House of Hollow

Sutherland’s latest novel is almost like a relic offered at the altar of darkness. It has been a long time since I have read a thriller whose genesis doesn’t lie in its plot but deep inside the hearts and grey shades of the characters. In here, you are taken on a journey of a forest:…

ANIMAL

When women react to anything, may it be reasonably, well thought-out and well presented, they are “overreacting”. She conjures a lineage of threatening archetypes: the harpy and her talons, the witch and her spells, the medusa and her writhing locks. A man is allowed to make his space in the world, sweep apart whatever is…

Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame

I, as a kid who read historical fiction and history books well beyond the assigned syllabus, was always angry at how history was taught to us at school. I remember reading Dalrymple’s “The Last Mughal”, a book about the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, in my 8th grade and being frustrated over how frivolous our history…

Reading queer YAs

The history of my reading is testimony that I have never taken reading YA or Fantasy as serious reading.  I don’t know why or how I got into this sense of prejudice but maybe it was me seeing many people having elite reading choices and thus holding the bookish world on a greater, higher pedestal….

A LITTLE LIFE

To human, time is but an obstruction on the path of contempt and happiness.  There are times when a human needs to decide to decimate the architectural designs of the mind. Those architectural designs and humongous structures often err magnanimously and we need to clear them up. Oil them, gear them up, tune them properly…

A Map of Longings

Dearest Shahid, I know it is probably too late to write to you. My letter would not reach you, it would float somewhere between the infinite and the finite, dangling in between as a shapeless entity. The part of this that makes me have a small laugh is, remember how you saw a letter saluted…

Swimming in the Dark

Two years back when I read “Call me by your Name” there was this sensation inside the words and sentences of that book, the emotions almost lept out of the pages through the characters. I missed that kind of a tapestry, that play of words, for a long long time. Today when I look at…

Wanderers, Kings, Merchants

Singularity. An idea that cannot be imagined with Indian taxonomies. A fundamental that does not exist in a country which is an alien body with tongues as many as: officially, approximately 780, only twenty-two of which are formally recognized by the Indian Constitution, while another thirty-eight are waiting to be accorded that status. This map…

Don’t Let Him Know

Heart. A four chambered muscular structure whose rhythmic movement ensures life flows inside your mortal cage. Then what can be a more fatal thing to face than heartbreak?  Sandip Roy knows well that it is indeed the heart that is the centre of all energy in human body. Its desires, its wants, its pleasure, that…

On Earth we’re briefly Gorgeous

6:30 am: The sunlight muffles in from the small window that’s in my room. I look at the cover, the tiny stars that are gleaming throughout its body. I opened it to start but I couldn’t. I kept the book by the side table. The table, the book and me staring at the ceiling. 10:00…