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Hardboiled & Hard Luck: Dreamy prose of Banana Yoshimoto

What do you do when you are having a hard time in life? When the onus of regrets and grief is making you weak. Will you give up? Certainly not! So, is there any choice? Yes, definitely. The choice is to accept it and move on. And there are some books that could help you in accepting your grief, working as a pacifier to your soul.… Continue reading

Birthday Girl: Murakami’s magical words

Some books leave you with a special feeling. The times when you have given up on your dreams by compromising with the reality, they make you realize that there is still some magic present in our ordinary lives. “Birthday Girl” by Haruki Murakami, is one such book. Published as a short story in 2004, under Murakami’s Birthday Stories collection, this is re-published by Vintage Books as a separate book this year (2019) for celebrating Murakami’s 70th birthday.… Continue reading

‘Ghachar Ghochar’ – clearly states blood is thicker than water

Charity begins at home”, the proverb that clearly expresses the fact that the demand and needs of one’s family should be taken care of first before caring for others. But, what happens, if their wants exceed the amount they really need, and all those wants are met? They want more and more then and it becomes a habit of asking and this gives birth to irreversible greed, cruelty and toxicity.… Continue reading

Of dogs and walls by Yuko Tsushima

“Of dogs and walls” by Yuko Tsushima has two short stories which have never been translated into English before. It comes under the fifty new books published last year, for celebrating the pioneering spirit of iconic Penguin Modern Classics series. Coming from varied backgrounds, each book offers its own contemporary flavor.… 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

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