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

Neela Mala - Azha. Valliappa 2
It was during one of my ‘gnabagam varude‘ (recollection of the past) moments that I remembered my favourite childhood novel “Neela Mala“. Written by the Tamil poet Azha. Valliappa, (author of poems like ‘nila nila odi vaa’) this novel was serialised in Gokulam magazine in 1976. After an unsuccessful search […]

Neela Mala – Azha. Valliappa

Nirmala & Normala - Sowmya Rajendran & Niveditha Subramaniam 2
Do works of art (literature, cinema, music etc) reflect contemporary culture? or is contemporary culture influenced by art? Popular art (particularly formulaic mainstream cinema) has been instrumental in reinforcing traditional stereotypes on gender roles and relationships. Some cinematic stereotypes that have been reinforced in the public mind are, “the-never-say-die-resilient-lover”, “the-funloving-intelligent-modest-girl”. […]

Nirmala & Normala – Sowmya Rajendran & Niveditha Subramaniam

Battle for Bittora - Anuja Chauhan 2
Anuja Chauhan and her books need no introduction; nor do they need any endorsement. Battle for Bittora is the second book of Ms Chauhan. Published in 2010, this book was again in the news recently, as it is soon to be made into a movie, starring Sonam Kapoor and Fawad […]

Battle for Bittora – Anuja Chauhan

Andaleeb Wajid
Facts Born 5th March 1978 Born at Vellore City of residence Bangalore Books authored Kite Strings Blinkers Off My Brother’s Wedding More than Just Biryani The Tamanna Trilogy – No Time for Goodbyes The Tamanna Trilogy – Back in Time The Tamanna Trilogy – Time will Tell (To be launched […]

F-Page – Andaleeb Wajid

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

Unbreakable – M C Mary Kom 8
When one gets to live in a different part of our country, one is thrown into a different milieu, one becomes more perceptive and sensitive to the culture, traditions of the local people. Living in Assam and in the midst of colleagues from Manipur, I’ve been fortunate to get a […]

Unbreakable – M C Mary Kom

Weed - Paro Anand 4
It was while browsing Facebook that I came across some feeds, which talked about a program by author Paro Anand. So while checking out books from the library I happened to notice the name in the lists and browsed the books. As is my wont, I did not check for […]

Weed – Paro Anand

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

Devarahasiyam 4
நமக்குப் பார்ப்பதற்கு நிலையாகத் தெரியும் தீபத்தில் பற்றியெரியும் சுடரானது பற்றவைத்த வினாடி முதல், ஒவ்வொரு கணமும் மறைவதும் புதியதாய் உருப்பெருவதுமாய் செயல்படுகிறது. தீபச்சுடர் நிலையான ஒருசுடர் அல்ல, மாறாக ஒன்றன்பின் ஒன்றாகத் தோன்றி மறையும் கோடிக்கணக்கான சுடர்கள். இந்தக் கணப்பொழுதில் தோன்றும் சுடர் அடுத்த கணத்தில் தோன்றப்போகும் சுடரை தோற்றுவித்து மறைகிறது. அடுத்தகணம் தோன்றப்போகும் சுடர், அதனையடுத்த சுடரைத் தோற்றுவித்து மறையும். இவ்வுலகில் உள்ள அனைத்து உயிருள்ள உயிரற்ற பொருட்களும் […]

தேவ ரகசியங்கள் தேடலுக்கல்ல – S.விஜயன்

Redeployment - Phil Klay 5
Listen to voices. Twelve voices. Twelve stories by twelve voices. Narrated by twelve men. Twelve Americans. Twelve  men who have been there. Twelve men who have been out at the warfront. “Redeployment” by Phil Klay is a collection of first-person narratives by American men who have been at the war […]

Redeployment – Phil Klay

6174 – சுதாகர் 3
“தடிதடியா நாலு புஸ்தகங்க நாப்பது நாள் உக்காரவைச்சு நானூறு பக்கங்களுக்கு என்ன  நார்நாரா கிழிச்ச்சதுக்கப்புறம் எந்திரிச்சு வந்தா அங்க திரும்பவும் ரெண்டு தடி புஸ்தகங்க என்ன மொறச்சு பாத்துச்சு… ”  இவ்வளவு கஷ்டத்துக்கப்புறமும் புத்தகத்த படிக்கறத விடாம இருந்தா,  வாங்குன அடியோட வீக்கத்துக்கு ஆறுதலா வெந்நீர் ஒத்தடம் கொடுக்கறமாதிரி ஒருசில புத்தகங்கள் அப்பப்போ சிக்கும். அதுல ஒண்ணு தான் இந்த 6174.  இது மாதிரி புத்தகங்களால கொஞ்சம் உடம்ப தேத்திகிட்டா,  […]

6174 – சுதாகர்

Quiet - Susan Cain 4
“Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop talking” is a well-researched non-fiction book by author Susan Cain that talks about introversion and shyness. The book argues that the western culture gives undue importance to what the author calls “the extrovert ideal” and underestimates the introverts’ […]

Quiet – Susan Cain