The world Remade

Have you read/heard the news today? Not yet? Let me take you through the headlines: ‘More Than 6,000 Killed in 'Merciless Devastation' in Ukraine ‘ ‘Philippine Army Seizes Rebel Bomb Factory as Peace Plan Flounders ‘ ‘Drone Attack in Yemen Kills Suspected Al Qaeda Militants’ ‘Iraq Army Attacks Islamic State Strongholds in Baghdad ‘ Death, …

Dogeaters…..Very Filipino!

Dogeaters is a 1990 novel written by Jessica hagedorn. The novel traces the journey of multiple characters in Philippines in the 1960s. The writer draws inspiration from real life political events and personalities and weaves a compelling story around it. The book is a reflection of the Filipino society, the people and their lives, beliefs …

‘A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces’…..Lets visit India shall we?

‘A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces’ is a collection of 39 short stories by Indian writers from the 19th century to the present, written in English or translated from regional languages. The book is edited by David Davidar, a novelist himself and as the introduction says ‘an attentive reader of Indian fiction for nearly forty years’, …

V for Vendetta…..To the ‘V’ in all of us!

V for Vendetta is a 1982 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Llyod. Set in 1997, the story unfolds in a dystopian, post war UK, ruled as a Police State. The protagonist, code name ‘V’, is a masked vigilante, who challenges the dictatorship of the ‘Leader’ by attacking eminent officials from …

Destination Lit Fests…..Get Booked!!

November to February are swell months for book lovers and literary enthusiasts. It’s the season of the Lit Fests!! Even as I write this piece, book lovers are enjoying literary discussions at The Hindu Lit for Life in Chennai. A 3 day long fest from Jan 16th -18th boasting an eminent list of speakers including …

The Great Gatsby – A Grand story of love & longing

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American Author F Scott Fitzgerald. The novel is about, well, The Great Gatsby, a rich man with a dubious past living in the fictional town of West Egg. Gatsby throws huge parties which attracts the who’s who, a la, Page 3 in today’s context. Gatsby is …

For the Love of Books!!

My first crush was ‘Lotpot’! Remember the Hindi comic series which introduced us to Motu Patlu, Chacha Chowdhary and Chirkut? For a long long time my literary world [if I may call it so] consisted of Lotpots and more Lotpots but that was before Archie Andrews swept me off my feet. As the saying goes, …