The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak.


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The story takes place in Turkey and USA.

In Istanbul live four generations of ladies, the grandmother, the mother Gulsum (which incidentally is also my name) her four daughters and the child born out of wedlock to the youngest of them, who is the bastard of the story, Asya.

The four sisters’ only brother Mustafa lives in USA with his American wife Rose and her daughter Amy. The father of Amy is an Armenian. Rose has married a Turk to embitter her ex-husband’s Armenian family.

Running through the novel is the theme of the hatred between the Turks and the Armenians and their different views of the 1915 incident where millions of Armenians died. The diaspora community of Armenians can never forget that, while the Turks cannot remember it. This theme that the writer wishes to standout and be the integral part of the story could have been…

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Fasting, Feasting By Anita Desai.



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It is a story in two parts. The first part takes place in a small town in India and it is about people with typical middle class values, habits and tendencies. It is the story of a harried mother and father (referred to as one entity or mamapapa )with two daughters Uma and Aruna and a son Arun who is born late, when his mother has reached middle age.

Uma is the bumbling eldest daughter who wears thick glasses and occasionally gets fits. She can do nothing right, whether at studies, home keeping or cooking.  The author has painted her very bleakly.  The only joy she has lies in her collection of Christmas cards given to her by her Christian school teachers.Her education is cut short when the brother is born  and she is needed to look after the baby.The few people who try to give some meaning…

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The Secret Life Of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd


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This book was recommended on a blog I was following and I picked it up without looking at reviews by other critics.

Only after I started to read it, I realized it that it was aimed at young adults.

Lilly a 14-year-old living with an abusive father, goes in search of people who might have known her mother who had died when Lily was four years old.

It takes place in 1964 during the Civil Rights Act in Southern Carolina. In the small towns, this act is scorned upon and there is racial unrest. Rosaleen the sassy black nanny and the only mother figure in Lily’s life is arrested when she insults the pro-whites.

Lily helps her escape and they land up in the house of August and her sisters who are keepers of bees and makers honey .It is an all black household. Lily the white child…

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Runaway By Alice Munro






Runaway is a collection of short stories by the Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.

 When I spied this book at the library I was only too eager to pick it up. I love short stories. Maybe I have a short attention span, or I am a true Gemini and I like variety. So I always chose short story collection over novels. I was glad I did.

 It is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises” claims the back cover of the book. I must agree with that whole-heartedly.

 The first story in the collection, is called ‘Runaway.’ It is really about a runaway goat, which gets killed in the end. But it is also about the heroine who has runaway from all things familiar, to make a runaway marriage with a man who is nothing like what…

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Half Girlfriend By Chetan Bhagat.


10731047_10204941661691619_5238135348052195596_nI read Chetan Bhagat’s latest offering, “Half Girlfriend” and I was really upset as to how indifferent India’s hottest selling author had become. It is almost as if CB had written the novel without effort. It is just a lackadaisical attempt on the part of CB to churn out a few pages of writing and hope that publicity, a catchy title and his mega fame would sell the book.

The hero is from the village with a complex that his English is not good. But he has raging hormones. Through out the story/film he can think of nothing but kissing the heroine. He even has a bunch of half-baked cronies who goad him on.

The heroine is beautiful, plays basketball. (Chance to wear short clothes). She leads the hero on and even goes to his hostel room and lies on his bed. But when it comes to some action, she…

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The Books I Read In December 2015. — GULSUM WRITES

Desperate in Dubai by Ameera Al Hakawati “Oozing with men, money, and Maseratis, Dubai is the ultimate playground for the woman who knows her Louboutins from her Louis Vuittons…” It is the story of four women coming from different countries and different backgrounds trying to find love in Dubai. Though I read the book in…

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The Book Thief By Markus Zusak — GULSUM WRITES

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was highly recommended on Goodreads. It was not available in my library and I could not wait to read it. So I ordered it on Flipkart. It was worth every rupee spent. Let me say at the outset that I am not sure if everyone would like it. It…

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