Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden

Years ago (maybe five), when I bought my first copy of Memoirs of Geisha, it wasn't for my intrigue for the Japanese culture but a very peculiar thing. The book was titled Memoirs of Geisha, and the author was an American male, something did not add up. Memoirs are written by the people who have... Continue Reading →

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Coming Out as Dalit By Yashica Dutt

'Coming Out as Dalit', does this title not amuse you? Well, it amused me when I read it for the first time. It made me wonder if coming out can be as big a deal, that too for a caste that one belong to. My privileged bias refused to believe any of it, the title... Continue Reading →

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Cobalt Blue By Sachin Kundalkar

I am a big fan of translated works of Indian literature. I think there is a refined depth to experience with the knowledge of the context the novel takes place in. India is a land of plurality, while I know of multiple cultures that does not ensure knowing in depth, which is where regional literature... Continue Reading →

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Normal People By Sally Rooney

There are so many normal things taking place in the lives of normal people that I assume, it can be a little underwhelming for a writer to write about, considering if it's so normal, why would people want to read about it? Right? But ironically, very little of that 'normalcy' creeps into our mainstream literature,... Continue Reading →

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Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitchell

I remember I picked this book off a book fair for a hundred and five rupees, thinking I will read it someday. That someday came when I had nothing to read at home, I was frantically reading a few pages off the books and then deciding-not this one, I was just in a weird bookish... Continue Reading →

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It’s Not About The Burqa By Mariam Khan

It's the belief of people in their voices and the realisation of its responsibility which move mountains, one such brave attempt was of Mariam Khan, the editor of this book of essays, who used her craft as an answer to the statement made by David Cameron, calling muslim women 'traditionally submissive'. 'It's Not About The... Continue Reading →

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The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger

There is one section in the book when Holden is thinking out loud and he wishes, that the author of the book he finished reading (and loved) were a brilliant friend of his, that the could just call up and have a conversation. While I don't share that feeling I do feel that for certain... Continue Reading →

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The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides

First things first, I have never read a psychological thriller in my life, so I don't know how to talk about one without giving away spoilers but I will try. I just remembered I have read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown but the number is still close to zero and I qualify as... Continue Reading →

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Born A Crime By Trevor Noah

I am a sucker for memoirs and I love Trevor Noah so reading this book came naturally to me, but what I had not anticipated was when exactly will I take this in my hands. You know that thing you do with good old friends, you know you have them so you take it for... Continue Reading →

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The Romantic Manifesto By Ayn Rand

The first time I read this book, it was some ten months ago and I read it again today afternoon, putting my work to a halt and my mind exploded as I finished it! I was revisiting my thoughts on my old read and I found out I found only a few things impressive about... Continue Reading →

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*drumrolls* Becoming By Michelle Obama

If your question is, is there anything you can know about the former first lady of America than you don't know already? and the answer is, YES! Of course you know her social background, the school she graduated from, her varied job roles and then her service period as FLOTUS, but there is more to... Continue Reading →

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Why We Sleep By Matthew Walker

If I told you that sleep is the panacea for a good, healthy, creative, relaxed and productive life, would you buy it? I did not either when a friend of mine told me about this book and went on and on! She's a neuroscientist so I got from where she was coming from, what makes... Continue Reading →

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The Sense Of An Ending By Julian Barnes

It is not everyday in the morning that I wake up with a really light head, listen to Dylan and write about one of my favourite books and not feel like I am checking something off my list, but actually a lot more hearty. Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, recently I finished reading... Continue Reading →

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Minding Manto

The Manto I am minding in my heading is called Sadat Hasan Manto. A writer who wrote deeply and extensively of society and the people in it. Amidst the hypocrisy of the society he let his nib of the pen run wild on paper with stories that mattered to him. But not all those who... Continue Reading →

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Existentialism Is Humanism By Jean Paul Satre

I read this book long back, but I revisited it today, so here are some notes on the same. "Existentialism is humanism because it reminds man that there is no legislator but himself; that he himself, thus abandoned, must decide for himself." Your existence precedes essence . The most beautiful line in philosophy that exists,... Continue Reading →

