If you've grown up in South India, you've definitely heard her voice. How did a woman from the Devadasi community storm the male bastion of Carnatic Music to become a world wide icon?
Out of sheer loyalty, I read Sita, Warrior of Mithila which is the second book of the Ram Chandra series by Amish.
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.
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.
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.
If you thought that the 'Royal We' by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan is about the fairy-tale romance of Kate Middleton and Prince William, you are not entirely wrong. Except that the authors have introduced reality into it.
Each book is dedicated to an artist and traces their work and their life and times.
"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker is a story of self-discovery set amidst abuse, racism, religion and women empowering each other.
Must read if you have enjoyed superhero comics and fantasy fiction!
In spite of the Kohinoor being a well known diamond, very less is actually known about it. Starting from its association with the syamantaka mani and ending with the various nations claiming it to be theirs, the authors have succinctly presented all that there is to be known about the diamond.