Second Week Of August

If you've grown up in South India, you've definitely heard her voice. How did a woman from the Devadasi community storm the male bastion of Carnatic Music to become a world wide icon?

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Second Week of July

Perumal Murugan's 'Pyre' translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a tragedy from the word go and those of us living in the big cities cushioned from the 'caste politics' need to read this tender love story that is trumped by centuries of hatred. This is an account of the human capability of savagery and is a perfect piece of contemporary writing. 

First Week of July

There's something about a train journey and the close proximity of strangers sharing the journey that stirs in us the urge to bare our souls. Maybe the assumption that we will never meet those people again encourages us to discard the layers inhibition. Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair is about one such train journey that helps the protagonist find answers to the questions tormenting her.

Last Week of June

I read somewhere that Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl' has many themes in common with Vera Caspary's 'The Man Who Loved His Life'. Having thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Gone Girl', Vera Caspary's book was on my list for a long time. Read the blog post for the review.

Third Week of June

If you thought that the 'Royal We' by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan is about the fairy-tale romance of Kate Middleton and Prince William, you are not entirely wrong. Except that the authors have introduced reality into it.

First Week of June

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."  'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker is a story of self-discovery set amidst abuse, racism, religion and women empowering each other. 

Last Week of May

In spite of the Kohinoor being a well known diamond, very less is actually known about it. Starting from its association with the syamantaka mani and ending with the various nations claiming it to be theirs, the authors have succinctly presented all that there is to be known about the diamond.