The next time you are in Bijapur walk off the well-trodden path and explore some of the lesser known mausoleums and get a taste of Indo-Persian-Ottoman architecture.
Out of sheer loyalty, I read Sita, Warrior of Mithila which is the second book of the Ram Chandra series by Amish.
Mewar is not the sandy stereotypical picture of Rajasthan we have in mind, it is an oasis in the desert and is often called the 'Venice of the East'.
Perumal Murugan's 'Pyre' translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a tragedy from the word go and those of us living in the big cities cushioned from the 'caste politics' need to read this tender love story that is trumped by centuries of hatred. This is an account of the human capability of savagery and is a perfect piece of contemporary writing.
Sirsi and its surrounding places are a treasure trove of natural and man-made wonders. There is something for everyone. Several waterfalls, forest trails, natural rock formations and wildlife for the nature lovers; temples and ashrams for the pious; and ancient monuments for the history buffs.
There's something about a train journey and the close proximity of strangers sharing the journey that stirs in us the urge to bare our souls. Maybe the assumption that we will never meet those people again encourages us to discard the layers inhibition. Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair is about one such train journey that helps the protagonist find answers to the questions tormenting her.
Lakkundi is full of ruined temples and tanks, a few of which have been restored and maintained by the ASI. Lakkundi has temples and inscriptions spread over the period of Kalyani Chalukyas, Kalachuris, Sevunas and Hoysalas.
I read somewhere that Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl' has many themes in common with Vera Caspary's 'The Man Who Loved His Life'. Having thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Gone Girl', Vera Caspary's book was on my list for a long time. Read the blog post for the review.