I wrote and rewrote the intro to this weird af stream-of-consciousness blog post until I finally settled on this one line: Fuck 2020. Seriously. I’m done. Return to sender. Chop chop. I don’t even believe in any divine power but I swear this year has been orchestrated by an old lady trying to cross everything…… Continue reading The hiatus that was: Reflection, regrets, and random musings.
Hear ye, hear ye! The Indian Lit Readathon is back for its third run, and as one of the organisers, I couldn’t be more excited! For those of you who don’t know, this is a readathon dedicated to reading books by authors who are Indian or of Indian origin. It’s organised by Charvi @ Not…… Continue reading Indian Lit Readathon – Edition 3 | Save Pusthak Rajya
Unprecedented times. New normal. Uncharted territory. As a marketer, I’ve used all these buzzwords and more in comms I’ve helped pen in the past few weeks. And one decision I made right off the bat was that I would never ever talk about these, well…unprecedented times on this blog. Reading is an act of escapism,…… Continue reading How much has your reading changed while on lockdown?
This blog post is part of the tour for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize longlist. On the longlist for SUDTP20 is Meena Kandasamy’s stunning second book, Exquisite Cadavers. The title is obviously a reference to the parlour game by the same name that the Paris surrealists came up with. You may also know it…… Continue reading SUDTP20: The piece of experimental fiction I’m looking forward to most.
Like every other bookworm, my love for reading started with Enid Blyton’s books. My first ever novel with multiple chapters in it was from the Famous Five series–a book I still own to this day. I haven’t re-read her books in many years, but I still held her books close to my heart, a testament…… Continue reading Your problematic fave: Enid Blyton
Have you ever wondered if you’d be replaced by AI in the near future? I know I have. What if a bot could learn all about my style of writing and create a post of its own for this blog? Well, one of my techie friends gave me my answer. A while back, he was…… Continue reading What happens when a bot writes your blog posts
I was in London a couple of months back and I really wanted to watch The Mousetrap and experience Witness for the Prosecution. You know, the best activities for someone who spent their entire teenage years reading Agatha Christie and P.D. James. Ticket and time availability–or lack thereof–foiled my plans, though. So imagine my happiness…… Continue reading The Mousetrap: When 1950s theatre came all the way to India
“And when you’re gone, who remembers your name?Who keeps your flame?Who tells your story?” So goes the last song of the Hamilton soundtrack. Do you ever worry about your legacy? Do you ever worry about leaving behind a piece of you, something that keeps you in someone, anyone’s memory? I’m fast approaching 25 (hello, quarter…… Continue reading Legacy in art: Who lives, who dies, who tells your story
Heya, nerds! If you follow me on social, you’ll know I was on a three-week vacation, the first half in the UK and the second half in the US. Like any other bookworm, I hit up quite a lot of bookstores in both countries. I even hauled 8 books, all hardcovers–enough to warrant me bringing…… Continue reading 11 best bookshops to visit in London
Remember how last year, a bunch of friends and I started a readathon solely for Indian books? Well, edition 2 is here and it’s so much bigger and better than the first time! What is the Indian Lit Readathon? The Indian Lit Readathon is a 48 hour readathon where participants read books written by Indian…… Continue reading The Indian Lit Readathon is back!
Growing up fat in India is traumatic and any fat Indian person can vouch for this. I’ve been shamed for being fat by family, friends, neighbours, kids at school, and random strangers. It took me ages to accept my body for the way it looked. It certainly didn’t help that I never saw people of…… Continue reading Where are all the fat people in literature?
The bookworm is a confusing creature. It claims to love books a lot and yet constantly screams, cries about, or throws said books across the room. What’s going on in its head? And how exactly do you handle it without getting killed in the process? Here’s a nifty little guide on what your bookworm means…… Continue reading Understanding and handling your bookworm: A guide.