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Old Man and the Sea | Ernest Hemingway
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I am only better than him through trickery and he meant me no harm
Santiago | Old Man and The Sea

Found this beautiful video of the book:
https://youtu.be/NNCxNntn2yc

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Strange there's evidence everywhere but the guilty one's walk free! The book is well written although the end chapters Wylie drags a bit more!
Still a Must Read!

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“Nothing is impenetrable and barriers are a dare”

–Wylie, Mindf*ck

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Ghachar Ghochar | Vivek Shanbhag
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Very well crafted story of a family which grows rich overnight although they loose the bond they had between each other when money comes in. Ends in a cliffhanger tho :(

‘It‘s true what they say – it‘s not we who control money, it‘s the money that controls us. When there‘s only a little, it behaves meekly; when it grows, it becomes brash and has its way with us.‘

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The Liberation of Sita | T. Vijay Kumar, C. Vijayasree
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The Liberation of Sita | T. Vijay Kumar, C. Vijayasree
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‘Truth does not remain the same forever but keeps changing continuously"

Ahalya | The Liberation of Sita

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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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Live Life!

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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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Ignoring isn‘t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it!
Ofred | The Handmaids Tale

One of those books that grows on you!

Zoes_Human That's a beautiful edition! 2w
TNbookworm Beautiful cover! 2w
SanjanaGhosh I haven't read it, but I'm currently watching the TV series based on this book. Not sure how much of it is actually covered from the original text, but I'm loving it 😍 2w
AkashPhoenix True Indeed @Zoes_Human @TNbookworm | @SanjanaGhosh I watched one episode while being half way thru in the book, was pretty much according to the book with some variations. Had to leave watching cuz nothing beats reading for me :p 2w
Zoes_Human @SanjanaGhosh Like Akash Phoenix says, there are many variations and most of those make sense in terms of updating a 25-year-old story to modern times as well as adapting to a different medium. 1w
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Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Undoubtedly the best Thriller this year! The author writes with such an ease that made this book unputdownable!

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The Visible Filth | Nathan Ballingrud
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Wanted to read this for all the hype the short story created and i wasnt disappointed.
Just finished both the book and the Netflix movie based on it Wounds. Loved it. The novella is well written but for the first time I would say the movie was better. And watching the movie after reading the book is an amazing experience. Those small lilttle parts which the author had left have been portrayed in great detail by the movie.

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The Visible Filth | Nathan Ballingrud
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My Halloween Read!

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The Palace of Illusions: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Book #17 of Indian Authors October Fest

Mahabharata Redesigned. Really loved it. The author portrays this epic from a womans standpoint amazingly. She not only shows you the story from Paanchalis eyes but even gives you a feminine reasoning on acts of all female characters in the story. Loved the satire and humor in the book. I recommend this book to all Indian men :)

#indianauthors #indianliterature

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The Palace of Illusions: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Every Woman Should Read this version of the epic!

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The Palace of Illusions: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Time is the great eraser, both of sorrow and of joy.
- Draupadi

Kauravas had won her in a game of dice. Draupadi (strangely angry only with the men that won her, not the ones that staked her) had sworn that she will never tie up her hair until it is washed in Dushasana‘s blood.
Mahabharata from Draupadi's Point of View!

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The author's uninhabited ancestral property!

Masterpiece! Most importantly knowing it's a semi-autobiography of the author. It's a journey of 2 ill fated siblings and the hardships they face at an early stage of life which leaves them with a mark for life. Strangely, the author will never let u forget anything of the storyline as she repeats a lot of facts. The air of mystery and disjointed storyline in this novel is undoubtedly the USP.

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Moments like these the twins treasured, and threaded like precious beads, on a (somewhat scanty) necklace.

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Book#14 Octoberfest

One of the most amazing reads in quite a while. It portrays the story of family with the Mother, Em, who suffers from Manic Depression, the father aka The Big Hoom, sister - Susan and the unnamed son whose the storyteller. A story engulfed in pain but doesn't demand any pity and lifts you up with the dark comedy of the jovial, carefree & suicidal mother Em. One of the best books coming out of Indian Authors and a Must Read!

