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36 hours in Kolkata

21st March 2016

When I heard last month that Lagori was scheduled to play in Kolkata on the 19th of March, I pulled out my phone to check the calendar. This was an excellent opportunity for me to tag along and try and explore a city I’d heard so much about. Luckily, the gig fell on a Saturday which meant we could stay on a day after to see as much as we could within that short time. In the days leading up to…

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My thoughts on “If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai”

3rd April 2015

“You have five minutes to pick a book”, said G as we raced towards our gate in the domestic terminal of the Kempegowda International Airport. No, we weren’t actually late – we just really wanted to make sure we had time to grab a bowl of mini idlis in sambar before we boarded the flight. This has apparently become some Lagori tradition, and I really didn’t want to be responsible for them breaking it! But I have my own traditions, and one…

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A Kindle fan visits Blossoms

17th March 2015

If there’s one device that’s changed my life, it’s the Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation). And where was I when I came to this conclusion? In a book shop. I met up with my college friend N at Church Street Social over the weekend. She got to Church Street before I did, so she made a trip to Blossom Book House (affectionately known as ‘Blossoms’) as I hurriedly made my way through Bangalore traffic. Naturally, I spied the mountain of books she had bought…

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The Feb 20th saga

21st February 2015

Birthdays are a big deal in the Chitnis household. Hints about gifts are dropped over months. Requests for favourite dishes are made. Parties are planned weeks in advance. A meal out in a nice restaurant is mandatory. I grew up with these traditions, because for my dad, his birthday in particular was always about spending time with the family. In 2008, this changed a bit. This was the year I first began rationing my time on Feb 20th between spending…

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Chasing Coorg!

4th January 2015

I brought in the new year packing a suitcase. On Jan 1st, I set off on a road trip to Coorg to watch Lagori perform at Storm Festival. Surprisingly, Bangalore decided to celebrate the inaugural hours of 2015 with a burst of sudden rain, so that really added to the drama. The three cars met up at a tiny hotel near Orion Mall, and all of us wolfed down plates of steaming idli-sambar-chutney. Much of the drive was spent catching…

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Finding Fanny: The perfect, quiet Goan moment

14th September 2014

If love came in different shades, Finding Fanny would be an ode to the pastel kind. The movie is crafted for easy consumption, to be waded through like skiing on butter, peppered occasionally with feelings of betrayal, and anger that take you by surprise simply because they pierce the easy-going atmosphere — like sudden smears of purple or red.…

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

6th October 2013

If you want to know the story, read the summary at Goodreads. This post is more about the writing. If there’s one feeling that The Lowland has left me with, it is loss. And not the kind that knocks you off your feet with forcefulness. No. It is slow, almost invisible at first, until halfway through the book I felt like I couldn’t breathe because of the weight of all that has happened in the world of Udayan and Subhash Mitra. Through…

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Book Review — Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District

14th April 2013

Title: Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light DistrictAuthor: Mayank Austen SoofiPrice: ₹ 319 (on Flipkart) My first serious attempt at reading non-fiction.  You need to run with the flow, right from the beginning. It feels like one is being thrown into the deep end, so questioning the style or the author’s choices is futile. Soofi is like a guide, and as a reader, it’s your job to see GB road as he shows you. You follow him through…

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