For the few of you who regularly follow my posts, you have probably realized that I talk strictly about books, and rarely anything personal about myself. But today, in this new month, and in this new year, I decided to do something new. Talking about your own struggles and challenges…


Woman- the most complicated, yet beautiful word in the history of language. Some people are engineers, some doctors. Some people may be lawyers, some may be pyschologists, some may be chefs. In creating and raising a family, in going from daughter/sister/niece/granddaughter to wife/daughter-in-law/mother/grandmother, a woman has to become all these…


Chapters of books are like train stations; no matter at which one you hop on, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later. Unfortunately, the whole book is more like a local train than an A.C. sleeper compartment. The sooner you get on, the more likely you are…


Most books aren’t complete without a romantic twist in the tale. Personally, I find romance novels wildly interesting, and they give me a sense of love and loss and involvement that no other genre has been able to give me. …


Bookstagram (noun): An Instagram account devoted to posting aesthetically pleasing pictures of books.

Image credit: Oh My Book

Pictures may often be accompanied by book reviews, discussion questions or book club suggestions. Or, the photo can simply be pleasing.

Common reasons for starting a bookstagram account:

  1. You are passionate about books and want to try…

In 1957, Melba Patillo turned 16. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown vs. …


People often ask me, “Where do you get the inspiration to write? What is your secret formula which makes the words flow out effortlessly on paper? How do you go about being a writer?”

I always say two things: Read, read, read and write, write, write.

While this has always…


Stereotypes are the worst. They limit your opportunities. They confine you to the images that other people have of you. They force you to live up to predefined standards which are often unyielding and unrealistic. …


The most appealing thing about a book for me, apart from the story and characters, would be the quirky habits/ things that the characters possess. Many of these possessions are as, or in some cases, more iconic than the characters themselves.

I have often dreamed about holding Voldemort’s wand or…


As a book lover, I have come across countless discussions on book-to-screen adaptations over the years. However, what I always found most disappointing was that, apart from a few exceptions, most conversations followed two paths:

  1. “Did you see the new movie starring X.Y.Z? It’s supposed to be based on…….” …

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Lamya Darukhanawala

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