The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

My ratings – 5/5

Afganistan, 1975. Twelve year old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant’s son and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

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This beautiful masterpiece will surely have you in tears in some point or other. I first picked up this book from a local vendor outside my college, I kept it for a year unread. Then one day, all of a sudden I thought to give it a read and trust me, it was my best decision ever. This book is a gem. Its a beautiful tale of friendship, unconditional love, faith, faults and redemption.
I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. I got to know about what Afganistan and their people have gone through in past.What I loved the most was the storytelling, it totally captured my heart. Mr. Hosseini spins magic with words. I can’t express my emotions for this piece of art.

There is absolutely nothing I can say about this book that’ll not be an understatement. I learned so many things from this book and one of them is -‘what’s broken once can be mended again, not in a way it was before but in some other way possible.. All you have to do is give it a try.’ πŸ™‚

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All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.

My ratings – 3.5/5 My ratings for the writing style – 5/5

Here is a thing everyone wants : A miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears : What it takes to get one.
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This is a story set in 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado. There lives only two kind of people, Sorias and Pilgrims. The place actually belongs to the Soria family, who have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And, the pilgrims are the people who go there looking for a miracle. But the miracle of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.
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Do you want to know what kind of miracles they perform? Oh you should and trust me its sooooo amazing! I should not say more about it since I do not want spoilers to come out. 🀐

It was my first read by Maggie Stiefvater. I had heard a lot about her books and after reading this one, I got to know why people love her.

The writing style is so lyrical and she has definitely a magical way with words.The story revolved around hopes, fears, beliefs, love, loss, saints, miracles and owls ofcourse.

I found the concept of the book pretty interesting but it was not that engaging. Characters were complex and they left me wanting to know more about them.

I didn’t really love this one but I quite liked it. If I was in school rightnow and my teacher would ask me the moral of the story, I would have just narrated the climax of this book in my words. Yes, the climax was so fascinating and meaningful.

Not a line but the whole passages were quotable.
The writing style of the author was truly magical. The way she expressed the desires and fears of each and every character in just a single line was truly beautiful. There was no end to her imagination and I loved that. She could even make you fall in love with a desert or a truck with her words.🌸

I m delighted to have read her work and really can’t wait to explore more of her books.😍

Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane.

My ratings : 4/5

It is the story of Urmila, Sita’s sister, and one of the most overlooked characters in the Ramayana. As Sita prepares to go into exile, her younger sisters stay on in the doomed palace of Ayodhya, their smiles, joys and hopes wiped away in a single stroke. But, one woman, of immense strength and conviction, stands out in this tableu of tears and tragedy – Urmila, whose husband, Lakshman has chosen to accompany his brother, Ram, to the forest. She could have insisted on joining Lakshman, as did Sita with Ram, but she did not.

This courageous tale of Urmila is very well narrated. It has kept me gripped me till the very end and I really enjoyed reading it. Whenever we talk or hear about Ramayana, the very first thing that occupies our mind is Ram’s exile. His fourteen years of exile in the forest. Nobody really tells what’s happened to others in those terrible long years.

Yes, this book talks about the exile of people who were left behind in the lavish palace of Ayodhya, shattered and heart broken. Urmila, neglected by her husband who chose to follow his brother, decided not to question him. She endured beautifully and grew through her pain.

This book talks about her questions, feelings and how she dealt with her destiny. The writer has shown the state of mind of other females in the palace as well with a really different perception. Character detailing was very interesting! Along with Urmila, other females too were going through their inner sufferings. They were fighting with each other, fate, god and sometimes, simply with themselves. Ita about how their lives have been shaped by destiny and how they took it.

Everyone who enjoys reading Indian Mythology, should go for this book. It won’t disappoint you! Can’t wait to explore this author and her other books.

The Nine Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat.

My ratings : 3.5/5

Nine characters recall their relationship with a woman – the same woman – whom they have loved or who has loved them. We piece her together, much as we do with others in our lives, in incomplete but illuminating silvers.

Its the most uniquely written book I’ve read till now. The concept is really appealing. How nine different men saw a woman – the same woman – so differently, was fascinating.

The woman, on whom the whole book is revolving around has no name, no voice and no nothing. Its only the nine men who describe her according to their very own perspectives. Doesn’t it sound so interesting? Well, it is. Because at the end, its all about the perspective!

I really enjoyed reading it and seeing the woman through their eyes, though I was slightly expecting more from this book but I did love a few things. The book and the characters are flawed, just like us humans. How we think we know someone completely but the fact is its only OUR perception, how we often confuse attachment with love or sometimes with lust, how we expect others to be the way we want them to be and how we always wait for someone to save us from US.

And, being satisfied doesn’t always mean being happy.

What my perspective is, that, the woman is a free soul who makes mistakes and takes her own decisions fiercly, she lacks commitment yet the other person to be commited to her, moreover she just wants to love and feel loved. Like everyone of us, no?

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

My ratings : 4/5

Relevant to today’s war-torn world, this book takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.

Indian mythology is personal favorite genre and reading an epic with a feminine perspective was truly beautiful. It makes you see the entire Mahabharata through Panchaali’s eyes, beginning with her birth from Agni(fire), her destiny that gave her five husbands, her complicated yet beautiful relationship with Krishna, her thoughts, her desires, her questions and most importantly her demand for vengeance that had shaped our heritage.

I sometimes wonder what we have to face even in this era had Draupadi didn’t teach the world that whoever tries to disgrace a woman’s dignity, must have to bear its consequences in the end. If Draupadi didn’t ask for justice and Krishna didn’t enlighten the minds of the Pandavas, there will be more of the Duryodhans everywhere.

I loved the writing style of the author. This book will keep you gripped till the very end and trust me, in the final stages of the book, you won’t want it to end. We can’t actually know what had happened there in that time or to those people but you will really enjoy reading this epic tale with a feminine point if view. πŸ™‚ I will recommend this to everyone who loves to read the

epic ancient tales.

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So here I am! sharing my experiences with books and my reading journey. Ofcourse, I will express my thoughts in the form of reviews about them as well. :’)

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