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Ava Suri
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Ruskin Bond (Ed) - The Penguin Book of Indian Railway Stories
+Penguin India +Amazon India Ruskin Bond Indian Railways are a marvel.  They criss-cross across our vast country and take you to nooks and crannies you never thought existed.  They have been transporting people from one point to another ever since 1853, eve...

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Khushwant Singh - Delhi A Novel
Khushwant Singh +Penguin Books UK Delhi A novel starts with the protagonist, A Sikh Journalist, returning to Delhi from abroad.  He is loafing around, visiting his cronies in Coffee House, going around the city when he is asked to escort around a woman who ...

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Carrie Fisher - Shockaholic
+Simon & Schuster Books +Amazon India +Kindle Store Carrie Fisher was best known for playing Princess Leia in the legendary movie series Star Wars.  She reappeared recently in the episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and seemed all set to appear in fur...

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Ashok Kumar - 10 favorite songs
Just before I started planning this post I wondered why there were hardly any song lists featuring  Ashok Kumar .  I found out soon; Ashok Kumar barely ever lip synced to songs.  Hardly ever during the later part of 50s or 60s.  Mahal - one of his best movi...

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Zeenat Aman - My favorite Songs
Zeenat burst into the film scene in 1970s. She was not the first glamorous heroine of our times. We have seen many of those.  But there were none who were as free spirited as her. Look at the picture above.  She is wearing a simple kurta, hoop earrings and ...

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Claire Tomalin - Jane Austen A Life
+Penguin Books UK @clairetomalin.com After finishing the book I agreed wholeheartedly with the blurbs on it. "As near perfect a life of Jane Austen as we are likely to get." Carmen Calil of Telegraph. "A book that radiates intelligence, wit and insight." Th...

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Stars and Songs
This post is dedicated to Raja Swaminathan and Archana Sapkota.  These are some of the actresses dear to their hearts.  I have often teased them that the girls on this list are too 'nice'. All of them, except Mumtaz who had loads of pizzaz. The list is in o...

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Rooftop Prince - 2012
Director: Shin Yoon-Sub Writer: Lee Hee-Myung The series starts with a Joseon Crown Prince Lee Kak (Mickey Yoochun) waking up in the middle of the night to find his wife missing from beside him.  The palace is thrown into a turmoil when she is discovered fl...

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Lynn Bishop - Put Asunder
+Amazon India @Amazon Asia Pacific Holdings +Kindle Store We meet Michael Rheese in 1809 at Talavera in Spain.  He is wounded and accompanied by some other soldiers who are badly wounded too.  They have been left behind by the General Cuesta.  Rheese knows ...

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Greame Macrae Burnet - His Bloody Project
@Contraband +Amazon India +Kindle Store In 1869 a 17 year old boy called Roderick Macrae killed three people and surrendered tamely.  He was upfront about owning to the murder. Something about the stoic, taciturn boy appeals to the lawyer chosen to defend h...
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