Fantasy Reads: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The first edition cover of  The Hobbit To put it simply, I haven’t read a fantasy as satisfying and sumptuous as The Hobbit. In its best moments (and there are innumerable), Tolkien makes us believe that he was there, seeing it all, in another place, another time, eons ago. First published in 1937, Tolkien wrote … Read more

Murder Mysteries: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The first time I read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, to be more precise, reached a pivotal point, I couldn’t, and this is no exaggeration, believe my eyes.  Down with fever that pre-teen December in Ahmedabad, and confined to the bed, I was convinced that the fever had gone to my head.  How on the earth could … Read more

Book Excerpts: I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale by Khushwant Singh

The monsoon has arrived! It fell upon the city without warning on the night of June 1, 2013, complete with lightning veins, thunder roll and a rush of drops that soon settled down to play a rhythm on all things that interrupted its airborne tryst.  As usual, the meteorologists got it wrong – the monsoon … Read more

Non-Fiction Reads: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood grips you from the start. For it is a real story retold with every detail pinpointed and outlined. When first published in the 1959 New Yorker as a series, the work was regarded as a first non-fiction work to be written in the garb of fiction. Rest assured, this word dressing doesn’t affect … Read more

Fiction Reads: The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

First published in 2004, The Hungry Tide tells the story of Kanai, the owner of a Delhi translation firm, Piyali, a US based Cetologist (One who studies marine mammals), and Fokir, a fisherman who navigates the deceitful waters surrounding the Sunderbans – a group of islands off the Bengal coast. It is in the meeting of these … Read more