Cure of a reader’s malady: #thebookblogtrain

We’ve all been there. Your eyes glaze over, and you can’t get past the first paragraph on the page. Or perhaps you can’t will yourself to pick up a book in the first place. “Reader’s block” is a well-documented problem, and even avid readers occasionally suffer from it. Even when it’s not about how smart…

Fav reads from Penguin India: #thebookblogtrain

Authors take their pain and use it to paint gripping accounts of racism, culture shock, violence, separation from Nations and humanity, separation from family, and the splitting of one’s self that so often occur when dwelling within, outside, and along borders. It is but a glimpse into all the hardships—emotional, physical, mental and otherwise—that displaced people…

I beg to differ.

The hot debate in the bookish community on social media this month was if book ban was good for a nation and whether a writer has to think a hundred times before penning down or tweeting something. For those who have not been sucked into the latest hullabaloo, you may try your fingers on the…

And then there was only one

Holding a copy of Anuja Chandramouli’s ‘Muhammad bin Tughlaq’ in your hands can be somewhat intimidating, mostly because it gives every indication of being a weighty tome in every sense of the word. Not surprisingly, it is not possible to classify this literary extravaganza which is many things without limiting itself to anything in particular. …

Waiting to be heard: #litwithregionallit

Roman Payne, in Rooftop Soliloquy, says ‘Alexander the Great slept with “The Iliad” beneath his pillow. During the waning moon, I cradle Homer’s “Odyssey” as if it were the sweet body of a woman.’ It might sound like a whine, but the fact is that literature in Indian languages is getting a raw deal. The…

Ink knows No Borders: First Page

First Page is a new feature on the blog that shines light on fresh and new releases. Authors take their pain and use it to paint gripping accounts of racism, culture shock, violence, separation from Nations and humanity, separation from family, and the splitting of one’s self that so often occur when dwelling within, outside,…

Chronicles of common lives

For Indians fiction has always been a gift for the common lives and an ode for the uncommon ways in which they spend that common life. These chronicles of common lives have been so strong that it takes a week to understand what is hidden inside that grand title and that short yet poetic 300…

the NEW YEAR new books are a blast: First Page

First Page is a feature that shines light on new book releases I felt 2018 was one of the best years in publishing. But April, 2019 has made me question my proclamation. The new year has started with a blast, definitely! There were so many good releases that I am eagerly looking forward to the…

BLOOD; BITTER AND BETTER: First Page

First Page is a new feature with a focus on new and recent releases. In this hot start of April, I read four amazing books, after my heavy and beautious Femme March and Odisha week reads. All revolve around blood, coincidentally, two through murders, one through relations and the other through all that is called…

Let’s celebrate Odias

As it is the Odia new year today and everyone takes on to drinking tumblers of fresh pana or a sherbet made out of ripe Bel fruit and milk, here let us discuss how some Odias have shaped the literary zone. Odisha carries a special place in innumerable authors heart and minds. Anand Neelkantan says…