Cat Among The Pigeons

You randomly decide to catch up with a friend at a bookstore which has a cafe that is known for chai. Well, no suspense there it is called Cha Bar and the bookstore goes by the name ‘Oxford Bookstore’. This is in Connaught Place of New Delhi, India.

So, I was in the metro today with a book that I bought from the above-talked bookstore. Yes, you go to a bookstore and you have to have to buy a book. The reason I bought this was because I remember reading ‘Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie’ back in 2007 when I was in a school.

The weather was perfect, the temperature showing 16 °C, the metro coming out of the tunnel and sun shining on your back and an empty metro which means you get to sit and read in silence.  That is when I clicked this photograph.

Tell me what you guys are reading these days? And how’s the weather at your end?

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The incident

Yesterday I boarded the metro and there wasn’t much rush which means that I get space to read. I took my book out from the bag and started reading it, now what happens when I read a book is that my destination arrives faster and it seems that I have skipped many stations, but that is obviously not the case. Anyway, I am reading and there is a guy standing beside me for most of the journey.

Just before my stop, he gets a seat almost in front of me and sits down. After a few minutes, he is staring at the book and then he is staring at me. Not staring but you know he looked at the book and then at me. I was thinking what is wrong with this guy, does he like the book or he wants it? But then I saw his confused face and it occurred to me that I was reading ‘Murder on the Orient Express‘ by Agatha Christie. So you get it? Me reading a book about the murder on some other express while I am in the metro, that guy must be wondering what is happening.

I closed my book and went towards the door and de-boarded the metro to get to work.

You can buy the book here.

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Last pages

The last 50 pages
A hot summer night
And a thought of you.
-Jafar Rehman

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P.S. ‘You’ here can be food.

The Forty Rules Of Love

I have finally completed this book I have been talking about( The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak). This is an achievement for me and believe me when I tell you that this was one fine read. I started reading this book on 15 April 2015 and I took my time because I find it hard to read on mobiles/laptops (this was an eBook). But I did not stop in the middle and continued with it, read it during my recovery after surgery and read it while commuting, read it whenever I could.
Now I took more than 6 months to complete this book and I don’t regret it. I had to start over several times but I am glad I didn’t stopped reading.
Coming to the topic, this is not a review of the book because I don’t think I will be able to write one(not right after I am done reading it). But this is a post just to tell you that the book was great and I’d suggest you to read it as well. 🙂

Thoughts about – “Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck”

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing,I loved it.
Loved how things work between people and makes them do things they never imagined doing.
After reading some more reviews here,I am amazed that people call it crap.If you don’t like it then say it but stop labeling it as crap.To each his own.

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins(Book Overview)

Started this book with great expectations and with hope of reading something amazing.I assure you that most of the expectations were met.Here is my little overview of the book from Goodreads.

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I haven’t read much classics,so bear with me if I miss a thing or two.This indeed a page turner and took me on an adventure of the gem named Moonstone,no way you could stop thinking about it and drawing out conclusions and constantly trying to solve the mystery of the gem.Ending will surprise you,I enjoyed every part of it.
The part I personally liked very much was of Ezra Jennings,though it was short but the misery of his life impacted me on great level.I loved almost all the narrations by different characters of the story and the most wisest of them all was that of Mr.Gabriel Betterredge.The book has amazing things to offer,I’d recommend it.

And if you have read this amazing book,then tell me your views too.

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver
This isn’t a review but a quick follow up,purely based on personal views.I selected this book because it was in Select Editions by Reader’s Digest,although the first on the list was Step Ball Change by Jeanne Ray but I wasn’t in the mood of a romantic story so skipped to this one.

It is one of those books which sticks to the point and doesn’t go into unnecessary details(well most books don’t)but this one just keeps it pretty much accurate.Story in simple words is about a team in NYC trying to capture and arrest a Chinese human trafficker who’s coming to Long Island with a ship loaded with illegal immigrants.The story moves in a very sensible manner,focusing on the crime and also shedding good amount of light in the lives of the main characters.
There is much more than what I said,but I prefer leaving that part to the readers so they can discover on their own.The ending is great and leaves you satisfied.
A good crime mystery.Recommended to people interested in this genre (Mystery,Crime,Thriller,Suspense).

If you have read the book,then please tell me your views.

Next is – The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans.

Guest Post #1 – Book Review.

This is from a friend Radhika Chauhan,you can visit her blog here.We often talk about books and she mentioned this book and I asked her to do the review,so it can reach to more people,more than one.She reviewed a book called Secret & Lies.

Secrets & Lies by Jaishree Misra
The book Secrets & Lies by a prominent Indian author Jaishree Misra amongst many other things, is a poignant take of the two contrasting lifestyles of women: one as a powerful ambitious woman, a woman of the world and the other of a housewife struggling to find her own place in her own home. The book features four such women; Anita, who works for BBC; Bubbles, who is the wife of the billionaire business tycoon and has anything but love and respect at the click of her fingers; Zeba, who is a leading Bollywood diva and Samira, who is trying to keep her marriage from tearing at the seems. These four women who are so different from each other share a common childhood of growing up in Delhi in one of the most prestigious all-girls convent school, St. Jude’s. However, they share more than a common school, a disturbing secret of the death of their classmate Lily D’Souza who also happened to be a relative of their much respected and beloved principal Ms Victoria Lamb. Fifteen years after the incident, the four old school friends are brought together when they receive a letter from their now retiring school principal for an invite to the school reunion and her last desire to see her girls before retiring. Shocked by the letter as the four friends contemplate whether to attend the reunion or not, each one of them goes into the past and events which led to the death of Lily and how the horrifying incidence has shaped their life, affecting it more than they ever could have realized.
The book runs parallel between the era of the year 1993, describing the events that led up to Lily’s death and the present day 2008, describing how the four friends are handling their life ridden with guilt and regret. The book drives home a nostalgic feeling of the days of the familiarity of the convent schooling and this was the reason I personally loved it. The author has very delicately and passionately shaped the different lifestyles and feelings of the characters in a beautiful manner. The way she has woven together the contrasting lifestyles but the strong bond of friendship that binds them together is commendable. One of the best parts of the book is that it portrays the Indian woman, working or non- working, as a strong woman independent of the need of her husband’s affection and respect when none is given. I love how the characters grow to become an ideal image of that. This book is a benchmark in Indian fiction and I’m waiting for some more marvelous works from the author.
You can find more about the author at www.jaishreemisra.com
Radhika Chauhan

Book Review – The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink

I completed this book around 15 minutes back and I really liked it.I’ll try and write a small review and spare me for any mistakes I might make because it’s my first time reviewing a book.

A friend of mine recommended the movie and I planned to see it but simply couldn’t and when I saw the book in my brother’s collection,I thought to give it a try.So the story starts with a 15 year old boy named Micheal Berg who is sick and is rescued by a lady named Hanna Schmitz.They develop a bond and their journey starts and you are pulled into their lives.The story is set in Germany.As the story progress you see how both the characters change and grow in their own way.Without revealling much I shall say the story touches a lot of topics one of them being holocaust.

The book touches every reader in a different way and for me it was kind of amazing.It had some elements which I find to be very true and even how the human nature is depicted,how imperfect and flawed each character is.For me it was a page turner and would suggest this to people to give it a try.

I enjoyed the book and hope you enjoy it too.Share your views if you have read it too.