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Book Review: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

This book is a tribute to WASPs (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) of World War II, a historical fiction of the times when women in US contributed to WWII for aviation dependencies for men were busy in combat and how they were not given their due then. However, let me tell you the book is not so serious that it will feel like a bombardment of facts thrown together in a storyline.

The story is a funny and sassy take of different personalities and characters with the back and forth of timeline aptly handled. The characters are not perfect, but faulty and hence realistic and that is why I loved them more since to err is human. The book has those moments when women were thought not to be able to handle gas stations or flights or combats, all these being a male dominated place primarily. What other thing I liked was that it is never too late to reinvent yourself – Sookie (the protagonist) is 60 years old.

The book has its quotable moments and the best one I liked and will remember is:

“I’m telling you, Dena, when you live long enough to see your children begin to look at you with different eyes, and you can look at them not as your children, but as people, it’s worth getting older with all the creaks and wrinkles.”

Being a new mom, somehow I find that everything I do/ read/ think, I relate it to motherhood and baby moments and you will know I am so happy that these days, almost all my book reviews have at least such a mention. Only if the book pages could have been cut a bit by say 50 pages, I would have given it 10-on-10 for at times, the thinking of Sookie got too repetitive, but hey, then these are my views only.

So, go go go, go pick this book (feminists can too) and let me know your opinion in the comments below.

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Book blurb:

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.

About the author:
Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen, she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven; I Still Dream About You; The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion; and The Whole Town’s Talking. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Fannie Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize. She lives happily in California and Alabama.

Website: fannieflaggbooks.com
Facebook: @fannieflaggbooks

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Historical Fiction, Chick Lit
Book Name: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Author: Fannie Flagg
Pages: 384
Publication Year: 2013
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Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

OMG, I absolutely loved it. Of course, it was more so related to the factor that I had not read psycho-thrillers since long. But then, I have not read many other genres as well since a long time while focusing only on the light reads and the detective ones. My last such psycho-thriller was The Girl on the Train (click on the hyperlink to check my review of this book read more than a year back) and gosh, it had given me nightmares for almost a week then. So, it was some trepidation that I picked a similar sounding book The Woman in the Window recommended in my reading group. So here is my review:

Have you been alone for a long time? If not physically, but mentally even when people surrounded you? Even if it was for a short time, but it felt mightily longer? So much so that the loneliness in your mind/ heart made you start assuming stuff and wondering what is real and what is in your dreams? You tell me no. But what about some bad dream or some single instance that affected you/ your thinking? And have you never ever ever been interested in the doings of others? Don’t tell me, but do not lie to yourselves. I have done that – online stalking and at one time, I was on the verge of breaking point. I still do now, but hey, what will a housewife (me temporarily) do other than reading books and eating chocolates (my two favorite tasks) to take a break.

That is the premise of the book of the human psyche. There is not a single thing I found in the book which was extraneous. Everything combined together perfectly in the end and the feeling for me was ecstatic. I could hear the background music hum-dum-dum with every rise and fall of the scenes. And if you would hear any negatives about this book, it is more because such books have flooded the market (like the craze of mythology fictions) – the psycho-thrillers where the protagonist is a female and unreliable. But heya, you should not doubt my high opinion of this book since I had tried it after very very long time.

I would not give anything away other than to tell you – read on this book if you love psycho-thrillers but not otherwise if you have a weak heart (I had that once but now I think I am super-strong keeping aside horror ones, or maybe I will give that genre also a try soon).

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Book blurb:

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

About the author:
A.J. Finn, pseudonym for Daniel Mallory, has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement(UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years as a book editor before returning to New York City.

Tid-bit: Daniel Mallory, a senior editor at William Morrow, wrote his suspense-laden thriller under the nom de plume A J Finn where his own publishing house bought it without knowing the same. A well-known figure in the literary world, he was ‘terrified everyone would hate it and I’d end up with egg on my face’.

