#BookReview: Wonder Words by Rituparna Sarkar

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Wonder Words – Untranslatable Words From Around The World, is the complete title

Pages: 144

Genre: General Knowledge

Available in:  Paperback

The Plot:

How many times have you had a feeling you couldn’t match a word to? How many times have you come across a foreign word that you rolled around in your mouth, savouring the uniqueness of it? Or, how many times have you wished all the rare words you may have read or heard would have been compiled in a book? I guess Author and Illustrator Rituparna Sarkar had the same thoughts, as she has done just that with her debut book. Learn new words, know what they mean, and revel in upgrading your knowledge as you flip through this compact and delightful book, Wonder Words.

My Thoughts:

Bhaat-Ghoom is a Bengali Noun for The traditional afternoon siesta after a meal of heavy rice.

Kefi is a Greek Abstract Noun for The feeling of everything that’s positive: Joy, Happiness, Passion, Spirit.

Beautiful and vibrant illustrations and a small explanatory paragraph accompany each of the 50 words. They are alphabetically indexed, so it’s easy to find a particular word if you need to. Every page is a discovery and delight.


What started as #The100DayProject on Instagram for Sarkar, culminated in this wonderful book.

Finding words like Jugaad and Kaali-Peeli listed here was such a treat!


Reading Wonder Words has enlightened me that a lot of people around me suffer from Gigil – an abstract noun from the Philippines which means, The irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze someone or something that is either really cute or irritating. My chubby cheeks will agree! And no, it is not cute at all!

Now I also know that those people in my life whose list of questions never end are Pochemuchka, a Russian Noun for a person who asks a lot of questions.

***** 5  Stars to Wonder Words by Rituparna Sarkar

 My rating chart;

*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You may like it if you like this particular genre.
****Must read!
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!

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