Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Genre: Literary fiction My rating: 5 stars Synopsis: Where the Crawdads Sing is Delia Owens debut novel. This is a story of Kya Clark – The Marsh Girl, Chase Andrews, and Tate. Both Tate and Chase are mesmerised by her wild beauty, her eccentric, strange ways. Kya, who has lived in the Marsh all her…

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman


I completely enjoyed reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill! I could relate to Nina so much – her love of books, facts and trivia, her obsession with being highly organised, and ah, being socially awkward. Nina Hill is all of this and more! She lives a quiet, laidback life working at a bookstore. With…

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson


When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson – Last read book in July. I could read only one book as I was occupied with a lot of other stuff! But, this book was worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of these resilient women – Ally, Huda, and Rania. Though a work of fiction, Gina…

Kololo Hill by Neema Shah


My rating: 4/5 Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: “Uganda 1972: A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days.” This is a story of a Ugandan Asian family — Motichand , Jaya, Asha, Pran, and Vijay — in the early 1970s. Motichand: Motichand leaves Gujarat, India, soon after his marriage to…

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi My rating: 5/5 Genre: Historical Fiction, Saga Synopsis: A story of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, Homegoing, takes readers on a journey into their lives through eight generations. While Effia is married to an Englishman with her life changed forever, Esi is sold into slavery.  Each character transforms beyond years due to the hardships,…

Sparks like Stars by Nadia Hashimi


My rating: 5/5 Genre: Historical Fiction, Thriller, Coming-of-age story Synopsis: Facing a military coup in the palace of President Daoud Khan, Sitara and her family’s life is forever changed. With her family scattered in the palace walls, Sitara escapes the horrors, saved by Shair, the soldier. Shair hands this little girl to the American diplomat, Antonia, and her…

Easy Peasy Chaats for Iftar — Noor’s Recipes


Who doesn’t love Chaats? Drizzled with curd, generous amount of sweet and spicy chutney to elevate it, chaats are a favorite among all. Growing up in the good old 90s, chaats were an occasion for fun, an outing with the family to satisfy our cravings for some tangy Pani puri, spicy Masala puri, or the […]…

Ramadan Samosa Recipes — Noor’s Recipes


What’s Ramadan without samosa? Samosas are delicious, crunchy, and irresistible. You can add the filling of your choice to elevate the samosa – ness 🙂 Here’s our samosa recipes that you can make for Iftar – from kheema to paneer. We’re sure you’ll love it! Whole Wheat Chicken Kheema Samosa Paneer Burji Samosa Mutton Kheema […]…

The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain


My rating: 5/5 Synopsis: The Family Tree is a story about a father, Amjad, his little girl, Zahra, and his son, Saahil — a small intertwined family — Amjad needs to go on despite having lost his wife during childbirth. It’s a story that captures a Pakistani British family overcoming the obstacles that life throws…

How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division by Elif Shafak


My rating: 5/5 Synopsis: Booker Prize-nominated novelist and activist Elif Shafak brings us a powerful book in just about 90 pages. You can read it at one go, but it will make you reflect, ponder, and contemplate the issues plaguing the world we live in today. It’s a book from the heart that emphasizes the…

Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction My rating: 5/5 Wow! The Midnight Library is one of the most amazing books I have read recently. It touches upon so many issues we face in today’s day and age – related to mental health.  Yes, this is a Bookstagram influenced read, but I’m so glad I picked this one…

Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary


Genre: Fiction – Romance My rating: 4/5 I’m so glad I discovered Beth O’ Leary One of my favorite authors of today – her books are so endearing, full of sunny optimism, and just make you feel oh so good! I read The Switch last year, and it was one of the cutest books I…

French Toast


Originally posted on Noor's Recipes:
Ingredients: White bread – 8 slices Sugar – 2 tbsp Milk – 4 tbsp Egg – 4 Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp Salt – a pinch Cinnamon powder – optional Butter – 3-4 tbsp Method : Whisk together sugar , cinnamon powder , eggs,? milk,? vanilla essence and a…

My Rainbow Rowell Reads


I read a lot of serious books — some can be way too realistic and harrowing. So, I decided to give myself a break from all the heavy reading. I have been unwinding with cozy, romance reads, and who better than Rainbow Rowell can fit the bill! Here are two books by Rainbow Rowell that…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris


Genre: Historical fiction | Biographical ficiton My rating: 3/5 The Tattooist of Auschwitz has always been on my TBR. When I saw the book on my cousin’s bookshelf, I finally decided to give it a go. For all the hype about this book, I thought it didn’t really fly for me — I wish it had…

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji


Genre: Historical fiction | Literary fiction My rating: 5/5 Wow! What a book! Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji has left me spellbound. It’s written so beautifully; I literally felt I lived through the alleys of Tehran, slept on the rooftops, and built friendships of a lifetime. It felt like watching a great movie; it…

