You Know What….

I like reading books from a young age. Like when I was a preteen and all. But then somehow I lost the habit and had a dry life till my 16. That’s when I found a novel named I Too had a Love Story by Ravinder Singh. It’s a romantic tragedy in which the girlfriend dies at the end. There, I told you the story now you don’t have to read it and get your hopes up on Ravinder Singh. Because I was so overwhelmed by the novel and it’s climax that I cried inconsolably leading to a not so bad headache. God my eyes were sore that day. I have decided that ‘It’s fixed, from now on Ravinder Singh is my official favourite author’. The second novel came out and I bought that also and read. That time I was like ‘hmm, okay , Maybe not as good as the first one’ Then the third one came out and I scratched off his name from my favourite author and read Chetan Bhagat. There also I was impressed by only one of his works and then I got bored . During my Degree time I was sitting idly in my room and never bothered to hit the college library even for once. I saw a book on my room mate’s table. It had a picture of woman and a man lying on it’s cover and the title said, ‘P. S I Love You‘. (Drum rolls)

Was the book Good? Yeah!
Did I love it? Yeah!
Did I cry? A lot!
Did I find my lost passion of reading? Hell yeah !!


Cecelia Ahern’s writing career began with the publication of P. S I Love You. So did my reading habit. I loved her every single work and I collected and read them twice or even thrice sometime. Her writing makes me feel that a friend is talking to me. I read all her novels and all of them are my favourites. But then again if I have to choose a top five ( there is no way I can shortlist them to two or three) I will put them like this. I won’t  rank them, still.
💎 The Time of My Life
💎 The Book of Tomorrow
💎 Flawed & Perfect
💎 How to fall in Love
💎 If You Could See Me Now

I didn’t add P. S I Love You on the list because I thought it was obvious. After finishing Cecelia’s works I read some in Malayalam, my mother tongue. After that I read some of Jodi Picoult’s and John Green’s. Of Course I followed Nicholas Sparks also but soon I lost interest because it’s always the same thread. Boy meets girl, love happens, someone has a fatal disease, conflicts happens, someone with the disease dies. End of story. My favourite work of his is The Guardian. (Ooh Goosebumps ).


Then I switched my interest into Crime/Mystery/psychological thrillers. But it was limited you know. I meant my reading. I chose Lars Kepler mainly to be blown away by crime thrillers. Among her The Stalker became  my favourite.
I read the Princess Trilogy by Jean Sasson Still Alice by Lisa Genova. The latter is such an amazing work of which I had written a review already.

I don’t know why I am telling you people all these. But now and then I am like Archimedes when he found his Principle. I am stricken with a sudden thought of book or movie and pour myself out on this page. If you are following me you can expect my doodlings. Most often they won’t be typical reviews or anything. Because who am I to judge an art. It’s more like how I felt about it. So if that’s what you want please do follow my page. If you want me to talk about any of the book just comment, if I have read it already then I will tell you. If I haven’t, I apologize in advance .

Ciao buddies…

Change of Heart

‘Your daughter needs a new heart. The only match comes from a murderer. What would you do?’

This is the caption I found on my copy of Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. I read the caption. Pretty interesting situation. Then I started to read the novel. Man, if only the situation was as simple and straight as the way caption puts it.

June’s husband dies in a car accident from which she and their daughter escapes. She is remarried to a police officer who helped her through the trauma. Five years later she is expecting her and Kurt’s child when he and Elizabeth (her daughter from the first marriage) is shot dead by a carpenter (Shay Bourne) who worked for them.

The child is born with a severe heart condition that affects her life(gee give June a break, right? ). At the age of eleven, Claire is going through a hard phase in dire need of a heart. Let’s just pause there.

