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reviewed The Absurd Adventures of Mira. March 08, 2013
The Absurd Adventures of Mira
The Absurd Adventures of Mira, Sujata Rayers, 2012, ISBN 9781612961088      Mira is an Indian-American living in present-day Louisiana. She is also swarthy, weighs 250 pounds, and …
reviewed Life of PI (2012 movie). November 30, 2012
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'Life Of Pi' directed by Ang Lee
A young boy's family is moving their zoo animals from India to Canada when a storm sinks their freighter. The only survivors are Pi, a hyena, a zebra, and a tiger named Richard Parker, who find themselves …
reviewed Life of PI (2012 movie). November 19, 2012
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'Life Of Pi' directed by Ang Lee
By Joan Alperin Schwartz,   'Life Of Pi' directed by the brilliant visionary, Ang Lee ('Broadback Mountain', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') is the thrilling and powerful …
reviewed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. September 26, 2012
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
**1/2 out of ****    John Madden's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is like a whimsy fairy tale almost entirely starring old British people; some cranky, some kindly, others just trying …
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is narrative of several family's lives in a Mumbai slum. The author takes and ethnographic approach to the research and as weaved as story that is harrowing and starkly …
reviewed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. June 04, 2012
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
In a timely topic, a group of British retirees are persuaded by a hyped-magazine article, to travel to India for a more enjoyable retirement.      The add describes the hotel where …
reviewed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. May 29, 2012
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The story focuses on a varied group British senior citizens who all find themselves feeling useless and wondering, “Is there more to life?” They each decide they need a complete change of …
reviewed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. May 05, 2012
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Star Rating:         I left John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel prepared to describe it as a fairy tale, only to realize how condescending that would be. Here …
reviewed Sun, Sand and Rock n Roll. October 27, 2011
Sun, Sand and Rock n Roll
This is the story of a man who seems to have it all. That is, until the day that it is taken away from him.      JB Strassenberger is the leader of a 4-piece rock band called Generation …
reviewed Fodor's Essential India, 1st Edition:.... July 25, 2011
Fodor's Essential India, 1st Edition: with Delhi,
   Only to give background on my perspective of this book, I have been to India several times over the past decade since I married my Indian wife and have traveled as tourist there extensively.  …
reviewed The God of Small Things. May 10, 2011
The God of Small Things
Click here to read the book quotes. I highly recommend reading the book quotes for a small insight into the beauty of The God of Small Things.       I debated a long …
posted a Quick Tip about Secret Daughter: A Novel. January 17, 2011
Secret Daughter: A Novel
An extraordinary debut novel from a Canadian author that tells the heartbreaking story of Usha, rescued by her mother from certain death at the hands of her father for no reason other than not being the …
reviewed Secret Daughter: A Novel. January 17, 2011
Secret Daughter: A Novel
SECRET DAUGHTER tells two heartbreaking stories, worlds apart but inseparably linked. The first is about infertility in North American woman and the extreme lengths that some hopeful mothers- and fathers-to-be …
reviewed Maxims of Chanakya. October 27, 2010
Maxims of Chanakya
V. K. Subramanian's book "The Maxims of Chanakya" is a great introductory work of Chanakya's or Kautilya's "Arthashastra" which was written in the 300's BCE by …
reviewed Dreaming in Hindi. September 10, 2010
Dreaming in Hindi
Four days before 9/11, Rich arrives in Northwest India. She knows a little Hindi, and she figures she needs a break after eight successive jobs as a magazine editor have ended in her being laid off or …
reviewed Delhi Noir (Akashic Noir). August 24, 2010
Delhi Noir (Akashic Noir)
I don't know how much I would have enjoyed this book without having spent time in Delhi, and gotten used to the general feeling of India.      To paraphrase the Naked City, "There …
posted a Quick Tip about Assam Tea. August 23, 2010
Assam tea
You cannot get better tea in the world than from the state of Assam.
reviewed Radisson Hotel Delhi: Airport Hotel. August 23, 2010
Radisson Hotel Delhi: Airport Hotel
   Location      This is a review of the Radisson Hotel Delhi about two and a half miles from the International Airport, National Highway-8, New Delhi 110037, India.   …
posted a Quick Tip about The God of Small Things. July 18, 2010
The God of Small Things
Without rehashing the plot -- I am a bit shocked this book won The Booker Prize. It's a haunting and sad tale told in an almost too cute, sing songy, back and forth in time way from the point of view …
posted a Quick Tip about A Fine Balance. July 06, 2010
A Fine Balance
Well-written, uplifting and depressing at the same time, a book that's hard to put down.
posted a Quick Tip about Dor. June 25, 2010
Dor
This movie dragged on for far too long.
reviewed A Fine Balance. June 14, 2010
A Fine Balance
   The story gives a realistic portrayal of the hardships in India as a result of the caste system that even today seems to effect how Indians live. The characters seem to come together to make …
reviewed The White Tiger. May 24, 2010
The White Tiger
I was recommended this book, simply because I had to have something different to read from the usual type of book that I'll usually be buried in. I'm glad I read this as from start to finish I couldn't …
reviewed Secret Daughter: A Novel. May 20, 2010
Secret Daughter: A Novel
Shilpi Somaya Gowda's first book is excellent. I'm already looking forward to her second.    Her writing is rich and descriptive and beautiful -- yet not overly flowery at all.      …
reviewed Climbing the Stairs. May 13, 2010
Climbing the Stairs
 I really loved this book so much that I couldn't stop myself from writing a slightly long review. But then I've rated this WOW, so that's justification enough.       I think...   …
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