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Namitha Varma-Rajesh
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#NewYearNewMe may be all about health and fitness, but reading challenges are a thing of habit to me by now. This year, again, I’ve devised my own reading challenge. The challenge contains books I already own, to make sourcing easier. There’s also an affini...

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#2016ReadingChallenge - How I Fared
I read a total of 161 books in 2016. Most-read genres: Detective fiction (21% of 161 books), Indian writing (15%) and Children's literature and Fantasy (11% each).  I've liked 66% of the books I read (rated 4 and 5 stars on Goodreads).  My most-read authors...

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Book Review: His Runaway Royal Bride by Tanu Jain
How does one judge a Mills & Boon romance? Do we go
ahead with reviewing the plot, characterisation, language and other facets as
usual, or do we ignore some parts of it considering it is meant for pulp
consumption? I haven’t read many M&B. I think this is ...

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A thrilling read: The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician trilogy comprises The Magicians’ Guild, The Novice and The High Lord . The story revolves around Sonea, a slum girl who is found to have high magical potential, and the fate of Kyralia, her land, which is under threat from...

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Not Your Average Mushy Romance: A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Dutta Gupta
When a novel is categorised as 'Romance', I tend to view it more as a feel-good, chick-lit story with high predictability of storyline. Since that is not the kind of works I like to read, it takes a lot of motivation for me to pick it up. Paulami Dutta Gupt...

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Ruminating on the Taste of Love: Alphabet Soup for Lovers by Anita Nair
I was drawn to the Alphabet Soup for Lovers after reading some of the excerpts posted by two of my bibliophile friends. The food allegories were so simple that they were tempting. I've never read any whole novel of Anita Nair before, and having heard praise...

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Snarky Humour, Lovable Protagonist: Only Wheat Not White by Varsha Dixit
Let me confess that I began reading 'Only Wheat Not White' by Varsha Dixit with a lot of prejudice. Prejudice #1 - the genre. I am not a fan of romance, and the amount of mushiness and the forced happy endings drive me crazy. Prejudice #2 - the title. 'Only...

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Book Review: Or Forever Hold Your Peace by Donna Abraham
Or Forever Hold Your Peace by Donna Abraham is a simple tale of 27-year-old Malayali SMRC Catholic girl and her attempts at finding a Mr. Right. The unnamed protagonist-cum-narrator tells us her experiences with the customs around arranged marriages, with s...

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A Mushy Romance for Light Reading: The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman
The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman is a mushy romance perfect for light reading. It was a quick and simple read, and combined romance with high-drama, full of pointless vituperations. I liked the way the author brought alive the mind of the protagonis...

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Marred by Stilted Language: Skylines by Neelam Saxena Chandra
Skylines by Neelam Saxena Chandra is a collection of 14 short stories narrating simple stories from daily lives of an average Indian woman. They are tales celebrating the grit, determination, strength and fortitude of a woman. The stories per se are not inn...
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