Book Review “The Palace of Illusions”

“Perhaps it (Story) was why, it changed with each telling. Or is that the nature of all stories, the reason for their power?”

This quote from the book is my favourite.

Ive loved this retelling of the much written about story which almost every Indian kid knows. This perspective is a first one and its awesome.

After a long time Ive read such on book which has made me cry at failures of the protagonist, gloat with vain pride, laugh at her triumphs. Here the woman is neither a saint nor a sinner but just a woman, a human with all emotions and feelings and secret desires of a woman’s heart, She chaste shes jealous shes angry shes supportive and vengeful as the situations arises and strong when required.

This is a book that I recommend everyone should read whether you know the story of Mahabharat or not. In fact ive recommended it to both my daughters.

Kshanabhangur (Evanescent )


Evanescent in Hindi is Kshanabhangur (Kshana means moment and Bhangur means destructible)

I have found that everything in life is not permanent ..somethings are evanescent and others linger for sometime and then…whooosh just gone.

What remains is what we make of those moments,,the memories we retain..of our children’s growing up, of our parents and grandparents growing old and them some of the loved ones passing away ,,where..

If we try..the beauty of those moments can enrich our life

Like this flat beans flowers  and the chocolava cake baked by my daughters which made cry happy tears on realising they had grown up

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Then there is this beautiful moment while on a trip to Mcleodganj



The Boy from PataliputraThe Boy from Pataliputra by Rahul Mitra

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gripping book with a racy narrative. The story of transformation of a brat to a revenge seeker to a responsible adult and finally a nationalist hooks you. The turbulent times are aptly described and you get the feeling this story is part of the history of those times interwoven with real events. A must read.
A good book from a debut writer. Would look forward to more of his work



Imagine a village where homes have no front doors, shops are always left unlocked and locals never feel unsafe.

This is the story of Shani Shingnapur in India’s Maharashtra state, where villagers eschew security because of their undying faith in Lord Shani, the god of Saturn, who is considered the guardian of the village