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  • Ikrimikri- Enchanting kids with its colourful world of books

    Ikrimikri is a publication of books that deliver heartwarming stories and dazzling illustrations. The illustrations are striking enough to make any adult want to keep the books for themselves.

  • Time Hacks - The 4-Hour Work Week Review

    Everyone wants to make more money. While there are a lot of ways to earn money, one thing is for sure: You have to invest time. Time is a fleeting resource and most people feel that their time is the biggest thing they are losing in their quest for money.

  • A book that makes you say "law, have mercy"

    Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, The Help by Kathryn Stockett talks about racial segregation at its worst. The book is narrated by three very different women; Aibileen, a black maid who is raising her 'seventeenth white child', Minny, another black maid unable to keep a job due to her loud mouth and hot head, and Miss Skeeter, a white woman who wants to be a writer.

  • No Murakami left behind

    In the world of fiction, one name you are bound to have come across is Haruki Murakami. With his recent surge in popularity, you can now find an assortment of Murakamis in any old bookshop. That is why now is the best time to get stuck into his works.

  • “Sugar Candy Bullets Can't Pierce Anything” other than maybe your heart

    A looming sense of apprehension fills the pages of Kazuki Sakuraba's celebrated work – Sugar Candy Bullets Can't Pierce Anything.

  • A wrong choice and its aftermath

    I picked up this book on a whim. Maybe it was the easy-to-hold feel of it. Or maybe it was the golden sticker adorning the names of the prizes it has amassed that floated on the water hyacinth covered pond. Whatever the reason, it sure didn't disappointed me.

  • A novel set on the brink of insurgency

    The hardcover is clothed with a blue dust jacket with an illustration of two egrets flying among clouds and above the title. The clouds, I believe, represent Kalimpong, where the novel is set and the story unrolls along its winding roads. Sometimes it leaps over continents and focuses on another character living an immigrant life in New York City. Sometimes, it travels to the past, shedding light on history.

  • One heirloom, many wolves

    There are books that you read just for the sake of reading. There are books that make you skip a bundle of pages to avoid the dullness. And then there are books that don't allow you to skip even a single page. Rich People Problems is one such book.

  • A melancholic, yet soothing read

    Through her poetry anthology 'Elegiac Songs', Eeshita Azad does a wonderful job at describing the several stages of love, loss, joy and grief. The elegies reflect the contemporary style of her writing. The emotions conveyed in her poems are raw and presented without any sugar-coating. The book starts with a brilliant opening piece that grips the readers from the get-go.

  • In a world crippled by biotech apocalypse…

    Jeff Vandermeer beautifully paints a dystopian imagery in his latest title, Borne. He welcomes the readers to a dangerous city by a toxic

  • A book outside the ordinary

    Haunting yet heart-warming with a hint of dark humour – it is a tale of two young boys and their father dealing with the loss of their mother. Needless to say, it is about grief in all its ugliness and melancholic beauty.

  • Artemis - A porter's guide to the moon city

    I haven't read “The Martian” yet, but the reviews steaming with overwhelming appreciation definitely had me hyped for the author's latest title, Artemis. Did I enjoy my first Andy Weir book? Keep reading.

  • Down the rabbit hole we go

    If you grew up watching Disney's animated classic Alice in Wonderland, you must have questioned a lot of the peculiar aspects or as

  • A Novel dripping with tragic tales of history

    With the aforementioned Akan proverb, Yaa Gyasi welcomes the readers to her novel, “Homegoing”, where dark history unravels itself, reminding the readers of the slave trade that has carved its marks on history's shoulders.

  • A collection tinged with variety

    Disconnect is an anthology comprised of 20 short stories, edited by Aadiyat Ahmad, Kazi Akib Bin Asad, Rumman R Kalam, and Zoheb Mashiur.

  • BooK GanG

    A person's best company is books. Even in today's world filled with tabs, kindles and smart phones, nothing can beat the magic of a real book in your hands. The scent coming from the pages of a new book is incomparable to anything.

  • A novel swinging back and forth through time

    Set in the North of London in the beginning, Zadie Smith's fifth novel, “Swing Time”, tells us the story of two childhood friends whose paths diverge as they grow up, and the challenges of growing up fuel the diversion.

  • Don't stop at this station

    Paula Hawkins' bestselling thriller, “The Girl on the Train”, was something I was looking forward to because it was supposedly comparable to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl - a thriller that blew our minds off. Nonetheless, the expectations fumbled as I gave it a read.

  • An arson in utopia

    “Most communities just happen; the best are planned” - is the motto of a perfectionist community, Shaker Heights.

  • Refugees and magic realism

    To be honest, “Exit West” was the first novel I could devour in a day. This book ended up on my TBR list because 1) the hard cover is beautiful, 2) it is one of the 13 listed books for The Man Booker Prize 2017, and 3) this book is an urgent portrait of the current migration issues.

  • The untold story of the home front

    “In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.”

  • Outcasts on a Mission

    Six of Crows is the one of the fewest books I have read so far that is actually worth the hype and high ratings surrounding it.

  • Oxford Dictionary Review: The verdict will surprise you!

    For some reason, nobody approaches you when you're reading The Oxford English Dictionary.

  • Is Feminism a Sell-out? Andi Zeisler's In-depth Analysis of Modern Day Feminism

    Last women's day, I saw many statuses on my news feed preaching many different things.

  • A book worth reading thrice: The Little Prince

    I came across this gem of a book by a complete chance of fate. I bought it as a present for my little sister's birthday. She was desperate to have me read it as soon as she was done. Given my penchant for children's books and the beautiful drawings both on the cover and inside, I dove right in.

  • A Surprisingly Not Overdone Fantasy-Romance

    A few weeks ago, flipping through TV channels brought me to Beautiful Creatures.

  • Finally - A road trip worth REMEMBERING

    Travel stories have become a failsafe story-writing hack in recent times – the second cheesiest plot structure next to the main character suffering from cancer.

  • A Gritty Magical Setting that Packs a Punch

    Although I have a very strong liking for sci-fi, many people jump to the conclusion that I love fantasy as well. I like my outrageous fiction grounded by some form of pseudoscience no matter what it is.

  • Resisting a slayer's destiny

    Jasper Francois Dent, does the name sound like that of a sociopath? Because that's what Jasper, the protagonist in the book, keeps wondering about the whole time.

  • Suspense around Every Corner

    If you are searching for a good book to pass time, or have a knack for suspense with hints of romance here and there, then I have the book for you.