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Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi Manga by Yuki Urushibara. Review of a Fictional World Unlike Any Other.

Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara is set in the fictional world somewhere between  Edo and Meiji Period in Japan. Mushi stands for the creatures who are living among humans but invisible to human eyes due to their ethereal nature.

Mushishi By Yuki Urushibara

Chapter – ‘Eye’s Fortune, Eye’s Misfortune’

Mushishi Manga ranks 8.8/10 on MyAnimeList and 4.3/5 on Goodreads.

Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Cute, isn’t she?

            Yuki Urushibara

Let’s get to know the author first. Yuki Urushibara is a Japanese manga artist born in 23, January 1974 in the Namaguchi prefecture of Japan.  She also goes by pen name Soyogo Shima. ‘Mushishi’ is her most critically as well as publicly acclaimed work till date. This manga is used as the base of an anime series and live action movie of the same name. She has won several awards for her manga, ‘Mushishi’ probably because of its unique storytelling style.

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Story Teller Unlike Any Other, R. K. Narayan. Revisiting Malgudi Days.

R. K. Narayan

You become a writer by writing. It is a Yoga.

Born in Madras of British India in 1906 R. K. Narayan short for Rasipuram Krishnaswamilyer Narayanswami, is one of the most celebrated authors in India to date. His simple writing style and descriptions of a hearty Indian town with its mix of townspeople won him hearts all over the world.

His first novel “Swami & Friends” was published in 1935 with help of British author Graham Green followed by “The Bachelor of Arts” made him an instant success in India as well as abroad. Graham Greene considered him one of the greatest novelist in English Language and fondly wrote,

Narayan wakes in me a spring of gratitude. Without him, I could never have known what it is like to be an Indian.

R. K. Narayan shortened his name after Graham Greene advised him to do so. He told him, “In this country, a name which is difficult for the old ladies in the library to remember materially affects sales.” Graham Greene became his mentor and friend for the rest of his life. Both writer’s influenced each other and that can be seen in their works. 

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One Indian Girl or Should I say One Obnoxious Girl by Chetan Bhagat. Book Review.

Chetan Bhagat claims to have figured out women with his latest book “One Indian Girl”. He even went through a painful waxing session to learn what it feels like. Honestly, I think Chetan Bhagat will have to take many births to get there for real. That being said, I felt sad for Indian Literature after reading his book.

Here’s why I think One Indian girl by chetan bhagat is the worst novel I’ve read till date…
 Hilary Duff Gif

Radhika, the obnoxious Indian girl in Chetan Bhagat’s new novel is an intelligent, smart and outstanding employee (A VP) at Goldman Sachs. With a flair for not acknowledging anything good around her, she doesn’t share anything with her family. Her thinking is that she is far above everyone else in her life. No one is ever going to understand her because she is a woman and having brain makes it difficult for men to acknowledge her. She has arrived in Goa for her destination wedding, completely her choice. Now begins her story, how she got here and where she will go. Everything in next 6 days.

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Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre. T5W

Gateway books to your favorite genre that’s like asking for the top 5 recommended books by you. Heck of a question, ain’t it? Soon you find yourself in the middle of your room with stacks of books around you, looking for those few chosen ones that you want to name for the post, whew! You love these books and you want someone to read them, what to say that they will take it? LOL. I am doing this post for Goodreads group Top 5 Wednesday run by Samantha of Thoughtsontome and Lainey ofGingerreadslainey.

If you have read about me you will know that my most favorite genre is fantasy-adventure. I have already listed The Hobbit & LOTR by J R R Tolkien there. LOTR is a mammoth with more than 1000 pages to its credit but the book is filled with glorious imagination. I won’t be taking these two in the list nor Harry Potter. I am a reader of many genres so I will be listing a few books/manga that I have come to love simply because of their style, storyline and the depth of humanity they focus on.

My most favorite genre is fantasy-adventure but I don’t stop at that only my second favorites are food, psychological thriller, romance. So, here goes nothing…

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Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With. Top 5 Wednesday.

