Vijai's Book Reviews

Books are and will always be my refuge from reality. The idea that therein lies within the pages of even the most dilapidated book a power to conjure universes you hardly imagined is a wonderful feeling.
April 2013
reviewed: Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits
It was hard reading this book without a lump in my throat. Only a person who has thirsted for a permanent roof over his/ her ...
Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of The Kashmiri Pandits - Rahul Pandita
April 2013
reviewed: Hot spring (French Edition)
Why four star? Because I read Havana, that's why. One may not understand my anguish until they read Havana and I was so disap...
Hot Springs - Stephen Hunter
reviewed: The Assassins Gallery
I am impressed with this book on so many levels. To start with, the author articulated so well what I personally believed in ...
The Assassins Gallery - David L. Robbins
reviewed: The Alchemist
Do you know a weird chick who keeps posting shitty and cliched quotations as her FB update? I bet my gluteus maximus muscle t...
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
April 2013
reviewed: Door
"...bitch is dead" - The final words spoken by Mr. Bond in this book. HOTDAMN! this book is so marinated in macho, I think I ...
Door - Margaret Atwood
reviewed: The Devil's Alternative
You know you have a master piece in your hand when you read this book. Although the plot does not unravel until the last two ...
Devil's Alternative - Frederick Forsyth
reviewed: The Enchiridion
Someone very smart said “A good master is not who teaches well but one who creates the most number of masters”. A level of w...
The Enchiridion - Epictetus
April 2013
reviewed: Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia
This book has a major identity problem. On the outset, the book appears to only chronicle the infamous don's life story but t...
Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia - S. Hussain Zaidi
reviewed: Kublai Khan
Someone very smart once said, winning a prize is one thing but keeping it is another. The latter part of winning - be it a ki...
Kublai Khan - John Man
reviewed: Pale Horse Coming
This book is the yardstick by which I measure all other action thrillers. Independent action, stoic hero, an exhilarating esc...
Pale Horse Coming - Stephen Hunter
reviewed: India After Independence 1947-2000
Biased as it may sound, you cannot take away the sheer amount of information the author has shoveled into this book. Not to m...
India After Independence 1947-2000 - Bipan Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee
reviewed: Three Chinese Poets
To be honest, I only picked this book because a few weeks ago, I noticed that a fellow reviewer had very much enjoyed her exp...
Three Chinese Poets - Vikram Seth
April 2013
reviewed: Life of Pi
It took me four years to finish this book. There, I said it. To be honest, I had picked up this book in my early days of sojo...
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
reviewed: Laughing Wolf
Look, the dude was a successful whatever and then at a relatively young age he started looking like shit so instead of hiring...
Laughing Wolf - Yuko Tsushima
reviewed: The End of War
One of the most enjoyable reads in the recent times. The author does right to the wrongs the German people in the annuls of h...
The End of War - David L. Robbins

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