Prelude to a riot

India today is a nation of frayed seams. Prelude to a Riot tells the story of one such unraveling in a small Southern town with the help of two families – one Hindu and one Muslim. Written as soliloquies, across three generations, it provides an insight into the thoughts of different actors, and how theContinue reading “Prelude to a riot”

Small Days and Nights & Shikhandi

Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi: Grace is unaware that she has an elder sister. It’s only at her mother’s funeral that she learns of Lucia, who lives in a residential facility due to Down’s Syndrome. She’s surprised at the secrets that tumble out in her mother’s letter. There’s the pink house by anContinue reading “Small Days and Nights & Shikhandi”

The Sense of an Ending & A House for Mr Biswas

This is an introspective read. Julian Barnes cleverly steers you towards the truth while questioning the role and shape of memories. Just how much can you trust them? How coloured are they by your biases, self preservation and perspective? Is history truly how we remember it? Divorced and retired now, an unexpected letter from aContinue reading “The Sense of an Ending & A House for Mr Biswas”

Love without a story

This is a collection of poetry fermented and aged with love. A love that’s long past the sappy, blinkered vision that youth harbors. A love that goes beyond just two individuals and walks the earth, misses friends and family, connects deeper with the gods. More importantly, one that finds self at last; a wounded, stitched-togetherContinue reading “Love without a story”

On Beauty & The Goat Thief

The Goat thief by Perumal Murugan: This collection of short stories from the Tamilian writer takes you into the villages, where both the children and adults make a beeline for the well, hoping to escape into its depth every chance they get. There’s the consternation of the housewife who doesn’t know what to do withContinue reading “On Beauty & The Goat Thief”