The Nine-Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat

I usually shy away from reading romantic fiction, a genre I once read the most. But when I chanced upon this beautiful book with an interesting synopsis, I couldn't stop myself from picking it. The book summary reads; Nine characters recall their relationship with a young woman – the same woman – whom they have …

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My Daughter’s Mum: Essays by Natasha Badhwar

I am very selective about the parenting columns and articles I read. If a writer's view of life matches mine or successfully leaves me craving for a deeper insight, I am sure to dig up more articles written by them before becoming a devoted reader of all they publish. This isn't limited to the trending …

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Letting Go #BookTalk

I spent the whole of 2016 reading more and more of non-fiction books after I'd noted the drift in my reading preferences. While I was doing well on the reading front, I was constantly curious why an increasing number of book critics and the people whom I look up to for reading recommendations were constantly …

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The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

In my earlier attempts to read books written by Salman Rushdie, I ended up feeling exhausted by the over-written prose. Since it has been long since I last read any of his works, I had been looking forward to his latest release, The Golden House. The book promised to be Rushdie's return to realism with …

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Moongphali

I am always on a lookout for children's books. Those being published in India are the ones I usually seek because Pari finds them easier to grasp given the familiarity of the culture, relatable names, Indian English (if the book is not in Hindi) and the like. Needless to say, my 6-year-old loves books with …

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Men Without Women by Murakami

I have a bitter-sweet relationship with Murakami's writing. While I am in love with the elements of curiosity and longing, his prose subtly but surely makes me revisit the memories, I have painstakingly tucked away. The beauty of Murakami's writing is, once I start reading his works, there is no looking back, this book is …

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The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner #BookTalk

If I could define my life in one emotion, it would be Anger. My relationship with anger has been an intimate, tricky and rather agonising one. Anger has been my constant companion from the time I was a little girl and I can safely say, it hasn't abandoned me as yet. The beauty of my …

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Let’s do the #BookTalk

I read around 36 books in 2016. It's a score I'm rather proud of because I have never read so many (non-academic) titles in a year before. Encouraged by this mini-success, I decided to read or rather try to read even more books in 2017. “A book is like a key that fits into the …

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