The subject or rapes and murders that Thaver has chosen is a sensitive one, and yet he handles it with dignity and sensitivity, the same way that he has while covering countless such unfortunate incidents while on the job. It is very easy to cross the line with such subjects and describe scenes of sexual assault or murder in gory detail simply to keep the reader hooked, but Thaver steers clear of it. Instead, he chooses to focus on the nitty gritties of crime detection and investigation, which do an equally effective job of retaining the reader’s attention till the very end.
“What I found particularly likeable was how Dixit has recreated the world of Bombay 3, a part of south Mumbai where he has grown up and observed with the detail of a journalist’s eye.The bit about the three friends who form the central characters of the book looking at trains, debating which one is the best and making plans to go out someday are also endearing.” – says Mohamed Thaver, senior journalist
The Colony Kid by Meena Chatty is a brilliant choice for oldies like me to reminisce on our childhood. The writing is vivid, conversational and fun. It truly felt refreshing to read such a positive book, and positivity is ultimately paramount in these trying times. It shows how as kids adapted to change and found happiness in everything, and encourages us to do the same today.
Dashavatar is a book about the ten stories of the 10 main avatars of Lord Vishnu and how each of them saved the earth from the rule of evil in their own way and what challenges they faced while doing so. The 10 avatars are Matsya (fish), Kurma (turtle), Varaha (boar), Narasimha, Vamana (dwarf man), Parashurama, Ram, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. Each story defines the avatar for who they were and describes it from a fresh, unbiased point of view where you can truly see the merits and flaws of each character, so the true hero of the story is left for the reader’s imagination to decide.
In an era that is ruled by gadgets, my children love spending their time with books. Of course, they love the television and iPad but books also form part of their daily routine. Here is how I have inculcated the habit: