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Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a psychological suspense thriller – well the question is, would you wait for too long to see the climax get in. On a plus side, the language is good but fails to grip the interest of the readers.
The book is too draggish. At times you liked the book – its cover, synopsis and first few pages but midway you realize that the story could have been much shorter – the description of a movie on TV is unnecessary to the narration. Though the language and narrative style of the book are outstanding but the length of the story may bore you to the tears.
The story does not seem like moving from that flat where the protagonist stands on the window of her home for days and days. This foolish act makes the readers lose sympathy with the protagonist. Soon, some family comes to live beside her home. From there on, thankfully, the story sees some events and sets forth. This is a well-written book but not something that you can enjoy thoroughly. You must be wond…

Book Review: A Long Walk with Granny by Ruskin Bond

A Long Walk with Granny is a short story written by Ruskin Bond, like most of his other stories; this too explores the lives of hill people. This story, in particular, highlights the basic struggle of the people that is enrooted in the foothills of the Himalaya.

As the story goes, Mani is an eleven-year-old boy raised by his maternal grandmother, who cannot see things exactly. She is apparently blind and her spectacles are spotted and full of scratches, they are over ten years old. Quite a long time for a single pair of spectacles! It’s pity that she cannot see the boy whom she loved most and raised by herself. The boy’s mother died when he was just a year old.
Mani’s father insists that a new pair of spectacles be arranged for granny. But she refuses as she cannot think of going away leaving Mani alone. Thus, Mani decides to go with her. The nearest eye hospital is in Mussoorie from their village – almost two days journey. First, they need to walk till Nain, there they will stay at …

Book Review: The Room of Many Colors by Ruskin Bond

The Room of Many Colors by Ruskin Bond is a lengthy story, well stretching over thirty pages. This story has no fixed plot – it is rather divided into many subplots and thus handles various circumstances of human lives, like from a child’s pesky questions to a princess’s superstition for snakes to a gardener falling in love with a princess and the days of Second World War. The narrator is Ruskin Bond himself, aged seven. He lives in an old-getting palace with his father. His mother has left him but why – that’s unknown to him. However, he is happy with his father who answers all his clumsy questions.

In the palace, his father is tutor to some elite-class students, they come from royal families. Ruskin wanders here and there catching insects and roams in the palace garden and everywhere. Whenever there is a ceremony or an occasion or a birthday, the palace gardener will prepare beautiful nosegays for the occasion. His name is Dukhi (means sad). There is a Christian Ayah that takes car…

Book Review: Will You Still Love Me? by Ravinder Singh

Will You Still Love Me? by Ravinder Singh is a light romance short novel. The author shot into fame with his debut tragic love story called ‘I Too Had a Love Story’. Since then he had been writing light but slightly tragic love stories. This book is about love at first sight in the flight. The story is between Rajveer from Patiala and Lavanya Gogoi from Meghalaya. They meet in the flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh. The girl asks for the window seat and from there on the conversation begins….and for Rajveer it is love kind of thing.

The scenes presented in this book are commonplace, more of them like we often see in the Bollywood movies. The book is good with some aspects like road safety – due to a road accident the story takes an unprecedented turn – but overall it was necessary otherwise tragic element would haven’t added in it. Also, the girl is from North East and the boy from Punjab, North India. The kind of cultural differences they face and how they handle to come to the terms …

Book Review: Born Evil by Ruskin Bond

Born Evil by Ruskin Bond is a lengthy story covered in the book ‘Death Under Deodars’. This story discusses the possibilities of a person being born evil. Being evil is not about genetically approved thing – argues Miss Ripley Bean with the Royal hotel pianist Mr. Lobo. To justify the assumption they take the case of Hitler. Miss Bean is of the opinion that Hitler was a cruel man who killed black men, Jews, and many other innocent people, but, on the other, hand he never let animals killed. As their discussion gets dredged up ahead, she, Miss Bean, takes the example of Alexandra. The story of Alexandra dates back to thirty to forty years back when India was a colony of the British and Dehradun was the center of recreational things for the allied troops.

Alexandra was an innocent looking beautiful boy of fourteen. School teachers, girls, headmasters and whosoever knows him were fond of him. He was silent and hated everyone for no apparent reason. He would often take part in fighting t…

Book Review: Death Under the Deodars by Ruskin Bond

Death Under the Deodars by Ruskin Bond is a lengthy story but not a novella. Set in Mussoorie, the year is 1967. This story has many characters only to make it look more thrilling. Though it is a murder mystery but the beautiful thing about this story is that the criminal is being caught without a proper investigation.

The Royal hotel before independence belonged to the father of Miss Ripley-Bean, she was sixty eight and still spinster. Her father passed it to Nandu on one condition that two rooms should be allotted permanently to his daughter Miss Ripley-Bean. So, she was the permanent resident of that hotel. Every year the hotel hosted its Annual Flower Show in the month of October. Flower enthusiasts and expert gardeners would bring in the flowers for competition. The awards were given by the Princess of Kapurthala.
Characters like retired colonel Bakshi, Miss Gamlah, Nandu, the hotel pianist Lobo, Miss Ripley-Bean, Dr Reinhardt the dentist and many other people were there in the …