The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough

This book is for the days when you feel you have read everything. No plot, no character seems to hold your attention and you keep on impatiently hopping from book to book. At such a time… read The Ladies of Missalonghi. Colleen McCullogh’s writing flows along gently and almost before you know it, you are…

The ‘joy’ of giving..

Okay, I know this title makes it sound as if I am going to launch into a tedious, goody-goody sermon but don’t worry, I won’t. But I can’t help puzzling about this topic at times. The other day, I ordered a couple of pastries to give to our household help. I gave them to her…

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

In the mood for some chic lit? Then, Sophie Kinsella is your man, oops, woman! There is hardly any Sophie Kinsella book which I have not read and reread and loved. But I’ve Got Your Number is my absolute favourite. The book has a novel premise. Poppy Wyatt is a delightful, lovable, relatable character. She…

It’s like this Cat by Emily Cheney Neville

This is another book which I got from a second-hand roadside stall. It a very old book and winner of the Newbery Medal for Excellence in American Children’s Literature. That’s what made me buy this book and the cover, featuring a boy and a cat. And boy, what a gem this book is! Its one…

To Diet or Not to Diet

“What is that noise?” asked Rahul. Surbhi clutched her stomach guiltily. ‘Was her stomach rumbling so loudly?’ She quickly downed some water and tried to school her face into an indifferent expression. “There is some problem with the AC” answered Ruchi who had been investigating. “Why does the cooling in our department always suck?” she…

The Kindness of Strangers

I woke up with a sore throat. I couldn’t speak, could only croak. I croak a normal daily question to my husband. He doesn’t even notice that his wife is speaking like a crow. I get the morning chores done and take my kid to school. I talk to my friend on the phone. She…