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All it really takes to hook a person to a good book, is the opening line. Though they are stand alone sentences, they lure and entice (sometimes quite literally) the readers to discover more.      I recently happened to glance at the opening passage of Gary Shteyngart’s forthcoming novel, Super Sad True Love Story and it read,  “Today I’ve made a major decision: I am never going to die. Others will die around me. They will be ...
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Gothic fiction is usually illustrated along stereotypical lines. A gothic story is usually imagined to have a medieval setting of a Gothic castle, a damsel in distress, a villain with blood-curdling intent, and a knight in shining armor. While all of these could be true while cohesively presenting a gothic story, it would be unfair to write off this genre as puerile or kitsch. It is not as unappetizing as it appears to be. It has evolved over the ages and surprisingly, s...
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         It has been a pleasure answering your queries. As time rolls, I’ve been up to a bit of reading. What about you, guys? Do keep writing and I’ll be thrilled to interact with you. Thank you for writing. Q. My friend is moving to foreign shores for a year. He enjoys travelogues. Please suggest a book that I can gift him. Vinod Mathew, Pune You could check Slowly down the Ganges and A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric...
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  It has been two centuries since the English writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870) came into this world. Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England and had a difficult childhood. His father was imprisoned for debt, leading to Dickens' working in a factory early in life. Despite having little education, Dickens' had an indomitable will. It is thus no wonder that his first novel, The Pickwick Papers made him an international celebrity, within a few years of its publicat...
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  On February 7th 2013, we celebrated the 201st birth anniversary of the long gone, much celebrated Charles Dickens. Back then, two centuries ago, the time was Victorian in England, a time for convention, social norms and restrained moral conduct and it was during that period that Dickens burst into the writing scene with his comic novel The Pickwick Papers in 1836. As was the practice then, novels were seralised in magazines, and the Dickens' novel was simla...
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  British writer and social critic, Charles John Huffman Dickens, popularly known as Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth. He is synonymous with popular and unforgettable classics like David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, A Christmas Carol, The Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, Bleakhouse, Hard Times, a Tale of Two Cities, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. He bar...
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