Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: Review ★★★★

It is not a surprise that I love crime fiction. Agatha Christie tops the list for delivering excellent mystery novels. I have read three of her books before and it is safe to say that this book has made its way to my recommended Christie books. Ever since I have watched the trailer of Death on the Nile, it has been on my radar to … Continue reading Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: Review ★★★★

The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ★★★★★

Cats & Japanese literature. A treat to all the feline lovers.  Imagine you went into a grocery store and brought home a packet of a new flavour of instant noodles not like your usual taste. You decide to cook them one particular morning. From the look of it seems like a usual dish, but the smell really draws you in. One by one, slowly and … Continue reading The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ★★★★★

Dopehri by Pankaj Kapur: A soulful novella ★★★★.5

Daughter. Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Women play different roles throughout their lives. Their roles take priority on themselves and their individuality is buried deep inside their core. Dopehri (Hindi word for Afternoon) leaves us with such thoughts to mull over and introspect ourselves rekindling the spark that is latent within us. It is a tale of unintentionally and unwillingly finding the long lost contentment. A tale … Continue reading Dopehri by Pankaj Kapur: A soulful novella ★★★★.5

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: Book Review

Holocaust is a sensitive subject. It takes courage to pen down and even read such stories. Brutality beyond imagination. I have read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank in high school and even today I can’t get myself to read it again.  I’m sure there are many more books written on the Holocaust reminding ourselves of the heinous crimes the human race … Continue reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: Book Review

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami : Book Review

Once upon a time when going out shopping was not a dreaded affair, I too went to a shopping mall. I wanted to gaze at the clothes, listlessly walk around the store with no intention of purchasing anything. Until I saw a beautiful turquoise blouse. I knew at that very moment that I am going to love it. The material, shine, fit everything was perfect. … Continue reading Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami : Book Review

And There Were None by Agatha Christie ★★★★

I’m a Christie fan if you know me at all. The setting of her books has no similarities with each other. Every time a new mystery, a new murder. After reading Poirot stories, this book is a refreshment as we don’t have Poirot unfolding the mystery instead this is an open and shut case with no investigation needed.  And There Were None is a story … Continue reading And There Were None by Agatha Christie ★★★★

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: A great epic ★★★★

The story starts with a seventeen-year-old girl Sunja, who was smitten by Koh Hansu, a young dynamic, Korean from Jeju island. But, he was already married and had three daughters in Osaka. Madly in love and unknown to the truth, Sunja became pregnant. Koh Hansu offered her to be his mistress as he couldn’t marry her. She refused and decided to raise her child on … Continue reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: A great epic ★★★★

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite: ★★★.5

Korede is a nurse and a very competent one. She is an introvert, reasonable person, neither ugly nor beautiful but someone who excels at her work. Her sister, Ayoola is quite the opposite of her. She is gorgeous, vibrant, irresponsible, reckless, and someone who comprehends men better than her sister. Korede always protects her sister since it is expected of her as an elder sister … Continue reading My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite: ★★★.5

Men Without Women: Cats, Music and Murakami

It is a collection of seven short stories with a similar sense of eerie, alienation, vulnerability, and loneliness of the male characters dealing with either grief, unrequited love, betrayal, or something completely peculiar. This book is translated from original Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen. Cats, Jazz, and Murakami with the usual surrealism are the elements that one can expect from this book. You … Continue reading Men Without Women: Cats, Music and Murakami

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: ★★★.5

A convenience store is a retail store generally opened for long hours containing grocery and household supplies. Keiko Furukura is a 36-year-old working in Hiromachi Station Smile Mart. She is indifferent and sometimes behaves oddly in the presence of humans. She likes being a convenience store woman. She has been working at this dead-end job since she was 18 years old. Neither does she have … Continue reading Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: ★★★.5