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Book review: Asmara’s Summer

2 June 2016
Posted in: Books, Reviews, Social issues | 1 Comment

Is there anything more important to a teenager than her street cred? No, at least not for Asmara. So when her Canada plans are cancelled and instead she has to spend a month with her grandparents in the conservative and definitely un-posh part of town, it is instant social disaster.

So Asmara does the only thing that seems reasonable: she pretends to her friends that she is in Canada and settles down to turn up her nose at Tannery Road.

What happens next is something that takes her by surprise.

Read the full review

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Guest review: Genkaku Picasso

15 February 2016
Posted in: Books, Reviews | No Comments

Writeside.net is happy to present its first graphic novel review: Genkaku Picasso by Usamaru Furuya. This is a guest review by Shweta Vachani.

Genkaku Picasso is a manga, about two friends, Picasso and Chiaki. Picasso—or Hikari Hamura, to give him his full name—is an artist. After he and his friend are in a terrible accident, Picasso must use his gift to help people around him. Can a sketchbook and a 2B pencil save lives?

Read the full review here.

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Review: Vikram and the Vampire

8 February 2016
Posted in: Books, Reviews | 1 Comment

Remember the Vikram and Betal stories from back when you were a kid? If you grew up in India, the chances are you’ve heard time at some point or the other. I first heard them from my grandparents, but my most enduring memory of these stories is Sunday-afternoon TV series Vikram aur Betal. I was nine years old and can clearly remember watching the stories keenly, waiting for the Betal’s question at the end. They were all tricky, moral problems, but King Vikram always had the answer, which meant the Betal was free to fly back to his tree, screeching in glee.

Thus, it was with some interest that I approached Natasha Sharma’s Vikram and the Vampire, a new, humorous retelling of the stories for under-10s. The book is accompanied by some hilarious illustrations by Priya Kuriyan. My full review is at Goodreads.in.

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