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Book Review: 30 Years in the Searing Sun by Kalavathi Raj

30 Years in the Searing Sun by Kalavathi Raj is a profound memoir of a woman who looks back at her childhood and romantic encounters until she got married. As the title suggests, the book narrates the tussle, plight, and struggle of the author for straight 30 years, covering her childhood, school days, corporate profiling, encounter with various types of good and bad men. Other than romance flings in a female life, the book also sheds light as how the Indian patriarchal society looks down at a girl child. The first part brings the pain and misery of the girl received by her father. By all means, her childhood was bereaved of love, with no one around to comfort her. She turned alone and aloof! She hailed from an army family, subsequently, the frequent transfers of her father added salt to her wounds. In one instance she was forbidden to eat non-veg during the lunch time, and at another instance, her mother cared nix when she bled during periods. Life was quite unfair for the girl. T

Book Review: Why should I Worry when I can Face the World? by Shibu Nair

Why should I Worry when I can Face the World? by Shibu Nair is a fine short read on optimism, self-awareness, and positivity. By nature it’s a self-help book but in another way it works as to augment your self-image. Yes, it makes you feel good about yourself. If you are dragged by pessimism, rejections trampled you, and life is not what you love – well then this book will give you some stance, wisdom, and probably a second chance to establish yourself. Stretched up to eleven chapters, the book is not a banal read on what to do, what to expect and what to shed…it rather takes you to the deeper aspects of life that matter in pursuit of happiness and overall well-being. Another exquisite value in the book is its gullible comprehension. Be it any topic, the author doesn’t forget to introduce you to his cast of characters that teach you about being worry free in life. He included experiences from his own life and the characters that he built while doling out vital lessons like gratitude,

Book Review: Wagging Tongues by Yogie Chandra Tatvaraj

Wagging Tongues by Yogie Chandra Tatvaraj is a riveting collection of short stories, adaptations, and his personal philosophical reflection on many aspects of life. The book offers around 50 pieces of writing which are easy-to-read and comprehend. Seemingly the book is segmented in three parts. First is the author’s life journey through Ranjan D’ Cruz, who once was a famous Rock singer with his band called Rakshas. Secondly, adaptations from philosophers and folktales that the author must have acquired in his lifetime. Thirdly, his personal thoughts and opinions about life that shaped him, or he keenly observed while experiencing life. As you traverse through a gamut of aspects, you will notice that the book is poignant in bringing out the funny yet positive learning from life. Nearly all short stories/pieces involved Ranjan as a lead observer or character. In the first story, we see that owing to Christian roots Ranjan D’ Cruz greatly appreciated England, he was fond of it. The stor

Book Review: The Legend of Bahirji-Naik by Shreyas Bhave

The Legend of Bahirji-Naik by Shreyas Bhave is an engrossing historical fiction built around the Maratha Swarajya. There have been many books in Marathi eulogizing Shivaji, when we talk about the Maratha history. So, this novel is a detour from the mainstream genre. Thus, we do not see here Shivaji as a protagonist. However, his influence runs underneath way enough to even cast other less-famous characters. Talking about the storyline, it’s a well-laid and well-thought out novel. The focus of the novel is the crumbling Maratha Swarajya in 1664 and how to revive it financially and morally. Raje Shivaji is stationed at Rajgad. The Mughals have tight grip over the regions around, with Pune as their base. Surat is a city that can change the fate of any struggling ruler. It’s bestowed with trade and gold. Rumours have that it has a lot of gold riches. In fact, the author kept Surat as the main backdrop of the novel. He has provided vivid and rich description of the streets, decks, traders