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Friday, February 27, 2015

Kaleidoscope City - A Year In Varanasi by Piers Moore Ede: Upcoming Release By Bloomsbury

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I absolutely love reading memoirs, so this snippet of a new release coming up by Bloomsbury has me all looking forward to it. Of course I will share the review as soon as I get my hands on the book and read it :) For now, lets see what the publishers have to share about the book and the author.

Bloomsbury India announces the publication of a captivating memoir  of a year spent in the holy city of Varanasi.

Kaleidoscope City - A Year In Varanasi by Piers Moore Ede is scheduled for release soon in 2015.

About the Book
‘I will never forget my first sight of the river in Varanasi, from the narrowness and constriction of the alleys, thronged with activity, to the sudden release of the waterfront, the labyrinth’s end . . . It seems that all of life has its assigned place on the stone steps leading down to the Ganges. Some are used for bathing, others for laundry, washing buffalo, puja (worship, ceremonial offering), and this one for the business of death. The smells are of wood smoke, buffalo dung, urine and jasmine flowers. The sounds are of rustling kites and lowing cattle, crackling wood and prayer. . .’

Piers Moore Ede first fell in love with Varanasi when he passed through it on his way to Nepal in search of wild honey hunters. In the decade that followed it continued to exert

Monday, February 23, 2015

Die Trying by Lee Child: First Page Mondays

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NATHAN RUBIN DIED BECAUSE HE GOT BRAVE. Not the sustained kind of thing which wins you a medal in a war, but the split-second kind of blurting outrage which gets you killed on the street. 



 He left home early, as he always did, six days a week, fifty weeks a year. A cautious breakfast, appropriate to a short, round man aiming to stay in shape through his forties. A long walk down the carpeted corridors of a lakeside house, appropriate to a man who earned a thousand dollars on each of those three hundred days he worked. A thumb on the button of the garage door-opener and a twist of the wrist to start the silent engine of his expensive, imported sedan. A CD into the player, a backward sweep into his gravel driveway, a dab on the brake, a snick of the selector, a nudge on the gas, and the last short drive of his life was under way. Six forty-nine in the morning, Monday.

 The only light on his route to work was green......

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon: Review

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I received my advanced reader copy (ARC) of  The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon from the publishers Bloomsbury in December 2014 (thank you sooooo much guys!!!!). I have developed a really lovely relationship with Bloomsbury, especially the fact that they have been coming up with some really interesting titles and authors. And going by the 'reads' of it, it seems this association of good books will continue for long, especially as I'm sure they'll continue giving us amazing reads.

Though I really wanted to read it and was planning on starting it ASAP, I had to hold on, as I was really caught up in work and some family stuff and knew it wouldn't be good to read this book in a rush. Plus it had been quite some time that I had read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon , the first book in the suggested seven part series (you can read the review here.)

If you haven't read The Bone Season you really need to read it first, as this is not the kind of series that can be read separately as individual books. In fact, I was quite happy that the book carries on the tone it set in the firs book, which is from the point of view of our main protagonist, Paige Mahoney.

The ARC mentioned that this was not the final version that would be released and I am not sure if this is the exact cover that has finally been released. I think it is a similar version but I have seen a lot of variations online. Also, even if there were changes made in the final version, I am sure most of it would still remain the same.

Goodreads Blurb:

Here's a quick at the blurb from Goodreads.

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

From Kippers To Karimeen - A Life by Psyche Abraham: Sneaky Peeky Sunday

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Was going through the books at an old and used book store and came across this beautiful cover. The mother baby bonding and the way the young woman is looking at the camera, add to that the overall soft shades in the image made me pick it up right away....

From Kippers To Karimeen - A Life is an autobiographical book with lots of pictures. And its quite interesting and quick to read....this is the page I am currently on.

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As a child, living far away from the bombing, the war did not affect me except, possibly, by the absence of sweets. Food, and especially sugar, was strictly rationed. But, though I didn't connect it then, there was one aspect of the war that did affect me.

 I think there was probably an air force station in Bude, or somewhere nearby, because there were a lot of troops billeted in the town who were naturally looking for a bit of fun during their days off from the war. There were also a lot of lonely women - single women whose husbands or boyfriends had been sent to the front, or like my mother and her friends, women with young children who had fled the bombing in London and other large cities. There was an atmosphere of 'eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.' It led to a certain recklessness.

 My mother was a good-looking woman, even beautiful. She was tall, five foot nine, slim: her most

Monday, February 9, 2015

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome: First Page Mondays

This is not the regular version of the book Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome but is a special edition copy that has been brought out by the amazing drinks brand called Paper Boat. If you haven't had their refreshing and innovative drinks yet (which I absolutely do not think can be a possibility if you are of a sane mind, or may be you are visiting us from another planet and have not yet encountered it) you definitely, and I mean definitely, need to CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

Also, my association and love for Paper Boat goes back a long time, almost the time they came up to start bombarding us with the flavors of our childhood! You can enjoy that experience HERE

So I was hugely surprised when I received this package in the mail and that too from Paper Boat! I wasn't expecting anything, and this sure did not look like another awesome bag of drinks! So what could it be? I opened the package and inside was something wrapped in newspaper (oh how I love it when people wrap things in a newspaper! Thanks a ton guys!!!!) and a cute little green ribbon :) Wow...I can't remember the last time in years when someone has given or sent me something wrapped up like this....thank youuuuuuuuu :)

Monday, February 2, 2015

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: First Page Mondays

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Read it. Loved it. Recommend it. If you love huge books and mesmerizing books and author Haruki Murakami in general, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is a book you must read.

Here's what's on the first page:

BOOK 1
APRIL - JUNE

Aomame
DON'T LET APPEARANCES FOOL YOU

The taxi's radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janacek's Sinfonietta - probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn't seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless line of cars stretching out on the elevated expressway, like a veteran fisherman standing in the bow of his boat, reading the ominous confluence of two currents. Aomame settled into the broad back seat, closed her

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon: Sneaky Peeky Sunday

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So I did receive an advanced reader copy (ARC) of The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. The book released in the US and some other parts of the world in the last part of 2014 but it has recently released in Indian on the 27th of January 2015.

The Mime Order is the second book in the series whose first book was The Bone Season. According to the author, this will be a seven book series, and honestly, I can't wait to read them all. I had also received an advanced reader copy of The Bone Season and you CAN READ THE REVIEW HERE.

I just finished reading The Bone Season again as I wanted to recap everything before I start on the second book. So here's the page from The Mime Order that I am reading right now.

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'Please.' I handed her some money. 'I'm trying to find Agatha's Boutique. I was told it was near here. Any idea?'

 'Right round the corner. There's a hawker selling saloop that way. You'll hear her when you're close.' She filled a paper cone with chestnuts and smothered them with butter and coarse salt. 'Here you are.'

 I picked at my chestnuts as I traversed the market, taking my time. I let myself soak up the atmosphere, the thrum of humans going about their business. There had been none of this vigorous energy in Sheol I, where voices had been whispers and movements had been quiet. Night was the most dangerous time for voyants, when the NVD were on the prowl, but it was also the time when our gifts were at its strongest, when the urge to be active smouldered inside us - and, like the moths we were, we just had to emerge.

 The boutique's windows glistened with a wealth of fake gemstones. Outside was a girl selling a