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Deborah Levy on writing and womanhood

Writing is a journey in itself. Experience plays a vital role in a writer’s life. With experience, you learn your mistakes and how to outgrow them. There are good and bad experiences. Some of them you will like to remember and some of them you will wish to forget about. “Things I don’t want to know” by Deborah Levy, is the first book in her three part living autobiography.… Continue reading

“Bestseller” by Ahmed Faiyaz will keep you glued

“And mate, you get this done and I can convince Dad about literary eBooks imprint you wanted to start up with us. I feel its a real possibility for you to move back to London and lead this new project in a year, but only if……”

Bestseller (2018) is a book written about the lesser-known courtyards of publishing houses and all the hullabaloo that happens in publishing a bestseller.… Continue reading

The art of war by Sun Tzu

The Art of War (written around400 B.C.) is a concise, eloquent and descriptive piece of writing about strategies of war and it is still relevant in politics, business, sports, etc where the situations are war-like. The work is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (“Master Sun”, also spelled Sunzi).… Continue reading

Forbidden stories from inside North Korea: The Accusations by Bandi

How will you react, when you will come to know that, your life’s fate has been written down long before your birth? And what you eat and drink, what you speak, and where you go, everything would be closely monitored. Scary, isn’t it?

The Accusations written by Bandi is a collection of seven such stories, giving us the chilling account of the lives of the people living in North Korea.… Continue reading

The Metamorphosis: A tale of today’s “great depression”

The Metamorphosis (1915), written by Franz Kafka is one of the finest pieces of literature. This novella focuses on the modern day lives which is filled with dichotomy, dilemmas, frustrations and pomp shows. The book uses the story of Gregor Samsa and his metamorphosis to open a world of interpretations and discussions.… Continue reading

River of Smoke: As the Ibis trilogy progresses

The second book in the Ibis trilogy is named “River of smoke” and it turned out to be much more interesting than sea of poppies. To catch the story line, refer the older posts. This book is probably named river of smoke for the river, Pearl River, and the port city alongside, Canton which was the destination of opium being shipped from Calcutta.… Continue reading

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