Book Review: Mrs Funnybones


Mrs Funnybones
Mrs Funnybones

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Mrs Funnybones is Twinkle Khanna’s debut book after a spate of articles in Times of India (TOI) and Daily News Analysis (DNA). The book is an eclectic mix of some of her articles in the past along with stories from her household represented in a satirical and witty manner.

The blurb goes like this:

Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones captures the life of the modern Indian woman—a woman who organizes dinner each evening, even as she goes to work all day, who runs her own life but has to listen to her Mummyji, who worries about her weight and the state of the country. Based on Twinkle Khanna’s super-hit column, Mrs Funnybones marks the debut of one of our funniest, most original voices.

Twinkle seems to have quite a wacky and witty sense of humor and that reflects in her articles as well as the book. The book with its large font size and illustrations makes for a breezy read which can be completed in one sitting. Each of the illustrations and the notes before every chapter are perfectly done to keep the reader in the mood for more.

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Book Review: Into Thin Air


Into Thin Air
Into Thin Air: The story of the disaster of 1996

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Jon Krakauer is a mountaineer and writer of more than 5 books and a lot many magazine articles. While on an assignment for the Outside magazine in 1996, he wrote ‘Into Thin Air’ which went on to become one of his most famous books.

The blurb goes like this:

In May 1996, Jon Krakauer was on one of the three expeditions near the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm hit, and by the end of the day eight people were dead. Into Thin Air tells the story of that ill-fated adventure. In it Krakauer brilliantly evokes the majestic Everest landscape and places his own experiences within the history of man’s attempt to conquer the world’s highest mountain. Into Thin Air is a landmark of mountaineering literature, and a harrowing tale of human tragedy and endurance. 

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Book Review: Brutal


Brutal by Uday Satpathy
Brutal by Uday Satpathy

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Brutal is the first publication to come out of the Bloody Good Book and Westland stable which is being lead jointly by Niyati Patel and Rashmi Bansal. This is a unique venture in the sense that it gives new and upcoming writers the chance to live their dream of becoming a writer.

Writers are required to send in their manuscripts of which 3 chapters are published online and they are rated and reviewed by the readers as well as go through an editorial process. The best ones are selected to be published. So does this thriller work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

You are in real, real danger’ – a school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he massacres eleven of his own students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit.

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Book Review – The Arithmetic of Breasts & Other Stories


The arithmetic of breasts and other stories..
The arithmetic of breasts and other stories..

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Rochelle Potkar is a blogger, a fiction writer, a poet and more. She has been writing stories across various genres for the past 8 years. The Arithmetic of Breasts & Other Stories was nominated for the Digital Book of the Year Award 2014 by Publishing Next, Goa. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

A cluster of 7½ literary short stories presenting the romantic-sexual facets of: Narain who lusts for Munika, Old Jaganlal who wants a favour from young Dia, Jackie who is in love with Nic, a surgeon who is changing more than a patient’s hairline, nose, lip, and chin, Shonali and Neel who are realizing that infidelity might not be such an easy thing, a woman who walks the tight rope between tradition and sexual exploitation, and Sunil who meets the woman of his desires through an adult dating site. Through these stories, Rochelle Potkar explores the intensely personal ‘unrelationship’ that exists alongside its conventional and socially articulate twin, the relationship.

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Book Review – The Taliban Cricket Club


The Taliban Cricket Club
The Taliban Cricket Club

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Timeri N Murari has more than 14 published novels to his credit including many bestsellers. He has also written screenplays for various movies and plays. Truth be told, I wasn’t aware of his pedigree when I picked up The Taliban Cricket Club. Instead, I was quite intrigued at reading about cricket in a country which has suffered from wars for years on end. Moreover, the story of the Afghanistan Cricket Team has been a true fairytale even among those who don’t really follow cricket. Is the book as good as it sounds? Let’s check it out.

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Book Review – RIP


Resurgent Indian Patriots
Resurgent Indian Patriots

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Since his Lashkar series, Mukul Deva has been regarded as one of the best in the military fiction genre in India. And now he comes up with RIP – Resurgent Indian Patriots, another thriller about the endless scandals and corruption which has plagued our nation for years on end. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

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Book Review – The Guardians of the Halahala


The Guardians of the Halahala
The Guardians of the Halahala

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After the exciting thriller ‘The Karachi Deception’, Shatrujeet Nath is back with a completely different genre in the first book of his King Vikramaditya trilogy. From thriller to mythology, that’s quite a big shift in terms of genres, isn’t it? Does it work? Let’s check it out.

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