The Toymaker and His Wife

Joanne Harris

This story is creepy! I have never read anything like this before. This is a fantastical story about this toymaker who had married for love but eventually fell out of it. His time was consumed by the toys that he made. He could make toy birds that would sing sweetly and doll houses so beautiful that they looked real. He saw perfection in his work. His life was perfect except for his wife. He no... continue reading→

The Boundary

Jhumpa Lahiri translated from Italian by the author

Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian-American and now an Italian. I had read ‘In Other Words’ by the author the year before. I liked the book but I somehow thought it to be lengthy. I always thought she would be more interesting in short stories. This story was my chance to enjoy her writing. This particular story is about a girl aged 13. She runs a holiday home along with her father in a countryside. She... continue reading→

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→