Instagram: @ajfinnbooks
Twitter: @AJFinnBooks

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Pages: 449
Publication Year: 2018

Book Review: The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | The Lollipop Shoes or The Girl With No Shadow or Chocolat #2 by Joanne Harris

Had you checked my review of the prequel to The Lollipop Shoes or otherwise named as The Girl with No Shadow, i.e. Chocolat? If not, click here. That was one amazing fantasy book with overdose of chocolate recipes weaved into the tale. The same is expected of this book. Even if it doesn’t match the caliber of the former one, but still as a standalone book if you consider, it is as good. This was recommended once I posted review of Chocolat, otherwise I would not have found this gem.

There are lots of twists and turns (more than the first one) which would keep a reader engaged and keep on turning the pages. The point I liked about the book is the way it illustrates how for your kids, you want to choose the best option for them to keep them safe like Vianne or Yanne does. Having become a mother recently, I could get the vibes that the author Joanne has captured perfectly and the ways one should and shouldn’t behave around their kids and that if you are happy, so will they be and you do not need to make extra efforts for the same.

So, read on this book to discover the lost love of your family and magic and of course, the passionate decadent chocolates.

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Book blurb:

The wind has always dictated Vianne Rocher’s every move, buffeting her from the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe. But the weather vane soon turns, and Zozie de l’Alba blows into their lives. Charming and enigmatic, Zozie provides the brightness that Yanne’s life needs–as her vivacity and bold lollipop shoes dazzle rebellious and impressionable preadolescent Anouk. But beneath their new friend’s benevolent facade lies a ruthless treachery–for devious, seductive Zozie has plans that will shake their world to pieces.

About the author:
Joanne Harris is a British author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.

In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.

Website: joanne-harris.co.uk
Twitter: @Joannechocolat

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Fantasy
Book Name: The Lollipop Shoes / The Girl with No Shadow
Chocolat #2
Author: Joanne Harris
Pages: 444
Publication Year: 2007

Book Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson

I had tremendously liked the book The Fault in Our Stars (check its review here) written by John Green and when my best friend suggested for me to select Let It Snow, I dilly-dallied a little but in the end, thought to give it a try. But my my, was I not disappointed! Where I was so emotionally involved in the former book, the latter just touched me superficially.

Ok, let me be straight (ya I am, just kidding) – I am not in favor of reading silly teen books, but there was a time in my life I devoured such books like crazy. So, this is a book recommended for teens “only” and those looking for light short stories. This is not a novel in the correct sense of word, but as the cover pic says “three holiday romances” around Christmas, a collection of three short love stories connected together in the last one. The last one is the worst, but let us ignore that.

Silly, stupid romances, none of them memorable is my conclusion of the book. So enough about the story-line, the way the book is written is interesting since three different popular writers have attempted to make it likable enough (my friend had loved it) and it is a good enough effort.

 

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

About the author:
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, The Fault in Our Stars was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

Twitter: @realjohngreen
Website: www.johngreenbooks.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Book Name: Let It Snow
Author: John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson
Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

When you pick a too popular book, you are scared that it does not turn out to be a dampener and you do not want to be proved an exception. So, it is with this expectation that I started off with The Rosie Project wherein I had just read the book blurb and not the reviews though the blurb was enough to interest me. So that’s my part of the story.

Written brilliantly, and comically, and a lovable dose of how two people so unrelated with each other can fall in love (oh is it?). Haven’t we all known such unmatched people, even if we do not fall into that category? However, the way Asperger is referred humorously in the book may alienate certain individuals, but I ask why? Rather than being serious, why not a comical take? Reminds me of the scene from the recently released Bollywood movie Hichki wherein the interviewers advice Rani Mukerji to select a profession other than teaching but she says even though they have not selected her, this way at least she has taught them something new which is about the Tourette syndrome she has. By the way, Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting ability to effectively socialise and communicate and to do these at times in a repetitive mode.

