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→

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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→

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A Story of a Long-Distance Marriage

by Siddhesh Inamdar

Long distance marriage is not a new concept but a book written about the whole dynamics is definitely a new thing that has come around. I was very excited for the book not just because of the title but also for the cover! This book is the most beautiful cover I have come across so far this year. About the inside, I did enjoy it. Just don’t think I will reread it. Follow Cover page... continue reading→

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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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