The Passage of Conquest – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: T. D. Kuchel | Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult | Pages: 298 | Publisher: Green Hill Publishing During an evening, promising adventure aboard a galleon, eighteen year old Giselle is marooned on a tropical island. As she begins to uncover remnants of an ancient civilisation, she learns that she has travelled to a parallel world and that the island was…

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मुकाम

ज़िन्दगी अक्सर ऐसे मुकाम पर ले आती हैजहां से आगे बढ़ना मुश्किल लगने लगता हैपीछे छूटे हुए रास्तेसवाल करने लगते हैंतीखे तीर मारने लगते हैंमानो मज़ाक बना रहे होंनुक्स निकाल रहे होंकदम यह सोचके लड़खड़ाने लगते हैं कीजो आज अपने हैंकहीं वह भी छोड़ कर चले गए तोऐसे में कहाँ जायेंगेकिस दरवाज़े खटखटाएंगेकौन अपनाएगागलतियों को…

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Blue Sky, White Cloud: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Nirmal Ghosh | Genre: Indian Literature, Animal Literature | Pages: 212 | Publisher: Aleph Book Company A defenceless male elephant calf, born on the grasslands of the great Brahmaputra River, grows into a formidable tusker, journeying through the verdant green hills of northeastern India and Burma. With him, we walk through the vastness of the Indo-Malayan rainforests as…

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Hymns in Blood: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Nanak Singh | Genre: Historical Fiction, Indian Literature | Pages: 264 | Publisher: Harper Perennial 1947, Chakri. An idyllic village on the banks of the Soan near Rawalpindi, surrounded by stalks of golden wheat and festive songs. Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs eagerly await the end of winter and get together to prepare for Lohri. Amidst this joyous…

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The Last Song of Dusk: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi | Genre: Historical Fiction | Pages: 304 | Publisher: Penguin India When the astonishingly lovely Anuradha moves to Bombay to marry Vardhmaan, a charming young doctor, their life together has all the makings of a fairy tale. But when their firstborn son dies in a terrible accident, tragedy transforms their marriage into a bleak landscape.…

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What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Nikita Singh | Genre: Short Stories | Pages: 268 A young couple decides to die together when they are old, but when it’s time, one of them isn’t done living. A child fosters plants in a month-long challenge. A woman makes a desperate attempt to rescue her brother from his demons. A groom-to-be meets…

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Brahmakamal: Love Story of a Devdasi– Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Lalsa Verma | Genre: Mythology, Fiction | Pages: 324 A devadasi is an ever-auspicious one, presiding over the temple rituals, entertaining the king and brought up to respect and follow traditions mindlessly. Nitya does all that unquestioningly until she meets Prabhas. Prabhas, the young rebel who grew up in a devadasi household, finally mellows to become an excellent…

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The Scrupulous Gentleman – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Jenessa M. D’Silva | Genre: Thriller | Pages: 285 The story revolves around a rich family as they all fight for their share in the inheritance, following a sudden gruesome death. With some, trying to take an easy route by eliminating the ones standing in their way, a rich heiress is left stranded, only to receive help…

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The Quantum Reality of Life: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Saravanan Marimuthu | Genre: Non-fiction, Science | Pages: 120 | Publisher: White Falcon Publishing In ‘The Quantum Reality of Life’, author Saravanan Marimuthu has tried to explore & elucidate few perplexing questions, to which we all seek answers, through the concepts of Science, Religion & Spirituality. But is it possible that these three concepts of mankind are essentially…

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The Midnight Library: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Matt Haig | Genre: Mental Health | Pages: 288 | Publisher: Viking In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within…

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Twilight in Delhi: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Ahmed Ali | Genre: Historical Fiction | Pages: 200 | Publisher: Rupa Publications Delhi, the earlier twentieth century. A glimpse of Mir Nihal’s life reveals a tranquil idyll; muezzins call azaan, fakirs and parched-gram sellers frequent the narrow by-lanes of the city, pigeons flutter in the sky, and the smell of kababs and jasmine…

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You were my drug…

you were my drug the one I was bare without the one I couldn’t stop craving and even though I knew you were drowning me I held on to you like a ship does for anchor you were my drug the one I couldn’t live without the one couldn’t breathe without and even though you…

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The Regrets – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Amy Bonnaffons| Genre: Paranormal, Romance | Pages: 296   For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome,…

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Celebrating 8 Years of Blogging!

With close to 10k followers, I feel a pinch of joy to think that I might be doing something right here; despite my vanishing acts and brief spells of lethargy. Today, on the eve of the 8th anniversary, I look back at the past 8 years and I’m proud, so proud. Because I could beat…

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A Song of Achilles – An Excerpt

“I will go,” he said. “I will go to Troy.” The rosy gleam of his lip, the fevered green of his eyes. There was not a line anywhere on his face, nothing creased or graying; all crisp. He was spring, golden and bright. Envious death would drink his blood, and grow young again. He was…

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