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Book Review- Angels and Demons

  Book-Review-Angels and Demons "A breathless, real-time adventure...Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ." San Francisco Chronicle  "When a world-renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard Professor, Robert Langton, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared into the dead man's chest. His conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years--now reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic Church." Taken from the book's blurb in the back.  Angels and Demons  Author Dans Brown- Bestselling Author of The Davinci Code Publisher: Random House, South Africa Year: 2000.   No. of pages: 620.  Dan Brown's bestseller Davinci Code was published in 2003--his fourth book.  Angels and Demons was the precursor to the Davinci Code published in 2000 and the first in the Robert Langton series.  The man who was stabbed to death was Leonardo

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.  

Book Review-Under the Mango Tree

  Book Review Under the Mango Tree -Fiction  Author: Bina Pillai Format: Kindle Edition  The image was taken from Amazon.com.  Under the Mango Tree, Pillai's novel handles a bitter-sweet, woman-centred, family saga theme.  Amazon blurb starts—"Diya Nair is eighteen, a diligent student, hopelessly in love with Aditya. Married against her wishes to Rajagopal, ten years older than her, Diya is exposed to an orthodox family where they follow archaic customs that are alien to her modern upbringing. "   The story opens with Diya getting ready broken-heartedly in her custom riddled ancestral home for marriage. Litle expectations about her bridegroom brighten her. Her mind invokes candid memory of Aditya—her love.  They together had woven dreams to live to bring fruition to their passion.  But it is not he that she is getting ready to marry.  Rajagopal is her bridegroom, ten years older than her. Her parents chose him in an arranged marriage, forcing her to drop her studies.  &qu

My Book Review- Disgrace by J.M Coetzee

J.M Coetzee   is an award-winning writer who received Booker price twice, first in 1983 for his novel, 'Life and Times of Michael K' and in 1999 for 'Disgrace'. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003.  The novel Disgrace is an allegoric interpretation of the social and political situation in post-apartheid South Africa. The country gained independence from apartheid colonialism in 1994.  David Lurie, the protagonist in Disgrace, teaches Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, South Africa. 'A man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, he has to his mind, solved the problems of sex rather well', meets Soraya a prostitute, every Thursday. When Soraya stops seeing him abruptly, he seduces Melanie Isaac, his young student. Lurie gets dismissed from the University for refusing to admit before the disciplinary committee that he was wrong in his action. ''Suffice to say that Eros entered. After that, I was not the same," was all his ex

One Indian Girl

We all heard it: Chethan Bhagath's One Indian Girl, broke all records in Amazon's pre-order history thirty minutes after going live on the platform beating Harry Potter and Cursed Child's Day 1.  Chethan Bhagat is a best-selling Indian author. The banker -turned author's debut novel is 'Five Point Someone', and One Indian Girl is his eighth work; previously he has written  five fiction and two non-fiction. The book is set to hit stands on first of October. What makes the current work unique according to him is that it is about females about feminism. This is what he writes in his blog on this:"I wrote on feminism because it isn't an equal world for woman, and most don't realise it. As a writer, I want to highlight issues in society that affect a lot of people. Feminism affects us all." He adds that his desire to write about females has taken a long time because to write in a 'female first person' was a 'huge challenge'.   In