“Shrewdly articulated . . . thought-provoking and well-documented”–
#qotd People have stopped wearing masks & are crossing all borders of social distancing.
Is the pandemic over?
How can we come back to normal, so soon?
When will we learn our lessons??
PANDEMIC- tracking contagions, from cholera to corona viruses & beyond

pandemic: from the Greek pan “all” + dēmos “people”.

A disease outbreak that spreads throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world.

272 pages, 10 chapters
introduction, glossary, notes, index etc.

There are coloured, glossy paper pictures too.
This book couldn’t be more relatable, than in the present times.

The book was first published in 2016 in the United States
is now, first published in 2020, in India by HarperCollins, with a new preface.
SONIA SHAH is an investigative journalist and author of critically acclaimed and prize-winning books on science, human rights, and international politics. 
✨Basic premise of the book:

The book explores history, with deep, rigorous research to find the causes & effects of pathogens, why we take so long to acknowledge & accept them as a pandemic and have we ever learnt our lessons?

This highly, informed read, aims to pull off the mask of various pandemics in history & tries to establish a relation between them & even with the future pandemics.

It says, the future lies in our hands..
Read the book if;

✨you want a detailed character- sketch of past pathogens & pandemics, the present & the probable future ones.
✨you want to understand each and every aspect, with a scientific point of view, in a simple, lay- man language.
✨It helps us understand our role as an individual, as a society, as a human species in this entire conundrum.
What did I learn?

✨Life keeps on repeating it’s trials & tribulations until and unless we understand our lessons from it & improve & move on.
✨A good, descriptive read for starters on the said topic.
The personal experiences of the author, adds to the reading experience.






A beautiful piece of art from the 19th century. Translated now.

#readwithharpercollins #dhumketu

RATNO DHOLI- The Best Stories Of Dhumketu.

✨Originally published in Gujarati as;
“Dhumketu Ni Tunki Vartao”.

✨Now translated from the Gujarati by @jennybhatt0

Jenny Bhatt is a writer, translator, bookreviewer, podcast host.

✨Prior to ” Dhumketu”, Gaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi, used various “nom de plumes” like Vihaar, Paagal.

✨One of the foremost writers in Gujarati & a pioneer of short story form. (1892- 1965).
 This work of art, is an culmination of 26 short stories, each a treat to experience the deep nuances of human behaviour.

✨There’s variety in terms of range & it focuses on different strata of people.

✨Major of the stories are set in rural Gujarat.

✨Even after translation, there are certain vernacular words which have been retained & for that, there’s a glossary of gujarati terms, at the end.

✨There’s a separate space demarcated on the page, to give a brief background of the topic in discussion, wherever needed.

 The stories, are simple to say the least, coming from deep observation of the human nature but the highlight is the writing style, with use of metaphors & detailed, descriptive narration.

Irrespective of the time, when this piece was first written, the reader can totally be in tandem with the emotions.

There are emotions which leave your heart heavy, a bygone era, life lessons, humour, relationships, faith, music, societal problems, corruption, unemployment, caste, religion, love, hurt, rumour…
I don’t feel, there’s any emotion not dealt with here.

This work will always be special.

Indebted to good translators for bringing forth such forgotten work.


Those delicious letters

#qotd❤️ Have you ever received Inland Letters?
This COVER is amazing & very close to my heart. It brought back beautiful memories of my communication with my grandpa in the USA.

Email wasn’t that common in those days, & we had so much to share, so we sent each other long long letters, not leaving even a tiny spec of space empty.

Now that he is no more, they form a precious part of my remembrance of him.

Also he had an amazing stamp collection, which he gave me, along with few picture postcards, when he left India.

 what you will FIND in the book?

✨confused emotions of a 40 year old woman/ MIDDLE-LIFE CRISIS
✨RELATIONS between
mom & adolescent kids
✨health of MARRIAGE (after 18years) when husband is neck deep in work
✨bengal & BENGALIS
✨although 257 pages/ 12 chapters, the writing style makes it feel like a QUICK, LIGHT READ
✨kitchen blunders
✨how FACEBOOK once had every update of our life
✨RECIPIES, yess!!

what did I LEARN from the read?

✨relations & people are not exactly, how they may seem on the surface

✨a small gesture of love can soothen a great heartache

✨sometimes we need only an iota of hope & encouragement to see the light

✨learn to let go

✨happiness & joy, are right inside us, don’t search them anywhere else!

The entire book was an ENJOYABLE, EMOTIONAL, at times- a FUNNY ride, sometimes an unsolved puzzle 里& at times, clear like rain water.

The end, was FABULOUS, to say the least.

a PERFECT, LIGHT, INSPIRINGread in these stressful times.

P. S. : CHECK THE IMAGES for blurb & author details, she’s been a popular blogger for >10years, this is her 2nd book with @harpercollinsin


Yet to be released! Historical Fiction. Pre order NOW!

Releases- 01.12.2020
On #booktour with @suzyapprovedbooktours !
✨”Elegantly written and expertly crafted, Under A Gilded Moon soars as high as any piece of literature can reach.
You’re transported to a time and place in history that begs [to be] read late into the night.” 
✨Under A Gilded Moon: a novel.
409 pages; 59 chapters.
Genre: historical fiction.

Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of eight books, including A Tangled Mercy, a #1 Amazon bestseller and also an Editors’ Choice recipient from the Historical Novel Society; Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award for First Novel
✨Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.

Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.

As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.
Speak less than thou knowest
Lend less thou knowest

The story dates back to October 1895.
It talks about
a family’s journey to forgiveness, Biltmore Estate,
Kerry’s dilemma,
her duty towards her family (father & siblings) ,
forgiving her father for what their life could have been,
a teacher’s concern & care for her student
and how your roots always pull you towards them.

What did I learn?
✨You don’t turn your back on family, no matter what.
✨Change is an inevitable part of life.

What to look forward in the book?
✨there’s a section on HISTORICAL NOTES.
✨there are BOOK CLUB discussion ques.s
✨beautiful storytelling skills
✨you actually go back to that era
✨very detailed & descriptive narration.
✨a bit lengthy, with a moderate pace.
✨”Crawdads meets the Crawleys in Jordan-Lake’s latest, where she offers up a powerful location in the Biltmore House of Asheville, North Carolina. Pitting rugged locals against Gilded Age interlopers and threaded throughout with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best.” 

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