With a caption like that, we think the main character is the mother. Well, nope. Draw a word web of sun and she will be one of the many rays that surrounds the circle. And in the circle stands Shay Bourne, the murderer. Exactly. He is the centre of everything (no pun intended). He is the first person in the last 58 years of New Hampshire to receive a death sentence. At the early 20s he is put in the jail to be executed. Somehow it gets delayed, for 11 years.
Now strange things start to happen in the jail. The pipe water suddenly turns into wine. A dead bird comes back to life when Shay touches it. He shares a small piece of gum with 7 other inmates and still some it is left. Most importantly, Lucius, the guy in the neighbouring cell gets cured of AIDS leaving no symptom to indicate that he was a severe patient till yesterday. So is officer Smythe’s son.
Ring any bells? Turning water into wine, giving life to dead, curing the sick! Quite familiar scenarios, right? Well, what happens in jail never stays in jail. People around came to know about it and they declared Shay Bourne, a convict for double murder, the messiah. But Shay Bourne wants nothing but to be able to donate his heart to Claire Nealon after his execution. Which by the way is not possible if he is executed by lethal injection. Here comes Father Michael as spiritual advisor and Maggie Blooms as his self appointed attorney. They tries to help Shay inorder to help themselves. Another example for there is no selfless good deed. (Again F.R.I.E.N.D.S reference) Father Michael wants to make up for what happened in the past (read the novel, if you want to know what it is. I can’t tell you everything). Maggie wants to remove execution from the penal system.

The novel is not entirely focused on a mother’s dilemma of whether to accept the heart of the perpetrator. It’s much more than that. From the beginning itself we get the feeling that the culprit is given more importance than the victims. Towards the middle we find ourselves on the side of Shay. At one point I was so excited for this Shay guy that I had to smack my own back of the head and say stop cheering for a criminal. As pages turned I was literally confused about Shay. People called him Messiah and Jesus incarnated. We are given so many parallels between the both. But, no. Shay is not Jesus. He is just a man who followed the path of Jesus and worked for the greater good.


About this novel, it gives you a new perspective on religion. TBH this novel was equally informative and entertaining. God, this is why I love reading novels. I don’t know how Judi Picoult come up with such brilliant plots. I would suggest everyone to read this novel Change of Heart. You don’t have to be religious to read and enjoy this book. Coz this one is not about religion but about human and humanity. Then again, we can easily call GOod Deeds GOD.
The plot is full of crucial events. Loads of miracles to pull us more into the world of characters . The journey through this novel is more like unravelling the character of Shay Bourne. His character remains mysterious even at the end of the novel. I’ll tell you why.

Claire walks back to life with Shay’s heart beating inside her. She finds that her dog lying motionless. She checks for heartbeat which has already left the body. She calls out for her mother and hugs the dog’s dead body. Now it’s time for the final miracle. When she keeps the dog close to her heart, Dudley’s heart starts to beat again. Dudley is alive again. Okay so may be it’s not a final miracle, it could be the beginning of some new miracles.

Like Kurt Nealon says, people are never who you think they are. Read it guys. It’s really good.

The Woman in the Window

Let me tell you about Dr. Anna Fox. She is living alone in her home separated from her husband Edward or Ed who got the custody of their daughter Olivia. Or we come to know about it from her musings and conversations. Anna never leaves her home. She sit there all day, her groceries are brought by her tenant who lives in the basement. She never leaves her home because she is Agoraphobic. As a routine Anna’s therapist comes and talk to her. Anna spends all her time sitting by the window and watch the world and life pass on without her.

