Menaka S


About Menaka S

Menaka is a computational linguist by education, an optimist by attitude and a dreamer by how she spends her time. Being left-brained, she runs PlusMinus'n'More to indulge her right brain interests.










Bookasura - Arundhati Venkatesh 1
Arundhati Venkatesh’s latest offering “Bookasura: The Adventures of Bala and the Book-eating Monster” has a catchy title that makes one want to try it and that is what I did. Bala, the bibliophile, is sent to his grandparents’ place in Melagam so that his parents can attend to his infant […]

Bookasura – Arundhati Venkatesh









Playing it my way – Sachin Tendulkar
“Playing it my way” is the autobiography of India’s great cricketer Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar. Biographies of successful people show the side of him/her that the world does not know of, but has been instrumental in achieving that success. In that sense, I always love to read biographies and pick […]

Playing it my way – Sachin Tendulkar



Manan – Mohit Parikh
Manan by Mohit Parikh is the story of a 15 year old boy – a late bloomer in the literal sense.  Yet to mature physically and  physiologically. Smaller in size than his peers, he is treated like a kid by his friends, teachers and family. An introspective novel, where the […]

Manan – Mohit Parikh













Equilibrium - Paras Joshi 1
Equilibrium by Paras Joshi is the first of the Avaasya trilogy series, a fantasty story of a small-time robber getting caught in a tussle between Light and Dark forces that may upset the Equilibrium of the world. The story may be interpreted to be set in the future or in […]

Equilibrium – Paras Joshi












Petu Pumpkin Tiffin Thief - Arundhati Venkatesh
The Petu Pumpkin series by Arundhati Venkatesh has two books, in which figure Pushkin Ramadoss aka “Petu Pumpkin” and his friends Jatin, Kiran, Nitin and Sachin. 1. Petu Pumpkin Tooth Troubles The latest tale of Pushkin and his friends is centered around Pushkin’s tooth. Pushkin is a student of class […]

Petu Pumpkin – Arundhati Venkatesh






Burma Ramani - Azha Valliappa 4
After reading Vidya’s review of her favourite childhood novel “Neela Mala“, I was tempted to revisit some of the classics of the past. In this quest, I discovered “Burma Ramani“, another interesting full-length children’s fiction written by the Tamil poet Azha. Valliappa. The protagonist of the story is a 13-year […]

Burma Ramani – Azha. Valliappa


Friday Fun 3: Find the hidden books
Friday ahoy! Fun ahoy! Eager to know the next game? This time, we have come up with a hunt. Books hunt. Hunt the book titles. What do you have to do? Given below is a short story. Some book titles are hidden within the story. Try to find the hidden […]

Friday Fun 3: Find the hidden books





Friday Fun 2: Book title Hangman
Today is Friday and it is time for Friday Fun. We all know the Hangman game. Here we have hangman with a twist. Play Hangman with book titles. There are 50 classic titles. Try to find all. Check your knowledge of the classics. Have fun. Though we all know to […]

Friday Fun 2: Book title Hangman






Friday Fun 1
Alliteration can be fun, if it’s not overdone. (Ah! it rhymes.) But I tend to overdo it. Well, so we have a new series called “Friday Fun“. On those Fridays when we do not have an F-page to post, we shall have FF – Friday Fun or should it be […]

Friday Fun 1: Find the Authors




Lost in Pattaya - Kishore Modak 2
Palash Mitra, the protagonist of “Lost in Pattaya” by Kishore Modak, gives a first person narrative of his life after he lost his daughter. When holidaying with his wife, Fang Wei in Pattaya, he loses his pre-teen daughter, Li Ya, in the crowded streets. Loss turns to grief turns to […]

Lost in Pattaya – Kishore Modak








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Happily Murdered by Rasleen Syal is a murder mystery set in the cool locales of Ratnagiri in the Himalayan foothills. A self-confessed disciple of Agatha Christie, the author has followed the AC template in creating a murder mystery, adapting it masterfully to Indian settings. Gulab Sarin is found dead on […]

Happily Murdered – Rasleen Syal







You are your own gym - Mark Lauren 8
I have to confess that I hate the gym. I prefer my yoga routine and brisk walks to keeping pace with the treadmill while staring into a wall. So, when I saw this title, I picked it out of curiosity. Coming from Mark Lauren, a certified Military Physical Training Specialist, […]

You are your own gym – Mark Lauren