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”

The Adivasi will not dance

For all its diversity, India bundles up many issues under the hood. In Gujarat, an officer’s family has to contend with giving up meat. The endeavour involves making weekly trips to relatives to eat their daily staple of fish and eggs, only to find nuance in vegetarian items before circling back to cooking surreptitiously atContinue reading “The Adivasi will not dance”

Bombay, meri jaan

It’s the city of opportunities; the financial capital; the land of migrants. The phrases fall woefully short of describing the chaos that is Mumbai – forever jostling for space, claimed, reclaimed and stretched to the seams by inhabitants on the run, trying to leave an imprint on a square foot. Bombay, Meri Jaan tries toContinue reading “Bombay, meri jaan”