Book Review – Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Burnt Shadows is Kamila Shamsie‘s fifth novel and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist who now lives in the UK. The book is a story of two families whose lives have been inter-twined over the years and has spanned four countries – Japan, India, Pakistan and the US. It’s a story…

The Book of Gold Leaves – Review

The Book of Gold Leaves is Mirza Waheed’s second book. Like most books, I picked this one up on a whim. When I started reading it, I wasn’t much impressed. The storyline had much in common with many Bollywood movies – a love story of a young couple threatened by war and religion, set against the backdrop of…

Book Review: White Dog Fell From the Sky

On a recent visit to the Monte Casino, I was generally browsing in Skoobs (a really nice bookshop), when I happened to chance upon this book. The title ‘White Dog Fell From the Sky‘ intrigued me and I decided I had to read this book. Ya they got me from the word Dog! Set in…

It’s All About Treo

“Dog is God spelt backwards.” I came across this quote recently whilst reading the book – It’s All About Treo. And it kinda sums it all for me – best friend, most loyal companion, epitome of unconditional love and respect, and the closest one can get to a perfect being. I love books and if…

Book review: Shakespeare in Kabul

In 2005, a group of actors staged Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour Lost in Afghanistan, a country torn and ravaged by years of civil wars, Soviet invasion, interference of foreign nations and the horrific Taliban regime. The book, Shakespeare in Kabul by Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar, presents the inside story of how the play took shape…