Enough of this boring, repeating life. One day, comes the new family to the vacant house opposite to her. Now she was interested in the family including a father, mother and a son. She keep on looking through the window to know more about them. Now now, we all know staring is a bad manners and spying on someone for our own time pass is an even worse habit. But now that our protagonist is agoraphobic and she don’t have the choice of going out and meet new people and have a proper social life she is stuck with this window plan. So let’s just forgive and support her and move on.
She sees the mother in that house and later she comes to Anna and identifies herself as Jane Russel, mother of teenager Ethan. They grow a bond really fast and Anna comes to know that the father of the house wouldn’t appreciate this friendly meeting. Later she meets Ethan who seems really sweet and shy and they also starts a friendship. Ethan tells that his father, Alistair is a very strict and controlling man and both Jane and Ethan are really afraid of him. Very bad Alistair, very bad. One day as Anna was doing her usual spying and staring she sees a terrible thing. Jane is stabbed by someone. Terrified she calls Police and reports it. The police goes to crime scene and finds that the mother is in fact healthy and alive. Anna sees that the woman is different and says that she is not Jane. But police gets evidence that proves the woman in the house is indeed Jane Russel. Anna’s words are ignored. Later Alistair comes to her house and asks her to stay out of their matters and stop spying. Anna is now convinced that there is something suspicious. One day she receives a picture of herself sleeping at night through an anonymous email. Creepy, right? She calls the police to inform this weird incident and she is thrown back to a place where she never wanted to go. Here comes the first twist…. Nah I am not gonna tell you that. Anyway, the police proves that Anna is prone to have hallucinations and this photo incident is just one of them. Like, she could have took the picture and sent it to herself. I mean selfie is not a rocket science.
Later she finds that pic in her own phone and remembers the photo she had taken when Jane came to visit. In that picture she got the glimpse of Jane. She confronts Ethan and he reveals that Katie who identified herself as Jane was actually his biological mother and Alistair and Jane are adoptive parents. Katie’s frequent visit infuriated Alistair and he stabbed her to death. Scary Alistair. Ethan promises Anna that he will talk to his parents and then to police.
But then something happens at night when she was about to sleep and there comes the second twist. Not so much of a twist. She remembers the conversation with Ethan and realizes that he said something which there was no way he would have known it. Now a shiver is running through your spine. For a second you just can’t focus. Loads of thoughts are running into you like the sharp little drops of monsoon rain. Blurring your vision and pricking you all over your body. It’s not that I hate rain or something but dude, sometimes they do hurt. She freezes when she feels the presence of Ethan in her room. To know the rest of the events just read The Woman in the Window by A. J Finn. But I would like to apologize to Alistair Russel first. Sorry man.

I read this book last year. The first half of it was cliché, you know. You could easily predict the events and read what is told a million time by others. You fall into the familiar flow of the peaceful stream only to be thrown off the cliff. Not just that, you try to come up to the surface of water with theories, predictions and conclusions only to be push down by another wave of plot twist. As a reader I always try to predict the climax. In this case I had to come up with a number of them because I had to change it whenever the plot twist tore my conclusions into shreds.
This is the debut novel by Dan Mallory who wrote under the pen name A. J Finn. When asked about this mundane beginning, he said it was intentional. This feeling of familiarity made the twists more powerful than we expect.

Now I should add one more thing. Those who have read Saving April by Sarah A Denzil need not to read The Woman in the Window. Because the plots are strikingly similar. I am no one to judge or say who stole whose plot. I have read this one and haven’t read Saving April yet. But then I checked and I was like, ‘yep, both plots are just twins. One girl and the other boy’. Then again if you haven’t read neither of the books, I would say read The Woman in the Window. It’s not like I am promoting this one or anything, it’s just I haven’t read Saving April and don’t know anything about it’s language or flow of events or feel. But I have read this one and it is really good. It’s thrilling. It gives you goose bumps and surprises (or shocks). I mean a novel is at it’s best when it proves you wrong about the conclusion, right? I like to be proven wrong by the authors when it comes to thrillers, cause if they prove you right, then they are not thrillers anymore, just plain ordinary novels.

I would have read the other one also if the plots weren’t so much similar. It’s like ‘potato – potato’ (in Phoebe Buffay’s voice).

