Our Moon Has Blood Clots – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Rahul Pandita | Genre: Memoir, Indian Literature | Pages: 264 | Publisher: Random House India Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old in 1990 when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family, who were Kashmiri Pandits: the Hindu minority within a Muslim majority Kashmir that was becoming increasingly agitated with the cries of…

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At Long Last…

I’ve watched your footsteps etched in the mud you tread seen in them the dreams you’ve heartlessly murdered dying, gasping for breath I’ve stayed close hidden away in corners though lest your shadows reveal mine to you I’ve inhaled your breaths tired and exhausted from the coffee mugs you leave behind my world is tilted…

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Marley and Me – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: John Grogan | Genre: Memoir, Dogs | Pages: 291 | Publisher: William Morrow John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.…

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The Last Breath

Long after the sun’s set I release a breath of self-proclaimed misery and let out all those dreams that couldn’t be true I let out a breath of restless hope as I prepare myself for the scarce crumbs of comfort that night brings on will I be in your arms again and cry a river,…

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कैसी यह कश्मकश …

जो साथ हों लेंतो अपने बगावत कर जायेंगेजो साथ न देंतो तुम्हारे गुनेहगार कह लाएंगेजो दिल की सुनेंतो दिमाग़ के दुश्मन बन जायेंगेऔर जो दिमाग़ की सुनेंतो अपने आप के न हो पाएंगेकैसी यह कश्मकश हैजाएं चाहे जिस भी रास्तेकिस्मत से तकरार तय है

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A Nation to Protect – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Priyam Gandhi-Mody | Genre: Non-fiction | Pages: 317 | Publisher: Rupa Publications Even after three waves of the pandemic, India has managed to save more lives than most countries in the world. The country has proved the cynics wrong with one of the lowest fatality rates. As a testament to its scientific and technological prowess, the nation has…

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निगाहों में जिनकी हम…

ग़म तो जनाबइस बात का है कीनिगाहों में जिनकी हमताउम्र रहना चाहते थेउन्हें नज़रों से गिरने मेंज़्यादा वक़्त न लगाहम सपने बुनते रह गएऔर वो दबे पाओं दग़ा दे गए

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What’s life!

I keep telling myselfit’s all rightto not have what I wantto not get what I craveto pine for what I deserveto lose what’s mineBut in realityI’m dyingof these meek attemptsof these fake comfortsof these suffocating breathsof living these sore liesI keep telling myselfthat I’m all rightbut a voice echoes from deep inside“you’re not, but you’ll…

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पलटवार

यूँ बिन बताए आधी रात आनासब जान चुके हैंपरेशान हो चुके हैंअब शांत हो चुके हैंयूँ खिड़की से सीटियां मारनासब जान चुके हैंपरेशान हो चुके हैंअब हार चुके हैंवक़्त का खेल तो देखोकिस्मत पलटवार कर गयीअब जो जा चुकी हो तो सुनोख्यालों मेंयूँ बिन बताए न आया करोभूला चुका हूँ मैंहार चुका हूँ मैंयूँ दिलोदिमाग…

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Heal with Foods: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Manjari Chandra | Genre: Food | Pages: 256 | Publisher: Rupa Publications Heal with Foods puts the focus on gut health for promoting overall well-being.It takes the reader on the journey of exploration, reflecting on factors thatinfluence our diet and gut health. Deeply researched and full of nutritionalinsights, the book highlights life-changing ingredients that can serve as amagical…

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जो दास्ताँ…

जो दास्ताँ जुबां पर हैवह उन्हें बताते कैसेकहते भी तो क्यावो अपनाते उन्हेंगैरों के बीच जोरातें काटी हमनेउनके चौखट परअजनबी का दर्जान गवारा था हमेंज़िन्दगी बीत गयीदो पल की दिल्लगीके आस मेंऔर जो दास्ताँ जुबां पर थीबरसों हुए उन्हें भुलाये हमें

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तन्हाई

तन्हाइयों की शिकायत करें भी तो कैसे इन्होंने ता उम्र अपनों की तरह साथ निभाया है

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Gerald’s Game: Book Review By Asha Seth

Author: Stephen King | Genre: Horror | Pages: 320 | Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton A game. A husband and wife game. Gerald’s Game. But this time Jesse didn’t want to play. Lying there, spreadeagled and handcuffed to the bedstead while he’d loomed and drooled over her, she felt angry and humiliated. So she’d kicked out hard. Aimed to hit…

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9 Most Underrated Romance Novels You Must Read this Valentine’s

Valentine’s is here and if you’re out hunting for some of the best romance books to read, I have a list you’d wish you’d come across sooner. These books have been written by some of the most successful authors of our time but unfortunately these aren’t masterpieces and not much read or talked about; but…

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One ought,
every day at least,
to hear a little song,
read a good poem,
see a fine picture, and,
if it were possible,
to speak a few reasonable words.”

 Goethe

Coriander Hopes

I look over my shoulders. One, twice, and then again. This ritual never ends. Me, chasing darkness for that sliver of light. And light evading me, elusive as ever. I couldn’t have been more desperate, more wanting of that one little ray of hope. I wake up. The morning is chilly. There’s a slight nip…

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Everything I Never Told You – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Celeste Ng | Genre: Contemporary, Mystery | Pages: 125 | Publisher: Penguin Press Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill…

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