Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

Mumbai, MH 230 posts

Why I am a Hindu

by Shashi Tharoor

Why am I a Hindu? Shashi Tharoor begins with a very obvious explanation to this question that is that he was born into a family that was practising Hindu. ‘Most people have little choice about the faith they grow up with: it was selected for them at birth, by the accident of geography and their parents’ cultural moorings.’ But Tharoor is not a blind believer. In the book he explains the basic philosophy of Hinduism... continue reading→

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by Johanna Spyri

I remember Heidi from my childhood when a cartoon series I used to watch adapted from the book was highly entertaining. At the time I was not aware of the literature it was translated from. As the years passed I wasn’t much inclined to reading the book myself. However, it all changed when I read ‘Black Beauty’ that I ended up adoring! Heidi is from the same publishers I had been raving about in Black... continue reading→

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Indian Nationalism

by S Irfan Habib

‘We live in time of hyper-nationalism, amidst the shrieks of cultural homogenisation. The frenzy of self-proclaimed nationalists and mono-culturalists is threatening to tear apart our social fabric. A binary has trapped us- you are a nationalist or an anti-nationalist, depending upon your attitude towards the state and its politics.’ This hyper-nationalism is what prompted the author to compile a collection of essays giving us a history of emergence of the frenzy, its effects and side-effects.... continue reading→

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by Yrsa Daley-Ward

I have been reading some really great books recently and it have been overwhelmingly difficult to keep track of all the books via segregated reviews. So I have decided to write short ones giving you reasons to read the respective books. Lets start with Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward. Here are 6 Reasons why you should be reading ‘Bone’ By Yrsa Daley-ward. Follow Her writing Her words are direct and hard hitting. The author knows what... continue reading→

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The Back Room

Intizar Husain, translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon, Co-translated by Caroline J. Beeson

I am slowly finishing reading the collection ‘The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told’. It feels great reading the stories but somehow I do not want the book to end! The Back Room is a story about a woman who doesn’t have the youth in her anymore. Her hair is brittle and patchy. Her entire demeanour is lustreless. This may look like the fruit of old age but there is a story that she is hiding... continue reading→

Sukhe Sawan

Zamiruddin Ahmad, translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

Sukhe sawan in English literally means dry rainy seasons. As the rains are associated with love and romance in the subcontinent, the dryness means the lack of it. This story is of a woman who has recently bid goodbye to her daughter and the son-in-law. She wakes up familiarising herself with her body. She is a devout Muslim but with desires of her own. She wants to own it at one instant and is shamed... continue reading→

Last Meal at Whole Foods

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

This particular story is a dedication to all the mothers. The story beings with a man describing the dinner with his mom in a Wholefoods store. I’m having dinner at the Whole Foods on Center Boulevard with my mother, who is dying. The upcoming death is revealed in the first sentence itself. Thereafter the author describes his mother who looks as young to be his girlfriend. Anyone who will pass by will say so. He... continue reading→

Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is one of those novels that when they came made a huge impact on the society. It is due to the fearless critic of check reins on horses in the book that the practice of keeping check reins on horses was abolished in England. Apart from the social cause, this book turned out to be one of the most loved Children’s Classic literature. The book gave voice to animals. Black Beauty comes to... continue reading→

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The Nightingale and the Rose

Oscar Wilde, Read by John Moffat

There is a reason classics last a lifetime! And this particular story is a brief reminder of the same. I had read this particular story before, not for 365stories though. So, when I came across it on BBC radio narrated beautifully by Moffat I just didn’t want it to end. This is a gruesome story of love and its importance to different beings. There lived a student once. He was in love with a professor’s... continue reading→

Sea of Strangers

by Lang Leav

Sometimes I am caught between poetry and prose, like two lovers I can’t decide between. Prose says to me, let’s build something long and lasting. Poetry takes me by the hand, and whispers, come with me, let’s get lost for awhile. Lang Leav came into my life with Love and Misadventure when a dear and now distant friend gifted me a copy of the book as a parting gift. She was someone I had great... continue reading→

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