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‘Do what your heart tells you. It doesn‘t matter if you make a mistake. The only things we regret are the things we did not do.‘

-Em | Em and the Big Hoom

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Riot | Shashi Tharoor
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Undoubtedly one of the most underrated novels of Tharoor. The writer uses letters & journals to describe the tragic love story between an American activist and Indian IAS officer during the highly unstable period of Babri Masjid riots in a fictional place called Zalilgarh. Although being a fictional novel it entangles with the real riots that took place in India. Amazingly portrayed the thoughts of Hindu, Muslim and Secularists in India.Must read!

rachaich That sounds like a good plot. 3w
AkashPhoenix @rachaich It indeed is. Highly Recommended! The 👍 3w
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One Part Woman | Perumal Murugan
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Story telling at it's best. Amazed how Murugan describes life of a simple farmer with so much sophistication and elegance with a element of mystery for the reader. The pain of being treated as a barren a d our community's reaction is described so beautifully. And when you think the ends near to the story he leaves you wanting for more. On to the second part with 2 endings (in 2 books), upto the reader to chose which book he picksup or even both.

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One Part Woman | Perumal Murugan
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"The wretched people around us do not see what a man has. They only see what he does not have"
Kali's Mother | One Part Woman

A highly controversial book due to which Author Perumal Murugan had to stop writing after a communal conflict in South India. Finally after High Court verdict later he was allowed to start writing again.

Book #11 of Indian Origin Author October Series

#indianauthors #indianliteraturefest

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"No matter how much you give to this heart, it will never be enough "
-Old Woman | Poonachi
I read this book after Animal Farm by Orwell and it's a delight. Highlights the emotional side of humans and well ad Poonachi whose a goat. Beware, the book undoubtedly is not meant for kids just cause it's a story of an animal. The simplicity in the authors writing is what won my heart.

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Once in a village, there was a goat. No one knew where she was born. The birth of an ordinary life never leaves a trace, doesn't it?

Book #10 of Indian Origin Author October Series
#indianauthors #indianliteraturefest

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The Myth of the Holy Cow | Dwijendra Narayan Jha
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The Never Ending Debate on Holy Cow in India

Book #9 of Indian Origin Author October Series
#indianauthors #indianliterature

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Book #8 of Indian Origin Author October Series
With my Indian Origin/Born Author marathon in progress for October I really felt cheating when I felt so tempted to read this book. Had really heard a lot about it and the numerous inner meanings this small powerhouse of a book carried.
Although, its strange is how things work, the first page in the book made me jump off my seat. It read Owell was born in India Yaay. Must Read!

#indianorginauthors

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Train to Pakistan | Khushwant Singh
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This was one book I couldn't put down. The saddest truth about Indo-Pak partition has been highlighted very vividly. The cruel and barbaric behavior of humans as a race has been portrayed although the real times may have been more gore n gruesome. Singh has a very compelling writing style which makes this story of love, brotherhood, sacrifice and cruelty A Must Read for coming generations.

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Train To Pakistan | Khuswant Singh
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Book #7 of Indian Origin Author October Series

A story set in 1947 during India-Pakistan partition.

#indianauthors #indianliteraturefest

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Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology | Rabindranath Tagore
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His ideologies are great. How in the race of dividing the people into Nations we have forgotten Human Morals & Humanity! It's hard to believe how someone can write such a visionary book in 1917 and things have gone in the direction he had warned us on. I love when he says In The Age of Machines humans won't be extinct instead they will act as mechanical parts of The Machine, with very less to say or contribute. Aren't we there now? Amazing Read!

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Rabindranath Tagore: An Interpretation | Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
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Boasting is only a masked shame, it doesn't truly believe itself
-Rabindranath Tagore | Nationalism

Book #6 of Indian Origin Author October Series
#indianauthors #indianliteraturefest

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Eating Wasps | Anita Nair
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A Good read! The last time I read a book with so many characters was while reading Into The Water by Paula Hawkins The use of rare English words is extremely elegant. The book really centers on issues women face in our Indian society today and since ages. I loved the way the author describes our current era swamped and controlled by social media like FB, Insta & Twitter and whats lost on path of modernization. Painful ending and thought provoking!

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Eating Wasps | Anita Nair
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Book #5 for my Indian Origin Author October Series
Decided to dedicate this month to authors of Indian Origin.

#indianauthors #indianliteraturefest #indianauthoroctoberfest

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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Emotional!! The Author not only gives you the perspective of a Doctor treating his patients but after being diagnosed with Cancer, honestly tells you about how a patient feels & most importantly what doctors can learn on the Human Relationality side while treating. Bow down to Paul who fought like a warrior and lived up to the essence of life. No review can do justice to his writing. A book to be remembered for ages to come.

