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Book Review : The Serpent's Revenge

BOOK DETAILS: Book Title : The Serpent's Revenge Author : Sudha Murthy ISBN : 9780143427858 Publisher : Penguin Genre : Mythology Publication : 2016 Pages : 200 Format : Paperback
BOOK BLURB: How many names does Arjuna have? Why was Yama cursed? What lesson did a little mongoose teach Yudhisthira? The Kurukshetra war, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas and which forced even the gods to take sides, may be well known, but there are innumerable stories set before, after and during the war that lend the Mahabharata its many varied shades and are largely unheard of. Award-winning author Sudha Murty reintroduces the fascinating world of India s greatest epic through the extraordinary tales in this collection, each of which is sure to fill you with a sense of wonder and bewilderment.
RATING: 2 ☆'s
REVIEW: I have always been a fan of Sudha Murthy's works - her writing is so simple, yet it touches upon the deepest fibres of your soul... And it is with this notion, that I picked up the …
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Book Review : The Silent Companions

BOOK DETAILS: Book Title : The Silent Companions Author : Laura Purcell ISBN : 9781408888100 Publisher : Bloomsbury Genre : Gothic Ghost Story Publication : 2017 Pages : 384 Format : Paperback
BOOK BLURB: Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. But inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself...
RATING: 4.5 ☆'s
REVIEW: I love reading scary ghost stories, but I am never really scared easy. So I keep looking for spooky reads and that's how I came across this book. It was definitely a good read as is obvious from my rating though sadly, it didn't give me the chills I was expecting - …

Book Review : 40 Rules of Love

BOOK DETAILS: Book Title : 40 Rules of Love Author : Elif Shafak ISBN : 9780241972939 Publisher : Penguin Genre : Literary Fiction Publication : 2015 Pages : 358 Format : Paperback
BOOK BLURB: Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children, and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella's life - an emptiness once filled by love. So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, her world is turned upside down. She embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored...
RATING: 3.5 ☆'s
REVIEW: Somehow buying books at the airport has always had a different kind of charm for me. With the limited selection, you end up discovering new authors that you might not have picked othe…

Book Review : The Bear and The Nightingale

BOOK DETAILS: Book Title : The Bear and The Nightingale Author : Katherine Arden ISBN : 9781785031045 Publisher : Del Rey (Penguin)
Genre : Fantasy / Russian Fairytale Publication : 2017 Pages : 312 Format : Hardback
BOOK BLURB: In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods...
RATING: 4.5 ☆'s
REVIEW: The book derives inspiration from Russian Fairytales and their characters. And thus, it comes close to my heart. I don't really belong to a reader family even though my maternal grandfather was an English Teacher. So, the credits for my reading habits, really go to my friends. And it&…

Book Review : 9 Yards of Silk

Book Title : 9 Yards of Silk  Author : Sakshi Kiran ISBN : 9789384315788 Publisher : Half Baked Beans Publication
Genre : Mythological Fiction / Romance Publication : 2017 Pages : 150 Format : E-book

BOOK BLURB: Shakuntala lives with her son Bharat in a deep forest. One fine day Bharat reminds her of his father, resulting to upset her. As the child goes out to play a celestial maiden Menaka appears in front of her who offers friendship, suggesting to share their stories with each other. Menaka tells her about Kaushik, a sage to whom she was sent by Indra for disturbing his fierce penance and how they ended up falling for one another. Shakuntala also shares her story of meeting and marrying the charming prince of Hastinapur who later abandoned her. During the conversation Shakuntala finds blessings in her life, why she was abandoned by parents at birth and how her estranged husband was just a victim of circumstances for leaving her. After Menaka's departure, Dushyant returns to her in the h…

Book Review : Betrayals and Paybacks

Book Title : Betrayals and Paybacks Author : Sana Shetty
ISBN : 988193379165
Publisher : Write India Publishers Genre : Murder Mystery / Suspense Thriller Publication : 2017 Pages : 210 Format : Paperback

BOOK BLURB: How far would you go to protect your loved one? Would you even condone murder?  Eight years ago Vedant Birajdar fled Tamara, a small nondescript village on the banks of the river Kaveri, after a wild night out with his best friend Jay Varma, turned disastrous. Now he is back and Jay is dead, Misha, the love of his life is engaged to another man and his older brother, Tarun, is missing. All he is left with is a strange message Jay leaves on his answering machine, before his death.  Misha does not believe her brother, Jay, committed suicide. Yet, she has no reason to believe otherwise. Not until Vedant turns up at her doorstep, bleeding and seeking her help. Together they have to figure out what really happened and they have to do it quick, before the body count goes up. But can Mi…

Chai-a-Thon : The Pull Of The Chai

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This blog is a part of the Chai-a-thon blog train organized by 'The Momsteins'. Now if you have been following my blogs, you would know, I did a blogathon with these ladies back during Navratri and it was so much fun, that I was looking forward to joining another blogathon with them and here is my chance on this International Tea Day with another blog train organised by these beautiful ladies.
At this point, I would like to thank Misha Jain who blogs at for introducing me. Do go and read her post about her tea-time memories.
Moving on, I wondered for way too long as to what to write, what anecdote to talk about and I realized half of my life has revolved around chai-time - they are all fond memories, and they have made me love my cup of daily tea more and more.
So with a list of all those moments, I would like to pay a tribute to the trusted and dear friend - my cup of tea on this international t…