Eileen – Book Review

When the beautiful , stylish and charismatic Rebecca St John starts out as a counselor in the prison where Eileen works , Eileen does not take too well to her – she takes Rebecca to be her rival for her ( almost-null ) chances with Randy ( that guard whose house she stakes out every weekend ) . But Rebecca seems to want to befriend her genuinely – which is too much for Eileen who hasn’t heard a friendly word from anybody for a long time . She wants to rise up to the demands of the friendship which Rebecca seems to be offering .

How far can she go to keep Rebecca happy whom she sees as a ticket to all glamorous things in life ? Be an accomplice to a crime ?

Book Review: I’ve Got My Eyes On You

Kelly Dowling is found dead in the swimming pool in her house . She had hosted a party the previous night for her classmates before they all left for their respective colleges when her parents were away from home . The guests included Kerry’s Harvard-bound boyfriend Alan Crowley , with whom she had a serious fallout during the evening .  Jamie Chapman , Kerry’s next door neighbor was also angry that Kerry had not invited him to her party . Or is there somebody else? Aline , Kerry’s elder sister pitches in to help the police bring the sister’s murderer to justice – She just doesn’t know that Kerry’s killer is ready to kill a second time to save himself .

The Reunion – A review

Claire’s father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her mother is finding it increasingly difficult to run the family farm while taking care of her father . While her mother is seriously considering putting up the place for sale , Claire decides to have a reunion with her gang at the farm one last time.  She has a firm belief that revisiting old memories would slowdown the progress of the disease for her father .

But she couldn’t have foreseen that her family and friends would be forced to relive the nightmarish days following the disappearance of  her sister Eleanor – this time it’s her friend’s teenaged daughter . Claire couldn’t miss out the jarring similarities between both the disappearances….

The Great Indian Reading Challenge

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Its year end and already there are several 2019 Reading Challenges doing the rounds . I am currently reading Gone with the Wind and enjoying it thoroughly. What I love particularly about this book is its narrative that captured the Civil War period so well that it is really informative. Sometimes, fiction teaches us history in ways a history book cannot and sometimes gives us a glimpse of the alternate history which did not make it to the history books….

This spurred in me a renewed interest in picking up some historical fiction from India which I have been meaning to read for a good period of time. Then I got a better idea to draw up a Reading Challenge list where the readers are allowed to pick up only books by Indian writers . And then , I got an even better idea to post it on my blog  so that I have some company (hopefully..) to keep the reading challenge interesting and going on… I would definitely need all the enthusiasm you guys would bring into the challenge to help me complete it . So , here goes my list –

A book in your mother tongue **

A book set in the colonial era

A biography of a leader in post-independence era.

A winner of the Man Booker Prize from India.

A book that made to the Man Booker Prize shortlist from India

An acclaimed debut book of an author

A book that is set in your home state**   

A book translated to English from any vernacular language

A book that won the Sahitya Academy Award for English

A book that won the Sahitya Academy Award for any vernacular language**

A book that inspired a movie adaptation

A Pulitzer Prize winning novel

Any work of a Nobel Laureate from India

A graphic novel

A book set during Partition

** The items in the list marked as shown require the reader to pickup a non-English book. For non Indian readers I have included additional options to complete your list of 12 items…

If you are ready to take up the challenge with me please leave a word in the comments section below . I would be thrilled . Now that you are here , just have a look around my blog …..

 

 

 

Incredible India now builds monster replicas ….

“India has once again exhibited its capability to the world […] .For many years after Independence we did not do anything which could attract foreign tourists. We repeatedly spoke of things our ancestors had created, like the Taj Mahal and Sun Temple of Konark
– PM Narendra Modi

So we put up a giant REPLICA to ” attract ” foreign tourists – what an idea sir ji!!
Doesn’t the whole thing sound preposterous – constructing a towering REPLICA in the middle of nowhere after acquisition of lands from the tribals who have been cultivating in those lands for generations and all this talk about good governance (!!) and AGRICULTURE (!!!!!) to top it all? Currently, out of the 72 villages affected because of the Statue of Unity project, 32 villages have been severely affected with rehabilitation allegedly not completed or even initiated yet.
Now, the Gujarat government is looking to connect Sardarji by air and train to major cities of the State. Let’s see how many crores those projects run into…Finally, I guess Nitin Patel opened his eyes and realized that he was standing in the middle of a region with very limited connectivity to the outside world and talking about tourists flocking …. What a joke!

A quick update on my reading…

Its been a long time since my last post . So , I thought I would just drop by with some updates on my reading . I have shared the TBR books on my bookshelf and Kindle shelf . Do look up these titles – you might get your next read or a list of books to be added to your TBR list . Here we go  –

Books on my Kindle shelf

All the books in my Kindle shelf are psychological thrillers except for The Haunting of the Hill House . Yeah, it is an addiction that I can’t  break 😉

The Good Daughter -Karin Slaughter

The Visitor – K L Slater

The Proposal – S E Lynn

The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton

The Haunting of the Hill House — Shirley Jackson

I should say I have not taken to Kindle very well. I made every single purchase here because I couldn’t resist the temptation of a superbly written blurb for yet another psychological thriller (is there anything  that is not a “psychological” thriller nowadays ?? I just don’t get our crime writers’ fascination for the word psychological . Even books with no psychology element come with the description ” a psychological thriller” – beats me!! ) The Kindle copies came at a much better price than the hardcover/paperback and that sealed the deal . But getting the reading done is a different story –   I am currently 10% into the Karin Slaughter thriller, The Good Daughter. Trust me, I have never plodded through a thriller (or any book for that matter) in my life but reading in Kindle is not the same as reading a physical copy and it’s definitely not my style of reading . I am not able to identify the thing that puts me off Kindle but so it is….There is no inclination I-need-to-finish-this-one hookups with Kindle books.  The immersive reading experience that make book-reading an experience by itself is not there for one .  I might pick them up when I have no other books to go to…The Kindle haul has become a costly mistake ( Never again ….) . Currently , my bookshelf too has a good number of books from my pretty long TBR list. I guess that would do for the present. So here are the books from my bookshelf –

Thinking Fast Thinking Slow -Daniel Kahneman

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

Shades of Saffron – Saba Naqvi

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Currently reading) – Rebecca Skloot

Jasmine Days – Benyamin

Until the next post then..