Ibis Trilogy Book Review

Ibis Trilogy is a work of historical fiction by author Amitav Ghosh comprising of Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. The first came out in 2008 and the last, in 2015. I had read Sea of Poppies in 2011, before River of smoke was released and I remember being amazed at the richness of the account. Since then I have read River if Smoke and just finished Flood of Fire and here are my thoughts about the triogy.

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Neha - Yet Another Love Story

– Guest Author Naren

A debutant author, Vikram M N says he had been fiddling with the idea of writing a novel for quite some time before he finally wrote “Neha – yet another love story”. The book was written over a two year period.

Plot of Neha – Yet another love story

Viram M N has written short stories earlier and this 115-page novel is really like a longish short story about a one sided (?) love of the author for Neha, and is written in first person. The story is an assortment of day to day incidents that have been put together in an informal manner. The author keeps moving from the present day to past (as and when he remembers something of past) in an attempt to sew the story together. The protagonists are Vikram and Neha, both working in Chennai. Vikram is charmed by Neha – but is not sure of the extent of reciprocation from Neha. However, they are good friends none the less. The plot is really uncomplicated and has only a few characters.  Some text is in Tamil – translated at times to English. I am sure those who understand Tamil will comprehend better.

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Hiya people, as all of you know…. there are subscription boxes galore in India. While most of them focus on beauty and fashion accessories, there are few that venture into something different as well. An example of that is the The Day Drinking Box. Brought to you by the same team that curates The Violet Box, this box has an interesting story! During a Violet Box party (term used by the team for a brainstorming session), Gaurav their COO came up with the idea of having a box that focussed only on tea and coffee. He reflected on data showing an average individual having over 40,000 cups of tea or coffee in their lifetime. He felt that the large brands that dominate the Indian market, mass produce powdered teas only. The team decided to change this and source high quality fresh whole leaf teas. Thus was born the Day Drinking Box which aims to bring together whole leaf Oolong, Rooibos, Puer-eh, Matcha, Green & Black teas and arabica bean single estate coffees from across the world. I was sent the January 2016 and here is the unboxing video

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