Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

Mumbai, MH 243 posts


by Purushottam Agrawal, illustrated by Devdutt Patnaik

After reading expansively on Padmavat and it’s different versions I had decided to finally get over the saga and move on. Different Padmavats that I had been reading were nothing close to the epic poem that Malik Muhammad Jayasi has written in the sixteenth century. I was really excited to have received this version by Purushottam Agrawal that talks about Jayasi’s version of the story. This book is beautifully illustrated by Devdutt Patnaik whom I... continue reading→

Cover: Padmavat

Twilight Falls on Liberalism

by Rudrangshu Mukherjee

‘The book grows out of a particular contemporary conjuncture which is not just Indian but perhaps global. It is not merely political but ideological.’ We all use ‘liberalism’ in our speech quite liberally while we talk about politics these days. And it is not just in India but globally. We all seem to take the word for granted. We tend to forget that it is not a mere political ideology but it is deeply set... continue reading→

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by Emma Glass

I found Peach while I was randomly checking out new releases in my favourite book shop in town. My eyes fell on the cover and the author had my attention from the very first sentence. ‘Thick stick sticky sticking wet ragged wool winding round the wounds, stitching the sliced skin together as I walk, scraping my mittened hand against the wall.’ I read sentences after sentences till I finished the first page and decided I... continue reading→

Cover: Peach

Animals Eat Each Other

by Elle Nash

I was going through a reading slump when I decided to pick this one up. I had read a different book from Dzanc publishers last year called ‘The Pavilion of Fomer Wives’ which contrary to popular opinions I enjoyed. When I began reading ‘Animals Eat Each Other’ I thought of it as brave but I tired soon. After three strenuous hours put into this book I have decided to be more careful with the next... continue reading→

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Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata, translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori

A convenience store is a forcibly normalised environment. I came across this book on Claire’s YouTube channel when she was mentioning the books she had accumulated. The title did seem odd and I wanted to read a Japanese fiction after my tryst with ‘Men Without Women’ by Murakami. I must say, this book has me stunned! I have loved each and every part of the book. I have sympathised with Keiko and applauded at the... continue reading→

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The Letters

Modhurima Sinha

This is a very simple story of a woman who has just lost her father. She is emptying his room, dejected after she has lost a battle to save her old ancestoral house. While emptying the room she finds some love letters that her father had written to a woman in Bengali but never seem to post it to her. Curious, Leela forces her maid to spill. What she finds is a beautiful love story... continue reading→

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by R J Palacio

Doctors have come from distant cities Just to see me stand over my bed Disbelieving what they’re seeing They say I must be one of the wonders Of God’s own creation And as far as they see they can offer No explanation And if you were wondering why a book on a child with face defect is called ‘Wonder’, this is why! Don’t you love how the author introduces the book to you? Written in... continue reading→

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Roll of the Dice

Nayana Addarkar, translated from Konkani by Xavier Cota

When the lights on the railway overbridge came on, some activity began in the hutments below the bridge. Women began to drag themselves out of the occasional hut, getting ready to deck themselves up for the night ahead. This is how Zaitun spent her nights. She worked as a prostitute to feed two mouths. In the story she recalls her life with Hussain. They were madly in love with each other but when Hussain realised... continue reading→

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The Baptism of Tony Calangute

by Sudeep Chakravarti

It was at the brink of my study trip to Goa that I was frantically looking for a book from/set in Goa. I couldn’t find anything that spiked my interest, therefore, left without reading any literature from the place. This book fell into my lap after months but I am glad I finally read it. Even though I will not go back to this book again, this one is a well written book that any... continue reading→

Cover: The Baptism of Tony Calangute

Men without Women

by Haruki Murakami, translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen

Men without Women, as it turns out to be, is my first ever Murakami. I bought a kindle copy of this book in spite of possessing two physical books by the author already. It must have been the steep discount that I did not check the reviews before I bought myself a digital copy of the book. It was tempting as well, I must state. A short story collection that could have supposedly kick started... continue reading→

Cover: Men without Women