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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen: On The Cover


In a reverse behaviour to what I always usually have (I always read a book first and then watch the movie some time and mostly never like it as much as the book!) I ended up watching this movie first. And the worst part of all was that I had no idea that it was originally a book!!!!! Disgusting me!!!!

Anyways, I had Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen on my books wishlist ever since then, and finally have got a copy for myself. This is an old copy, the kinds that I absolutely love.....!!!! It's a much used one and now it finds a home with me :)

So, without wasting any more time, or keyboard clatter (which I really love), let's give you a peek into the cover jacket blurb.... btw...isn't the cover absolutely gorgeous? Takes you to those old school days of circus!

Here goes....

Beautifully written and completely unforgettable, Water for Elephants is an atmospheric, gritty and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the US circus world circa 1932.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits - the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth - a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Good Enough Is The New Perfect by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple: Review

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I had seen this book in bookstores for quite some time, but the fact that I don't read self-help books was what was keeping me miles away from it. So, when the publishers, Harlequin, asked me if I would be interested to do a review on this one, the answer was obvious. Nonetheless, this wonderful lady assured me that she knew my taste, and this book was anything but your regular 'self-help.' I said okay, let's give it a shot......

And.....

The book she sent me is called Good Enough Is The New Perfect by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple. If you haven't guessed it yet, it's a book that talks mainly to mums, and makes them feel good about themselves, stressing the fact that you don't need to be a superwoman and do everything perfect in order to be, well, perfect. Doing your best and being good enough is also perfect. Good enough, IS, the new perfect.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Elixir by Ted Galdi Coming Out Soon In 2014: Quick Look And Mini Review

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I was recently sent a manuscript version of the much anticipated thriller called The Elixir by Ted Galdi. Ted was kind enough to mail me a full manuscript, even before the book went into print!

For those of you who haven't heard of the book yet, Elixir is slated to release this summer. Before you read on to know what it is about, here is a quick link to check out the trailer video: CLICK HERE

What the book is about:

The book begins with readers getting a glimpse into the mind of 14 year old Sean Malone. Sean is something of a genius, with an IQ above 200 and scholarships from the best universities already available for him.

But this is not what he wants. He wants to lead a normal life, and his is anything but.....

Monday, May 19, 2014

Leela's Book by Alice Albinia: First Page Mondays


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I know it's been ages I updated the first page part on Mondays.....very bad of me but I was really really swamped with work and two kids (one a newly crawling infant) and lots of stuff at home!

So, without wasting any more time, here is the first page from this very interesting book called Leela's Book by Alice Albinia. If the cover looks like something of a religious book, let me tell you it isn't. Instead, it is a great spin on Indian mythology and modern day.....very very interesting storytelling I must say!

So, here it is:

'o elephant-headed god, son of lord shiva and parvati, scribe who wrote down the mahabharata from the seer vyasa's dictation: lord ganesh, look favourably on this endeavour.'

professor ved vyasa chaturvedi paused, looked out across his audience, and smiled. 'the god invoked at the start of all compositions. what better way to begin?'

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chhoyanche Kolom by Anupam Roy (The Contagious Pen): My Take And Sort Of A Review



So before I begin talking about this book, there are a few things I need to say:

  1. This is the first time ever that I am talking here about a book that is written in the Bengali language
  2. This is one of those very few books in the Bengali language that I have read in its entirety, without a translation
  3. This is the first ever book of poetry that I have bought outside my literature syllabus, from school till my post-grad level, which was decades ago
  4. This is the first time that I am talking about a book that revolves around poetry and such
That said and done, this book was highly anticipated, not just by me, but millions of other fans of Anupam Roy.

If you do not know about him yet, he is an artist first and foremost. He is a multi-talented artist who has made a name for himself as a singer, song writer, lyricist, composer, music director, columnist, social speaker (do watch his first English music video Second Sex on YouTube) poet, novelist (his first ever novel written in the Bengali language has come out this year and I am desperately waiting to lay my hands on it – that will mean another review as soon as I get it and read it, so fingers crossed!), plays the guitar as if it’s his second skin, plays other instruments too about which I am not good enough to comment.

If you would like to know more about him or the kind of music he creates, you can visit my other blog here

There are many layers to his talent, which is the reason that in just the last few years, he has, after shifting base to Kolkata, become one of the biggest names in the Bengali music industry ever. From movies to albums to coming together with a talented director like Sujoy Ghosh and scoring music for his upcoming Bollywood movie, Anupam Roy is a name to reckon with.


Chhoyanche Kolom is the first ever book of Anupam Roy that I read. I did read his columns online, but as a book, this was the first one I read.

Before I move further, let me also request here that if you see any mistakes in the post with reference to any word translation, please do let me know and I will correct it immediately.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling: My Take On The Book And Series




I am one of those probably very few people who haven’t read the Harry Potter books and have not even seen the movies. I saw the first movie, but though it was sweet, I thought it to be quite kiddish. I tried watching one or two more, but somehow didn’t really like them.

Recently, after much convincing from friends and fellow readers, I decided to give the series a try.

One thing I realised was that the reason I wasn’t picking it up in the first place was because of the intense hype surrounding the series. I mean, everyone, starting from publishers to book reading friends to celebrities to the entire booktube community on youtube was gaga about it. It seemed that unless you had read the 
Harry Potter series, your existence was worthless really.

I didn’t care about it and there was so much pressure about reading it that it put me off.

I had picked up the first and second book I think about 3 years back, just because everyone was reading it and talking about it, but like I said, the pressure got to me and I didn’t read it.

So a few weeks back, I did read the first book in the series – Harry Potter and the Philosophers’ Stone by J K Rowling.