But serious matters apart, I will simply say read, read and read this book The Rosie Project. It is a must as a light-hearted fiction. The book also includes the search for the perfect wife funnily. But tell me, who is perfect? So will Don Tillman, the protagonist of the book find his perfect mate? And will/did you my dear reader find your soulmate? If not, then you will because perseverance in the right manner always pays (not coercion/ stalking).

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Book blurb:

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges. .

About the author:
Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in forty languages. Movie rights have been optioned to Sony Pictures. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with total sales of the two novels approaching five million. He has written other popular books as well – The Best of Adam Sharp and Two Steps Forward.

Website: graemesimsion.com
Twitter: @GraemeSimsion

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Romance
Book Name: The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
Author: Graeme Simsion
Pages: 297
Publication Year: 2013

Book Review: Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | Chocolat by Joanne Harris

This is yet another book which came recommended by my reading group. Ok, so just a disclaimer – my reading group keeps on throwing details of good books which I hadn’t heard of previously left, right and center (every second) and a person needs to filter out the one with which he/she connects with.

You know I love chocolates (but tell me who doesn’t), the fetish for which had started during my engineering days otherwise I only used to prefer toffees. And with both my hubby and me loving chocolates so much, our refrigerator is always filled with them. So enough about myself, about the book, the name Chocolat itself sounded so tantalizing that I simply had to pick it up. The different chocolate varieties as mentioned in the book – praline, fondue etc made my mouth water. Rich descriptions have been mentioned but I would all give it away and you absolutely have to pick this book. Just a tidbit: my hubby bought 7 kgs of yummy chocolates yesterday.

The story is a general one but the way it is treated makes it exquisite. The religion vs chocolate struggle where chocolate is correlated with devil by the priest may seem to some as too much, but in India, we already had one such instance when one politician said chowmein is responsible for rapes and here, I am quoting him verbatim. Love, loss, humanity, abuse, marriage, arson, childishness, maturity, witch, God, there is nothing that the book hasn’t touched, but everything seems to be threaded together into magic. Only if religion was redeemed in the end to avoid dispute, but perhaps that is what made this book even more popular. Yes, I will definitely recommend this book for a time pass read.

Ah, I just found out there is a movie too based on this book, now let me go watch it. Go, bite into a piece of chocolate and enjoy this book/ namesake movie!

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Book blurb:

A timeless novel of a straitlaced village’s awakening to joy and sensuality – every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere.

Illuminating Peter Mayle’s South of France with a touch of Laura Esquivel’s magic realism, Chocolat is a timeless novel of a straitlaced village’s awakening to joy and sensuality. In tiny Lansquenet, where nothing much has changed in a hundred years, beautiful newcomer Vianne Rocher and her exquisite chocolate shop arrive and instantly begin to play havoc with Lenten vows. Each box of luscious bonbons comes with a free gift: Vianne’s uncanny perception of its buyer’s private discontents and a clever, caring cure for them. Is she a witch? Soon the parish no longer cares, as it abandons itself to temptation, happiness, and a dramatic face-off between Easter solemnity and the pagan gaiety of a chocolate festival.

Chocolat’s every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere. It’s a must for anyone who craves an escapist read, and is a bewitching gift for any holiday.

About the author:
Joanne Harris is a British author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.

In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.

Website: joanne-harris.co.uk
Twitter: @Joannechocolat

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Romance
Book Name: Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
Pages: 306
Publication Year: 1999

Book Review: What not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

What not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Many people in my reading group had recommended 1000 year old boy by Ross Welford. As soon as I read the book blurb, I understood that this author writes such books which are happy go lucky type and can be classified in a category that my son can also read in future. Too much future planning (ho gayi naa) when my little one just turned a month old today!

So, I searched in my Kindle whether I have any book available with me by this author and lo and behold, yes, and that one was What not to do if you turn invisible. How cool! I mean the name itself sounds so interesting while the book was even more so.

