasie shrugged and looked at his watch. 'That is entirely your own decision,' he said. 'But you had better be a big girl and make it. The train will soon be leaving. Trust me,' he whispered, looking down into her eyes. The steady gaze in those dark-brown eyes seemed to hypnotise Lily. She calmly took his arm and allowed him to escort her to the first-class compartment. 'I'll hang about in the corridor and keep an eye on you,' he told her. 'When we reach Portsmouth, go into the buffet in the station and wait for me. Promise me, leiblin?' he pleaded.

 Lily nodded dumbly and sat in a remote corner of the carriage well away from the other passengers - two well-dressed women and a petty officer. The rest of the train was overcrowded. Hundreds of servicemen sat on their kit-bags in the corridor; women in naval dress walked up and down the corridor, back and forth to the toilet, laughing and jesting with the service personnel as they pushed past them. Throughout the journey south, from under the brim of her smart black felt hat.....'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just Reading And Reading More

Hey my lovely buddies, hope you've got time to do your share of reading. Well, for me, the last few days saw a lot of reading, though work and home kept me away from my books longer than I like.

I always carry at least two books in my bag, even when Im going a short distance, so its never a problem if I have a little bit time in hand and nothing to do - I always have a book to read !

Only yesterday I was at the salon and by the time my hair was done, I had already finished a book that I had begun reading there. Oh, before you think much, it wasn't a very thick book, so was easy.

 With so many sales going on everywhere, I've been picking up books right, left, center - with no more place to stack them! I've really used up my entire big bookshelf and even the smaller bookshelves, used them up in every possible way, using up each possible inch of space! Now really don't know how to store them..I guess I'll wait for a furniture sale now ;-)

 Yes, and even while Im juggling a few things, like work, home, being fashion conscious and all those wonderful things that we get to do as women, I'm almost always still hanging out and about with my book...

It's been raining here for the past few weeks, the entire last month and a half to be precise, and it's really gorgeous weather, what with clouds and cool breeze and mist all around. And I'm making the most of this weather, with my reading and my cups of tea.

 So....till I come back again and talk about another book, happy reading my friends!

- Debolina Raja Gupta