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…

Raya by Srinivas Reddy

Political leadership has perhaps been the most controversial of ships to sail in. The very shroud of mystery that encapsulates them, also deprives them of the link that allows human connections. Couple this with the vagaries of history, and you have a potent combination of either superhuman or inhuman personalities, exhibiting rather extreme shade of…

The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee

Discomfort, by definition is something that we are trained to avoid, or walk away from. Yet somehow, it is the unifying factor of human life, forcing us to confront the banal truth of life – chaos is not the exception, but the rule. Order is not real, but simply an illusion we construct to distract…

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Actions have consequences. Perhaps no other adage can sum up the history of well….everything. Sometimes, the tiniest of steps result in the largest of leaps, and the deepest of jumps are in retrospect nothing but a swim in the shallow end. This remarkably simple principle is often…

Low by Jeet Thayil

Orderly chaos. This oxymoron has always stood out for me as a perfect metaphor of the world around us. Most of us love to pretend that there is a semblance of structure, clear cut emotions and reality. But what we don’t want to acknowledge is that we’re wrong. That the world is not just grey,…