Book Review : The Legends of Khasak

What do I write about the book ‘The Legends of Khasak’ by O.V.Vijayan which has not already been written before.  The book is a cult classic in Malayalam known as ‘Khasakinte Itihasam’  which means the same as the English title of the book.  I had heard lot of praise for the book from my mother, my uncles.  But,  since it was in Malayalam,  which I am not very fluent in reading,  I could not share the same passion.  I knew the English translation existed but I had been put off by Indian translated works,  a case in point being ‘Bhima : The Lone Warrior’ which is the translation of another cult Malayalam classic ‘Randamoozham’.   But this book being relatively thin,  I gave it a try.  

The book has been translated into English by the author himself.  And there lies its success.  The translation is absolutely a delight.  It is able to bring out the same ethos of the Malayalam book.  But of course, I assume, no one can beat the original. Continue reading

Book Review : The Legends of Khasak

Book Review : The Legends of Khasak

The Legends of KhasakWhat do I write about the book ‘The Legends of Khasak’ by O.V.Vijayan which has not already been written before.  The book is a cult classic in Malayalam known as ‘Khasakinte Itihasam’  which means the same as the English title of the book.  I had heard lot of praise for the book from my mother, my uncles.  But,  since it was in Malayalam,  which I am not very fluent in reading,  I could not share the same passion.  I knew the English translation existed but I had been put off by Indian translated works,  a case in point being ‘Bhima : The Lone Warrior’ which is the translation of another cult Malayalam classic ‘Randamoozham’.   But this book being relatively thin,  I gave it a try.   Continue reading

Book Review : The Palace Of Illusions     #BookReview

Book Review : The Palace Of Illusions #BookReview

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Name:  The Palace Of Illusions

Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Genre: Mythology

Publisher: PICARDO India

Publication Year: 2008

Number of pages: 360

Price:  INR 399

My rating: 4.5/5

The Storyline –

Most of us Indians are aware of the Mahabharat epic.  If we have not read the book,  we have still seen many versions of the epic as TV Serials and movies.  The story has been done and redone many times over.  So, what makes us read the same story again and again.  Because,  everytime you read the book,  there is something new that we will understand depending on what stage of life we are in.  But still,  I had no motivation to read the book,  except that it has been written from the perspective of Draupadi.  She is the narrator.   That certainly piqued my interest.  A woman’s perspective.  And looked forward to reading the book.  And did it fulfill my wishes?  Yes!  It did!  And it was much more. Continue reading

Book Review : The Red Sari #BookReview

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Name:  The Red Sari

Author: Javier Moro

Genre: Biography

Publisher: Roli Books

Publication Year: 2015

Number of pages: 429

Price: 395 INR

My rating: 3.5/5

The Storyline –

The book is a biography of the Indian politician Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.  The book traces the life of Mrs. Gandhi from the year 1965 when she met her husband Mr. Rajiv Gandhi till the year 2014. Through her life,  the history of Indian politics from the house of the Nehru-Gandhi family is traced.  The author,  Javier Moro, has sourced information about Mrs. Gandhi from her close friends and colleagues.  The book examines how Sonia’s courage,  honesty and dedication has made her a leader in the eyes of one-sixth of humanity.  From her idyllic childhood to her passionate love affair and from her days as a docile daughter-in-law to her current status of being the only Indian politician to have refused prime ministership.

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