The Girl behind BookMark

I began this blog about a decade ago when I was living in Delhi, India. I have been an avid reader since childhood. Over the past 20 years (that’s how long ago I started listing the books I read), I’ve steadily managed to read a book every ten days. That’s 36 books a year, about 720 books till date. Most of the time, I missed reading about how books made you feel. The review websites I followed were very structured and technical.

However, in the last 5 years, the world of book blogs has become more inclusive, more creative and more approachable. And so, I add my voice to the mix. I also ended up making my home in Scotland, and so, readers will generally find a wide variety of books and authors related to Scotland amongst my titles.

I also review books (and theatre) for The Wee Review, which is an independent publication based in Scotland. Those reviews are sometimes referenced on this site. I receive no pay/commission from any of my authors. I do this because reading is my passion.

Finally, a note on procurement. I read most books by borrowing them from the local library, or free book swaps in the area. I frequent second-hand bookshops and buy from independent bookstores too. Browing and being amongst books is one of my favourite pastimes. I try to avoid Amazon (and do not own an e-reader).

My portfolio of published work and my professional bio is here.

This here is my other blog!

10 thoughts on “The Girl behind BookMark

  1. I am an Engineering Graduate. Consulatant of Gas Upstream Sector of worlds biggest company. i am Indian.
    I love literature. I acn recite from memory from Rabindranath to Joy Goswami. I statedwith Albert Camus at the age of 16. one of my favorite is norman mailer.
    Like I have fixed my age at 27. By clock I am inseventies.
    I like your audacity in deciding about quality of books – i tend to believe you have not read much in bengali.

  2. Hi Udita!

    I work at Random House India and we’d love for you to review some of our books. I couldn’t find your email address so must resort to commenting here.

    Do contact me at if you’re interested.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  3. Hi,

    I stumbled across your blog and really enjoyed your reviews. I am an author (2 novels published) in search of identity and would feel privileged to get reviewed by you.

    I will be happy to send a copy (soft copy or hard copy..Whichever you feel convenient enough) to you. Let me know if you are interested.

    I’d love to hear back from you. You may contact me at

    Best Regards,

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