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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 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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Book Travels — The Indian Edition

13th April 2013

Has anybody done an ‘Indian cities’ book marathon? Not the traditional tourist type thing. I’m currently reading Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District and up next is Calcutta: Two Years in the City. Any suggestions on what book to move on to next so that I can expand my ‘travel’ map? Maybe something on Chennai or Bombay. …

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Those Pricey Thakur Girls — my thoughts

3rd March 2013

So last night, I finished reading Anuja Chauhan’s latest book — Those Pricey Thakur Girls.  It was infinitely better than Battle for Bittora, but couldn’t recreate that amazing post The Zoya Factor warm feeling. Chauhan once again manages to capture the nuances of everyday ‘colourful’ people very insightfully — the Parsi receptionist, the fame-hungry eye-witness, the ‘stud’ naval officer. But sometimes it just felt like Chauhan was really stuffing the book like a turkey — you barely have a second…

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Something Borrowed : Thoughts on the book

11th September 2011

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin My rating: 2 of 5 stars So, a confession : I actually watched the movie before I read the book. Which may influence a lot of what I felt – I really, really tried hard to like this book but I have to say that I didn’t. Although I liked the movie, there are some things I chose to ignore while watching because overall I like the actors and just the “chick flick” movie in…

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