Archive for May, 2020

Balli Kaur Jaswal’s Erotic stories for Punjabi widows

May 29, 2020

Three years ago, this book got published and got some very good reviews (here is one for example). I have been meaning to read it ever since and finally got a chance now. I enjoyed reading it. It is a romantic novel; there is a bit of mystery; and, of course, there is plenty of erotica. Overall, a pleasant and gripping read. Recommended (only if you do not mind reading erotica).

Eknath Awad’s Strike a blow to change the world

May 26, 2020

I learnt about the book from this article of Ram Guha. It had been in my To-Read list ever since. I finally managed to read the book. It is a very good read — moving at many places, luminous in its positivity and a searing, honest account of the struggles of a disadvantaged individual against the system. One can feel the voice, sincerity and honesty of Awad in the translation of Jerry Pinto; I assume reading it in the original Marathi would be much more impactful. My only complaint about the book is the lack of index; may be that would be fixed in the next edition. In any case, a good read and strongly recommended.

Reba Som’s  Margot

May 24, 2020

A very interesting read! Strongly recommended. Here is an interesting thought from Sister Nivedita — written in the context of Bengal famine:

“The administration of a country solely from the revenue point of view leads to strange results.”

It was also very nice to have a context for some of my favourite books by Sister Nivedita including Cradle tales, Kali, Notes on wanderings, Master as I saw him, and Footfalls.

The God who loved motorbikes

May 8, 2020

Juggernaut has given free access to their books for the lock down duration. So, I ended up reading Murali K Menon’s The God who loved motorbikes. A fun read indeed!!

By the way, there is more where it came from — including CEO factory, Raya and Good economics for hard times — all for free!! Have fun!!

Udaindha Manoradhangal: Ku. Pa. Raa. padaippulagam 

May 3, 2020

This is a very short book (78 pages) consisting of about eight pieces evaluating the different dimensions of Ku. Pa. Raa as a writer and artist — edited by Perumal Murugan and based on a conference held in Salem. Very interesting pieces that will be of interest to both those who have read Ku Pa Raa and are yet to read him. I did find some of the discussions difficult to follow because of my lack of familiarity with the academic writing style in Tamil. However, the experience of reading the pieces is certainly worth the effort and some of the pieces are quite provocative too — especially the one about him as a poet! Recommended if you are interested in Tamil literature.