mr. bliss, tolkien and some thoughts

I first chanced upon the idea of this book called Mr. Bliss at Brainpickings.org. Honestly, till then, I thought that Tolkien had only writtenLOTR, which I read as a college kid years ago and that his name had only one R. (His full name John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.) The pictures of the book looked really interesting, and I was curious to read it. How would … Continue reading mr. bliss, tolkien and some thoughts

celebrating names with pooja and deepa

My interview of these two daring mothers, entrepreneurs and authors of a children’s book that I think rocks a super cool idea. First Published at Talking Cranes: Celebrating Names with Pooja and Deepa. Celebrating Names with Pooja and Deepa When Deepa said she was publishing her first book, I was excited as a friend and wanted to go out and buy it. Little did I know … Continue reading celebrating names with pooja and deepa

100 books in 365 days: did i manage?

August has gone by and I have not finished 100 books. I was not sure if my challenge was for the end of August or by the beginning. And because I would rather have more time, going with the END of August! And here we go – the last set 🙂 [Read the previous posts of this series: Books 1 – 27 here. Books 28 – 41 here.] Books 42 – … Continue reading 100 books in 365 days: did i manage?

book review: roald dahl’s someone like you

roald dahl’s book “someone like you” is hardly like him! i’ve grown up on a steady fare of matilda, boys, james and the giant peach and willy wonka- and this book was a surprise. let me be honest here – it was so much of a surprise that the first time i started it… i abandoned it. it was so NOT dahl. but then we readers think it’s … Continue reading book review: roald dahl’s someone like you

book review: ‘ghana must go’ by taiye selasi

the first few pages are an index of words, pronunciations and meanings. i was confused. what did that mean? did i need to remember it all while i went through the book? the page after that has this family tree and that seemed to add to the confusion. i remember reading those initial few pages and while i feel a certain tie to all people of coloured … Continue reading book review: ‘ghana must go’ by taiye selasi

100 books in #365days by August 2014 – where am i today?

i am swimming in an ocean of images, of coherent thoughts, of brilliant cliches and hardworking words… i am traveling, lunching in multiple cities, dreaming in new continents, sleeping in different beds and trying to understand life through another’s strife. i am seeing a new part of myself as i discover my own roots too! the brilliance of stories. presenting the list of books done … Continue reading 100 books in #365days by August 2014 – where am i today?

book review: degree coffee by the yard – good & bad

my foray into reading non-fiction began with city of djinns by william dalrymple. i loved the book, the narrative, what he chose to include and what he chose leave out, his entire journey of discovery of this city. with the lens of an outsider he managed to get under the skin, and show me a delhi that i actually fell in love with. (am a … Continue reading book review: degree coffee by the yard – good & bad

rabindranath tagore still lives in kolkata

‘A’  got back from Kolkata yesterday. He really liked the city, except for the traffic. (that might be true of most cities in India. You take away the traffic from Mumbai and it’s gorgeous and grand) It got me thinking about Kolkata and this great old city that stands strong in the East of India – though many people feel that it has lost it’s … Continue reading rabindranath tagore still lives in kolkata