The Unspoken: First Page

A thousand words, a million sentences, a trillion thoughts and a zillion emotions are left unspoken within relationships. To maintain them, break them, create them, nurture them, rupture them, decimate them, destroy them. What remains unspoken remains hidden, and it’s aftermath causes horrific damages we know that from Mahabharata where Kunti’s unspoken secret of Karna…

On past, present and future: First Page

First Page is a new feature on the blog that focuses on new and fresh releases The constellation of several factors- rise of Hindu nationalism, lose of liberalism, favourism, especially as depicted during the run-up to the elections, does not bode well for the future of democracy in India. Procedural democracy in the form of…

Beauty, Subtelty and Grace: First Page

Beauty, Subtelty and Grace is what runs as a main nerve and a vein of these books. As a beating heart, they ooze out the blood of stories and beauty, whimsical and transcendental to all time, space and mortal things. The poems in ‘Love Without A Story’ allow us to peep into intimate moments that…

The songs of solitude: #BooksandMusic

Listening to music and reading not only can go together, but can make fantastic partners and intensify both experiences. Here are your favourite pairings – with couples like Suraiya and William Dalrymple, Ramin Djawadi and George Martin, Madhushree and Sharanya Manivannan or Vidya Shah and Arundhati Roy. I am someone who often reads books or notes…

Sweet Sorrow: First Page

First Page is a new feature on the blog that focuses on new and fresh releases. These debut books are based on real life will make you tear up with with the brutality of war, abuse and hunger, life in refugee camps, and how reunions after a war are more complicated than you think. They…

Cripples, Conquerors and Burnt Things

Mighty Kings there are today And many more are sure to come Godless will they all depart Hands bereft of even a crumb. Is being a king or a conqueror easy? Ask Daenerys Targaryen and you may get the perfect answer you want. Bloody court dramas, treacherous politics, mighty bloodshed, runaway populations, cups full of…

A colourful plumage of female fantasies: First Page

First Page is a new feature on the blog that focuses on fresh and new releases The firepower of feminist fantasies came out beautifully through these tremendous and poignantly narrated and written magnum opuses. When they arrived as review copies, I couldn’t resist the temptation of picking them up. How can anyone not be mesmerised…

Much More than a Historical Saga

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is a metaphor. It’s about humanity; it’s not really about books. This is important because we do judge books by their cover art, and their titles, and their fonts. The Office of Gardens and Pondshas the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen. It speaks to my adoration for Japanese…

Cure of a reader’s malady

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

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…