Collectors Treasury – a House of Stories

Off late, I have been suffering from a paucity of inspiration – in terms of what to write. So I decided to take myself to Maboneng, one my my favorite places in Joburg, that is brimming with creativity, quirkiness and vibrancy. I could not think of a better place to ‘look’ for a story. And Maboneng, as always, did not disappoint. My hunt for a story led … Continue reading Collectors Treasury – a House of Stories

Book Review – Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Burnt Shadows is Kamila Shamsie‘s fifth novel and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist who now lives in the UK. The book is a story of two families whose lives have been inter-twined over the years and has spanned four countries – Japan, India, Pakistan and the US. It’s a story of the atrocities of war, nuclear bombs, love, friendships, mis-trust and … Continue reading Book Review – Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

The Book of Gold Leaves – Review

The Book of Gold Leaves is Mirza Waheed’s second book. Like most books, I picked this one up on a whim. When I started reading it, I wasn’t much impressed. The storyline had much in common with many Bollywood movies – a love story of a young couple threatened by war and religion, set against the backdrop of Kashmir. The story revolves around a young Shia boy, Faiz, who is … Continue reading The Book of Gold Leaves – Review