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Monday, July 29, 2013

Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: First Page Mondays

 Of course she is my absolute favourite author....give me anything from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's stable and I'll sure lap it up...not to say she is one of those rare writers who can mix charm, magic, fable, fantasy, prose, lyricism, sensuality, dreaminess, reality - all together and perfectly believable!

So I recently finished reading Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and here's the first page from this gorgeous novel...if you haven't read it yet, you've missed out on something...grab it and have a go!

'FROM THE DREAM JOURNALS

Last night the snake came to me.

 I was surprised, though little surprises me nowadays.

 He was more beautiful than I remembered. His plated green skin shone like rainwater on banana plants in the garden plot we used to tend behind the dream caves.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Boomtown by Aditya Mukherjee: Review

This, Boomtown by Aditya Mukherjee, is another book I received from the publishers, Rupa, to read and review. And again, before I proceed to the review, here's the basic details about the book:

Title: Boomtown
Author: Aditya Mukherjee

No. of pages: 300+

Publishers: Rupa

Genre: Fiction
Release Date: July 2013

You can read the cover jacket of the book here: READ

Summary:

A very popular and 'old' restaurant in the lanes of Chandni Chowk - Khan Mian Khan - has been catering to the palates of patrons and newcomers alike for years and years now. With

Boomtown by Aditya Mukherjee: On The Cover

So I got this book from the publishers, Rupa, to read and review, and you can read the review here..READ REVIEW

...As of now, here's what's on the cover:

'Boomtown, a witty, delectable story of food, friendship, romance and adventure, marks the arrival of an exciting new talent.

Roy, I m going to make you an offer you can t refuse.

I can t marry you, JJ. It would ruin our friendship.

JJ laughed. Very funny, but no, I m going to start a restaurant chain. I found this amazing cook in Chandni Chowk...

Jacob James - JJ - eccentric idealist and scion to a wealthy family, is determined to make it big on his own. A chance meeting with Jaaved, an innovative young chef at an iconic Old

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Compass Box Killer by Piyush Jha ` Mumbaistaan Series: Review


I was sent this book by the publishers Rupa to read and review, so before I move on to the the review, here are the basic details about the book.

Details about the book:
Title: Compass Box Killer: Mumbaistaan Series
Author: Piyush Jha
No. of Pages: 232

Publishers: Rupa
Genre: Crime Fiction

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Some Beautiful Lines From The Book The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Just finished reading this lovely book called 'The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger'  and came across these beautiful lines that I absolutely loved. Of course the book is a delight in itself, but I especially loved these lines too and thought of sharing them here:

'The time will come
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give your heart to itself, 
to the stranger who has loved you
all your life,
whom you ignored.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, 
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit.
Feast on your life.'
- Derek Walcott

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wall Street Noir Edited by Peter Spiegelman: On The Cover

 Stories contributed by:

john burdett. henry blodget. peter blauner. jason starr. reed farrel coleman. jim fusili. megan abbott and others.

From a distance - on television, say, or in the pages of the business section - it looks like such a clean, well-lighted place, a place where decisions to buy or sell are guided by formula, subtle strategies, and dispassionate consideration of all available facts. A place where cool reason prevails. And sure, that's one version of Wall Street - call it the CNBC edition. But this book is about another place, just beneath the shiny surface, a place where fear and greed have always held sway. Think WorldCom or Tyco; think Enron. Think Gordon Gekko.

Wall Street Noir illuminates a place whose boundaries have spread well beyond Trinity Church and the East River. In today's relentlessly global economy, Wall Street is everywhere: a borderless, virtual city encompassing Midtown Manhattan, Main Street USA, the maquilas of Honduras, the office towers of Shanghai, and the brothels of Bangkok. It's a shadowy metropolis, as the stories in this exciting collection reveal, and one that's far more Jim Thompso than Warren Buffet.

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: First Page Mondays



Here's the first page from the book The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Prologue:

Clare: It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he's okay. It's hard to be the one who stays.

Friday, July 12, 2013

She Rises by Kate Worsley: Review

I received this book as a review copy from Bloomsbury. The book, titled She Rises by Kate Worsley is under the category general fiction.