Written in a language easily understandable by a 10-year old kid (if they can read) or even younger (if you want to tell it as a bedtime story), it is just perfect. How one becomes invisible, well the book doesn’t touch upon that. But hey, even Harry Potter had invisibility cloak, but did we question the fantasy world. Here, the reference is at least to some unknown scientific experiment. Sample this for an instance (written in my own words): we close our eyes and our visibility goes away because our eyelids come in front of our eyes; but what if you are invisible; even if you close eyes, you will still be able to see everything, because well, eyelids are invisible too.

And even if you are older, you need to pick this up as a fun read.

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Book blurb:

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller Time traveling with a hamster comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever…

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.

It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…?

When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

 

About the author:
Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie, a hamster, and several tropical fish.  When not writing, he tours the UK talking to schools, libraries and book clubs.  He has appeared on panels at literary festivals including Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh.

Website: Rosswelford.com
Twitter: @rosswelford

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Children Fiction
Book Name: What not to do if you turn Invisible
Author: Ross Welford
Pages: 400
Publication Year: 2016

Book Review: The Myth of Hastinapur by Rahul Rai

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Myth of Hastinapur by Rahul Rai

Great epics like Mahabharata doesn’t belong to one writer. It belongs to all those writers who present the story from the view point of different characters. I’ve read Draupadi’s version in “The Palace of Illusions”, and Duryodhana’s version in “Role of dice”. But this book is different in a way that it evolves emotions of unknown characters, like Hidimba & family, like Satyavati & Bheesma, like Vikarna & Yuyutsu and such other characters who were unheard through-out the story telling from different writers. This book adds worthwhile part to the great story of the war. It was fun to read behind the wall gossips of dasis and the emotions of two friends, punched with war scenes who were forced to be opponents in war due to “Dharma”. Also, the Karna Monologue, kept me hooked through-out. My whole reading experience was in similar lines when in my childhood I was engrossed to watch MAHABHARATA on Doordarshan channel every Sunday morning. All in all, this was a good combination of fiction-myth-real predicting many unknown parts of Mahabharata. I would certainly recommend all to read this book atleast once and then challenge your grandfathers for a mythological conversation for Mahabharata, I bet, you will know better.

(This book review is a guest post written by Shweta Maheshwari)

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Book blurb:
Mahabharata, one of the greatest epics in the history of civilization, from multiple vantages:
The inevitability of Kurukshetra war
Kunti’s death and Lakshagraha
The sacrifice of Bheema’s wife Hidimba
The perspective of foot soldiers and dasis
Krishna’s life experiences and their relation to his utterance of Geeta
Shalya, the uncle of Nakul and Sahadeva, siding with the Kauravas
The rage of Rudravatar Ashwatthama
and many others…

…This book is a tribute to Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, the original one. This is just an interpretation of what he had created. This is just a footnote in the rich history of our civilization which is full of stories that continue to cast magic upon us.
This is Mahabharata.

About the author:
An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) graduate, Rahul Rai is working in Gurugram in an analytics consulting firm as a Data Scientist. This is his first collection of short stories. Like many children, he got introduced to the alleys of Indian mythology from his grandmother and has been enchanted since. Storyboarding is an essential part of his daily job which he enjoys considering his knack to look at things laterally.

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Mythology Fiction
Book Name: The Myth of Hastinapur
Author: Rahul Rai
Pages: 229
Publication Year: 2018

Book Review: Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

There is one book which remains at the top of my favorite list and that is Palace of Illusions. There is no other book which has come to breach the zenith for me that this book cast upon on Indian fictional version of mythology reading. So, after a series of bad Indian books, I planned to give another book of the same writer a try to make me change my mind on Indian writing and hey, that was the correct choice.

Sister of My Heart pulled me into a chasm of its own, making me smile and cry basis what the cousins had to undergo. In case you did not have any sister, have you not felt similar kinship with one or two of your friends. Written in typical Divakaruni style, the book was too beautiful to be left behind even for a single day and yes, I completed in one day itself. Secrets, drama, building emotional quotient, the book truly strikes the perfect balance between realism and fantasy of love – not the fleeting kind, but the everlasting sisterly love with no hidden agenda. Truly, love crosses boundaries, it does not need to be connected by blood or distance. I believe in such love, do you? Let me know your views on this book in comments and anything else as well.

