Friday, 30 August 2013

Soljer Soljer by Colonel Mahip Singh Chadha

Title: Soljer Soljer
Author: Colonel Mahip Singh Chadha
Category: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Price: Rs.399
Pages: 292
Publisher: All About Books Global
ISBN Number: 9788192569031  

About the Book:

As I am very particular about English spellings and pronunciations, my eyes ran accidently on the book titled ‘Soljer Soljer’ written by Colonel Mahip Singh Chadha. I was in my usual pet library scanning for the new books on the bookshelf. My eyes halted on this book title and I couldn’t digest myself. I thought about my daughters. Then suddenly something struck me. I immediately came home and consulted my dictionary. I discovered that according to the pronunciation key notes, the word ‘soldier’ has the letters ‘d’ and ‘i’ that are silent and instead ‘j’ is used when we pronounce the word. The author must have taken this annotation while giving the book title. Yes, I too sometimes refer the pronunciation notations while teaching the origins and spellings of English words to my daughters. However, after reading the book I found the story, plot, and the theme in particular quite different as well as interesting from the usual book.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Lovelets - Words for the Heart (A Book Review)

Created and Presented by: All About Books Global & Butterfly and the Bee
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Category: Poetry/Short Stories
Price: Rs.250
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ISBN Number: 

About the Book:
Lovelets - Words for the Heart is a beautiful anthology of 57 ardent poems and 10 enthralling short stories written by poets and authors from all across the globe. The concrete theme rests on the pleasurable emotion, Love that resides very close to ones heart. Love is such an ointment that soothes an aching heart, strengthens a restless soul, and rekindles a sensitive relationship between two souls.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Piyush Jha's Compass Box Killer - A Book Review

Title: Compass Box Killer: An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller
Series: Mumbaistan
Author: Piyush Jha
Category: Crime Fiction
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
Price: Rs.195
Pages: 234
Publisher: Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd
ISBN Number: 9788129124272

About the Book:

I really do not understand why a serial killer must leave behind a signature, a hint, or a proof of his presence besides a dead body (supposed to be one of his victims). Perhaps, it is because just to show his identity and that all should be terrified of him. Why must anyone kill any innocent people just to solve his purpose? All such questions have made me think about a recent crime thriller book that I read some days ago. I find the book titled 'Compass Box Killer - An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller' written by Piyush Jha very thrilling and intriguing as well. I was amused when I came to know about the serial killer's compass box been found besides his first victim with a note written in blood, which says in the quoted lines [‘Akurle is just the first to die. To find out who is next, find me first.’].

Monday, 8 April 2013

A Book Review - Axiom of Oomph by Parna Banerjee Sarkar

Author: Parna Banerjee Sarkar
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 120
Price: Rs.200 
Publisher: All About Books Global
ISBN Number: 9788192569024

About the Book:

'Axiom of Oomph' composed by Parna Banerjee Sarkar is a very beautiful book of poems. It is like an epitaph, which can be kept closer to one's heart. Parna Sarkar is an excellent writer and a poet from within. She understands what life means to her and how to be happy and content with her life. She also is a teacher of thoughts and feelings. Through this book she has tried to tell us what and how she feels and thinks about what life really is and how to live your sole life.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Book Review: Words of Smiths

Author: Various
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 122
Price: Rs.200
Publisher: All About Books Global
ISBN Number: 9788192569017

When you are teaching your kids letters and words when they are still discovering the world- you know how brilliant it feels! The word- “smith”- has always amused me! I remember having a blacksmith next to my mother’s house. All daylong he would bang on his pedestal and under his giant hammer the red hot iron would slowly take shape. Sadly the middle man who would buy these finished pieces would earn credits and our hammering neighbor would remain unknown.

Friday, 15 February 2013

A Review - Days of Gold and Sepia by Yasmeen Premji

Author: Yasmeen Premji
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 425
Price: Rs.399
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN Number: 9789350293300

About the Book: 

Last year, my sister-in-law gifted me a book titled 'Days of Gold and Sepia' written by Yasmeen Premji. At first, I thought the book was based on a true story by its crispness and a flavor of real set-up and ambience. But, later on I realized that the main protagonist, Lalljee Lakha to be an imaginary character and all other characters were fictitious. I take pride in saying that all the credit goes to the artistic mind of the author herself.

Lakshmi Narayan's Bonsai Kitten - A Brief Review

Author: Lakshmi Narayan
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 296
Price: Rs. 195
Publishers: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
ISBN Number: 9381576297

About the Book: 

Whenever I hear news about pitiful status of a married Indian woman, I become very sad and thoughtful. I sometimes question about our Indian society where there is upper hand of men in most cases. Instead there should be equality between men and women in thoughts and position. Let's take the case of Divya, the main protagonist in the book titled 'Bonsai Kitten' authored by Lakshmi Narayan, which I read last year when it was newly published. I can very well understand Divya's state of mind in such an ultra-typical and conservative South Indian family environment. I find this book very intriguing and thought-provoking.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Pleng's Song by Patrick Maher - A Review

Author: Patrick Maher
Language: English
Pages: 140
Price: $4.59
Publishers:  Bangkok Books
ISBN: 9786162221064
Category: Children & Young Adults

About the Book: 

Since my eldest daughter, Ria is growing up day by day, I have become more choosy about her reading habits. Recently I bought a Young Adult novel titled 'Pleng's Song' written by Patrick Maher for her. As Ria is busy in her class assignments and projects this whole month and the months ahead, I gave it a thought to read this book myself and finished it up this last Sunday. I am satisfied to have purchased a good and interesting book for her to read.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mridula Koshy's Not Only The Things That Have Happened - A Review

Author: Mridula Koshy
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Pages: 360
Price: Rs.474
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN Number: 9789350293942

About the Book:

Happily enough to say that both my daughters will be one year older in these coming months leaving behind all the mischievous acts that they did last year. I feel great collecting all those cheerful as well as naughty days of my kids in my memories. Last week I finished up reading a book that my hubby and I have bought recently. It was titled 'Not Only The Things That Have Happened' written by Mridula Koshy. Actually, the book title words were the same word fragments said by the protagonist, Annakutty herself to her only niece, Nina. How about these ramblings on my tongue - 'only the kids who cause everything to happen'? Those one of you would say the same thing if you have kids at home just like mine.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom - A Review

Author: Jerry Pinto
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Pages: 240
Price: Rs.396
Publishers: Aleph Book Company
ISBN Number: 9788192328027

About the Book:

Being a stay-at-home mom of two sweet daughters, I never let go off my reading habit between my heavy house duties and responsibilities. On one of my pet library bookshelves, my eyes glued on a hardcover book titled 'Em and The Big Hoom' authored by Jerry Pinto. At first the title name rhymed mechanically and I thought it to be a children book. But, as I read the story blurb I was taken aback. Then and there I was determined to read it at once.