The Red Tenda of Bologna by John Berger

Over the eons, acknowledged literature has ranged from elegantly crafted haikus to verbose tales of valour running into thousands of pages. This very craft of communicating with an unique method is what has captured the interests of human beings ever since the beginning of civilisation. The Red Tenda of Bologna is an example of how…

I Have Never Been (Un) Happier by Shaheen Bhatt

Honesty is often simple. It is found in unflowery language, easy yet elegant sentence structures and mostly, impassioned emotional outpouring. Talking about depression, anxiety, and/or any other mental ailments is slowly gaining grudging acceptance in an increasingly democratised online society. Yet, the taboo associated with actual conversation about the same is changing at a turtle’s…

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

The strange nature of art that continues to baffle both creators and connoisseurs is the fact that more often than not, some of the artist’s most widely spanned, criticised and even hated work, is often one that is deeply personal, and oddly satisfying. This is the first Murakami non-fiction book I have read, and I…

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The fact that strangers play a critical role in our lives seems antithetical and counter-intuitive to our rather narcissistic way of thinking. But the truth is that in a world of over 7 billion individuals, our immediate family, friends, communities and acquaintances, are merely but a statistical dot. True to his rather unorthodox choice of…

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The beauty of reading is the fact that often a reader will end up interpreting something larger, something personal from an author’s work, with absolutely no intention on the writer’s part. More so than ever for non-fiction work, which is largely deemed to be non-interpretative and instructional, rather than embracing the wide interpretative spectrum of…