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Artika’s top ten for 2015


It seems it was just yesterday that I was  jotting down my list of five for 2014, and here I am sitting down again, listing for 2015.The year has flown by….God knows where!!!!  The one thing that has been consistent in my life has been “Reading” – for pleasure and work. And ain’t I lucky????? Reading for work is like a dream come true- well most of the time! The books and manuscripts that came our way this year were a mixed bag . While some have taken me on an exhilarating ride and are true literary marvels, there were a few that disappointed and were an ordeal to read. Coming back to the reviewed books that have been worth my while, here goes my list for 2015……

images A very well researched and beautifully written piece of historical fiction!!!

Tea-Planters-Wife-380x580 Without giving much away, all I can say is that Dinah Jefferies’s novel is a page turner!!! Enjoy it with endless cups of Ceylon tea as this one is very difficult to put down!!!

14SM_Farthest_Fiel_2436665g The account is not only heart wrenching, it is a valuable plethora of little known( or should one say…carefully withheld) facts pertaining to the Indian contribution towards a war that had nothing to do with the politics of India.

Blue_coverart The reading experience is as exciting as trying piece together a puzzle. And YES!!!!!!In the end it all falls in place and what you see before you is a story that is complex, yet emotionally rewarding. A must read, especially for ones who enjoy fantasy!!!!!!

51OFHJ-4O0L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ What you are sure to get from a book by Anuja Chauhan are peppy dialogues, a crackling chemistry between the lead pair and some wicked humour to add to the mix. ( reviewed by Sapna Khajuria for The Good Book Corner)

bookaneercover.small This one is definitely one for your library, because …………..”A man’s library opens up his character to the world”( The Last Bookaneer).

image The book is full of little quotes and gems that bring a smile to the face. Even through the sad moments, there is a warm, fuzzy feeling that strengthens the belief, that in the end, everything will be alright!!!!!!

miracle This is undoubtedly one of the best books that I have read in some time. Have always answered in the negative when people have suggested that I start playing too. After reading this book, I am not so sure. The thrill of the game and the allure of the courses is too tempting.

51maPTYnNQL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Memory Man is a stand alone novel, but I do hope I get to see more of Amos Decker in the future. One cannot but help, marvelling  at Baldacci’s ability to make the reader want more, even after the book ends.

And going back to the classics….especially in today’s world scenario. Dickens was a master storyteller and this particular masterpiece can well depict the events and mindset today…..




About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

4 comments on “Artika’s top ten for 2015

  1. vishalbheeroo
    December 27, 2015

    Hey, I am dying to read Anuja Chauhan books…the rest I haven’t. I just started with I am Malala and also have a book by Anupama Chopra, Freeze Frame on the film industry:)
    Have the best of the festive season:)


  2. Ravin
    December 28, 2015

    Thank you dears . Please comment on I am Malala.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ravin
    December 28, 2015

    Thank you dear .Would like a review after you complete” I Am Malala “Anuja !


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