Trigger Warning…Dark and Beautiful.

Trigger Warning, published this year, is a collection of short stories or as Neil Gaiman puts it a collection of short fictions and disturbances. Well disturbances because it cuts across various genres, so you have horror, sci-fi, fantasy, fairy tales and even poetry but all of them with the quintessential ‘Gaiman twist’. So what is …

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The Maltese Falcon….The Mother of Noir Classics!

The Maltese falcon is a 1929 detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, who is known as the author of ‘Hard Boiled’ detective novels. Hammett to his credit has created some well -known characters like Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man) and Sam Spade, our very own detached, unemotional, tough detective from the Maltese Falcon. The …

English August….very Indian, very English!

Upamanyu Chatterjee’s debut novel, English August, published in 1988, traces the life of Agastya Sen, an ‘IAS’ & a Delhi boy who is posted in an inconspicuous town for his training for a year. The book then chronicles his, part funny part somber and thought provoking journey through the year. As usual, I will start …

The Informers…a satire or Is it?

The Informers is a 1994 novel written by Bret Easton Ellis. The book is a series of short stories. Each story is narrated by a different character, some of whom we might across in a different story as a secondary character. Some of the stories however are completely independent. The novel is about a bunch …

The Narrow Road to the Deep North….A Must Read! (Review)

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”  – Matsuo Basho I just finished reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Written in 2013, the book won the Man Booker Prize for 2014.  An amazing book, and now that it is over, I kind of miss it. The …

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 …