Sunday, January 15, 2012

Afghanistan : The Swallows of Kabul - Book Review

The Swallows of Kabul
by Yasmina Khadra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my second book review while traveling around the world! Check out my review while traveling in India!

Swallows of Kabul is a quick read which portrays vividly the life of the people in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. It is really shocking to know the desperate lives lead by the Afghans. The author portrays Afghanistan as a land of ruins, dust, heat, hopelessness, confusion, arrogance and isolation. The novel has a depressing and haunting tone. Would recommend this book to people who would like to read more about Afghanistan, the Taliban rule and the hardships people face over there.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Plate to Pixel : Digital Food Photography & Styling - Book Review

Foodography: Digital Food Photography & StylingFoodography: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Helene Dujardin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Paperback: 288 pages

This book is not part of the project, Around the World in 24 books, but I wanted to read this book for long. I had placed a hold in the library long back and I started reading this book last week and I just loved reading the book! Here is my review..

Being a food blogger and interested in food photography, I absolutely loved reading the book! It has so much information about food styling, camera techniques, composition, lighting etc. The author herself being a cook and a blogger touches all topics right from plating to editing pictures and copyright issues. The book is filled with beautiful food pictures that make you drool! I see myself using some of the techniques I learnt from this book in the future..

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

India: In the Convent of little Flowers - Book Review

In the Convent of Little FlowersIn the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Country: India

This is the first book for the year 2012!
I have taken up the challenge - Around the World in 24 books and this is my first book for the country - India. Here is my review..

I am a big fan of short stories and quick reads and I liked this book - In the Convent of Little Flowers . Some short stories are intense and mostly talk about lives of Indian women and the struggle they undergo. What was refreshing and interesting about this book was that each short story talks about a different issue and is set about a different class or society in India. Coming from South India, I could relate myself to some of the situations.

Indu Sundaresan's writing has a different personality, that makes you turn pages and leaves much to the reader's imagination. The stories leave you thinking about the various characters even after you have finished the book. The book had more of a sad and intense tone to it, with most stories having a sad ending. It would have been better, had Indu included some stories with happy endings and also portrayed the bright side of Indian culture in few of the stories.

I liked the postscript, where the author includes snapshots of her life which inspired her to write these short stories.

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