Nine Lives: Book Review by Asha Seth

The review is also available on Goodreads. Author: William Dalrymple| Genre: Non-Fiction | Pages: 275 The Plot: In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners of traditional forms of faith in contemporary India. For two months a year, a man in... Continue Reading →

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The Last Mughal: An Excerpt

I have now divided my time between London and Delhi for over twenty years, and the Indian capital remains my favourite city. Above all it is the city’s relationship with its past which continues to intrigue me: of the great cities of the world, only Rome, Istanbul and Cairo can even begin to rival Delhi... Continue Reading →

In Arabian Nights: An Excerpt

“People think I am a writer,' he would say, 'and when they think that they are missing the point. I write things down but the writing is just a tool. It's nothing more than ink arranged over a surface of wood pulp. If they had real insight, they would see that I am really a... Continue Reading →

In Arabian Nights: An Excerpt

Standing there, the ocean breeze cool on my face, I sensed the tingle of something I could not understand, and saw a fine geometric carpet laid over the lawn. I strolled down over the terrace and on to the grass, and stepped aboard it, the silk knots pressing against my bare feet. Before I knew... Continue Reading →

Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond – An Excerpt

Lena Login watched as an emissary from the Tower of London, escorted by yeoman warders, entered the drawing room. He carried a small casket in his hands, which the queen opened delicately. She showed the open box to Albert and together they walked over to where Duleep stood on the dais. Looking up at him,... Continue Reading →

A Room of One’s Own – An Excerpt

Believe me—and I have spent a great part of ten years in watching some three hundred and twenty elementary schools, we may prate of democracy, but actually, a poor child in England has little more hope than had the son of an Athenian slave to be emancipated into that intellectual freedom of which great writings... Continue Reading →

Eating Animals: An Excerpt

“WHAT IS ADDED BY HAVING a turkey on the Thanksgiving table? Maybe it tastes good, but taste isn’t the reason it’s there — most people don’t eat very much turkey throughout the year. (Thanksgiving Day accounts for 18 percent of annual turkey consumption.) And despite the pleasure we take in eating vast amounts, Thanksgiving is... Continue Reading →

The Power of Positive Thinking: Book Review by Asha Seth

The Power of Positive Thinking was my first book for 2014 and I am glad I chose to start the year surfing on positive sails. Just when I came across all but raving reviews about this book, I was fortunate enough to receive an audio-book from Reado and all I had to do was to plug the earphones... Continue Reading →

The Freethinker’s Prayer Book: Book Review by Asha Seth

This isn’t a book review, not in the actual sense. Simply because this is not one of the books you can pass judgment on. If anything, it is one of those books you read for just the pleasure of reading. Now, there’s quite a tale following why in the first place I read this book. I wouldn’t... Continue Reading →

What writing takes…

I love to read. Not because I am a writer. But because there is no better teacher. Reading always gives me new ways to write. Opens new windows with better perspectives. Last week I finished reading Jhumpa Lahiri's latest book 'In Other Words'. She is one writer I look up to when I need inspiration. If... Continue Reading →

On Writing: Book Review by Asha Seth

Acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks has recommended some books on his website that will help you improve your writing skills. One of them is 'ON WRITING' by 'Stephen King'. This being my first Stephen King book, I was disappointed to not have started reading his books earlier. Well, I might as well yell that I love the way... Continue Reading →

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