Life on Mars by Tracy Smith

It took me a long time to pen these paragraphs, and that itself puzzled me. Expressing what literature made me feel had always been an easy exercise for me, and this weeks long unusual delay was…for a lack of a better term, flummoxed me. Suddenly, last night, it came rushing to me. This is no…

Girl Made of Gold by Gitanjali Kolanad

Contradictions and paradoxes are far more ubiquitous than one may believe them to be. This fundamental assumption is something that often runs into walls, when it comes to questions of human morality and ethics. Theory is often slapped by practicality and that’s what this book beautifully builds on. To say that GMOG is a book…

Lallan Sweets by Srishti Chaudhary

Human beings are complex. Not just as to how we function with each other, but also as to how we engage with ourselves. We operate in a weird mesh of absurdly weaved webs, each more complicated than the other, trapping us in a suffocating, all-engulfing burden…much like Atlas upholding the heavens. The rather unfortunate aspect…

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

It’s strange to begin an anecdote in 2020 which revolves around masks, but there is absolutely no other way to talk about this book. Years ago, I read a fact disguised as an inspirational quote – “The person you’ll spend the most time with is yourself”. In that light, it is perhaps the strangest possible…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Narcism has always largely been considered a supremely individualistic trait. We tend to assign this trait to rather smaller units, that too mostly individual humans. To that extent, it is often an exercise worth indulging to be examining the human race from this perspective. We’ve always placed ourselves at the centre of any system imaginable….