Book Talk: Bhimayana

They have brushes for the buffalo and shears for the goat. They won’t trim a Mahar’s [untouchable’s] hair—they’d rather cut his throat. Bhimayana is a graphic novel about the experiences of untouchability in the life of Dr. B.R Ambedkar. It talks about how while accessing three needs-transportation, shelter, and water, the community had to face … Continue reading Book Talk: Bhimayana

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Book Talk: The Bell Jar (Mild Spoilers)

TRIGGER WARNING: Mild spoilers and mention of suicide and self-harm The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is the story of Esther Greenwood-a beautiful, brilliant, and an intelligent woman falling into depression. The novel takes you inside the mind of the protagonist and gives detailed insight about what it is like to succumb to the mental … Continue reading Book Talk: The Bell Jar (Mild Spoilers)

Book Talk: Palestine by Joe Sacco

2018 has been going great in terms of reading. I have been reading diverse books in different formats. Whenever I get into a writing slump, there comes a book which is so moving that it makes me want to write about it. The book I will be talking ( writing) about today is Palestine by … Continue reading Book Talk: Palestine by Joe Sacco

Short Stories by Manto: Reading for the Soul

Find the book on Goodreads here. My interest in Manto arose when I came across his essay, 'Why I write'. I am among those people who like to research the authors because it gives more character and context to their work. When I googled Manto, the algorithms threw a myriad of things in front of … Continue reading Short Stories by Manto: Reading for the Soul

Book Talk: Why you MUST read Dozakhnama?

Who tells the greatest story — God or Manto? Dozakhnama: Conversations in Hell is an extraordinary novel, a biography of Manto and Ghalib and a history of Indian culture rolled into one. Exhumed from dust, Manto’s unpublished novel surfaces in Lucknow. Is it real or is it a fake? In this dastan, Manto and Ghalib … Continue reading Book Talk: Why you MUST read Dozakhnama?