Rebecca: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review also available on: Instragram | Goodreads| Amazon Author: Daphne du Maurier| Genre: Gothic, Suspense | Pages: 397 The Plot: A handmaid falls in love with a dashing widower Mr de Winter and accepts his marriage proposal and becomes the lady of Manderley. Little does she know about the past and haunt that the country…

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The Red Address Book – Book Review by Asha Seth

REVIEW AVAILABLE ON: INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | AMAZON Author: Sofia Lundberg| Genre: Historical Fiction | Pages: 304 The Plot: Doris Alm is 96 years old and living through perhaps, the last days of her life. She is reliving the past few decades that she has preserved in her RED ADDRESS BOOK, with memories of her life, but most importantly, of people she’s…

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Nine Lives: Book Review by Asha Seth

Review Available on: Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author: William Dalrymple| Genre: Non-Fiction | Pages: 275 The Plot: In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners of traditional forms of faith in contemporary India. For two months a year, a man…

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The Godfather: An Excerpt

“For the second time he saw Michael Corleone’s face freeze into a mask that resembled uncannily the Don’s. “Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal…

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In Arabian Nights: An Excerpt

Standing there, the ocean breeze cool on my face, I sensed the tingle of something I could not understand, and saw a fine geometric carpet laid over the lawn. I strolled down over the terrace and on to the grass, and stepped aboard it, the silk knots pressing against my bare feet. Before I knew…

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Mathilda – An Excerpt

When I had lived here some time other animals visited me and a fox came every day for a portion of food appropriated for him & would suffer me to pat his head. I had besides many books and a harp with which when despairing I could soothe my spirits, and raise myself to sympathy…

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The Fall – An Excerpt

Let’s sit down on these steamer chairs. What a fog! I interrupted myself, I believe, on the way to the little-ease. Yes, I’ll tell you what I mean. After having struggled, after having used up all my in-solent airs, discouraged by the uselessness of my efforts, I made up my mind to leave the society…

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The Book Lover

She read books. Devoured the words. Let sentences consume her. Drowned in the writer’s thoughts, she experienced a liberation she long sought. ♥ She read books. Wallowed in their magic. Allowed the stories to fill the gaping holes. And heal scars the world her branded upon her soul. ♥ But more than anything, she read…

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The Scion of Ikshvaku: Book Review by Asha Seth

Let’s write a book. Choose an epic mythological tale; one that is revered by every Indian, since generations. Prise out the main figures, perhaps, ones religiously worshipped. Stick to the original settings, how else will readers relate? Throw in some 21st century slangs and expletives. Add few not-so necessary war scenes. And of course, Google…

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The Imperfectionists: Book Review by Asha Seth

#MyThoughts: Sometimes, it’s good too take a chance with books and authors unheard of. As a reader, I’m quite eccentric. If I’m trying an author for the first time, I check out their quotes. Well, and if the quotes stick with me, I’m likely to stick with the author. And then there are such quotes that…

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Oblivious

She daydreams about the handsome princes and knights in shining armor the queens in glorious gowns and castles with secrets galore ♥ She’s mesmerized by the magic conjured by wands by the beauty of invisibility cloaks by cursed rings, poisoned apples, the elves, hobbits, and dwarfs ♥ Her world lies between the pages filled with…

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The Universal Rule on Writing Titles

There is always this dilemma with titles. To begin with, I am never self-satisfied with a chosen title. And once I have chosen it, sticking by it is another task. Thinking of it now, I feel how difficult can it be? I always start with one topic leading to another and then going as far…

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Difficult Writing Times

Sounds very much like one of those newspaper titles to me but good that we do not have such things. Can’t imagine what days would be like to have a newspaper like that to start the day with! So I am talking about times that are difficult. Unfavorable. Adverse. Google says, it is when there…

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5 Best Tips on Writing Simple

Well, being simple is most difficult, isn’t it? Being simple, living simple, thinking simple, writing simple. But when it comes to writing, I feel, it’s furthermore difficult. Let me tell you about my writing experiences so far. Like every other person when I started to write, it wasn’t just the fear of rejection that clouded…

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What to Write?

Do you sometimes feel that your head might burst to disperse thousands of words in the form of thoughts in the air around you? Do you come across this state when there is so much you want to write, so many things at once that you just don’t seem to be able to concentrate on…

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book Review by Asha Seth

Okay, Point no. 1: Do not run behind books based on the hype around you. That’s the first lesson I learnt. For some goddamn reason, everywhere around me I just saw Fifty Shades. In trains, buses, at work, with friends, around strangers it was just talks about Fifty Shades. I guess I must have absolutely lost…

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On Writing: Book Review by Asha Seth

Acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks has recommended some books on his website that will help you improve your writing skills. One of them is ‘ON WRITING‘ by ‘Stephen King‘. This being my first Stephen King book, I was disappointed to not have started reading his books earlier. Well, I might as well yell that I love the way…

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You learn…

You Learn After a while you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul, And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning And company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts And presents aren’t promises, And you begin to accept your defeats With your head up…

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A Moment of Joy

My younger sister Aarti asked me this the other day after I reached home from work – “What is goodreads? What is it for? Do you make friends there?” Well, now I am sure for a person like my sister it must have taken a great deal to contain that many questions inside until the…

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