Tag: Books

  • A Palace for Book Lovers

    A Palace for Book Lovers

    If I had to choose a library anywhere in the world, the Boston Public Library is my hands-down favorite. As a student, I spent many hours here, studying, seeking shelter from the biting cold and admiring its architectural wonders. Adding to its iconic stature is its central location in Copley Square and its distinction as […]

  • American Story

    American Story

    Among the many fascinating places worth visiting in Washington DC, the Library of Congress is one of my favorites. This is the world’s largest library, with an amazing collection of over 171 million books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts. Every title copyrighted in the U.S. makes its way into the library. Set in this […]

  • Make Way for the Ducklings

    Make Way for the Ducklings

    Long after our children have grown up, some books we read to them remain with us. Make way for Ducklings written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey is one of my favorites. Every time I walk around Boston Common, I’m excited to see these ducklings, dressed in seasonally themed attire. Nancy Schön’s sculpture is a tribute […]

  • By the Book, The Patient Assassin

    By the Book, The Patient Assassin

    When I think back to my visit to Amritsar a few years ago, there are three things that come to mind. The serene beauty of the Golden Temple, the mouth-watering rich food and the poignant visit to Jallianwala Bagh, the site of the horrific massacre of innocent people during the British Raj. On April 13, […]

  • By the book…A Burning

    By the book…A Burning

    With a dream debut, Megha Majumdar’s novel A Burning has climbed up the western bestseller lists. The book covers a lot of hot topics that the publishing industry classifies as a ‘contemporary India novel.’ What appealed to me most about the book was the character development. Jivan, Lovely and PT Sir are characters that will […]

  • Setting up the twists and turns

    Setting up the twists and turns

    Do you recall the way you felt when you first started reading mysteries, like a good old Agatha Christie? Turning each page with anticipation, awaiting a twist that was sure to make you gasp. The Silent Patient brought back those memories of summer reading. The references to Greek Mythology and the back stories of the […]

  • By the book..Bad Blood

    By the book..Bad Blood

    Bad Blood, the gripping tale of Theranos, proves that fact is often stranger than fiction. Charismatic characters, greed, and drama all come together in this exciting book. Much has been written about this book, about Silicon Valley’s blind love for its CEO and all the drama that followed. I was in awe of the author […]

  • By the book….A Gentleman in Moscow

    By the book….A Gentleman in Moscow

    As I started to read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, I was immediately reminded of the children’s book Eloise. Eloise and her adventures in New York’s luxurious Plaza Hotel were fun to read because the premise was so fascinating–a little girl living in a hotel in a large city. Unlike Eloise who was […]

  • By the book…Where the Crawdads Sing

    By the book…Where the Crawdads Sing

    When I first heard of the book “Where the Crawdads sing,” I did some research to figure out what the title meant and what the book was about. There was considerable critical acclaim for the book and also some criticism about all the hype. I decided to set all the reviews aside, and to read […]

  • By the book…Little Fires Everywhere

    By the book…Little Fires Everywhere

    I love to read books where the setting is so well-developed that the place feels like one of the characters. In Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng deftly weaves the setting before us and lets us picture the manicured lawns, well- maintained homes and it is not long before we feel the pride of the residents […]