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So All is Peace by Vandana Singh-Lal

This article is done in collaboration with Cafes and Cities, and the entire article (this is just an excerpt) can be found here Digesting emotions from a clinical perspective is an arduous task, but a deeply revealing one. Although it appears strange and rather inhumane to analyse feelings, and extreme ones at that, from a …

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Everything is F*cked : A Book about Hope by Mark Manson

Against the Death Penalty

Common sense, logical analysis and critical thinking are powerful tools to understand practically everything, and that’s what Mark Manson is all about. Everything is F*cked is his follow up book, and it shines just as much as the previous one, which is…not a lot. Forgive me for being counterintuitive in my method of communication (I …

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Suspected Poems by Gulzar (Translated by Pavan Varma)

Worth It

I have found myself pondering over the weight of words quite a lot lately. Quite literally, each letter that strings together to make a word, every delightful ‘s’ of plurality or every possessive apostrophe, makes me marvel at the beauty of the written, and even spoken, word. In that context, poems are perhaps the epitome …

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In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

In collaboration with The Eclectic Book Reviews (Checkout their Facebook Page and Instagram Account) The morality of utilising my privilege had always been something that I stood for. The societal effort of vesting its prime resources in educating and inculcating a better citizen directly implied a moral imperative to utilise the bestowed tools for the …

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The RSS: Icons of the Indian Right by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

It is interesting to think about how human beings impact the world, not just in the present, but as a continuous process through the ages. Our species’ ability to cognitively think and ensure the continuity of new thought processes has resulted in a situation that is unprecedented and unparalleled in the animal kingdom. No other …

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Manto: Selected Short Stories translated by Aatish Taseer

A name that evokes perhaps the most quintessential idea of a writer from the pre-partition era. I had never read any work by a writer from the galaxy of stars generated in the Indian subcontinent during the early 20th century. This seemed to be a good place to start. Depicting the brutality of human being’s …

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Dark Circles by Udayan Mukherjee

Time, is a relative concept. Reading this book is an experience that will make you experience this relativity. In a poignant and elegant debut novel, Udayan Mukherjee has produced a work that has without a doubt jumped straight into my favourites shelf. Dark Circles is lucidly written, with a descriptive form that might bother most …

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The beauty of this book stems from something I now relate to Kafka i.e. the nonchalant acceptance of something surreal. The story begins with the transformation of an ordinary man into what most translators agree, is a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka wrote one German). However, the subtle messaging of book goes beyond this radical “metamorphosis”. It …

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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Human beings are inherently flawed, and somehow, reconciling ourselves with this simple fact is perhaps the greatest task a human ever faces. People like to hold themselves by certain ideals of perfection, and often that drives them, overrules them and takes them over. But perfection is a myth. This book is a haunting, beautiful and …