I haven’t been accepting books for review for quite some time – mainly because I don’t like the pressure (that I put on myself) to review a book that has been gifted to me. However, last week I was offered one book that tempted me, and soon enough I went down the rabbit hole of accepting books for review.
I was really excited when I heard the news that Arundhati Roy after the longest break was back with a new fictional book. The very day the book was published I was in the bookstore asking to buy a copy.
And then I read some lukewarm reviews, and then I saw that it didn’t make it into the Man Booker shortlist. And then I put this book on the backburner.
I couldn’t stay away from it too long though, and once I started I simply fell in love with the beautiful writing. Sure, the book has its flaws, but despite (or maybe because) I have fallen headlong in love with it.
I read The Night Watch a couple of weeks back, and can’t say I loved it. It was very different from the usual Sarah Waters style – experimental in its writing and tone, and it took me some time to get into it.
That said, the writing is beautiful, simply sublime. In terms of writing and maturity, this book about three lesbians in World War 2 is probably the best book she’s written.
It’s been a long, long time since I had some good (and I mean gooood) Pan-Asian food. So when I got an invite to come try the Mandarin Calling food festival at Oko in Hotel Lalit Ashok, I didn’t think twice before accepting.
I’ve visited Lalit Ashok several times before, but it’s been mostly on work – seminars and conferences, and the like. This was my first time there dining at a proper sit-down restaurant.