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Book Review -The Winnowing Waves

Book Review--The Winnowing Waves The Blurb: The sea sang lullabies to them at night in the small coastal town of Malabar, where memories of men in boats carrying merchandise from Arab lands had been permanently inscribed into the sands and infused into the blood of their ancestors.  The briny breeze sang to them during the day in a dialect of their own. The winnowing waves tossed the lives of Fouziya, Aminu, and Nabisa, here and there, sometimes on the swirl of a rising, sometimes at the cusp.  sometimes at the mercy of the receding sands. Far from those shores, in a village in the North, where the loo winds doused their dreams with dust and the mustard fields stretched as yellow quilts in the Winter, Anita and Pyaari knit their own tales through the seasons. And decided that their paths should cross. My Review: The story is a mesh of various arcs, all tied up at the end, beautifully.  Fouziya, Aminu, and Nabisa are members of the waning Muslim matriarchal joint family system along the

Review for Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Book Review- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Exit West by Mohsin Hamid was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker price. ISBN: 0735212171 (ISBN13: 9780735212176) No of Pages: 231. Price Amazon.com Kindle $12.02 Exit West is a love story of Nadia and Saeed, not the usual type, set in a nameless country. Nadia is individualistic brave, had moved out of her home before she met Saeed. Saeed is homely and lives with his parents. Both are from the conservative family setup. They meet at Nadia's flat, where one day she initiates sex. Saeed discourages her--he believes in having sex only after marriage-- his parents had fallen in love but had sex only after they got married. Tradition beckons him. Nadia and Saeed make plans to marry one day; Nadia isn't ready now. Unfortunately, things get out of control as the militants take hold of their native place showers bombs from helicopters killing people, including Saeed's mother.  

The steppingstone to an Author- Write a Page a Day

How important is the writing habit to be an Author? Photo by  Lum3n  from  Pexels In his memoir on writing (2010), the great author, Stephen King advises: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There is no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”  This stress the importance of keeping a habit of reading and writing to be a writer, the primary step to be an author.