Book Review: The Juju Girl

This week, I was on a fascinating journey in New Orleans of the 19th century, with a Creole girl and her Gift. The coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Gabrielle starts from a devastating flood in her hometown of Buras and ends in a New Orleans home.

Reedsy Discovery – A Platform for Indie Publishing

Today, I started reading my first book on the Reedsy Discovery book review community. Reedsy is a British startup online author services firm promoting collaboration between authors and publishing freelancers in the self publishing industry. Discovery, puts a spotlight on the best works of the Independent (indie) publishing world — great books that are oftenContinue reading “Reedsy Discovery – A Platform for Indie Publishing”

Book Review: Yuganta, The End of an Epoch

I was drawn to this book primarily because of its name – Yuganta. The word carries a musical, soulful mystery – it is romantic, it speaks of history in gigantic (end of an epoch) terms, it promises insight into one of the greatest epics of Indian literature and religion – the Mahabharata. Iravati Karve’s bookContinue reading “Book Review: Yuganta, The End of an Epoch”

Book Review: Understanding Bullying on Religious Lines

Mothering a Muslim by Nazia Erum is an important book in our times. As the world embraces Islamophobia in daily rhetoric and our own nation walks a thin line of communal irrationality, Muslims are increasingly living threatened lives. The fear embeds in the minds and hearts of mothers, who face simple but difficult choices evenContinue reading “Book Review: Understanding Bullying on Religious Lines”

Writing for Pleasure or on Pressure?

Let me start the first day of a cold January by penning down questions that have been perturbing me since I restarted blogging. Let’s talk about the pressure of remaining high up on the WordPress Reader or search engines or being relevant every single hour on social media platforms. Do you feel pressurized to churnContinue reading “Writing for Pleasure or on Pressure?”