It is only recently that I chanced upon this childrens’ series about a teenage “drama-queen” Mayil, and got introduced to her, her family, friends and interests through her notebook. The second book in the series continues the madness of her world, as she has started a new year with a new notebook. Continue reading “Book Review: Mostly Madly Mayil, by Sowmya Rajendran & Niveditha Subramaniam”
Mythology is a genre I’ve grown up reading, and hearing, thanks in no small part to my grandmother. The tales of monarchs & avatars, and devas & asuras are still vivid in my mind. Two tales that have managed to keep me engrossed as well as make me thoughtful are that of the Samudramanthan, churning of the ocean by devas and asuras for the nectar of immortality, Amrit; and the tales of Vikram-Betaal. I’ve wondered how the former brought out even divine beings like the winged horse, Ucchaishrava or the white elephant Airavata; and the latter of course, made me contemplate the answers to Betaal’s questions before Vikrama answered them. It was with much eagerness that I stepped into a tale woven combining the two events — The Guardians of the Halahala, by Shatrujeet Nath.
“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” — Plutarch
As a poet, I find no truer words than that of Plutarch when it comes to expressing the art of poetry in few words. Over the years, I have explored this art, growing slowly and enjoying every minute of it. I have always wondered, if Plutarch can express the vastness of poetry in five words, why can’t a poem of such brevity express the vastness of the world. Continue reading “Book Review: An Inch of Sky, by Paresh Tiwari”
There are some books where the story takes a long time to get moving; then it gets interesting and then zooms toward the end. Even some of my favorite authors, who have been writing for years and are truly bestsellers, some of their books are like that. Another book that falls into this category is this one, When She Smiled, by Ritoban Chakrabarti. Continue reading “Book Review: When She Smiled, by Ritoban Chakrabarti”