Saturday, 20 December 2014

Back on the Road : Ernesto Che Guevara
Author: Ernesto Che Guevara

Publisher: Groove Press

Publication Date: 17 September 2002

ISBN: 0802139426

No Of Pages: 160 pages

Rating: 3/5

Back on the Road is a personal text of Ernesto Che Guevara’s long journey through the American continent in his simmering surge to ‘explore America’. The descriptions rich with the spirit of youth gives the reader a clear image of a young Argentine doctor’s gradual development in to a full revolutionary icon.
The text contains numerous letters to his mother soaked with love and affection describing to her even the tiny details of their journey. from the way Che Guevara writes it the reader is able to evaluate the perception of his surroundings. His personal views, beliefs and policies become very candid through the lines that we are able to add full color to the image of the great  Argentine revolutionary icon which we each have nurtured within. The book also comprises of many rare  and candid photographs of Che with many acquaintances.

Saturday, 6 September 2014


Author: Nelson DeMille

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: April 1, 1997

ISBN: 0-446-51506-X

No Of Pages: 592 pages

Rating: 5/5

Chilling suspense. Adorable, humor packed description. It is amazing to overlook how Nelson DeMille connected every incident from the beginning to the last page to shape up the plot. The reader gets to go a short trip to plum island, Gold coast and Long isle. John Corey's portrait becomes that of an injured indolent slow learner cop in the beginning and in the swift progress of the story the reader can see him taking control of the events eventually  upgrading his status  to a "know-everything". Witty, thrilling and elegant !

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Friday, 15 August 2014

The House On Mango Street

Author : Sandra Cisneros

Publisher : Vintage Books

Pages: 110

Rating: 4/5

The house on the mango street is more or less a memoir. A childhood memoir to be exact.  Sandra Cisneros shows us how so much beauty can be encapsulated in such few simple words. The 110 paged book consisting 106 chapters (little, fine, unique chaps) which describes humorously touching and unforgettable memories from the writer’s life including witty introductions of several characters(mostly, the author’s childhood friends, relations et all).
From-“The House On THE Mango Street”(which is the first chapter) to “Mango says Good Bye sometimes” all through the 106, all worldly subjects makes a flamboyant flash in front of the reader’s eyes- family, hair, boys, girls, of growing up, laughter, cats. . . . . . Like Cisneros’s childhood had embodied in to a 110 paged bind. The author had set aside a whole chapter for ‘her name sake’ entitled “My Name”(10) in which she makes lament full(yet humorous) remarks of having a different , “difficult” name –Esperanza- which her school mates observed to be too difficult, sharp and ‘funny’- “as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth” . ‘The House on the Mango Street’ is a masterpiece written by a great woman for the women, as she writes the dedication:
“A las Mujeres”
“To the women”
The work speaks to the women actually and female reader may enjoy it better, but that doesn’t mean that it is confined to that audience alone. Everyone can enjoy it. The most astonishing fact that strikes the reader is that Sandra Cisneros, with her impeccable writing style, managed to explain so much within 110 pages and 106 ‘tiny’ little chapters, so much . . . . .  or almost everything about her childhood. Well, like, the women can read it as ‘their book’ and the rest can savor it as a perfect little literary masterpiece. I found it exceptional, that the glamorous writing style compensates the unfamiliarity and vex a male reader may find in an entirely ‘womanly’ world of words in those 110 pages

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Review of : The witch of portobello

Author: Paulo Coelha 

Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher

No of pages:  320

ISBN:  9780061338809

Rating: 5/5 

Totally different from the usual Paulo Coelho styles The witch of portobello recounts Adena’s  life as seen from her different acquaintances , relations and friends. Adhena is a child adopted from Romania blessed with the spiritual light from birth. In the process of her growth, her parents are induced to the fact of the specialties of her character apart from the usual children of her age. Before long they loose her from the usual life to her own spiritual search in which she quits collage and gets married at a very early age  and gives birth to a male child whom she names ‘Viorel’ which is a Romanian name relating to her roots in the Romanian gypsy colonies. As she advances in her spiritual journey she receives both friends,followers as well as foes from many sides. The suspense relies in Adena’s death which marks an abrupt end to the rage from religious fanatics against her  “witchcraft”(They call her the ‘witch of portobello’).Framing her own ‘fake’ death she disappears to a silent existence with the help of her boyfriend in Scotland yard.
This paulo Coelho tale is ‘not meant for the usual reader’ I would say, considering its uniqueness in construction and depth.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A Review of: Murdermorphosis by Jeffrey Apostol

Author: Jeffrey .A.Apostol


Rating: 4/5

A highly impressive work by Jeffrey Apostol.Brief,fast-paced and intriguing. A murder mystery brilliantly written, embedding in it several unforgettable characters.Especially the murderer, the gay prostitute Ryan Yammet and the brilliant (and muscular) detective Gabriel.Gabriel is unaware of his own blood relations as he was adopted at birth. Jeffrey Apostol furnishes the superb climax by connecting the dictetive's blood relation and to solving the case.A brilliant crime thriller.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

A review of: A Book of poemtry and other writings

Author: Yasmine Jameson

ISBN: 9781301988181 

Rating: 4/5

The beauty of Yasmine's poetry is in its simplicity. The sharpness of words that convey great meanings in such short words.Some of her poems take the reader to a spell of meditative rumination on the meaning within. That is the quality which makes a poem meaningfully a 'POEM' - when it induces in the reader a positive thought process. This quality is candid in the author's poems. No doubt this collection will be a 'goodread' for the reader.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Author: Euphonos Aus 

Publisher: Euphonos

No of pages:  32


Price: 199 INR

Rating: 5/5

The title of this collection of invaluable poetic gems says it all – ‘wings of emotions’. There can’t be a better title to this garland of touching and poignant poems. Euphonos, has been able to completely manifest her poetical talents in this collection. Like a dart of overwhelming nausea penetrating in to the conscience of the modern-day reader - caught up in the rat-race of the new-world, indifferent to emotions, feelings and relations that are within and around him, Euphonos’s  words strike us , inducing a blissful spell of meditative retrospect, in which the reader visualizes himself/herself as a cluster of strong, yet suppressed feelings, desires and surges; of indomitable emotions.
Euphonos writes about friendship, dreams, love, fear, relationships and the longing for the confrontation for the loved one of one’s dreams. She beautifully captures the marvels of nature like rain and wind, and cleverly describes the psychedelic effect that they induce in the human mind. Her poems reach their peak of excellence when the subject is love- when they are humble prayers to the Holy phenomenon of romance. She is undoubtedly a romantic poet, basically