Again to the garguatan world: Upon a Burning Throne 2

Growing up in India, it is almost impossible to miss the motifs of the Mahabharata story – either in the form of televised serials, plays, books or in everyday references in popular culture. Ashok K Banker covers the book based on the introduction of whether the books are just a fidget of imagination or a…

Painting with words: One hell of a lover

It is much easier to draw pictures of sin, ugliness and poverty, in as much as we are gaining the first-hand experience of these things day by day in our society. What unworldly Unni R. painted in his characters is not reduced to mere puppetry; it is rather imbued with striving of human life after…

Travelling through bitter truths and cosmic spaces: An Orchestra of Minorities

From the 2015 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Fishermen—also adapted for the stage—comes this sophomore novel: one part true story, and another, a contemporary twist on Homer’s Odyssey. The author, hailed by the New York Times Book Review as the true heir to Chinua Achebe,“weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination”, and the novel…

A medley of short stories: First Page

Aren’t short stories the best? They are really handy  for a quick read during coffee break or while travelling to work.  Often, books, especially from non-whites, are burdened with the task of conveying a moral, or following a conventional arc of redemption. There are no morals, no enlightenment; just bliss, chuckles and gasps. And ample clichés….

Dance of fate: First Page

This is a story of our past, present, and, unless we change, our future. The dance of fate is what like white toothed monsters come tongrab us and transform us like the sand, everyday flowing and migrating in its currents. What do I mean by change? Change is an hourly, meditative practice. The empathy you…

Voices, clammering to be free

they want us to write. in blood.and only write. of peace.they capture our land. make us sow rice that is not seed. kill us. rape. They tell us we are ungrateful. like children – who do not see what is good for them. holding us with many kinds of guns; they grimace at the world…

HAIL THE GUPTAS!

Wow! was the first thing that came out of my mouth after I kept down these mammoths, for it’s too difficult to come out of the books once you are within it, for the books are not normal, it’s not at all normal, it’s something unearthly, for the language is not common, you need to…

Why do trees conceal the splendour of their roots?

Pablo Neruda’s question strikes me as it is more apt in current times than the time it was jotted down in. Why do you think Trees conceal it? An epiphany wrapped me like a tendril—were trees freelancers or salaried employees? A tree was a daily wage labourer, its life of work bound to the cycle of…

Finally to the darker side

A glittering three and a half stars out of five stars After a long long wait, I must tell you that Amish has came out with the third book of the Rama Chandra Series ( finally!) for which we all have been waiting with batted breath and of which we had a small glimpse already…

Into the brothel of life: First Page

First Page is a new feature on the blog that focuses on new and fresh releases Over the few weeks I have been suffering under the grudges of pressure of studies and suffered from an acute cretinism and thus went into a huge slump in my reviewing schedule. But here I am now with these…