Island of a Thousand Mirrors Nayomi Munaweera’s is a beautifully written book on the Sri Lankan civil war. It was really interesting to read about characters and quirks that I have learnt are more pan-subcontinental that I’ve been led to believe. From the cantankerous Beatrice Muriel to the indomitable Sylvia Sunethra to the upstairs neighbours […]
Also my birthday month. Agatha Christie, Queen of Mystery, and the most widely read author in the world besides God and Shakespeare. To be fair, I haven’t always enjoyed her work. It took me a lot of false starts when I was younger to really get into her style of writing, coming off the back […]
The month of love. And Black History month! Valentine’s Day is pretty easy to understand, it’s the month where marketers get you to buy a ton of pink stuff you don’t need. Black History Month, on the other hand, is something that I’m still trying to learn about. Just a handful of years ago, I […]
Reading The Odyssey feels like an odyssey. To have to contort my mind to understand Ancient Greek customs, musings about the position of women in Greek life and the strange yet strangely familiar xenos, takes forever. And this was just the Author’s Note! It’s my excuse to Goodreads as it unhelpfully reminds me that I am […]
In 2016 I decided to try to read a book from every country in the world. That plan had been coming along quite well until November that year. Before then, what did politics matter? Some power-hungry idiots were playing twisted games in a faraway capital. When the blacklisted massacre-overseer Narendra Modi came to power in […]
My last post on why Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a necessary prequel to Harry Potter is here. I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I loved fantastically kind, funny and sweet Newt even more. He’s a hero unlike any other. The very best! When was the last time we had a protagonist whose main […]
One Hundred Thousand Years Ago…
At least six human species inhabited the Earth
There is just one.
I wrote most of this on 15th August, I swear. *side eye* Glimpses of World History By Jawaharlal Nehru In 1934, between the World Wars, a man was imprisoned, along with thousands of others, for demanding freedom and equality, even as their oppressors fought major wars with forced conscription by their colonized for what they… Continue reading 5 Books for Independence Day
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left too many loose ends on Dumbledore’s life, because we were only told what Harry needed to know at the time. In one measly, fantastic information dump chapter. Why did Dumbledore place so much faith in the power of love? Why did Dumbledore wait so long to face Grindelwald? “Maybe […]
I didn’t know what to expect from Vonnegut. My introduction to him was to put Slaughterhouse-Five on my reading list, and leave it there, unread, with many other classics.