banno, dhanno and teja in bumm-bumm-bhole-land

kambakht bilkul aurat

I’ve been reading Ismat Chugtai’s ‘Kagazi Hai Pairhan’ and ‘Tedhi Lakeer’. Recently. Reading them, almost back to back, was a little confusing. ‘Kagazi ..’ is Ismat’s almost fiction like autobiography … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 10 Comments

on books, cramps and the rest of it

I confess I have been struggling with Vinod Kumar Shukla‘s ‘Hari Ghaas ki Chhappar Wali Jhopadi Aur Bouna Pahad‘ for the last few days. Well, it’s not even been that … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 9 Comments

ruskin bond – as long as you have a window

When the mercury in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land dips to 23 degree Celcius, and there is a chill wind blowing down, coming right from the mountains far, far away, it’s a good time … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · 6 Comments

premchand – karma and the real world

Premchand (1880-1936) is not an author most of us pick up eagerly to read. This is a fall-out from having to study him in school, as part of Hindi literature. … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · 13 Comments

romi & gang

I am not a boy, never have been, and I have not been thirteen since quite a while. I have never played cricket, or maybe sometimes with a rubber ball, … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · 10 Comments

just another day

Teja bought me an orange reading lamp, a big one, to suit my aging eyes. I loved the effort he went through to have it delivered home without me catching … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 38 Comments

premashram (1922) and a suitable boy (1993)

For a novel based on Gandhian philosophy, Munshi Premchand‘s ‘Premashram’ (1922) has several violent deaths. Rai Saheb (Gyanshanker’s father-in-law) escapes death by poisoning by his yogic skills, Gyanshanker’s two young … Continue reading

October 28, 2011 · 19 Comments

the eighth guest (2011)

The best detective stories are those that also detail lifestyles. Satyajit Ray’s Feluda stories are interesting not only because of the mysteries themselves but because of Feluda himself, his nephew … Continue reading

September 10, 2011 · 23 Comments

discounting good things

The Strand Book Stall sale is supposed to be a good thing, right? It is a good thing. Teja for instance, buys his year’s quota of books from there. Books … Continue reading

January 29, 2011 · 24 Comments

the museum of innocence (2008) – a museum of love

Orhan Pamuk’s ‘The Museum of Innocence‘ examines in minutest detail the obsessive love of Kemal Bey for his beautiful distant cousin, Fusun. The love story which spans a number of … Continue reading

September 15, 2010 · 3 Comments

the diary of a chambermaid (1900) – torture garden

Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917) was raped as a child by the Jesuit priests who were supposed to educate him. He wrote, “The universe appears to me like an immense, inexorable torture … Continue reading

June 24, 2009 · 16 Comments

Viewed the book

Teja likes to switch on his night lamp and open a book the first thing he gets into bed. He started doing it first to impress me. Now it’s a … Continue reading

March 9, 2009 · 9 Comments

The broken people

Last year, I thought it was time for Dhanno to begin cleaning her own bathroom and toilet. When I proposed it to her, she was shocked. Until then, usually I … Continue reading

October 8, 2008 · 9 Comments

The Guide

Days when I am stuckFor words,I read old books.Books written 50 years agocomfort.R K Narayan‘s ‘Guide’written in 1958.It was a toss betweenseeing the filmor reading the book.Films made 43 years … Continue reading

July 4, 2008 · 6 Comments

tatoo artist

Spent two glorious days book-collecting at the Strand sale. One of the pleasures of being gainfully employed is being able to buy as many books as one wants. Well no, … Continue reading

January 28, 2008 · 2 Comments
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