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”

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”