Together Tea by Marjan Kamali


Genre: Women’s Fiction  My rating: 5/5 This is my second read of Marjan Kamali after The Stationery Shop. Together Tea is her debut novel, and I was excited to read it as I loved The Stationery Shop — it’s one of my favorite reads ever. Synopsis: This is a story set in Iran spanning years…

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez


The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez One Little café. Five extraordinary women… Genre: Women’s Fiction | Literary Fiction My rating: 5/5 Deborah Rodriguez, a hairdresser, gets the opportunity of a lifetime in 2002 when the organization she was working for related to disaster relief was sending a team of doctors and medical professionals to…

Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge


This is my year in books! 2020 was an overwhelming year no doubt but I had sufficient time to catch up on my reading. I’m not a binge reader but I found solace in books – they were my happy place. Also, I revived my love for blogging and hope to keep it going, rain…

Review: The Blue Between the Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa


The Blue Between the Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa Genre: Women’s fiction, Literary fiction Synopsis: Susan Abulhawa takes us on a multi-generational story of a small family in Beit Daras, Palestine. Um Mamdouh, mother of Nazmiyeh, Mariam, and Mamdouh , possesses the djinn, foreseeing and predicting the future of their little village and Palestine. Nazmiyeh…

Happy 8th birthday to Noorsrecipes! — Noor’s Recipes


8 years and counting! Happy 8th birthday to Noorsrecipes!A journey of feel-good chemicals, nostalgia that brought back pleasant memories, and super indulgent recipes by Mum. We are thankful to everyone for all the great feedback and love that we have received. The brainchild of three sisters, Noorsrecipes is an ode and a dedication to our […]…

Book Review: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare


Genre: Women’s fiction, Literary fiction, #ownvoices story, BIPOC I’m so glad I picked up The Girl with the Louding Voice. It’s one of the best books of 2020 that I have read. It struck a chord with me as the theme of education is something close to my heart. Education is the best gift ever,…

November wrap up


November was all about romance, humor, passion, and inspiration. Here’s a sneak peek into my November reads 🙂 Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Genre: Romance, Humorous Fiction I came across Ayesha at Last on Bookstagram. I was intrigued to read a modern twist to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Also, the fact that it…

Jalapeño poppers with Lamb Kheema — Noor’s Recipes


Cream cheese and lamb mince – what’s not to love? Oozing cheese and layered with minced meat, it’s a sure winner! My kids vouch for it and it makes for a great party snack, too. If you wish to try something new and fun, try our Jalapeño poppers with Lamb Kheema. Ingredients: Jalapeño – 12 […]…

Book Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo


Genre: Fiction, YA, #ownvoices story This is my first Elizabeth Acevedo book, and I absolutely devoured it! Synopsis: Emoni Santiago is a teenage mom to her two-year-old daughter, Emma or baby girl as she fondly calls her. Brought up by her grandmother, Abuela, Emoni is all of seventeen with her daughter to look after. She…

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks


A Walk to Remember is a story inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ sister. One of the rare romance books on my TBR, I saw it on my cousin’s bookshelf and decided to give it a go. I have watched The Notebook (movie) and was floored, though I hadn’t read the book. In A Walk to Remember,…

October Reading Wrap Up


My October reading month was dedicated to history, war, and conflict. All of them were heavy, serious books (Halloween books were not on my TBR).  These books opened my mind to the real stories and background of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role of racism in America’s history. There’s still a lot to learn; I’m…

Book Review: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa


I’m so glad that I picked up Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa, one of the most beautifully written books on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I picked this book up as I’m genuinely interested in learning about the Palestinian-Israel conflict that has shattered generations and millions of people since 1948 — when Israel declared statehood. Synopsis:…

“For you, a thousand times over”


“For you a thousand times over,” Hassan says to Aamir in The Kite Runner. I wish I could say this to my mother. Today, it’s been eight long years without Mi. The most difficult years of my life and a phase where I learned to live with the most precious memories ever and find beauty…

The Color of Paradise by Majid Majidi


I’m stunned and blown away by Majid Majid’s brilliant direction and his remarkable sense of storytelling. He gives stories a new life, a new meaning. You will find yourself on the edge of tears as you watch The Color of Paradise. To be frank, I’m still exploring Iranian movies; I’m so flabbergasted by the stories,…

September Reading Wrap Up


Another book reading month has come to an end! We are inching closer to the end of 2020. Who knew that this year would turn out to be this way, but books are my happy place 😊 I’m so excited about my Goodreads 2020 Challenge. Here are my September reads — from Elif Shafak’s masterpiece…

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak


Did you know that the human brain works for considerably 10 minutes after your death, before it can completely shut off? Synopsis: Leila, a sex worker in Istanbul, is found dead in a garbage bin. With just a few minutes before her brain completely shuts off, Leila reminisces her story – the sweet smell of…

Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary


Genre: Fiction — Contemporary romance, humor The Switch by Beth O’Leary is a breath of fresh air! Another book that bookstagrammers are falling head over heels in love with, and I didn’t want to miss out on this one. Reading the synopsis, I knew I would be in for a pleasant story with warm characters that…

Honor by Elif Shafak


Elif Shafak is one of my favorite writers. The first book I read was the Bastard of Istanbul, and I was blown away by her brilliant storytelling. The next was Forty Rules of Love, the magical book about Rumi and love. It left me in a trance, in a different world altogether.  This time I picked up…

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


I have just completed reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. My first read of this wonderful, brilliant author. I’m sure gonna get my hands on her other acclaimed books. Category: Literary fiction Synopsis: Divided into seven parts, it stunningly captures the racism debate, that’s been happening for generations, now inevitably part of our lives. It delves…

Sweet sixteen till I die


According to the WHO, “ageism is the stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age; it can take many forms, including prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical beliefs. The number of people aged 60 years and over will double by 2025 and will reach…

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga


In its tenth year, the Syrian refugee crisis is the largest refugee and displacement crisis the world has ever witnessed. About 5.6 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.2 million people are displaced within Syria. Nearly 12 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance. 1 These numbers are incomprehensible, the state of the people – children…

July Reading Wrap Up


Most book nerds are catching up on their reading as the days go by confined in our homes. I’m making the most of my reading time too, and Goodreads 2020 reading challenge (apart from working from home). An idyllic existence, I love the fact that I’m able to dedicate myself completely to a book and…

Book review: Beach Read by Emily Henry


I’m not into mushy, fairytale romantic stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading – One Day, The Stationery Shop, and The Fault in Our Stars. Since I end up reading a lot of difficult memoirs, and women’s & literary fiction, I needed a break from it all! I wanted something light, fun, and summery. That’s why I chose Beach Read…

5 Iranian movies to watch during the quarantine


So, you have binged-watched all the crime series on Netflix, re-watched Friends a zillion times, watched Parasite to find out what’s the fuss all about? Turned to books to keep you company or should I say sane? Well, a majority of people across the world can relate to your predicament. With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching…

Books to read during quarantine: Part 2


Here’s another blog post on the books that I completely devoured. A mixed bag — from realistic fiction to a true, harrowing refugee crisis — the books took me to a different world with ingenious and unforgettable storytelling. A place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza I wanted to get my hands on a book…

Book Review: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates


How Empowering Women Changes The World By Melinda Gates Here comes a book from one of the most powerful women in the world. Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift is all about empowering women — a world that treats men and women as equals, a world where women are leaders, have equal rights, and, most important, voices….

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali


I have just wrapped up reading this wonderfully poignant tale set in Iran in 1953. I picked this book up for two reasons: The title “The Stationery Shop” attracted me to it. I’m obsessed with all things stationery and love a cozy bookstore. The fact that it’s a story set in Iran, a country that…

Books to read during Quarantine: Part 1


A lot of us are seeking refuge in books during these unprecedented times. Apart from working from home, books are keeping me sane in the lockdown period. Here are four books that I devoured and hope you’d like them too. Becoming by Michelle Obama Oprah Winfrey said, “I want the whole world to read this…

Book Review: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum


COVID-19 has grown to pandemic levels across the world with India, the second-most populous country in the world, in a 21-day lockdown. Well, I’m overwhelmed by the developments and news around the world concerning Coronavirus. A situation for the first time ever in my life, where I’m in the midst of a world crisis about…

Book Review: Stephen King ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’


Stephen King’s ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’ is one book that I wanted to get my hands and mind on. Being a logophile, I relished the idea of putting my thoughts on paper on the most random things. Undoubtedly, like every teenager bubbling with hormones and zeal, I wrote my heart out in…

Book review: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou. You and I have probably read and shared her powerful quotes innumerable times. We have found an inspiration in her. And just love her for what she was – A strong, independent, and fearless woman. I was intrigued by her personality, and so picked up…

Book review: Educated by Tara Westover


Educated is a powerful, heart-wrenching and inspiring memoir of Tara Westover. Having been born to Mormon survivalist parents in Idaho, it’s a remarkable story of how Tara sought to make education her goal in life and how she went on to earn a PhD at Cambridge. Tara’s determination, courage and willpower is inspirational. Having had…

Review of We Are Displaced – Malala Yousafzai


Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai’s ‘We Are Displaced’ is a collection of true stories from refugees across the world – stories of displacement, resilience, hope, and what it means to be a refugee. According to the UNHCR, as of 2017,  a shocking 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide, and 25.4…

Are India’s daughters safe?


An eight-year-old girl child has been brutally gang raped and murdered in Kathua district, J&K early this year. She was abducted, sedated, raped and held hostage for days in a temple and was made to starve. Those barbaric animals strangled her neck and smashed her head with a stone before dumping her body in the…