Stuff I’ve been reading, in February | 2018

2 months ago Shaili Desai 0
  Have I told you all how I started writing this blog? I was inspired by a book I had started reading, called Stuff I’ve been reading by Nick Hornby. Nick Hornby is best known for his books About a Boy and High Fidelity, both of which were adapted into movies of the same name. Read More

Why Shashi Tharoor is a Hindu

2 months ago Shaili Desai 1
Reading the book Why I am a Hindu by Shashi Tharoor, reminded me of a dinner table conversation of more than a year ago. It was an educated, white collared, Hindu, upper class dinner table in one of the many high rises of Gurugram. The table also seemed to have equal male and female representation. The Read More

Fantasy and adventure in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

3 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Neil Gaiman is undoubtedly one of the best fantasy novelists of all time. He has a special way with words, and a rather wondrous way of creating alternate fantastical worlds. They are intricately and beautifully crafted. But is Neverwhere one his finest works? Not in my opinion, at least. A saga of a new world Read More

Why I wouldn’t ignore Anuja Chauhan & The House that BJ Built

3 months ago Shaili Desai 0
I found The House that BJ built by Anuja Chauhan on Kindle Unlimited. The Unlimited subscription has been useful. I have discovered new books which have been good to read – some of which I had dismissed as works by Indian authors of the Chetan Bhagat genre (Yes, the man’s defined a genre). I do Read More

Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto | Book Review

3 months ago Shaili Desai 0
There is an extremely poignant moment in Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto when Imelda says this. Because the sky is so high and the crow shat in your left eye. I could tell you a lie but I don’t see why. The world is a game and the game is a tie. Read More

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

3 months ago Shaili Desai 2
The last month of 2017 was quite uneventful in terms of my reading. I had finished The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri in November but was unable to read anything else, thanks to all the time spent in setting up our new place. It still feels surreal sometimes – that I am married and living with this Read More

Narrative 2: When I blow too much

8 months ago Shaili Desai 2
I was born ugly. I know I will never be beautiful, no matter how hard I try. I think it’s because of my bulging eyes and this ridiculous snout that each member in my family has been cursed with, since time millennia. Instead of limbs, I have these organs which faintly resemble paddles – although Read More

Sidin Vadukut and his (Bombay) fever for writing : An Interview

9 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Sometimes, a person’s twitter handle can tell you lots about them.  With 178K tweets (as of 5th Aug, 2017 12:24 PM IST), Sidin Vadukut is a prolific tweeter (I am sure that’s a word!). His tweets are a mix of intelligent and sometimes self deprecating puns, historical trivia, lit references and an unbridled enthusiasm for Read More

Narrative 1: When I drink too much

9 months ago Shaili Desai 0
They say I shouldn’t drink too much. I shouldn’t be drinking much because my name’s Sunny and it’s not good for my health. It doesn’t do much for my ‘sunny’ disposition, they say. That was an incredibly bad joke, although I hope you get that the joke’s on me. They say alcohol won’t make you Read More