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Book List & Challenge for 2021

#ReadingIndiaChallenge #ReadingChallenge2021 by Books in the Time of Chaos Read a book about the Indian Constitution or the Constitution itself. The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts by Gautam BhatiaConstitution of IndiaRead a book by a diaspora author, not from US/UK/Canada/AustraliaThe Feast of the Nine Virgins by Jameela SiddiquiRead a book of historical… Continue reading Book List & Challenge for 2021

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I, Tituba : Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé

Witch hunts are not novel in our society. Governments have been doing these for years together and generations have been passing through the phenomena, albeit with changed manifestations. Acts of subversion against the powers have met fates unspeakable. And this has not been limited to just regressive governments. The punishment meted out is perhaps just… Continue reading I, Tituba : Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé

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I Cannot Laugh Anymore

Vijayalakshmi Harish takes heart away, yet again.

Womxn Of Political Writing

i cannot laugh anymore.
it feels dangerous, forbidden.
i fear that if i start laughing,
i won’t stop.
that it will become a swirling
uncontrollable tornado
wiping off everything in its path.
i’m certain,
my mirth will channel my despair
my inner ruin, my brokenness,
my hopelessness,
till everyone points at me
and calls me mad.
and then they will lock me away,
throw away the keys,
and my laughter, mingling with my tears,
will bounce off the walls.
in unending cycles,
even as everything around me
continues crumbling and breaking,
till all that is left, is the sound of that laughter.
i cannot laugh anymore.
i dare not.

Vijayalakshmi Harish
09.07.2020

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Soulmates – Anushree Kulkarni

https://womxnofpoliticalwriting.wordpress.com/2020/06/04/soulmates/ We have recently started a new writing blog to push womxn who write, to write more and more. Our endeavor would be to get more womxn voices to forward the cause of intersectional feminism. My post for it is attached. If you too would like to join in, then we have facebook group called… Continue reading Soulmates – Anushree Kulkarni

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Part 1

I think I cried. A lot. Just now.

Chérie Little

Every story has a beginning and the one with Chérie began the day a friend posted about a baby dog on Facebook. I had never been a dog lover. You could at best call me an animal sympathiser. I wouldn’t hurt any animal (rats included) but that was that. I didn’t have any love lost for the multitudes that roamed the street. However, as it often happens, life connects a few dots and we change our courses for good. For me the dots were one book I love, and that post that day from a just made acquaintance! It had probably not been more than a week that I was introduced to Menaka and that we connected to each other. The aforementioned book was one I fell in love with when I was sixteen.

“It is the time that you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so…

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Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Not that I have heard anything else of Japanese music, but since the time I watched In the Mood for Love, Yumeji's theme has been etched in my mind. It is this beautiful set of gentle, pleasantly melancholic pizzicato notes of violin, that make you want to sit in silence with closed eyes or stand… Continue reading Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

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Building common libraries (A series) – In which I speak about Bookgasms

These days our bookshelf worries have become manifold. One, because common libraries and all that, two, we do not seem to be able to stop hoarding – it is getting seriously dangerous by the day. Therefore, each day as we reach our offices, our colleagues give us weird, judge-y looks & we simply nod and… Continue reading Building common libraries (A series) – In which I speak about Bookgasms

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Cairo – A Graphic Novel – Written by G. Willow Wilson – Art by M. K. Perker

Disclaimer - I enjoyed it a lot but it might not exactly reflect in my write-up because I am bone tired. But I recommend it very seriously. ---- "I think there aren't any sacrifices. There are only choices. I think if you give something up for someone, it won't feel like a sacrifice. It'll feel… Continue reading Cairo – A Graphic Novel – Written by G. Willow Wilson – Art by M. K. Perker

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About a book I bought – Surrealist

I had gone there simply to get my glasses fixed. I swear. But then Bargain Book Hut is two steps away. Not my fault. I generally enter Bargain Book Hut to check out the Wilco Classics, or box sets. This time I also looked at its coffee table books and other hardcovers. There were some… Continue reading About a book I bought – Surrealist

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Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland ~ Book Review

Book review finally after a loooongg time - I Kick-start 2019 right here and I am NOT DISAPPOINTED AT ALL "It is going to be dark and graphic, so araamse", was the one advice given to me (along with the recommendation of it by the same person - Sarath) before I started it. Now, I… Continue reading Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland ~ Book Review