Blood by Sunil Gangopadhyay, (Translated by Dr. Debali Mookerjea-Leonard)

Navigating your owner static identities is a tricky job. As much as one might fight it, one’s inherited socio-political, and to a large extent, geo-cultural identity is difficult to escape from. Despite living in a hyper-globalised world, the very idea of which is being ironically challenged today, walking away from the ingrained identity associated with…

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…

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

The pressure of liking a collection of poems that were responsible for the first non-European’s winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature is simply enormous. Add to that the tall stature of the poet in our country’s history and social renaissance, the task of reading the collection is fraught with fear. At first go, the…

Suspected Poems by Gulzar (Translated by Pavan Varma)

I have found myself pondering over the weight of words quite a lot lately. Quite literally, each letter that strings together to make a word, every delightful ‘s’ of plurality or every possessive apostrophe, makes me marvel at the beauty of the written, and even spoken, word. In that context, poems are perhaps the epitome…

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…