The Fishing Fleet – Husband-hunting in the Raj

OK I’m going to admit this right off the bat and tell you that I am a huuuge history junkie. I’m one of those people who get misty-eyed when they look at old buildings and their heads get flooded with (imaginative, hence, probably inaccurate) images of the people who must have once lived there and […]

Roads to Mussoorie

So here it is – the first post of 2013. And from the stacks and stacks of books I seem to have devoured in the recent time of transit the one I want to talk about first is Ruskin Bond’s Roads to Mussoorie. I’m unsure how many of you would be familiar with the name […]

All He Ever Wanted

Stiff, pompous, self-satisfied and narrow-minded men seldom feature as protagonists of stories. But then this is hardly his story. On the face of it, anyway. Professor Nicholas Van Tassel first spots Etna Bliss at the scene of a fire. And it is a fair measure of the man that even as fire devoured a building […]

Inkworld Trilogy 1: Inkheart

It isn’t really a new idea. Any storyteller would toy with the idea of writing one about storybook characters come to life. But like I once read somewhere, there are no new ideas. Only old ideas told in a new way. And to give Inkheart credit, it doesn’t take much away from you wanting to […]

Where or When

  This is my story, as it is yours. This is anybody’s story and everybody’s. Anita Shreve’s Where or When reads like a long forgotten favourite song that, you know in your bones, you’ll never forget. It is the story of the first bloom of love at 14 and its transcendence into a bone-deep longing […]