All posts tagged: Book Review

Book Review: Ammachi’s Glasses

The story starts with Ammachi not being able to find her glasses. However, she continues her day as usual and hilarity ensues. The story is simple yet so engrossing. The illustrations capture your interest with little things happening all around Ammachi as she tries to navigate without her glasses.

My son loved reading it again and again, focussing on the bits he found the funniest. Upon revisiting it again, he found a few more fun things hidden in the illustration and he loved discovering these pieces of the whole puzzle.

Book Review: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. We follow the Tran family across generations, as narrated by a young girl, Huong and her grandmother, Dieu Lan. Throughout the book, we come across the human cost of conflicts. While we come to realise how some people are self-serving, we also see the true power of kindness and hope.

Book Review: Kindred by Octavia Butler

Kindred by Octavia Butler takes you back in time. It is not just historical fiction, but one that involves some time travelling (not the sci-fi kind).  For Dana, a regular night is turned upside down when inexplicably she travels back in time to save a young boy from drowning. Then just as mystifyingly, she’s back at her home with a time lapse of just a few seconds. If her husband wasn’t there to witness her disappearance, who would have believed her? She keeps going back and forth to the same place and realises how her own life is linked to the people she meets on her ‘travels’. “As a kind of castaway myself, I was happy to escape into the fictional world of someone else’s trouble.” It’s not easy to do a Kindred book review. Slavery in the antebellum South of the United States was a time of unspeakable horrors and dehumanisation of an entire race. It was perpetrated not just by the White men, as most often portrayed, but also by the White women …

Book Review: The Nothing Man by Catherine R. Howard

Do you love the edge of your seat? Do you love staying awake till the early hours of the morning? If you do, you’re probably a reader, and this book is for you. The Nothing Man by Catherine R. Howard is an exciting murder mystery unlike any I have read before. The premise of the book is that a young girl, whose life was turned around after her entire family was murdered, has grown up to write a book about the experience. She hopes that the killer is still alive and wants to catch him after all these years. “…fiction only really worked if it was built like a lattice through which you were repeatedly offered glimpses of absolute truth.” There’s not much I can add to it without giving away any plot twists. All I can say is that this was a wild ride. There are twists and turns, especially at the end, that catch you off guard.  “These are no dark magicians. They have no special skills. People seem to forget that we …

kindle paperwhite with the cover of Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance

Book Review: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance is a book by Rohinton Mistry. It is a story about India against the backdrop of its political disintegration and decay. The action takes place during the Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi, around 1975-77.  The story involves the lives of four people: Ishvar and Om, tailors; Dina Dalal, an embroideress; and Maneck, a college student. It depicts the lives of these characters in a rapidly changing modern India against the background of social, political and economic tumult. Within this broad canvas, it focuses on the struggles of ordinary people in extraordinary times. We learn of each of their difficult present circumstances and precarious future. The author then flashes back to the past, gradually filling out these characters’ stories and the socio-economic issues. ‘I’m still waiting to meet one who will treat me as his equal. As a fellow human being – that’s all I want, nothing more.’ The central characters: Dina comes from a wealthy Parsi family where she’s reduced to the status of a house help by her brother after their …

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Book Review: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s memoir Hunger is a startling, brutal, and deeply human account of her relationship with food. I found it to be an emotional read. It was beautiful, infuriating, heartbreaking, and incredibly eye-opening and powerful. I followed Dr Roxane Gay on Twitter long before I read any of her books. Her observations, opinions, and sharp replies always fascinated me. She says things so easily, exactly, and fearlessly – things I wanted to say and in a way I would if I wasn’t scared of confrontations. Hunger is the second book I’ve read of hers, and let me tell you, you need to read it. You might be one of the rare specimens who have a healthy relationship with your body and food. You still need to read it. “This is a popular notion, the idea that the fat among us are carrying a thin woman inside. Each time I see this particular commercial, I think, I ate that thin woman and she was delicious but unsatisfying.”  I love how she writes; her open vulnerability, and …

Kid with The Construction alphabet book and construction vehicle toys on the bed

5 Books for Kids Who Love Big Vehicles

My kid loves big vehicles. The biggest ones he’s seen are construction vehicles. He would sit and watch them work, full of amazement at how they moved.  I was surprised at how many things you can teach a young kid just by using different construction vehicles: Counting, rhyming, ABCs, and behaviour modelling.  We have been reading to our son since he was about 4 months old. We gave him picture board books to flip though and enacted some of the sentences. It’s never too early to start reading to them.  Here are some of our favourite construction-themed books. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Illustrations by Jill McElmurry This was one of the first books he enjoyed reading. He would point it out to us and we would read it to him.  The book talks about how we need to be kind to people around us. The catchy rhyme and the animal sounds make it fun to listen to since babies can try and mimic some of the sounds as well. My Big Truck …

2 books of Rumi's translated works by Farrukh Dhondy

The Poetry of Rumi: Book review of translations by Farrukh Dhondy

O pilgrim who visit the Holy Land I’ll show you heaven in a grain of sand Are you hooked already? You might have read many such snippets on Instagram and Pinterest. You might have even heard the poet’s name – Rumi. Jalaluddin Rumi was a spiritual master and poet who lived in 13th Century Tajikistan. His poetry has influenced literature in the region and now through some great translations, continue to inspire us. Farrukh Dhondy has translated some of them into a series of two books. Rumi A New Translation and Rumi: A New Collection I fell for the cover first of all, and the inside pages did not disappoint either. The poems are good…some are great. Dance when the bowl of soul is shattered Dance when you’ve nudged the blindfold off Dance when the battle was all that mattered Dance though the world stands by to scoff! The poems have a musical way to lure you in. These are not meant to be read in a single sitting. Instead read, and re-read at leisure, …

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Looking for some parenting advice? My top 3 books for parents

Becoming a parent is a wonderful and life changing experience. You have a new little person in your life, so there’s going to be changes in you as well. As a reader and seeker of information, I turned to books and the Internet to help me out during different stages of my parenting journey.  I am so grateful to be living in an age when so much information is available literally at my fingertips. These are some of the books that have broadened my parenting perspectives and helped me better connect with my child. What to expect: The First year by Heidi Murkoff This is of course the bible for every new parent. It gives suggestions from different parenting perspectives so you don’t feel your choices are wrong or something you need to feel guilty about.  It takes you through the different milestones each month. Your baby might reach them sooner or later but at least you’ll know what to expect and how to deal with it. It’s very detailed and that gives you a …