Details about the book:
Title: She Rises
Author: Kate Worsley
Publishers: Bloomsbury
No. of pages: 432
Genre: Historical / UK fiction

On first look, the book looked quite interesting, especially the artistic cover. Also, once I opened the book and skimmed through the first pages, I realised the style of writing was periodic - given the fact that the story is set in the 18th century.

I generally like books that are set in older eras and especially the British setting. So I was quite looking forward to this one:

What the book is about:

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Books I Got In The Mailbox Today! Yippppeeeeee !!!!

I'm really in love with Flipkart.com for the fun discounts they keep throwing our way...of course I ordered, though I had promised hubby I wouldn't for a while...and here's what I got in the mailbox today :-)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale: Review

I received this book as a review copy from Bloomsbury. The book, titled Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale is under the category chic-lit.

Details about the book:
Title: Midnight in Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Publishers: Bloomsbury
No. of pages: 272
Genre: Chic-lit, romance

Midnight in Austenland happens after Austenland by the same author, and I got this book from Bloomsbury along with Austenland by Shannon Hale and you can read the review here. But you can easily read this book as a separate story, and don't necessarily need to have read the first one before you read this.

When I opened the mail, my thoughts were that this would be a really cosy and fast book to read, especially as this was under 300 pages and I mostly go for bigger books that are

Friday, July 5, 2013

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: Review

Like most of the people who were caught in the 'Hosseini' wave of 'The Kite Runner' and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns', I too was no exception.

What started as a crazy devouring of Khaled's books has now turned into a sort of reverence, a wait that's filled with millions of expectations and curiosity, an excitement on knowing about an upcoming book and waiting to lay my hands on it.

So it was that when I received courtesy Bloomsbury Khaled Hosseini's latest offering 'And The Mountains Echoed' , I sort of ended up doing a mad-reader jump dance....literally!

Before I get into a detailed review and tell you more about the book, here are a few details:

Title: And The Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
No. of Pages: 402
Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Cover Type: Hardcover and Paperback (I received the book right when it was launched in Hardcover)
Price: INR 599

Just a little bit I mentioned about the book here in another post....READ IT HERE

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Austenland by Shannon Hale: On The Cover

Jane is a young New Yorker who can never seem to find the right man - perhaps because of her secret infatuation with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen fanatics, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Will total immersion in a fake Austenland be enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminated in a Mr Darcy of her own?

 In this addictive, charming and compassionate story, Shannon Hale brings out the Jane Austen addict in all of us.

 'Gloriously satisfying' Glamour

 'Allow me to direct you to the best Austen tribute since Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club: Shannon Hale's clever and imaginative Austenland.....Chick lit with soul' Bookpage

'Funny, moving and a real surprise' USA Today

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Books Read In 2013

So I'm on the Goodreads Book Reading Challenge 2013 for the third year now, and I've pledged to read 60 books this year (2011 I completed 40 books, 2012 I completed 70 books and this year I may increase it to 70 again, let's see). I've finished reading 40 books till now, and here is a list of all the books I've read and will read this year.....

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: Reading Now


21st May 2013 was the date that Khaled Hosseini came out with his much-awaited third book called And The Mountains Echoed.

I was desperately waiting for this one, having devoured and absolutely loved the previous two offerings from him - The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Sons.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Before The Fairytale - The Girl With No Name by Iscah: Available On Kindle Now!

Author Iscah has come out with this beautiful story called 'Before The Fairytale: The Girl With No Name'

Priced at a reader-friendly price of $1.99, the book is up for grabs right now....

Here's a brief summary of the plot:

Banished from her village, a young shape-shifter sets out on a journey to find her place in the world.

The first of four 'Before The Fairytale' stories, 'The Girl With No Name' is told in a deceptively simple storybook style with the flavour of an original Grimm's fable, but don't expect your typical once upon a time scenario. This is a coming of age tale humorously interwoven with social commentary.

This story is recommended for older children to adult readers (9andup) but may not be suitable for younger children.

BUY THE E-BOOK HERE:
You can get your own copy of the book here

Books And Me

Okay, so why do I love this pic again? ;-)

Image courtesy Pinterest

- Debolina Raja Gupta