That Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is the author who introduced me to feminism. She is the author who made me realise that I was a feminist all along. Therefore, when I saw that the book has a short story from her new collection of stories I jumped at the opportunity immediately. This story is completely unrelated to the her non-fiction on feminism that I fell in love with. ‘That Thing Around Your Neck’ is the title story... continue reading→

The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin

Yet another book read due to the “raving reviews” everywhere! Why do I put myself through this when I know I do not synchronise with the world, when it comes to book loving? A question I may never answer. However, will this also be a review that coaxes you into reading this book? Read on to know. Cover The edition I read, had a black background—perhaps the sky with stars adorning it. A beautiful tree... continue reading→

cover: The Immortalists

Exchange of Lunatics

Saadat Hasan Manto, translated from Urdu by Khushwant Singh

It hasn’t been long since I came across the name of Saadat Hasan Manto; thanks to #365Stories. I also recently watched a (very) short film called In Defence Of Freedom – A Short Film on Manto starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. I was intrigued. When the name came up in the book I was reading, I was like, ‘OK, so I get a Manto story to review as well!’ This story… well, I think this story is... continue reading→

Draupadi

Mahasweta Devi, Translated from Bengali by Gayatri Chakravarti Spivak

This is the weirdest writing style I’ve come across. Officially. Sharp, to-the-point, but sometimes, bizarre. This story is about Comrade Dopdi (Draupadi), and other her friends. Now, I don’t understand Naxals or Maoists much—I cannot even differentiate between them, I don’t know how they’re different from the other Leftists; I feel there’s a difference, but I cannot tell. Yes, I’m one of those Indians who don’t know much about these ideologies. But I’m also an... continue reading→

Cabulliwallah

Rabindranath Tagore

That sweet silence. Tagore has this effect on you. Again, this is one of the stories I’ve read as part of my curriculum (NCERT has a great collection of these, I think). However, at the time I read the story for the first time, in spite of the efforts of my Hindi Literature teacher, I doubt I was mature enough to feel this way. Cabulliwallah is a classic, and I’m sure my narrating the whole... continue reading→

Running Like a Girl

by Alexandra Heminsley

Remember the start of the New Year when you download a number of health and fitness apps on your phone? When you go for sportswear binge shopping? And when you count your calories for an initial few days before your forget about any new resolution you made as you slip into the second month of the year? I am not new to the experience. It happens every year since the last, if I can remember... continue reading→

cover: Running Like a Girl