The Children Act – Ian McEwan

 This book was sent to me by the wonderful people at Random House India in exchange of an honest review The minimalist and yet, wonderfully eloquent cover of ‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan does complete justice to the story that follows. The image of a young boy jumping over a puddle on a very subtle blue cover gives the impression of a bird in flight viewed from afar. You can do little but admire his carefree grace and pray for his happiness in his innocence to last him a lifetime. ‘The Children Act’ opens with a husband asking his … Continue reading The Children Act – Ian McEwan

Random House August Book-bag

This month, I decided to take just two books, to do full justice to them. As it happens, I received the parcel day before yesterday and have already finished one book. But what was funny was the journey the books had to make to reach me. They were shipped to Chandigarh first from New Delhi. Then, Dad had to send them to me to Palampur stat, since I was leaving for Bangalore through Pathankot. Dad went with the books to the bus stop in the morning to send them by bus. Usually you give it  to the driver/conductor and tell … Continue reading Random House August Book-bag

Excerpts of a conversation between Mom and Me

Me: Hullo… Ma!! Mom: How many times have I told you not to throw things on the kitchen floor!! Me: Ummm…. Mom: Oh not you.. I was talking to the maid. What are you up to? Is your nose blocked?? Me: Nothing much. Caught a cold. Mom: How? What were you doing? Me: It’s so cold here at 2000 meters above sea level Ma….. haven’t seen the sun in a week, continuous drizzle and the cloud that refuses to lift leaving us with a visibility of less than 20 meters. It was inevitable. Mom: But, what were you doing? Why … Continue reading Excerpts of a conversation between Mom and Me

The troubles of being a North-Indian woman in Bangalore

satire noun   1. the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.   “the crude satire seems to be directed at the fashionable protest singers of the time”         synonyms  :  mockery, ridicule, derision, scorn, caricature I moved to Bangalore from a small North Indian almost-town about 6 years ago and having travelled in all the public means of transport in Bangalore since then, for everyday chores as well as for work, I feel it is now important … Continue reading The troubles of being a North-Indian woman in Bangalore

The Break

I am finally home!! With no internet connectivity for some reason. Right now I am stealing a few moments on my  dear Mosu’s computer in his office at work. Have lots to write about. Will try to get my hands on an internet connection as soon as I can. But I am home. Walking to my friends beautiful fairytale home, breathing in the the natural pine scent, eating all the gorgeous food I can find and generally finding 24 hours too short in a day 🙂 Continue reading The Break

When tomorrow comes

In the movie Rockstar, the protagonist wants to be a singer and is advised by his friend that he must have his heart broken in order to get the depth and pain in his singing. What follows is the hero’s bumbling efforts to get dumped by a girl that he is not even in love with in the first place. They become friends, spend a lot of time together, she gets married and goes away, he gets thrown out of his home and ends up homeless for a time. Being a man, the hero is unable to unravel some pretty heavy hints … Continue reading When tomorrow comes