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…

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 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…