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The Sound Of The Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
Author: Yasunari Kawabata Translator: Edward G. Seidensticker Publisher: Penguin UK Publishing Date: 6 January 2011 Pages: 224 Languages: Japanese and English Country: Japan Rating: 4.5/5 “It's remarkable how we go on year after year, doing the same old things. We get tired and bored, and ask when they'll come for us” I bought The Sound Of The Mountain in 2018 but never got around to reading it until...
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Author: Yoko Ogawa Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: 1 August 2020 Pages: 288 Language: Japanese and English Translator: Stephen Snyder Country: Japan Rating: 4.5/5 “My memories don’t feel as though they’ve been pulled up by the root. Even if they fade, something remains. Like tiny seeds that might germinate again if the rain falls. And even if a memory disappears completely, the heart retains something. A slight tremor...
How To Tell The Story Of An Insurgency by Aruni Kashyap
Editor: Aruni Kashyap Publisher: HarperCollins India Publishing Date: 25 February 2020 Pages: 248 Language: Assamese, Bodo and English Country: India Rating: 3.5/5 "The curtain is open and, in the open window, the moon is framed. Why does the sight of the solitary moon move Nirmala so? This might she feels a kinship with it that she has never felt before. They are two of a kind:...
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books Publishing Date: 30 June 2020 Pages: 276 Language: English Country: Mexico Rating: 3.5/5 “It was the house that disfigured the land.” I must confess I read Mexican Gothic purely because of it's cover. Yes, I judged a book by its cover! I am glad I did because this novel was a revelation in some ways. It introduced me to a...
Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Author: Anthony Horowitz Publisher: Century Publishing Date: 15 September 2020 Pages: 608 Language: English Country: Greece/ England Rating: 4.5/5 “Everything in life has a pattern and a coincidence is simply the moment when the pattern becomes briefly visible.” I was extremely excited to get my hands on Anthony Horowitz's latest mystery Moonflower Murders. It's the sequel to Magpie Murders and features the literary detective and editor Susan...
Lost Loves: Exploring Rama's Anguish by Arshia Sattar
Author: Arshia Sattar Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Date: 5 October 2019 Language: English Pages: 145 Country: India Rating: 4/5 "A God who can forget his divinity in order to show us the enormously tragic consequences of our frailties is surely far more compelling than one who remains unreachable in his distant righteousness and perfection."  We, as Indians, have always considered Ramayana as a story of the victory of...
The Last Nizam by John Zubrzycki
Author: John Zubrzycki Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: 30 January 2012 Language: English Pages: 400 Country: India I had an interest in reading The Last Nizam due to my connection with Hyderabad. If you are following me on Instagram you might have read a write-up on my grandfather joining the Marathwada Mukti Sangram. It was a protest to declare allegiance with India and to be free...
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Author: Lucy Foley Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Date: 15 February 2019 Pages: 400 Language: English Country: Scotland Rating: 4.5/5 “Some people, given just the right amount of pressure, taken out of their usual, comfortable environments, don’t need much encouragement at all to become monsters. And sometimes you just get a strong sense about people, and you can’t explain it; you simply know it, in some deeper part...
Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah
Author: Sophie Hannah Publisher: Harper Collins Publishing Date: 20 August 2020 Language: English Pages: 352 Country: England Rating: 3/5 Hercule Poirot is perhaps the world’s most beloved detective. Agatha Christie detested the eccentric Belgian detective but Poirot has a place of honour in the hearts of many readers. Sophie Hannah's Poirot novels make an interesting read although they are nowhere close to Christie's original ones. I...
lLove and Lust: Stories and Essays
Author: Vikram Seth and others Publisher: Aleph Book Company Publishing Date: 20 April 2019 Language: English Pages: 152 Country: India Rating: 3.5/5 Love and Lust: Stories and Essays is a part of Aleph Book Company's Olio series. The word 'Olio' means a miscellaneous collection of things. This series has books like Love and Lust, Notes from the Hinterland, In a Violent Land and The Essence of...

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