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Rafflesia the banished princess

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All fairy tales on the book cover are not exactly the fairy tales that you find inside the book. The latest one is Rafflesia the banished princess. This is a book which rather focuses on the human side of life which is absolutely on our own prerogative that what we make out of it. Author Gautam conveys us the same message through his wonderful and almost allegorical novel which features the story...

The Hunger Games

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THE HUNGER GAMES, that you must know by the movie, is originally a young adult romance written by Suzanne Collins. I read it despite my age group did not permit, as per the book’s ramifications. I could just not let it loose because it’s catching, thrilling and also featuring a love story which by all the means is engaging! Any of the adjectives might not be able to suffice the plot...

Sons and Lovers

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It’d not be an exaggeration if I say that the author D. H. Lawrence was a psychologist too. Well, that might be a limited sphere scenario as our beloved Lawrence took most of his time to explore the sexual side of human psyche. That’s why we see what we see in his novels – distinguished characters, (un)usual themes, misguided explorations, unwilling journeys and a chaotic...

Not Without My Daughter

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How does it feel like being in an Islamic Nation? How would you react if you happen to witness a Muslim husband physically abusing his wife in the public? Wait, before you make any hasty decision, Islamic Nations allow men to have full authority over their wife and daughter. (Betty Mahmoody’s Not Without My Daughter suggests the same) Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody is a 1987...

The Liberation of Sita

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Women are conditioned for ages to belong to the world which includes their family members. They forget about themselves being individuals too. They don’t consider themselves worthy of the love which they give to others. This is, at least, the version of feminists. This time, I am looking into the book which re-tells the story of Ramayana, the great Hindu epic, through the alter ego –...

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Fewer are the novels which actually take a hold of you and grip your readership till the end. One of those, I came across The Picture of Dorian Grey recently. This novel was written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1890. Too famous as well as notorious, The Picture of Dorian Gray remained the only novel by author Oscar Wilde! Thus, the novel’s fame kept on a constant surge. Even today, the...

Life is What You Make It

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LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT Life is What You Make It is a national bestseller written by an Indian author Preeti Shenoy. Yes, the author who has made a name for herself, especially for her romantic novels which portray a different class of romance. However, this time, she came up with something even better than her standards and delivered a motivational sermon (a sort of) through the story of a...

The Girl of My Dreams

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Like him or hate him, an author that Durjoy Dutta is, you cannot simply ignore him. Like others have their reason to ignore the literature produced by authors like Durjoy, I have a little soft corner for them. Anyone can produce literature and literature of any kind… being a big fan of Durjoy Dutta, I bought this one too, The Girl of My Dreams, as soon as it appeared for sale. When...

The One You Cannot Have

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The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy is a wonderful modern day love tale. Preeti, as a writer, is gifted; have no doubts about this! She is a kind of constant love-stories-teller who has been producing novels based on the theme of love. The way she brings out her characters is so real. It leads to a kind of magical impression and you can say that the reader seems to be in the nostalgia of the...

The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Certainly, you find very few like Thomas Hardy when it comes to the novels in the late twentieth century. His novels are quite moving ones. One of them is The Mayor of Casterbridge. This surely is a masterpiece of Victorian literature! Major themes in the novel are that of remorse and a kind of redemption, if you may say so. Before I read this novel I did not know that character plays such an...

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