A short but dense novel to begin with #JapaneseLit

A short but dense novel to begin with #JapaneseLit

Title: South of the Border, West of the Sun Author: Haruki MurakamiGenre: Fiction, Japanese LiteratureRating: 3.5/5 You know you are reading a Murakami when you feel you are lost in the world of a pensive mood nostalgic enough to make you emotional, melancholic and composed. Being a regular Murakami reader I have noticed that he has [...]

Wheels of Wish | An amalgamation of mystery and mythology

Wheels of Wish | An amalgamation of mystery and mythology

Title: Wheels of Wish Author: Bhibhu Datta Rout Genre: Mystery Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ A combination of variegated knowledge systems including history, biology and mythological, 'Wheels of Wishes" turns out to be one of the most enriching and engaging reads. The novel focus on three parallel stories following three separate timelines. While Shashank Chaudhary is charged [...]

Review: Arranged Marriage

Review: Arranged Marriage

Title: Arranged Marriage Author: Chitra B. Divakaruni Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ One of the towering female writers of India, Divakaruni's texts have always proved their merit in determining the ultimate question of female emancipation from the regulating forces of patriarchy by providing a narrative space for the feminist voices to flourish. This book is a collection of eleven [...]

Review: Kafka On The Shore

Review: Kafka On The Shore

Title: Kafka On the Shore Author: Haruki Murakami Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★ Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old abandons his home to embark upon a journey in the quest of something, something which makes him feel free, something which gives him a profound comprehension of himself, something which absolves him of the devastating prophecy and something which gives meaning [...]

Review: Things Fall Apart

Review: Things Fall Apart

Title: Things Fall Apart Author: Chinua Achebe Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ Set against the backdrop of colonial times, this book is written with a political agenda of showcasing that impact of modernism on the lives of Nigerian communities. This story permeated within me a sense of empathy towards the lost and forgotten cultures who fell victim to [...]

Review: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Review: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold Author: Gabriel García Márquez Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½ A sense of amazement struck me when within a few pages Santiago Nasar was murdered by the Vicario brothers who were seeking vengeance for the honor of their sister. Quite opposed to a murder fiction where the murderer is to be identified throughout [...]