Book review: The Great Passage by Shion Miura

For someone who loves words so much I didn’t realise how rarely I pay attention to them. In the world of contemporary Japanese fiction this book is surely not be missed. The lovable quirky team at Gembu Publishing that has undertaken the mammoth task of publishing the new age The Great Passage dictionary know how…

Three must-read books on N.Korea

These books had the most amount of impact on me emotionally and mentally when it comes to lives affected in isolated country by it’s regime, not to mention how much they inspired me.  1. In order to Live by Yeonmi Park All the time while reading this book I was shockingly aware that all the…

Book review: The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

Finding lesser known authors and their books is one of the reasons I love visiting bookshops on my travels. When you are in Manila please do visit Fully Booked bookshop where I bumped into this fictional treasure. Nakano thrift shop selling second-hand goods is a microcosm of human stories playing outside on a large scale….

Must-read memoirs for gymnastics enthusiasts

There is something incredibly mesmerizing about watching gymnasts perform some of the most complicated and mind boggling moves that a human body can ever perform with utmost ease or making it look like really easy. I might not know the names of these moves or even of gymnasts performing them, but the sport doesn’t fail…

Six must-read Japanese books

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki: First published in 1914 in one of my favorite newspapers Asahi Shimbun, it took me a while to get used to the pace of this book. In the first pages it felt so gloomy that I had to take a  break from reading it. But once I resumed the book it…

Rediscovering John Updike

I was browsing titles of Haruki Murakami books in a bookshelf at Crossword bookstore deciding which title would be best to start  the Murakami journey with,  when among that confusion I saw the name John Updike and never having seen an Updike book in that store I nearly jumped in surprise. I always seem to…

Book Review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

There are phrases passing through my head, the most prominent one glaring at me in capital letters is ‘ARRANGE YOUR FACE’ and there are scenes smoothly gliding by, as in a revolving photo frame of : child Thomas Cromwell looking at blood…his own blood caused by beating of his father, Anne constantly tugging at her…

Book Review: The Whispering Land by Gerald Durrell

After I read the book, I could not stop talking about the prologue he has written or rather (a word in advance). It is thrilling to see a life lead so randomly, at a whim and just lead through love. GD always fascinated by animals, eventually takes up a job where he gets animals from…

Book Review: A Ripple from the Storm by Doris Lessing

I did not feel settled with the book at all, at least not very much till the end. Throughout, I was so taken by its simplicity around an ideology- Communism. The problem of everyone in the book including its protagonist Martha Quest were problems of everyone outside it. It struck an immediate chord, because people…