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Rachna Chhabria

A present haunted by the sound of ghungroos from the past

The language is akin to the view from the top of a mountain, breathtaking in its rich imagery.

13 Jan 2019 1:02 AM

India’s freedom struggle told through the life of a little girl

A story relevant for all times. A book I would urge people to read, a book worthy of being read more than once.

28 Oct 2018 12:57 AM

A touching story of love, longing and sacrifices in showbiz

The book falls short of a literary masterpiece and that is not because of its flawed heroine.

30 Sep 2018 1:42 AM

A racy read with lots of laugh-out-loud moments

The story is extremely readable, the credit for it goes to the decent writing style.

02 Sep 2018 12:10 AM

It’s racy, interesting, revealing a wonderful new world to readers

If the story was told only from Zarin’s point of view, the chances of monotony creeping in were high.

12 Aug 2018 12:51 AM

Definitely not an edge of the seat thriller

The slow pace of the book is a big letdown as are the innumerable characters who flit in and out of the story.

17 Jun 2018 1:38 AM

The lives of two women in times of apartheid

The second flashback is that of Sylvie’s, when her story takes precedence.

03 Jun 2018 2:07 AM

Fear: The lietmotif that runs through the narrative

Usually, I am able guess the ending of a thriller halfway through the book, but here I couldn’t do so.

22 Apr 2018 2:21 AM

A book that helps children befriend animals & birds

The two animals on the cover are the buffalo calves, Bela and Baadal, who are part of the last story, The Gift.

08 Apr 2018 1:39 AM

Magically unreal with a touch of absurd

Magic realism is a difficult genre to pull off but Paralkar has managed to do so with aplomb.

25 Mar 2018 12:45 AM

An ode to Bharatnatyam, in prose

Watching Shekhar portray the protagonist, Arjun, Vatsala gets mesmerised by his performance.

21 Jan 2018 7:09 AM

Close-to-life characters hold the book

Aza restarts her friendship with Davis with an ulterior motive, but they become good friends soon enough. Perhaps they fall in love as well.

17 Dec 2017 1:08 AM

Explaining dharma to young children

Pattanaik deals with the facts with gentle brush strokes, lending the book a smooth flow.

03 Dec 2017 1:05 AM

Book Review: A sweet, mushy romcom

Nidhi is reluctant to have this loose cannon as the brand ambassador, but caves in due to pressure from her boss.

29 Oct 2017 12:15 AM

Book review: A glamorous cruise that turns deadly

This book comes across as a bit mild, perhaps the luxurious setting of this book does not lend a creepy effect.

10 Sep 2017 2:34 AM

Book review: Gripping tale of 25-year-old journo

It was basically divided into a recipe mode: ingredients, batter, heat, eating, coffee and a cig which on hindsight suited Kitty’s culinary passion.

11 Aug 2017 12:30 AM

Predictable story with occasional specs of humour

Then starts the familiar routine of telling family and friends to look out for prospective matches for Madhurima.

28 Jul 2017 1:50 AM

The story of an avenger from Pataliputra

Mr Mitra’s book transported me to 326 BC, giving me a beautiful view of life in those times.

14 Jul 2017 1:34 AM

The most fearsome, marauding military leader’s story told in flippant puns and jokes

Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol empire was a military genius, a notorious tyrant who used psychological warfare to win battles.

07 Jul 2017 12:41 AM

Book review: Forge a bond with animals and nature

The theme of the books is perfect for the age groups of seven and eight.

23 Apr 2017 2:08 AM