Review: Things Fall Apart

Title: Things Fall Apart Author: Chinua Achebe Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ Set against the backdrop of colonial times, this book is written with a political agenda of showcasing that impact of modernism on the lives of Nigerian communities. This story permeated within me a sense of empathy towards the lost and forgotten cultures who fell victim to the impending reformation. I dealt with a sense of epiphany … Continue reading Review: Things Fall Apart

Review: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold Author: Gabriel García Márquez Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½ A sense of amazement struck me when within a few pages Santiago Nasar was murdered by the Vicario brothers who were seeking vengeance for the honor of their sister. Quite opposed to a murder fiction where the murderer is to be identified throughout the book, this story was about the subjective interpolation of … Continue reading Review: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

Title: To Kill A Mockingbird Author: Harper Lee Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆ My prime motive of reading To Kill A Mockingbird again was to add something worthwhile to the existing hidden somewhere between the lines. The story was set in Maycomb, a rural area where people were deeply rooted in primitive ideologies who would never favor a Black man over White. So, when a court case came … Continue reading Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

Review: Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag

Title: Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag Author: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½ Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag is one of the rare bold texts written by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain which experiments with the existing and prevalent gender binary in our society. Hossain was a Bengali writer, social activist, educationist and advocate of female rights. Each year, in Bangladesh December 9th, is known as Rokeya Day to … Continue reading Review: Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag

Review-Half Of A Yellow Sun

Title: Half Of A Yellow Sun
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆

A sense of melancholy permeated within me while I was comfortably reading on a Sunday morning, marveling at Adichie’s recollection of the struggles of a forgotten time. Set against the backdrop of Nigeria-Biafra war of 1967-70, I felt a constant emotional pull as the story unfolded. It is an account of thousands of innocent, impoverished and terror-stricken people caught up between the ethnic disputes; people whose voices are unheard.

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Review-Animal Farm

Title: Animal Farm
Author: Goerge Orwell
Rating: 4.5/5 ★★★★½

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. – Goerge Orwell

There are times when you pick up a book with an objective of a light read something which soothes your mind in the midst of a tiring day. Animal Farm is one such book. Glancing at the cover with animals all over it, I anticipated this text to be about animal welfare. Little did I know, that the world which is brilliantly articulated by Orwell had a deeper and profound meaning.

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Review-The Kite Runner

Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khalid Hosseini
Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆

“If someone were to ask me today whether the story of Hassan, Sohrab, and me ends with happiness, I wouldn’t know what to say. Does anybody’s? After all, life is not a Hindi movie. Zendagi migzara, Afghans like to say: Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end, kamyab, nah-kam, crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis.”  – Khalid Hosseini

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