However easy it sounds, it is quite difficult to find characters you WOULDN’T want to trade places with. I thought how hard could it be? The answer to that question is quick enough, tough as Earth’s crust. I want to thank the Goodreads group – Top 5 Wednesday run by  Samantha of Thoughtsontome and Lainey of Gingerreadslainey which has given me the opportunity to brainstorm about the books I have read till now and come up with a few characters I wouldn’t like to trade places with.

Characters you WOULDN’T like to trade places with

MY LIST

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Books I Want To See As TV Shows. Top 5 Wednesday.

Books I want to see as tv shows is the topic of Goodreads Group – Top 5 Wednesday for the second Wednesday of September ’16. The group was found by Samantha of Thoughtsontomes and Lainey of Gingerreadslainey. I read the post about Top 5 Wednesday on Megan’s blog Bookslayerreads. I loved her post on characters you want as family. One visit to the group and I instantly fell in love with the idea of writing top 5 things about something I love about the books! I recommend you checkout the group.

So without further delay here’s my Top 5 Wednesday post.

Books I Want To See As TV Shows

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Quote

Tuck Everlasting. Novel by Natalie Babbitt.

Tuck Everlasting, is an everlasting novel about the concept of living over mere existing. Most of us have seen the movie ‘Tuck Everlasting’ as children, Alexis Bledel stole our hearts as the pretty Winnie Foster with it. I have forgotten all of it now except the magnificent view of the forest as Winnie & Mr.Tuck. I read the novel just this year after wanting to read it for years simply because I kept forgetting.


Tuck Everlasting… by Natalie Babbitt.

“Things can come together in strange ways. The wood was at the center, the hub of the wheel. All wheels must have a hub. A Ferris wheel has one, as the sun is the hub of the wheeling calender. Fixed points they are, and best left undisturbed, for without them, nothing holds together. But sometimes people find this out too late.”

Tuck Everlasting begins with this as this and opens into Treegap. In the village of Treegap lies an age-old secret, which will be revealed to Winnie Foster very soon. Winfred Foster is born in the Foster family who owns the Treegap wood, with a “Move on – we don’t want you here” sign you can say they are not very friendly people.

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – Book GiveAway

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is based on the same theme as the previous Harry Potter books, LOVE. Anything more than this is not unnecessary.

Many of us have read the new book by now and can’t be happier even if there are some people who are not happy with its narrative style. The book is not in a novel format but a PLAY. Yes, ladies and gentlemen this work of art is presented in the form of a play. Therefore it misses out on the magical elaborated explanations and long paragraphs of a scene’s description like its predecessors. But none the less Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is as enchanting as the past ones. 

Remember the first rule of being a reader?

“Always be ready to explore new ways of doing things.”

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The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton

The Snow Merchant By Sam Gayton

On a winter night so cold and dark the fires froze in their hearths, snow came to Albion. It came packed up in the suitcase of a stranger. Lettie was the first one to see him.

Yes, that’s how The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton begins. Before it starts there’s a recipe that tells you how to make snow. Have I got you yet? Wanna buy the book? No? Okay, read on.

Lettie Peppercorn has lived all her life in the house on the stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion, never setting a foot outside the door of the house. She is the mistress of the inn. While her father goes out every night to gamble and she stays home, attending the most vivacious guests. She has seen different types of customers but nothing has prepared her for the guest that arrives on the cold and dark winter night, a snow merchant.

His fingers were blue.

His hair was white.

His fingers were blue.

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Maya’s New Husband By Neil D’silva – Book Review

Mayas new husband by Neil DSilva

Maya’s New Husband by Neil D’silva, is a horror story. According to the introduction, Neil D’silva is a teacher by day and a writer a by night. This is his first story. He won the NANOWRIMO 2014 with this book and he went on to win The Entertainer Literary Awards in 2015. He is also an admin of famous Facebook group For Writers By Authors on Facebook. Pretty nice conversations happen on the group page. If you live in Mumbai maybe you can even join them on their special sessions for writing sometimes.

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