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Wonder

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer Auggie Pullman is intelligent, funny and immensely lovable. There's just one thing. Before people can see Auggie, they see his face. Disfigured, droopy eyed, with a hearing aid. What is it about humans that makes us uncomfortable around someone who looks different? Yet,… Continue reading Wonder

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Partitioned Histories

Severus Snape once tormented an innocent eleven-year-old on his first day of school, making him perhaps the vilest teacher in literature at the turn of the century. As the years go by, we learn Severus’ side of the story, and that changes how we see him. Now The Cursed Child is his namesake. History is… Continue reading Partitioned Histories

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Vish Puri: The Case of the Missing Servant

Tarquin Hall's book is a bag in which mixing is happening (Translation: It's a mixed bag). Vish Puri and his compatriots are always talking in the present continuous. Their parts of speech also are all over the place. It's because this is how they talk in Delhi, na! It's all Hinglish, yaar. I am not knowing anyone from Delhi,… Continue reading Vish Puri: The Case of the Missing Servant

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The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkey

The book is as arresting and temerarious as its title. Zehlia is a pierced, mini-skirted and high-heeled rebel living in Istanbul. With unconscious misconceptions about a Muslim-majority country in the Middle East, I was surprised that Turkey is a secular, democratic republic. Its ethos is oddly similar to India. It's difficult for a religious, diverse country to strive to… Continue reading The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkey