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Best Audiobooks of 2014

As I said earlier, this was the year of the audiobook for me. I got started in 2013, and really got going in 2014. I have to thank the local library for all this, because that’s where I get all my audiobooks for now. It is extremely convenient, and great for when you want to […]

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Audiobook Review : Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Title : Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Author : Helen Simonson Narrator : Peter Altschuler Genre : Romance Publisher : Random House Audio Listening Length : 13 hours 8 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 I came upon this very interesting audiobook on my library’s website. I thought it interesting because this is a romance, a mature romance […]

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Book Review : Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

Title : Born Confused Author : Tanuja Desai Hidier Genre : Mystery Publisher : Scholastic Pages: 512 Publish Date : July, 2003 Source : Netgalley / Publisher ARC Rating : 3.5/5 I’m no teenager and generally try to keep away from Young Adult books, but I chose to read this one because of the familiar […]

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Miss America Nina Davuluri at Macy’s

  Ms. America, Nina Davaluri, the first Ms. America of Indian descent, was in Houston recently and made an appearance at Macys.   The desi hordes turned up of course, moi included :-). Well, she really is very pretty, poised and well-spoken as she looks on television, and appears to have a good, strong head […]

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Book Review : The Case of the Love Commandos by Tarquin Hall

Title : The Case of the Love Commandos Author : Tarquin Hall Genre : Mystery Publisher : Simon & Schuster Publish Date : September 8th 2013 Pages : 320 Source : Netgalley/Publisher Rating : 4/5 This is the second book of the Vish Puri series that I have read; I’ve also reviewed “The Case of […]

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Book Review : Teatime For The Firefly by Shona Patel

Title : Teatime for the firefly Author : Shona Patel Genre : Historical fiction/Romance Publisher : Harlequin MIRA Publish Date : September 24, 2013 Source : Netgalley/Publisher ARC Rating : 4.5/5 Layla Roy is an orphan who’s been brought up by her progressive grandfather. An influential, well-read man, he is Dadmoshai to Layla. He has […]

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Book Author Event : 5 great authors and their books!

I had the pleasure of attending a Book Event on June 30th, a Sunday afternoon where we got to hear from four different female authors. There was Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni with her recent book “The Oleander Girl”, Saborna Roychowdhury with her book “The Distance” which is soon to have it’s US release, Sweta Srivastava Vikram […]

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Book Review : Painted Hands by Jennifer Zobair (June 2013)

Title : Painted Hands Author : Jennifer Zobair Genre : South-Asian Fiction Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books (Macmillan) Pages : 336 Source : Netgalley/Publisher ARC Rating : 3.8/5 Painted Hands is about three young women struggling with their life and religion. Zainab Mir, Amra Abbas and Rukan are three young Muslim women born and brought […]

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Book Review : The Caretaker by A.X.Ahmad

Title : The Caretaker Author : A.X.Ahmad Genre : Thriller Publisher : Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press) Pages : 304 Source : Netgalley/Publisher ARC Rating : 3.5/5 Instead of the bookish, intellectual characters that we see in diaspora stories, “The Caretaker” has as its protagonist a desi Jason Bourne like agent. Ranjit Singh is a […]

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Book Review : The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran

Title : The Hope Factory Author : Lavanya Sankaran Genre : Contemporary Fiction Publisher : Dial Press Pages : 384 Source : Netgalley / Publisher ARC Rating : 4.2/5 This book is the story of two main protagonists – Anand K. Murthy who runs his own business, and Kamala, a housemaid who works in his […]

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