Day 3 : Blame it on them #BBAW

Nowadays, for every book I read,  I check out my fellow book bloggers who might have reviewed them.  This is because,  once you get the taste and preferences of a certain reviewer,  you can make out if the book is for you or not.  It is unfair to name only one blogger whose recommendations I follow.   Let me put in three bloggers whose reviews and recommendations have made me pick up books even without reading the blurb.    Book-blogger-1-768x768

My favourite reviews are by Sudha G(@sudhagee) from thatandthisinmumbai.wordpress.com.  I know her through her blog and Instagram account.  She writes book reviews but she is not just a book blogger.  She writes about a wide variety of things like places she visits with very well-researched historical backgrounds.  I love her writing style.  Her Instagram account (sudhageee) is an extension of the blog, yet has its own individuality.  She runs weekly series in them based on a topic.  Recently,  she did a series on Mahabharat.  This great mythological poem has been written with different takes, perspectives by authors since time immemorial. Similarly,  she had done a series on Ramayana,  Mumbai and its art deco architecture, Mumbai buildings.   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