India

The ubiquitous myth of the Tooth Mouse

So some weeks ago I was putting into writing all the mouse/rat related folklore of my country that I knew about. (more…)

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Review: Murder in Mumbai by K.D. Calamur

The eponymous Mumbai steals the show!

15747040Murder in Mumbai by K.D. Calamur

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

When I was perusing netgalley to find something new to read what stopped me at Murder in Mumbai was first the retro coverart and then the synopsis. It reminded me of H.R.F. Keating’s little known creation – an earnest Mumbai police inspector called Ghote.
I loved that series of books and the Ivory Merchant adaptation of the first book, The Perfect Murder. So, I requested this one from netgalley and hoped I got approved.

A day later I had it on my kindle and was immersed in the story. (more…)

Tiger’s Curse (Meh. Review)

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read this over six months ago and have since felt no urge to pick up the sequel.

Here is what drew me to the book in the first place –
A girl in the States gets a part time job in a circus, meets a cast of peculiar characters and forms a bond with a caged tiger that she doesn’t quite understand. We can guess already that the tiger is more than an animal. Then somehow girl ends up in rural India, gets lost in a forest and ends up with only a strangely protective tiger for company. After that apparently comes some sort of a journey to break a curse that keeps our hero in the form of a tiger.

And you have to admit it does sound interesting.

[The part about getting an under-aged teenager to India with such ease seemed improbable, but if the author is talented (I thought) then maybe she’ll pull it off.]

Oh and I liked the cover.

But then I read the book. (more…)

Riding into battle – a visual

From one of my favourite illustration artists, Simini Blocker, here is a colourful portrait of the Rani of Jhansi (a well known Indian warrior queen who led the revolution against the British during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1957) as she rides into battle.

siminiblocker:For my first entry: Lakshmibai, an Indian queen who helped lead a rebellion against the British in  1857. It is said she would ride into battle with a sword in each hand, a visual I could not resist.<br />

I think Simini is amazing. Her drawings are full of colour and spirit and they always have this indescribable quality of softness – even when she sketches swords cutting through the air. =)

Anyway, in any story – whether you are reading it or creating it – a clear visual of your protagonist is essential. That’s why many authors love deviantart and google images. In my case, I often find my inspiration in blogs like Simini’s.

For more such illustrations, follow her tumblr  account which she intends to devote to cool women of history who did cool things.