Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

This was one of the books I “discovered” through NPR’s 2020 book concierge after applying certain filters, and it was an enjoyable albeit sad read. The book focuses on poverty, religious conflicts, child labor, kidnappings, class/caste distinction, and the poor living conditions in slums or bastis in India through the eyes of various children, including…

Down and Out in Paris and London

Long before Animal Farm and 1984, which established George Orwell not only a household name, but a literary giant, he wrote a little known work of non-fiction called Down and Out in Paris and London.  In fact, published before Burmese Days, Down and Out is Orwell’s first official novel. Down and Out in Paris and…

A Fine Balance

I’ve been a bit remiss in updating my blog partly because of the Holidays and partly because a lot of things have happened in my life lately. However, a big part of it also has to do with laziness. I realized that I did not post a December Book Loot earlier this month either but…