Read review of other books by the same author on my blog – Queen of Dreams .

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Book blurb:
Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family; her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of the family. Sudha is as beautiful, tenderhearted, and serious as Anju is plain, whip-smart, and defiant. yet since the day they were born, Sudha and Anju have been bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend.

The cousins’ bond is shattered, however, when Sudha learns a dark family secret. Urged into arranged marriages, their lives take sudden, opposite turns: Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter-in-law of a rigid small-town household, while Anju goes to America with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets. Then tragedy strikes them both, and the women discover that, despite the distance that has grown between them, they have only each other to turn to. Set in the two worlds of India and America, this is an exceptionally moving novel of love, friendship, and compelling courage.

About the author:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults. Few of her novels have been made into movies and others are currently in that process. She has judged several prestigious awards, such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner Award.

Website: chitradivakaruni.com
Twitter: @cdivakaruni
Facebook: facebook.com/chitradivakaruni

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Book Name: Sister of My Heart
Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Pages: 322
Publication Year: 2000

Book Review: I Too Had An MBA by Sambhav Khetarpal

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | I Too Had An MBA by Sambhav Khetarpal

Reading Indian Books, fiction only (I am an outright fiction reading person who just runs away if another even suggests a non-fiction), and that too back-to-back, makes me start wondering why do I even start reading those in the first place. This is how I felt when I started reading this book. Of course, the readers of Chetan Bhagat, Durjoy Dutta and the likes will like this book – since it has everything that would cater to this segment of newbie readers since they were converted to readers because of them in the first place.

Written as a diary entry of an MBA student, it gives an almost perfect glimpse of MBA school life (I am not kidding, shhh, I am an MBA myself). The committee interviews, placement drama, exam struggles, parties and so on, yes, that is how most schools are where most times, degrees received are not worth the time, money and energy spent. This is a tongue in cheek book which light satire and happy happy ending with a little bit of romance thrown in. However, if you want my opinion – I did not like it, there was nothing to make me turn the pages except the fact that I did not have any other book with me that painful long night to distract me. So for those, who like the books I read (how will you guess, simply by checking my book reviews), I would not recommend it.

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Book blurb:
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a regular MBA student, from a regular MBA college, with regular aspirations, with a mother who wants him home every two months? This book will take you for a ride through the life of a rather naïve twenty-three-year-old Luv Khurana, who leaves his hometown Chandigarh for the very first time, to study management at HBS, the finest business school in the multiverse of Kurla East. 

What transpires next is a series of madcap events where Luv falls in kinky, passionate, and utterly one-sided love with his classmate; runs after the position of the Placement Committee president; starts a campus-venture called Ul-tee; and almost buys metal bed sheets to avoid getting murdered in sleep by his brawny roommate. 

Luv is that genius, who will teach you how to take Mess-made Chapatis quicker, by applying Advanced Marketing Strategy techniques. Kotler Zindabad! 

Luv is also the MBA hero who can change the face of management education in this country, if only, his Mummy made fewer phone calls to him every day.

About the author:
Sambhav Khetarpal is an MBA-turned- writer who left his high-paying FMCG job to pursue his love for writing humour. He dabbled in sports media for a while before moving back to his hometown where he heads content for an MBA prep portal. He prefers dogs to humans and reads Calvin & Hobbes when his boss isn’t looking. His biggest achievements are memorizing the entire movie Lagaan, dialogue by dialogue, and forgetting his two-pound car outside a dentist.

Website: sambhavkhetarpal.wordpress.com
Instagram: @sambhavkhetarpal

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Humor
Book Name: I Too Had An MBA – The Secret Diary of Luv Khurana
Author: Sambhav Khetarpal
Pages: 368
Publication Year: 2017
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