Monday, 18 June 2018

Blood Meridian

*   It’s a saga of unprecedented violence that various warring groups unleash against one another along the U.S.- Mexican border. As a reader I looked for a strong protagonist and some more characters, but I found none. After going through the first fifty pages, I realised that the author in a masterstroke had deliberately made the names of the human beings and places irrelevant. Only the character of ‘Judge’ survives the irrelevance somewhat, otherwise the events that pace up the novel are described in gory details and often unsettle your mind and compel you to put the book aside for a while. Violence is the central theme around which various events are woven. McCarthy’s description of the landscape is vivid, earthy and beautiful. Undoubtedly, it’s a masterpiece in its genre and perhaps his best novel. For me it’s been a great learning experience reading McCarthy’s books and I can’t thank Robert enough for the recommend. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Parrot under the Pine Tree

My debut novel, "Parrot under the Pine Tree" has been nominated for VOW Awards 2018. I'm honoured and humbled.

A Big Thank you to my readers for their encouragement.

Monday, 12 March 2018

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

*       The book is delightful to read. I loved the language, which is beautiful and spoken in that part of the world. Sprinkling of Spanish in short dialogues is icing on the cake. (I had to keep google translate handy). The book increased my vocabulary. I learned quite a few things about the horses and life on the ranch. The author's description of the landscape is vivid and mesmerizing. The pace of the story is somewhat slow, but that's a small thing. There are many wonderful passages in the book, but my favorite is....

"He lay listening to the horse crop the grass at his stakerope and he listened to the wind in the emptiness and watched stars trace the arc of the hemisphere and die in the darkness at the edge of the world and as he lay there the agony in his heart was like a stake. He imagined the pain of the world to be some formless parasitic being seeking out the warmth of human souls wherein to incubate and he thought he knew what made one liable to its visitations. What he had not known was that it was mindless and so had no way to know the limits of those souls and what he feared was that there might be no limits."

* Highly recommended.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Mist, Dew and Raindrops

Mist, Dew and Raindrops is a collection of eight intriguing and mesmerising stories:
Repentance -  Two women during a train journey share their pasts but withhold a secret.
The Lucky Coin - Driven by greed, a poor man after getting wealth runs around to protect it.
Those Seven Days - Journey of a patient whose life is torn apart in a matter of seven days.
Last Bus to Lekhapani - A businessman’s night bus journey to meet his ailing uncle.
Twins  -  How a man married to one twin saves the life of second twin.
A Night in Ajanta - Strange things happen to a couple who spent a night in Ajanta. 
Sailor’s Wife  - A married woman falls in love with a bachelor to suffer the consequence.
The Blue Ink Pen - A moving story of a father-daughter relationship.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Mist, Dew and Raindrops

Dear All,

My heartfelt gratitude to you for your patronage to my debut novel, “Parrot Under the Pine Tree”. My second book, 'Mist, Dew and Raindrops', a collection of short stories is placed for pre-order on Amazon. The book will be released on 31 Jan 2018.

May I request you to pre-order the book and after reading post your review on the Amazon.

Warm regards and Thanks,

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