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Toddler-Hunting: Taeko Kono’s disturbing stories

Books that challenge traditional social norms and beliefs are the ones I always look forward to read. They not only widen your horizons but also make you think in an unconventional way. In the similar way, breaking all the stereotypes, Toddler-Hunting & other stories by Taeko Kono, is an underrated short stories collection of unhappy women in post-war Japan.… Continue reading

Our trees still grow in Dehra: Poignant yet ecstatic

Ruskin Bond is well, Ruskin bond in this collection of short stories titled “Our trees still grow in Dehra”. I suppose this is the first time I am reading some leaves of his own life, about his childhood, his father, his mother and stepfather, grandma and grandma and there are some captivating mentions of the places where he has spent his life.… Continue reading

If on a winter’s night: Italo Calvino on the art of reading

Reading is a leisure for any devoted reader. When you read about a character, it either makes you happy, or drenches you with anger and sadness. But at the back of your mind, there is always a thought that, “After all it’s not my story.” What if, the writer decides to write about you?… Continue reading

Hardboiled & Hard Luck: Dreamy prose of Banana Yoshimoto

What do you do when you are having a hard time in life? When the onus of regrets and grief is making you weak. Will you give up? Certainly not! So, is there any choice? Yes, definitely. The choice is to accept it and move on. And there are some books that could help you in accepting your grief, working as a pacifier to your soul.… Continue reading

5 must-read books for all the ‘misfits’

Ever felt yourself at odds with the rest of the world? When you don’t know why the world is the way it is. When you are not able to relate to this obnoxious nature of mankind and the predefined rules set in this world and the only thoughts dominating your minds are: What the heck is wrong with the world?Continue reading

Review: A streetcar named ‘Desire’

‘Desire’, what a simple word with such a complicated meaning. Just like a streetcar, it can take you on a rollercoaster ride. It can drive you crazy, making you a mess. But, still people never fear to ‘desire’. Be it the desire of ‘love’, of ‘attention’, of ‘money’ or of ‘lust’.… Continue reading

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