Author Archives: Ambika

About Ambika

Hi! I write book reviews and short fiction.

The Outsider

For those of you uninitiated with Camus and his works, reading the novel for the first time may leave you completely baffled about the author’s intentions. The Outsider, a Nobel Prize Literature text, is about a guy called Meursault who … Continue reading

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The Martian

Hello everyone I’ve decided to write movie reviews on this blog as well because I don’t want to feel jaded writing on books alone. For those who aren’t great readers of sci-fi novels, watching a sci-fi movie may be an alternative … Continue reading

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The Boat

The Boat is a collection of short stories by Nam Le, an Australian-Vietnamese writer, who came over to Australia with his parents when he was a young child. Nam Le worked as a corporate lawyer before he became a writer. … Continue reading

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Arranged Marriage

Arranged Marriage is a debut collection of short stories by Chitra B Divakaruni, an Indian-American award-winning author, poet and teacher. She is also the author of One Amazing Thing, Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Palace of Illusions, Conch … Continue reading

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My Sporty Affair

I don’t want to generalise this but I believe most Indian girls, including myself, are not the least bit interested in playing sports. If we do play a sport at all, it would probably be one where we could play … Continue reading

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Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks so much Leanne at All Write-y Then and Trisha Ann at The Bookgasm for nominating my blog for the award. THE RULES Nominate 15 other relatively new-ish bloggers Let them know that you have nominated them Post ten random … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Sea

I had not read any of Hemingway’s works until I chanced upon The Old Man and the Sea, and was surprised that it was never introduced as a Literature text while I was at school. The novella played a huge … Continue reading

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School Blues

Sheena wasn’t sure who was attending school for the first time – she or her daughter, Miti. She was nervous that things would go wrong, and Miti would cry and kick up a fuss on her first day at school. … Continue reading

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Road Story

Road Story is the first novella written by Julienne van Loon, author of Harmless and Beneath the Bloodwood Tree.Road Story won the Australian Vogel Award in 2004. This is a story of friendship and of drug addiction. Eighteen-year old Diana … Continue reading

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On Being Gay in ‘Death in Venice’

Death in Venice is a novella (one of those long short stories) written by the German novelist Thomas Mann. The story revolves around an ageing writer’s obsession with a young Polish boy. It reflects themes on the duality of art … Continue reading

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