The promise of Stardust


The dusty corners of her heart Are the museum of a million hurts Her soul a sanctuary of a thousand aches A hundred broken fragments Hidden away in the corners and crevices of her mind Remains, that refuse to clear away Of tormented days trapped in a cobweb of memories past The debris of a … Continue reading The promise of Stardust

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Rebecca – An excerpt


One of my all-time favorites .. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier Page 1 Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again .It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter for the way was barred to me .There was a padlock and … Continue reading Rebecca – An excerpt

Book Review – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


After a very long time I read a book that affected me in such profound fashion . It’s a beautiful book . The subject is an engrossing tale of 4 generations of Korean immigrants in Japan . The title is an apt metaphor for the lives of the characters . The book is about how … Continue reading Book Review – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Book Review – A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy


A delightful ,heartwarming , quick read .When I started reading this book , it seemed to be treading down the much clichéd storyline that the recent crop of Indian authors have been following .  However , Preeti beautifully built up the storyline to capture the interest of the reader , which is a testimony to … Continue reading Book Review – A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy

The Joys of Reading & Being Read to


My 3 year old loves books . Obviously he is too young to read on his own , but loves being read to . I have been reading to him since the time he was an infant . In fact , the first book that I read out to him was “A Suitable Boy”  by … Continue reading The Joys of Reading & Being Read to

Of Dragons ,of Witches & Wands & Magic all around


So , the Other day we (My son & I ) were watching this movie called Pete’s dragon . For those who haven’t seen the movie , its about this child who is in an unfortunate car accident with his parents & wanders into the forest before help arrives . In the woods , perchance … Continue reading Of Dragons ,of Witches & Wands & Magic all around

You’ll Live but I ‘ll Not


You 'll Live, but I will not;perhaps, The final turn is that. Oh, how strongly grabs us The secret plot of fate . They differently shot us : Each creature has its lot, Each has its order robust , A wolf is always shot . In freedom , wolves are grown, But deal with them … Continue reading You’ll Live but I ‘ll Not

Book Review-River of Smoke by Amitava Ghosh


River of Smoke ,the second novel in Amitava Ghosh’s historical trilogy makes for a very compelling read .The Sea of Poppies took you far inland in the Gangetic Plains where poppy was grown and processed and The River of Smoke takes you into the crowded waterways of Canton , China where opium was consumed . … Continue reading Book Review-River of Smoke by Amitava Ghosh