Book Reviews

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“Contamination” by Richa Lakhera – Book Review

Reading Time: 3 minutes The first that struck me when I got my hands on Richa Lakhera’s Contamination was actor Manoj Bajpayee’s comment: “Brilliant. Standout. Richa Lakhera writes vividly of the wicked.”And that set a lot of expectations from the book. After all, very few play wicked better than Mr Bajpayee himself.  To be honest, the book met most …

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg | Book Review 

Reading Time: 7 minutes The Power of Habit tries to find and present answers to such deeper questions. The book deals with some of the most intrinsic aspects of human behaviour, giving lucid and interesting explanations. With more than two million copies sold, Charles Duhigg’s masterpiece is practically changing lives across the globe. Let’s find out why.

The Muslim Vanishes by Saeed Naqvi - Book Review

The Muslim Vanishes by Saeed Naqvi – Book Review

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Muslim Vanishes is probably the most political fiction since Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. Saeed Naqvi brilliantly captures the underlying crux of the growing Hindutva extremism in the country. While the author propagates more than a few controversial viewpoints, the primary objective of this unique play is right on the button.

Farside – Everybody Has Another Side - Book Review

Farside – Everybody Has Another Side – Book Review

Reading Time: 3 minutes The story of Jaishankar Krishnamurthy’s and Krishna Udayashankar’s Farside is as simple as the title sounds. The book is what a good eight-part Netflix series could be about. It’s got it all – greed, gambling, blackmail, escorts, and politics. If you’re looking to spend a chilly winter Saturday at home, Farside could give you good company. Here’s …

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The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt – Book Review

The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt – Book Review

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Delicate Storm is a beautifully written novel and I would easily recommend it to someone who’s just started reading. The novel is simple in its language for a young reader to comprehend, and the 450-page length assures that it has enough depth to quench an enthusiast’s thirst.

The Painted House by John Grisham - Book Review

The Painted House by John Grisham – Book Review

Reading Time: 6 minutes John Grisham may have written The Painted House in 2000, but the book will make people cry or at least choke even a hundred years from today. It’s that good! After reading Calico Joe a few years ago, this was the second Grisham novel, and I totally understand why he is counted among the best …

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Book Review - SuperpowerS Novel by Shilpi J. Chawla

SuperpowerS – Shilpi J. Chawla – Book Review

Reading Time: 3 minutes SuperpowerS is the first inspirational book that I have read in a long time, which is why it was a difficult task for me. However, after zipping through the pages I conclude that it is quite useful for certain people, and not so helpful for others. Nonetheless, the philosophy of self-love and self-realization portrayed by …

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Sherlock Holmes Novel, "The Valley of Fear"– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Book Review

The Valley of Fear – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Book Review

Reading Time: 4 minutes About a year ago, if someone would’ve asked me what makes a good story, I would talk in detail on the subject. However, now I can simply answer, “whatever Sir Arthur wrote was a good story!”, a great story, in fact. After completing The Valley of Fear, the last in the famous Sherlock Holmes novels, …

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The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce – Google’s Best Kept Literary Secret

The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce – Google’s Best Kept Literary Secret

Reading Time: 4 minutes Reading The Perfect Wife was like arriving at a natural haven without ever realizing that it existed. In short, I am speechless. That’s how good Blake Pierce is, and I still cannot fathom that I never heard of him before. I found this book for free on the Google Store, and I cannot thank God …

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Sons of Fortune – Jeffrey Archer – Book Review

Sons of Fortune – Jeffrey Archer – Book Review

Reading Time: 5 minutes Jeffrey Archer is one of the most popular authors alive, with hundreds of millions of copies sold around the world. However, I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on his works until recently. That said, I’d heard high praises for him from my colleagues and friends. Hence, I always had an interest in …

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The Hound of the Baskervilles- Sherlock Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, third in the Sherlock Holmes series, is one of the best mysteries I’ve ever read. It’s like running a 400-meter race. You run the first hundred meters quick, then subsidize and maintain a sustainable speed for the next 200 meters, and then dash and sprint …

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The Sign Of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign Of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Reading Time: 2 minutes I read the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, last month, but did not find it as interesting as people portray it to be. However, The Sign of the Four has changed my perspective completely. So, I admit, Sherlock Holmes in a great character! And more than anything else, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle …

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A Study in Scarlet- Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Reading Time: 3 minutes In all of English novels written in the past couple of centuries, very few characters have gone on to become as popular and iconic as Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s imaginary detective gained legendary status much before Robert Downey Jr portrayed the character in blockbuster movies. Introduction Written way back in 1887, A Study …

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1984 By George Orwell – Book Review

Reading Time: 3 minutes “War is Peace” “Freedom is Slavery” “Ignorance is Strength” These are the words that send chills down your soul on several occasions while reading George Orwell’s magnum opus, “1984”. It is a book that will change you as a human being. It is a book you will never forget in your life. Introduction To begin …

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The Idiot – Novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky- prince myshkin

The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky | Book Review

Reading Time: 4 minutes Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote “The Idiot” in the late 19th Century, and it continues to be one of the best novels ever written in the world, across all languages and genres. Dostoyevsky, inarguably one of the greatest novelists ever, authored the book originally in Russian, in 1869. David Magarshack translated the book into English in the …

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Tales of Man Singh - Kenneth Anderson

Tales of Man Singh – Kenneth Anderson

Reading Time: 4 minutes “The Tales of Man Singh” is the book for you if you’re even remotely interested in the legendary dacoits of the Chambal Valley. Kenneth Anderson wonderfully takes the reader in the pre-independence era and the early years of independence. She creates a sketch of rural India the way it actually was, which wasn’t ideal, to …

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The Emperors Riddles - Satyarth Nayak

The Emperors Riddles – Satyarth Nayak

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Emperors Riddles is one of those books which will keep reminding you of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. It adds a breath of freshness and uniqueness in it, though. The story brings to life the colourful and holy streets of Varanasi and takes you to an unprecedented cultural journey. Satyarth Nayak successfully encapsulates …

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