Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron – Book Review

I stumbled upon a passage from this book in one of the articles about depression on Brain Pickings. The passage went like this: “When I was first aware that I had been laid low by the disease, I felt a need, among other things, to register a strong protest against the word “depression.” Depression, most… Continue reading Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron – Book Review

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The Adivasi will not Dance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar – Book Review

The Adivasi will not Dance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar (4/5) The reason the book intrigued me was the fact that it was banned due to “political” reasons in Jharkhand. The offended lot, who incidentally were Santhal people only, said that the Santhal women have been wrongly portrayed, that some details are even “pornographic” in nature.… Continue reading The Adivasi will not Dance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar – Book Review

Beloved by Toni Morrison – Book Review

My Rating - "An Adjective-less" 4.5/5 "Sixty million and more I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved." Thus, goes the dedication of Toni Morrison's "Beloved". These "sixty million" are those slaves who were slaughtered, manhandled, treated worse than animals, those whose character traits were… Continue reading Beloved by Toni Morrison – Book Review

Broken – A Short Story

(Source) (TW: Graphic description of violence) (Earlier published here: http://www.womensweb.in/2017/06/abusive-marriage/) A morose emptiness was spreading over her. The red and black stains were staring right back. She was trying to gather all the fractured things that were scattered in her living room when the blackness gathered around her and she sat down. The couch creaked a… Continue reading Broken – A Short Story

The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters by William Dalrymple – Book Review

India is a country of such great culture and over centuries of invasions and fights for freedom, we as a country, have emerged as a powerful plethora of multitude of wonders. The Age of Kali is one such view of this country through Dalrymple's lens, as well as a short glimpse into the neighboring Pakistan.… Continue reading The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters by William Dalrymple – Book Review

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

What did I think, I ask myself! I picked it up because it kept showing in my news feed every other day. Like the book was beckoning me, coaxing me into reading it. And I had to keep all other books aside and finally pick this one up. And then what did I think? I… Continue reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

A Writer Raccoon Interview with Aashish Gupta ~ Author of “Demons in my Mind”

“Criminal Psychology” as a genre has hardly been explored in Indian literature. When I tried to understand from Aashish Gupta about why he chose such a subject for his debut book (for which, in my opinion, Indian literary markets are not yet quite ready), Aashish had a simple answer in his introduction. He had glimpses… Continue reading A Writer Raccoon Interview with Aashish Gupta ~ Author of “Demons in my Mind”