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

There is something about reading Albert Camus which instills this deep sense of hopelessness in me. What is the point of anything, anyway? Shrugging the existentialism off my blog, The Stranger is a solid book which is many things to many people, so I wouldn't narrow it down for anyone who's interested in picking it... Continue Reading →

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The Business Of Books In India

It’s the best thing ever to plug into a podcast late at night, and the worst to wake up with burning ears, LOL. Here's a little thing about me, if you haven't already figured out. I love learning, by all means, and I love podcasts for the same reason. I mean we are living in... Continue Reading →

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I am not big on classics. I used to find them boring, out-dated. Might I add, there is an air of 'lit snobbery' around them as all the lit snobs have read it as they gasp and comment the usual three things: "It's soooo beautiful" "It's so relevant to the times we are living in"... Continue Reading →

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Ghachar Ghochar By Vivek Shaunbaug

It is for good that the depth of the story is not judged by the size of the book. There are books which build up to introduce important characters in particular, you know when the carpet is laid out to announce the moment? And then there are other stories, the ones like Ghachar Ghochar which... Continue Reading →

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Colours Of The Cage By Arun Ferreira

Sometimes the narrative which we see on the celluloid in the awe of sensitising the issue ends up glamorising it. Now while all is forgiven in the name of art, all acts of it take us farther from the truth. The Colours Of The Cage by Arun Ferreira, a prison memoir, brings the darkness of... Continue Reading →

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Nibbling On Nostalgia

I sat there in front of my nanu (grandpa) and nani (grandma) with a spread of lunch in front of me. There was soft rice flour rotis, tangy mango chutney, chai and of course a little bowl of ghee. My grandparents have always been considerate about that little bowl of ghee on the table, they... Continue Reading →

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Welcome to the lecture, kids. You're invited to 'The Last Lecture', where Randy makes a nasty and hearty power point presentation basing on his life, which he now has for only a couple of months as he got diagnosed with a cancer. Sets a tone for the book right? Hearing this one obviously anticipates something... Continue Reading →

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I Have Never Been (Un) Happier by Shaheen Bhatt

I have had the physical copy of this book for too long, months actually..but I could not go past twenty pages. I just could not.It’s somewhere under several tomes in my bookshelf now. It’s one of those books which are simple but deceiveingly simple. You will think its cake but it really is not. What... Continue Reading →

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Unflaterring Blocks On A Reading Slumber

Once upon a time there was a reader, voracious in her habit, avid in her choices, a bonafide procastinator for everything except reading. One day she picks up a book, just another after many like the other times. The Playboy anthology of short fiction-half read it, maybe its just that short fiction comes with shorter... Continue Reading →

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Reading widely v/s Reading deeply?

In the market of readers, there are readers of every kind. Some love books horizontally while some do vertically. Some read widely across various genres, that is fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, sci-fi, history, fantasy or contemporary, books on various cultures across various authors, continents, languages. These are mostly the messy and hungry readers. Be it the... Continue Reading →

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Dreamers by Snigdha Poonam

Hungry. If there is one word I can use for the youth today in India. It is this very basic humanly instinct which is intensified. Dreamers by Snigdha Poonam, an acclaimed journalist, is the compilation of stories of seven individuals growing up in the small town, the tier two cities of India, who have embarked... Continue Reading →

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An Equal Music By Vikram Seth

No delight comes closer than holding a Vikram Seth and just knowing you are set for all-the-feels!! An Equal Music by Vikram Seth is musical romance in which Seth drags you into a story of a violinist and a pianist who met when they were learning music in Vienna and performed in a band together.... Continue Reading →

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The Sexual Politics of Meat By Carol. J. Adams

If there lied a converging point between vegetarianism and feminism, Carol. J. Adams put a goal post there and wrote the magnum opus of her life called the The Sexual Politics of Meat. When my friend talked about this book, I assumed it to one of the 'normie feminists' theories. I mean, aren't people just... Continue Reading →

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So,Why Paperback Poultry?

Weird name, right? I mean I really like the fact that I have Paperback in my name as it really has a nice ring to it besides the obvious that I still prefer to read the old-school way, the written word on paper. But why poultry? Well, I have an an answer to too. While... Continue Reading →

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