Monday, January 08, 2007


just finished reading the book "SONG OF THE CUCKOO BIRD" By Amulya Malladi

This is a story set in southern India , where a group of outcasts create a family while holding on to their dreams.
It houses a girl who is deemed to be a goddess. Charvi is that young goddess; when she's born her father declares her a deity. The people in the village bring her offerings, and in turn Charvi's family gives individuals a place to stay, food, and blessings from the goddess. No one ever doubts the veracity of the situation, and even Charvi grows up believing that this is her fate, never questioning what she has been told for as long as she can remember.

Then there is Kokila barely a month after she is promised in marriage eleven year old orphan Kokila comes to Tella Meda an ashram by the Bay of Bengal.She makes a bad decision and instead of leaving to become a wife an mother she stays on , that foolish choice alters the fabric of her life. But by standing by her conviction she makes Tella Meda her home alongside other flawed women. sometimes they are her friends and sometimes her enemies but always they are her family.

Another inhabitant is Chetana, the daughter of a prostitute, and she becomes good friends with Kokila. Kokila, Chetana and Charvi grow up together but have may different lives due to the choices they make or are made for them, yet all three live their lives out at Tella Meda.

I loved this bookeven though it had many complex characters.The author transports you through different era's from the 1940's to present day India as many makeshift families seek comfort and joy in a makeshift homeTella Meda.
Thr story is mysterious and deals with life,death,and secrets. It is mesmerizing and this is one book you may not want to put down.

THE MEMORY KEEPERS DAUGHTER (sorry could not upload a pic of the book)

The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Award-winning writer Kim Edwards's The Memory Keeper's Daughter is family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?

On a winter night in 1964 Dr Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins.His son, born first is healthy. But his daughter is born with Down's Syndrome.

Wanting to protect his wife Norah he makes a decision that will alter their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby to an institution and not tell anyone. But Caroline the nurse decides to keep the baby and raise it as her own.

I liked this book because it captures the way life takes unexpected turns and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long buried secrets come out into the open.


deepsat 7:15 PM  

two great books!!! so intense and so sensitive!! thanks for sharing the info!!

priya 7:32 PM  

Will come back to comment again. Gotto know this book before I write something.

Krithika 8:08 PM  

fabulous stories..the 2nd one seems quite touchy

Keshi 8:50 PM  

I feel like getting this book somehow. Ur review is irresistible!

tnxx Starry!

Neihal 9:15 PM  

lots of reading these days:)
both books sound very interesting.

alex 9:28 PM  

Reading you reviews, i liked the 'song of the cuckoo bird' better. I will try and get a copy of that.

Thanks for the review. :)

How would you describe the author's literary style?

Srijith Unni 10:01 PM  

The "Sound of the cuckoo bird", book sounds really interesting.. Fewer books delve deep into characters. I like it when they do. I`ll keep a lookout for that one, starry..!

Oh.. you`ve been really reading a lot, I guess.

With Best Regards,

Ganesh Ranganathan 10:27 PM  

good job starry, will try to get hold of these books...

Asha 6:11 AM  

I have some Amulaya Malladi's books,she is good!I will try and get this too!:)

Mystic Rose 6:28 AM  

hi starry,

intriguing..i will surely check them out. i read maulya malladi's first two. i like her style.

i tagged you starry, ten thing s that define ur style..and you have to tag(or not) however many you like..keepint it ot women for now :))

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starry nights 2:09 PM  


starry nights 2:10 PM  

Priya..welcome anytime.take care.

starry nights 2:10 PM  

Krithika..yes.they are both good books. the second book I got as a christmas present.

starry nights 2:11 PM should if time permits.They are both good books.

starry nights 2:17 PM  

Neihal..yes , spending most of my time reading.Not much else to do since I am home all day.

starry nights 2:18 PM  

Alex..I think you would like the song of the cuckoo bird. I think she has a good literary style.

starry nights 2:19 PM  

Srijith..yes.even with multiple characters this book was very interesting.Sad at times. Making the best of all this leisure time I have at the moment.

starry nights 2:19 PM  

Ganesh..yeah try to read atleast the first one cause i liked that better.

starry nights 2:20 PM  

Ankurindia..welcome to my blog and please do stop by again.thanks.

starry nights 2:21 PM  

Asha..I think you will like "the song of the cuckoo bird.It was very interesting.

starry nights 2:21 PM  

Mystic Rose..thanks for the tag will check it out.

Shionge 5:25 PM  

Thank You for sharing :D

Saira 10:37 PM  

The books sound great..lemme seee if i can get hold of them...
Well how are you doing...m sorry for not visiting since so long...Take care

Jeevan 2:19 AM  

Very Different Story!

THE MEMORY KEEPERS DAUGHTER sounds like some familiar stories from Films.

Contented 4:12 AM  

Sounds great books... will add to my cart...:)

Sanjay 4:40 AM  

Loved both the reviews. I seem partial to the second one though. :)

adi 5:26 AM  

smtimes i wonder, how ppl manage to read so much ;)
carry on starry

Sojourner 5:47 AM  

hey starry,
once again i am staying away from the review itself :)
But, can u tell me how you selected these two books to read?

Sunil Parmar 6:55 AM  

Thank you for sharing that with us...i'll definitely go for these books..:)

starry nights 11:20 AM  


starry nights 11:21 AM  

Jeevan..It was a good story ,yes a little different from the books written by indian authors.

starry nights 11:22 AM  

Saira..Hi! have not seen you are you.I am doing a lot better.improving every day thanks.

starry nights 11:23 AM should read them when you find time.

starry nights 11:23 AM  

Sanjay..the second book was good.I liked both of them. My daughter gave me the Memory keepers book for christmas.

starry nights 11:26 AM  

Sojourner..I can understand you not reading the reviews.
The song of the cuckoo bird was given to me by my friend. The memory keepers daughter was given to me by my daughter for christmas.Thats how i got these two books.I am currently reading a book by Barack Obama "the dreams of my father" Its a good book also.dont want to read it too fast because then I will run out of books.

starry nights 11:26 AM  

Thanks Sunil.I think you will not be disappointed.

brute 12:28 PM  

whoa!....good reviews :)

Sugarlips 5:35 PM  

Another book to my TBR list :)
"Song of the Cuckoo bird"
Thanx for the lovely review.
Currently I'm enjoying "The Namesake"
by Juhmpa Lahiri :)

Stay Beautiful...!!

Id it is 12:31 PM  

The Song of the Cuckoo Bird sounds riveting and I think I've read another book by Malladi before. You have me intrigued. Thanks.

starry nights 2:30 PM  


starry nights 2:31 PM  

Sugarlips..thanks. I enjoyed the book"Namesake" and am waitng for the movie to be out.

starry nights 2:31 PM  

Id It Is..I think you will like both books.they were good.

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