The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

I always feel an overwhelming sense of inherent bias while reading classics. It comes from a place of self-doubt honestly – How is this book supposed to make me feel? What if I don’t like the popular lines? What if I don’t like the book? Am I the stupid one for not understanding a deeper…

Manto: Selected Short Stories translated by Aatish Taseer

A name that evokes perhaps the most quintessential idea of a writer from the pre-partition era. I had never read any work by a writer from the galaxy of stars generated in the Indian subcontinent during the early 20th century. This seemed to be a good place to start. Depicting the brutality of human being’s…

Dark Circles by Udayan Mukherjee

Time, is a relative concept. Reading this book is an experience that will make you experience this relativity. In a poignant and elegant debut novel, Udayan Mukherjee has produced a work that has without a doubt jumped straight into my favourites shelf. Dark Circles is lucidly written, with a descriptive form that might bother most…

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The beauty of this book stems from something I now relate to Kafka i.e. the nonchalant acceptance of something surreal. The story begins with the transformation of an ordinary man into what most translators agree, is a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka wrote one German). However, the subtle messaging of book goes beyond this radical “metamorphosis”. It…

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Human beings are inherently flawed, and somehow, reconciling ourselves with this simple fact is perhaps the greatest task a human ever faces. People like to hold themselves by certain ideals of perfection, and often that drives them, overrules them and takes them over. But perfection is a myth. This book is a haunting, beautiful and…