The Gift

The novel The Gift talks about Lou Suffern and his life during the time of Christmas season. The novel gives you a small pack of magic and a gift of insight.  Lou Suffern is busy.  He thrives when he work.  He is absolutely brilliant in his job. Evidently workaholic. He is reputed in his workplace.  He owns a big house and he earns a six figure salary.  He  is married to his girlfriend for 10 years and has a daughter of five and son of one. Everything seems perfect, right?  Well let’s see.  He is an adulterer.  He is not sure about his daughter’s age.  He takes everyone and everything for granted.  He never acknowledged the presence of his son ( not because he hates the baby but because he never thought it’s his responsibility too to take care of him). He  believes the kids are his wife’s duty.  He considers himself as a know it all/charming perfectionist and a well balanced juggler who can keep  his family, work and relationships safe in his hands. 
                He believed his only duty to the family was to provide financially. The aim of his life was to earn more,  reach more higher and reap more promotions.  Then comes Gabe,  short for Gabriel, a homeless man who was helped by Lou.  Lou gives him a job.  As a mail guy in the office.  I think Gabe acts more like  a conscience for him.   We see him asking question to Lou that makes him uncomfortable and seeing him in his office make Lou feel intimidated.  Gabe asks questions Lou doesn’t like to hear or want to answer at all. Gabe points out things that Lou doesn’t wanna see. Gabe knows what Lou thinks and speaks.  And then comes the magic.  We all wished for a little magic in our life that could make our day a little more better. Here Lou is given such a magic which help him double up and see himself through an objective perspective.  How he does things and how he should have done things etc.
              We believe we have all time in the world (sach mein,  bahut time hain na hamare paas : MS Dhoni movie).  We believe those who are around us do things because that’s their duty or responsibility and that’s how they should have done anyway.  We believe people around us our dear ones would stay forever even if we treat them like tissue or for our own benefit.  Well,  definitely that’s not how things are.  We don’t have all the time in this world nor will our beloved stay forever for us.  We may not always find a partner or friend like Ruth,  who always clean up after you mess up and then give another chance. We take people, time,  love and life for granted.  When we begin to do that we start to lose everything. People have feelings, they feel hurt and used and neglected or sidelined. It’s about priority.  Not about time or work or money.  We have prioritised things and we act accordingly.  We put someone third or fourth on our list and on their list we might be first or second.  Let’s just say if we don’t give as much respect and attention as you receive, we start to get inflated like  a big balloon. Remember what happens to Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? Yeah,  she floated towards sky.  We wouldn’t be blown away but at some point we will burst.  I mean we will suffer for our actions. Like the saying,  you reap what you sow.
          Oh – kay…  I got carried away and preached a bit too much. Sorry about that.  But the thing is that’s what happens to our main character Lou Suffern.  Just when he sorted out his actual priorities and decided to pick up the falling parts,  he got blown away.  Because,  let’s face it, time never waits for anyone. The Gift is written by Cecelia Ahern who shot into fame with the publication of P. S I Love You. This one indeed is must read.  Now that we are talking about life and time,  I would ask you to read The Time of My Life too..  that’s a pretty interesting one too.

The Storyteller – an experience

I read books for experience.  It takes me through different times, introduce me to different people and tells me different stories.  Yeah,  I know traveling is a better way for these experience,  but that’s not my point. Most of us know, books are sooo am-az-ing.
I came across such a book.  Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller. Recently I decided to be a fan of good books rather than any particular author. Definitely The Storyteller got into my good books’ list. The narrative is mesmerizing, brings you into plot,  making you a silent spectator throughout the novel. The novel has four different plots intertwind together. Ania, Sage, Minka and Josef. Four different characters and their stories go hand in hand, sometimes even mixed up. You wanna know a short story of vampire type thing,  read this novel. Wanna know a girl who is trapped inside of herself, unable to go forth because of her memories, read it. Wanna know the traumatic experience the Jew had to go through during the holocaust,  read this.  Wanna know how a German boy felt about all this,  read this.  Though it is purely fiction, it takes your breath away with the realistic narration and the flow of events.  The book makes you weep,  makes you angry,  makes you smile,  gives you hope and gives you a tiny little drop of satisfaction before it ends leaving you in uncertainty.  You’ll be like,  “Wait, what..  What..  !” “Oh crap!”
      You are given the choice of putting a label on the final action. Was it a forgiving?  Was it an avenging?  Was it an Upior taking birth?  Or was it a mistake which is gonna haunt Sage for the rest of her life?   Jodi Picoult once again proves that she indeed is a great Story Teller.

Oh by the way if there are any foodies like me are out there, you can expect a feast for your soul. Such long and elaborated detailing of cooking and baking give you the feeling that you are in the kitchen sitting on the table watching Sage knead and knead and twist and turn the dough.  You feel the comforting warmth of the kitchen and smell of freshly baked bread. You feel that eating good food is the closest you can feel to heaven.  I have to say this because, really, talking about this book without mentioning the bread and rolls would be such an injustice to the novel.  And I can’t do that.  I am a just person,  you know. (Head  held high and eyebrows so raised that it nearly touches my hairline)