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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“You can‘t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

- Paul Kalanithi
#nevergiveup #searchforperfection #believe #whenbreathbecomesair

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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“With what strife and pains we come into the world we know not, but ‘tis commonly no easy matter to get out of it.”

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Magical Women | Sukanya Venkatraghavan
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Any Guesses 🤔🤞👍

cherinium Library? 1mo
AkashPhoenix @cherinium Bingo! So true though! 1mo
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Magical Women | Sukanya Venkatraghavan
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May we never be held hostages by old narratives!

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Magical Women | Sukanya Venkatraghavan
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Love the Cover! 14 Stories by 14 Amazing Indian Female Authors! Read the first story and its Killer!

#indianliteraturefest #IndieOctoberFest #indianauthors

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Rumi: Tales to Live By | Kamla K. Kapur
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Wow didn't expect this book to be so deep and gripping. Rumi's stories although being simple carry a complex meaning and a hidden guidance in them. The book takes you on a journey related to Suffering, Prayers & Surrender via 12 short stories by Rumi. In addition to some great commentary by the author which I really enjoyed and were insightful. A must read for everyone. Planning to read more from Rumi soon.

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Rumi: Tales to Live By | Kamla K. Kapur
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Rumi: Tales to Live By | Kamla K. Kapur
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"Suffering in all its forms is integral to the human condition. None of us can avoid it "

- Kamla K. Kapur 》Rumi: Tales to live by

#indianliteraturefest #IndieOctoberFest #indianauthors

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Cobalt Blue: A Novel | Sachin Kundalkar
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Nice read. Is written very differently from other books I've read. The books has a power which grips you while you go through the turmoil of both Tanay and Anuja. Takes Indian literary work to a total different level. Kudos.

#indianauthors #indianliteraturefest #IndieOctoberFest

ShelfRighteous This book is originally written in my mother tongue! I hope to read it sometime soon😁 1mo
AkashPhoenix A must read @ShelfRighteous ! I've heard this book is a treat in Marathi! I have devoted October to India Authors and this is what I started with. 1mo
ShelfRighteous @AkashPhoenix Wow! It has been really long since I read Marathi books. I need to find this asap🤩 1mo
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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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One of the best books I've read this year!. The events of Auschwitz-Berkineau are horrifying which shivers your soul to its deepest core. And in all these horrors the love story of Lale & Gita is what gives their life a meaning to survive all the hardships and wish for a beautiful future with each other. It's also a story which talks about friendships in the hardest times and restores your faith that humanity is still alive. A MUST Read!

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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
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Amazing Read! Its story inside another. At times it's really like a Bollywood Movie! The story of Kabul is heartbreaking and depicted so skillfully!

Five stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

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The Myth of the Holy Cow | Dwijendra Narayan Jha
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Weekend Getaways!

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The Cabuliwallah | Rabindranath Tagore
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"I forgot then that he was an Afghan raisin-seller and I was a Bengali Babu.I understood then that he was as I am, that he was a father just as I am a father."
- Rabindranath Tagore

While reading The Kite Runner and the mention of Afghanistan somewhere deep inside reminded me of a beautiful short story read when I was a kid. Kabuliwala is a very deep & heart-warming story of a father who stays away from his family. Read Again!

#nostalgic

AkashPhoenix @SanjanaGhosh I'm pretty sure you would have read this 🤞 2mo
SanjanaGhosh @AkashPhoenix read it, watched it too..I loved it :') 2mo
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Kite Runner (Anniversary) | Khaled Hosseini
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"And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too."

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Amazing read. Gaiman is a story-teller of his own extraordinary league. This book has honestly changed my favorites. Loki, is my favorite from now. Every story has been crafter like a gem with such details as of the writer has seen them himself. Odin looked like a deceitful character while Thor was more or less a brainless warrior.
Loved it throughout.

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Evidence of the Affair | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Read this amazing book comprising of letters exchanged between 2 people and I'm speechless. As I go to sleep I'm sure this story will have an everlasting impression on me.

A fan of Reid! #immortalfan

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Whisper Man | Alex North
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Great read. Though this book has been hyped a lot but it's really not that creepy or suspenseful. I can see more and more authors prefer leaving some open end for characters these days although for a suspense novel that's pretty upsetting for me. Moreover, I expected more light to be shed on The Whisper Man himself and Rebecca. Better ending was expected. Best part is its emphasis on father-son bond.
The book is undoubtedly a great one time read.

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