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Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

August 18, 2017 • By

For most of the readers in India, who are the fiction readers, Jeet Thayil was born after he was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize in 2012. However, Thayil was writing poetry way back and has also won some of the prestigious awards for his poetry. He dived into novel writing a little later. His debut novel, Narcopols was published in September 2012 and went on to become one of the shortlisted novels for the Booker Prize as well as the Man Asian Literary Prize. With his very debut novel, Thayil won the acclaim and the recognition because he defied all the traditional norms (supposedly) set for the Indian writings. Narcopolis is about sex, drug, underworld, crime, lust and all that are not accepted as ‘good things’ for the novels!READ MORE



July 22, 2017 • By

Mulk Raj Anand was always known for his realism and his portrayal of the Indian society (which contained an image built on the grounds of truth and bitter truth, if needed). One such book by him was the celebrated novel Coolie. Coolie tells the story of Munoo, a boy who has to begin his life with misery and end on the same note, and if I may say, even more in misery! Other than the story which is commonly deemed as a novel, Coolie by Mulk Raj Anand tells many other things and speaks in abundance about the class difference which was there in the Indian society before our independence. (Unfortunately, we did not change more, did we?)READ MORE


Gulliver’s Travels: Kids Classic

July 10, 2017 • By

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift is one of the most-liked books by children as well as adults and this is irrespective of the time. Most of the English graduates must have studied a bit of this piece during their academic years and many more of us during our leisurely reading hours. The thing which in common lies among all these reads is the pleasure of reading as well as a satisfaction of reading something worthy to be read. Jonathan Swift was not known for his fiction skills but in Gulliver’s Travels, he had done everything he could and the result became immortal!READ MORE


The Guide

May 21, 2017 • By

What could be a better joy than reading something which takes you to the pit of self-pity and to the heights of perfection? Reading The Guide by R. K. Narayan is no less than a feeling of satisfaction and happiness for the destiny the characters meet, especially the character of Raju because there is always a sense of connect between Raju and the readers throughout the novel… Raju is there everywhere in the novel – from the beginning to the end, with Rosie and with Velan… READ MORE


Rafflesia – The Banished Princess

May 12, 2017 • By

How would you react to a book which becomes ‘usual’ after some 30-40 pages? Your response, I suppose, will be ‘who cares’! Come on; now think of a book which keeps your reading senses captured and does not unfold the ‘secret’ that it keeps until you reach towards the conclusion of it. Your reaction, I suppose, will be quite enthusiastic and would certainly a reader think – ‘that was a damn good read’. At BooksToRead, we only bring those reads to you and also warn you about not reading the books that you shouldn’t be reading. READ MORE