Tag: Books

Reading Enid Blyton in 2017

I grew up on a daily diet of Enid Blyton’s stories. Adventures, mysteries, boarding schools, pixies, gnomes, elves, wizards, talking toys, farms – she has covered a wide range of genres and ages when it comes to children’s books. I devoured them while growing up in India, often trying to draw parallels between my childhood and the one depicted in the books.

As you must … Read the rest

Byrd’s Books in Bethel

There are stores that are flashy. There are stores that are grand. And then, there are stores like Byrd’s Books in downtown Bethel that make you feel like you stepped into the living room of an old friend. You can curl up on a chair and browse or read for as long as you want. These are shops that are the equivalent of a hot … Read the rest

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

If you have time to scroll through your Facebook feed and shake your head in disbelief, you have time to read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. And even if you don’t have time for social media and have your plate full with other pressing matters, read this book, I urge you. Unless, like millions of people before me, you have already read it.… Read the rest

Curious George and Other Books

Not too long ago, I volunteered at a Scholastic Book Fair in my son’s school. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed that morning, browsing through classics and newbies alike. In class, they are reading Molly Lou Melon, a delightful story about a short and clumsy young girl with buck teeth, and “a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor.”

I … Read the rest

Poem of the Week – On Children

On Children
by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not … Read the rest

Rustle the Penguin Throws a Party

Book titled 'Rustle the Penguin Throws a Party'Read this free book made on StoryJumper

Most kids keep a favorite toy or two in their locker at school. More often than not, it’s a stuffed animal, one they carry around wherever they go. The one toy which causes unforetold panic when left in a cafe or a train.

So when my son forgot his penguin, a certain Rustle (not Russell) Garbage-Ring, in his … Read the rest

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner


Life isn’t perfect, she thinks, as the lot of them clatter into her kitchen. It has taken her a while to get on friendly terms with this notion. She had thought perhaps it was perfect for others, not just for her. Or that she could revise and revise and revise life, as if sitting a perpetual Cambridge exam, and it would become perfect. Increasingly, Read the rest

P.G. Wodehouse’s Summer Lightning


I tried to take a break from writing. I couldn’t. So here I am, click-clacking at my keyboard in search of a story to tell.

So, why don’t I tell you something about the story I am reading right now? It’s Summer Lightning by P.G. Wodehouse.

Intrigued by the pig on the cover? That’s Empress, the prized sow of Lord Elmsworth. The story takes place … Read the rest

Biting through the Skin – A Good Read

I read blogs and books where some or all aspects of travel, extended travel, living as an expat, and often, settling down in a land-once-foreign hold center stage. So when I came upon Nina Mukerjee Furstenau’s memoir, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland, I found myself one-clicking my way to the book. Amazon delivered the book right around Christmas time … Read the rest

Baby Steps. Reading Books.

Well, January’s been awfully quiet and cold and boring. Hoping to have more fun things to report in February, what with a trip being planned and all. It’s a weekend birthday getaway nonetheless. Also, there’s a trip to India in the near future, and yes, hikes and such in summer. So let’s stay put and bear with the dry spell, shall we?

Meanwhile I have … Read the rest