Books

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

3 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

Men without Women by Haruki Murakami

4 months ago Shaili Desai 3
Men without Women is the latest work by Haruki Murakami and follows other internationally acclaimed works like 1Q84, Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore. Men without Women is a set of seven stories by author, with a common theme – they’re all about men who have lost their women and find themselves alone. I Read More

Exclusive Excerpt – Chasing 33% by Jitendra Jain

4 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Chasing 33% by Jitendra Jain is a fictional story of two teenage boys, set to take their board exams. The story looks interesting, with one of the boys (now all grown up) reminiscing about their teenage years. The book has also been featured in the Bangalore Mirror and The Hindu this month and shares a different Read More

About Death and Looking for Alaska by John Green

4 months ago Shaili Desai 2
This week, I finished reading Looking for Alaska by John Green and Men Without Women by Haruki Marakumi. I am sitting in my cozy corner in my room – specially created for the purpose of reading, writing and meditating. I am staring at my hardcover copy of Looking for Alaska by John Green. The jacket Read More

Bad boy Bukowski and seeking a great perhaps

4 months ago Shaili Desai 1
So now that you all know about my so-called bungee jumping, you must also know how great I feel nowadays. There’s a swing in my step and I feel tremendously productive even if I may not have written a single world and spent my time reading nonsense on the internet. It’s like all the clutter Read More

Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera and how I waltzed my way through it

6 months ago Shaili Desai 1
I finished reading Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera yesterday night. Now, I have dozed off while reading this book on numerous occasions and this is what happened yesterday also, as I was trying to race my sleep to the finish. Unfortunately, my sleep got the better of me and I think I dozed off when Read More

Because the sun also rises, and for Hemingway

1 year ago Shaili Desai 1
The sun also rises by Ernest Hemingway is not one of his books that he is renowned for. Released in 1926, it received mixed reviews, although since then, it has often been hailed as Hemingway’s most meaningful work. Now, I have tried (and failed) to read this book thrice. However, I have an excuse for Read More

Book Review : Murder with Bengali Characteristics by Shovon Chowdhury

2 years ago Shaili Desai 1
Shovon Chowdhury’s Murder with Bengali Characteristics is a sequel to his book The Competent Authority (Book Review | Author Interview). Although a sequel to the book, it is a stand alone novel. While The Competent Authority was a purely satirical novel, Murder with Bengali Characteristics is part sci-fi, part satirical and part crime fiction. Image Read More

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

2 years ago Shaili Desai 3
Book Covers Amazon listed Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee as their most pre-ordered book since Rowling’s final book in the Harry Potter series – The Deathly Hallows (2007) and I’m not surprised why. In fact I think it was one of the most anticipated books of 2015. So, naturally, the expectations from the book Read More