Books

Beauty is a Wound – an Epic Indonesian story

3 months ago Shaili Desai 0
I found Beauty is a Wound in a bookshop at the Jakarta airport. The city of Jakarta has been nice so far. The people are easy going and helpful. I haven’t encountered the nasty traffic that people complain about – mostly it’s because we live very close to our work. Everything is a 10-min walk Read More

Hush a Bye Baby by Deepanjana Pal – Book Review

5 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Deepanjana Pal’s first fictional novel – Hush a bye baby – starts with a scene headlined by a Radio Jockey on air with well-known Mumbai gynaecologist Dr. Nandita Rai, taking questions on sex and women’s bodies. Rai is confident, witty and naughty in her answers and very, very feminist. It’s a classic first chapter with Read More

Book Review – Pyre by Perumal Murugan

8 months ago Shaili Desai 0
Pyre by Perumal Murugan has much to say – in a quiet, sweet manner. It is not a novel with what you would call a happy ending, and yet it has a romantic disposition. The novel centers around Saroja and Kumarasen, a young couple who marry for love. Theirs is an inter caste marriage and Kumarasen Read More

Stuff I’ve been reading, in February | 2018

9 months ago Shaili Desai 1
  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

10 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

10 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

11 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

11 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

11 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