#QOTD – What was your pride month read? I didn’t pick up anything specific for the pride month, but then I thought of revisiting this book: Shikhandi: And Other (Queer) Tales They Don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik. We are familiar with Shikhandi’s tale, but this book has more such stories to offer. Most of these stories aren’t new to me. I’ve known many of … Continue reading Queer Review | Shikhandi: And Other Tales by Devdutt Pattanaik
The Hindu Way is my fourth book by Shashi Tharoor, first three being, The Great Indian Novel, An Era of Darkness and Why I am Hindu. Tharoor’s writing has detailed research and opinions, and it is kind of growing on me. In this book, he considers Hinduism to be a religion of the 21st century due to its sustainable and practical aspects. Various accounts of … Continue reading Review | The Hindu Way by Shashi Tharoor
Shylock. A name I have been hearing long before I read The Merchant of Venice. The trial scene in this play holds strong dramatic importance and the argument made is one of the strongest arguments made in literature. But surprisingly I never knew that it was a woman who made this argument. Shakespeare’s world was a world dominated by men so he used his wit … Continue reading Review | The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
#QOTD – Have you ever lived away from your language? I have been in a linguistic exile all my life. My mother tongue, Assamese, is foreign in the city that I was born in and where I did my graduation from, which was Delhi, the city where I did my high school from, Jakarta, the city where I did my postgraduation from, Oxford, and finally … Continue reading Review | In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
#QOTD – Do you know of anyone who found love at a very late age? My maasi (my mother’s younger sister) got married three years back, at the age of 58. And guess what, it is her first marriage and it is a love marriage. Moreover, the couple didn’t meet in some temple or yoga class, they met on Facebook. She is from Assam, he … Continue reading Review | Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
#QOTD – What are your must haves as a reader? For me, an ever growing TBR pile is key, to always keep me in dilemma as to what to read next. A cup of strong, cold coffee to keep me company. I know tea works for many, but my cup of tea is coffee! Pretty bookmarks that can never be found, eventually making me pick … Continue reading What Are Your Must Haves As A Reader?
#QOTD – What’s in your bag? I never carry small bags. Cross body slings can never fit my stuff. I am very oversized kinda person, by body type and by my bag! So, let’s jump in and see what’s in my bag? Wallet – Cash, cards, and my multiple identities! Sanitary Pad – Because Aunty Flo might visit, somebody else if not me! Mask and … Continue reading What’s In My Bag? | Office Edition Revisited
#QOTD – What is your haathor kala / haath ki kala / an art of your hand? When I was younger, my mother would always tell me to learn something creative like drawing or stitching or crochet, basically have an art of my hand. And I would never have interest in any of those things. Now, as a grown up, I learnt drawing and illustration … Continue reading Review | Dopehri by Pankaj Kapur
#QOTD – Would you rather meet your favorite author or favorite character? Well. I want to meet all my favourite characters. 1. Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair) – I want to ask how is so unapologetic as a woman? 2. Harry, Hermione and Ron (Harry Potter) – I just want to meet my childhood best friends. 3. Sherlock Holmes – I think I want to get … Continue reading Would you rather meet your favorite author or favorite character?
#QOTD – Is it not enough to be a woman? Why does she have to be a wife to have security? Why does she have to be a mother to be complete? Why should one need to stuff in so many condiments and chutney in just one morsel? Ismat Chugtai posed this question in one of her short stories, Niwala (A Morsel). A very strong … Continue reading Review | Lihaaf (The Quilt) by Ismat Chughtai