Thursday, July 7, 2016

An A (so far) in The Reading Assignment Challenge

I am faring awfully bad at virtually all the reading challenges I have joined this year. But the one challenge that I am somehow managing to hang on to is The Reading Assignment challenge hosted by Michelle and Berls.

I have been able to read six preselected books in the first half of 2016, one for each month. Here are the books read:

1. Outlaws by Javier Cercas  (January)

2. Jaya: An Illustrated Re-Telling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Patnaik  (February)

3.  Understanding Bhagat Singh by Chaman Lal  (March)

4. Bhai and Bhabi of Bhagat Singh: A Biography of Bhagwati Charan Vohra and Durga Bhabi by Malwinderjit Singh Waraich   (April)

I enjoyed almost all the books though I am more delighted at the fact that till date I have been able to keep up with this challenge. Six down, six more to go....

Thursday, June 30, 2016


This is a lively and lucid look at the emerging discipline of Transnational history. A look at the way history is being researched seeing the manner in which the local also had connections with the beyond. No use of jargon is a major plus point. And I loved the author's cheeky sense of humour.

First Line: But not only is it true that no country can be understood without taking account of all the past; it is also true that we cannot select a stretch of land and say we will limit our study to this land; for local history can only be understood in the light of the history of the world.

Pub. Details: NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Pages: 193
Source: CL [954. S87T]

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bhagat Singh and his Legend (ed) J.S. Grewal

Bhagat Singh is perhaps India's best known revolutionary. For long, he was just seen as a man with a gun in his hand but now slowly people are awakening to the fact that he was a voracious reader and an intelligent thinker who thought deep about the ailments that plagued Indian society.

This book is an anthology of essays regarding various viewpoints on/ of Bhagat Singh. The section that I liked best was where his portrayal in different literatures of India viz. Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, and Punjabi is detailed. Now if only I can find translations of the Gujarati and Marathi texts....


First Line: This book consists of four segments.

Pub. Details: ,Patiala: World Punjabi Centre, 2008.

Pages: 280

Source: CL 52709 

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Bhagwati Charan Vohra and his wife Durga  were compatriots of Bhagat Singh. Lovingly called Bhai and Bhabhi, they were a comfortably-off couple who still left all the comforts and jumped into the Indian freedom struggle. While Bhagwati died a gruesome death when the bomb that he was testing accidentally went off, Durga continued the struggle even in free India. This book is not so much a biography as a collection of extracts from other books and anecdotes and recollections. It is worth a read but the couple deserve something much better.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


" I have learnt from experience that when a book makes a sensation it is just as well to wait a year before you read it. It is astonishing how many books then you need not read at all."

W. Somerset Maugham: The Voice of the Turtle

Wish I had read this advice before reading all those books on international- bestseller lists.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mount TBR Check-In

It is time for the first check-in of 2016 as we climb the mountains of books, purchased before this year.

Well, I have taken a small step towards conquering those mountains, having read Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch. And my fave character of that book (to ans a ques asked by Bev @My Reader's Block) was the eponymous heroine Mildred. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Much before Harry Potter, there was a young witch names Mildred Hubble who attended Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. She was a misfit because she could not ride her broom properly and was afraid of the dark. But when the need arrived, she rose to the occasion and saved her school.

This was my intro to Jill Murphy's highly successful series. Liked it but it doesn't have a character at par with my favourite Potions professor.