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She Said : Breaking The Sexual Harrasment Story That Helped Ignite A Movement

We all have an opinion about the #metoo movement. While some of us have lauded it, some of us have turned skeptical over it. And in this past year, I’ve seen how the Malayalam film industry just can’t stop making crude, unsavoury and tone-deaf jokes around it. However that may be, this book by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the two New York Times reporters who broke the story on Harvey Weinstein, is a textbook study on investigative journalism. It’s about how to handle a sensitive story that can potentially explode in your face leaving you grasping at anything to prove … Continue reading She Said : Breaking The Sexual Harrasment Story That Helped Ignite A Movement

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The Anukrti Upadhyay Interview : ‘I am a proud feminist because feminists before me made a space for me and others like me’

‘Fierce, flawed and fanatic in her love,’ Bhaunri is a story that comfortably slides between a fable and a folk-lore. Absorbing the beauty and the flavour of Rajasthan, it also delves into the mysterious darkness. Read on as the writer talks about the story of the land and the lass. Continue reading The Anukrti Upadhyay Interview : ‘I am a proud feminist because feminists before me made a space for me and others like me’

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

“If you happen to pass by 84, Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me. I owe it so much.“ Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road This book, that takes you not more than an hour or so to read, came to me through my Book Club in Kochi when we decided to read this for the month of October this year. I read it ad have been putting off writing about it for so long, yes. 84 Charing Cross Road is an epistolary memoir of a beautiful friendship between Helene Hanff, an antiquarian English literature enthusiast, and Frank Doel, who … Continue reading 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Julie & Julia and me…

What could be the dangers of blogging? Self indulgence-Narc-ism to be precise Over sharing (in the words of Julie Powell) Susceptibility to judgement Effects on life..both personal & profession. (imagine what it could do to your love life!) Given all that, I’m willing to risk it & start this blog. And what better way to do it than on this movie Julie & Julia (am not going into the if you would like that just click on the title)! The way the movie entwines the life of two women out of the will of one of them is spectacular. The story is about … Continue reading Julie & Julia and me…

About ‘Marley & me’

My uncle had a dog. It was white in colour, with grey ferocious eyes, viciously sharp tooth & claws. It had attacked almost every family member who had ever visited them and/or played with it. So I do neither played with it, nor liked it! I’m also afraid of street dogs. No, not because they are dirty or untamed, but because they are dogs.The only dog I can stand is a pug. (Yes, the ol’ Hutch dog) But that too when it doesn’t come near me! So note to whoever reads this: I DO NOT LIKE DOGS BECAUSE I’M TOO SCARED … Continue reading About ‘Marley & me’

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

My love for books, unlike my love for words, is not a selfless one. I invest time in a book hoping to get something in return. I expect a book to keep me good company; it can make me happy, sad or happy-sad, it can make me contemplate or melancholic, it can even make me angry. That’s my deal with books. So if a couple of chapters into the book, if it doesn’t engage me I break up with it. And then I might never go back to the book or even the author, for that matter. Such has been … Continue reading Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

What’s in a suicide note.

Nothing makes more sense than a suicide note. Such correctness, such lack of uncertainties, such a disciplined coldness-where would you find all that other than in a suicide note? It is an art you perfect only when you have decided to bid a final goodbye. That, if you ask me, is it’s only shortcoming. These are Anees Salim’s words in his novel The Blind Lady’s Descendants that won him the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award this year. I was reminded of these words when the news of the death of VG Siddhartha hit social media. However, I am yet to read … Continue reading What’s in a suicide note.

The Manu S Pillai Interview

Gone are the days when history was considered plain and boring. Today a lesson in history can be as amusing and enthralling as a well written fiction, thanks to the likes of William Dalrymple, and now Manu S Pillai. There are a couple of things that would tempt you to read a 700+ page long historical narrative about the royal family of Thiruvithankoor, also known as the House of Travancore. One would definitely be the riveting writing style Manu S Pillai puts on display, coupled with an in-depth research in background and context of his subject. It also helps that … Continue reading The Manu S Pillai Interview

Becoming : Michelle Obama

Stylish, eloquent, intelligent and bad-ass, what’s not to like about Michelle Obama? And so, I picked ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama to be my first ever audiobook. (Thank you, Storytel app!) The audiobook is narrated by herself and so I plunged in with absolutely no apprehensions about being able to enjoy it. Setting the speed at 1.25x  and later at 1.5x I got right into it. Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear. Michelle Obama, born Michelle Robinson, is publicly known, not just by the … Continue reading Becoming : Michelle Obama