THE LADYBIRD BOOK OF THE MID-LIFE CRISIS

What a brilliant Christmas present The Ladybird Book of The Mid-Life Crisis is, and one that shows how well my sister knows me 🙂 I laughed out loud reading this utterly brilliant spoof on the classic Ladybird Books, books published by Penguin Ladybird Books themselves. In other words, this is authorised… Continue reading

The bestseller she wrote by Ravi Subramanian

This is now the third book by Mr. Subramanian that I have reviewed, courtesy of the wonderful folk at Blogadda. As befits a former banker, banking plays a definite role in Mr. Subramanian’s novel, as it did in his earlier books, The Bankster and God is a Gamer, but this time banking is more the backdrop,… Continue reading

FIXING YOUR FEET by John Vonhof

Before I start, let me tell you that running has changed my life.  In so, so many ways. Such as? Well, one of them being that winning a book called “Fixing your feet’ in a competition organised by a local Delhi running group made me as pleased as punch.  Because… Continue reading

AARUSHI by Avirook Sen

Let me start this review by nailing my colours to the mast. “Aarushi” is a brilliantly written, meticulously detailed, gripping piece of work, and should be read by every single person who cares about India and justice. This is a book that should be made compulsory reading for every student of law,… Continue reading

RUNNING AND LIVING by Rahul Salim Verghese

What a nice book this is, and written by such a nice, unassuming man, too. In the interests of full disclosure, I know Rahul a little socially, and, of course, “professionally,” through the runs he organises in and around Delhi, where I live. “Running and Living” is an easy book to… Continue reading

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

The eternal dilemma of reviewing a thriller. How to tell the reader something meaningful about the story without spoiling things?  How to praise a book sufficiently without revealing the plot? Because if ever there is a smashing read, it’s “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, a brilliantly crafted… Continue reading

Autobiography of a Mad Nation by Sriram Karri

What an interesting book this is. A criminal and political whodunnit that takes place in contemporary India, and at the very highest levels – we meet the President of India in the opening moments of the book, and yet leaves us puzzling over the nature of the crime, the motives… Continue reading

Inspector Singh investigates : A curious Indian cadaver by Shamini Flint

Inspector Singh, of the Singapore police force, might just have to look to his laurels.  Courtesy, of all unlikely people, his wife, Mrs. Singh. In this funny, laugh-out-loud 6th instalment of the Inspector Singh series, we see the Malaysian-Singaporean Sikh going to India for the first time, to attend, of… Continue reading

Inspector Singh Investigates: A deadly Cambodian crime spree by Shamini Flint

I am an unabashed fan of the Inspector Singh series, so please don’t misunderstand me when I say that “A deadly Cambodian crime spree” is possibly the best book in the series thus far. The previous three books are all brilliant reads, don’t get me wrong.  Good, funny, insightful, all-round… Continue reading