Author Archives: Nirmala

The Dogs and the Wolves by Irène Némirovsky

The Dogs and the Wolves is the story of two distantly related Jewish families: the Sinners. They live in a Ukranian city where the poor, ‘unsavory’ Jews lived in the ghetto while the wealthy Jews lived on top of a hill in “the realm of the blessed.” With Ada’s father working as a broker, Ada’s […]

York – Home to Awe-Inspiring York Minster

Northern England is a place that tourists usually leave out of their itineraries. I had no plans of exploring the Northern England either, but when the opportunity presented itself for me to travel to York I had to take it, even if it meant that I’ll be traveling solo for the first time in my […]

London Stories: Ann of Oxford Street by Thomas De Quincey

I wish London Stories had an introduction to each story in the collection. A little bit of background to these stories would have enriched my reading experience, especially given that some of these are biographical essays and old ones at that with little to no information on the internet! 😐 I think Ann of Oxford […]

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

Agatha Christie had started writing The Mystery of the Blue Train while she was going through a rough patch in her personal life. Christie had already put out a book that she did not like (The Big Four) and according to her autobiography she never really liked The Mystery of the Blue Train either. While […]

London Stories: A Visit to Charlotte Cibber by Samuel Whyte

I wasn’t familiar with Charlotte Cibber or Samuel Whyte before reading A Visit to Charlotte Cibber. (Some of you might be familiar with Colley Cibber though, who was an English actor-manager, playwright and Poet Laureate. Charlotte was Colley’s youngest child.) Samuel Whyte was a writer, and Charlotte in her early life was an actress and […]

Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

I’ve never been a big fan of Greek mythology. But reading Prometheus Bound converted me! Prometheus Bound, which is probably the oldest book I’ve ever read (I am yet to read The Iliad and The Odyssey), is an ancient Greek tragedy. The play has been historically attributed to Aeschylus (525 – 456 BC, however, the […]

London Stories: Love Among the Methodists by James Lackington

And the struggle continues! My understanding of Christendom is pretty limited. I know the difference between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism thanks to my interest in Tudor period in England, but I haven’t got a clue about Methodism. So reading Love Among the Methodists required me to do some homework. Love Among the Methodists is a […]

The Big Four by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

The Big Four is a story about a gang of four super-villains who want to dominate the world. At the beginning of the novel, Poirot is the only one who is after the Big Four with officials thinking Poirot is following a mirage. So Captain Hastings, whose steadfast loyalty has been proven before, joins Poirot […]

London Stories: A Ragged Boyhood by Daniel Defoe

I’m in England with my husband who is here for a summer internship. Now we are halfway through our stay, and finally, I think we have settled in! 😀 (Not that it was hard to figure things out, but opening a bank account was a nightmare!) So I decided to pick London Stories as my […]

Jezebel by Irène Némirovsky

I’m falling behind my Irène Némirovsky year-long project. I’ve been crazy busy these days (more about it later), and I couldn’t read Jezebel which was supposed to be my June read. Hopefully, I’ll have time to read another Némirovsky this month, so I can be back on track with my project! In Jezebel, we see […]