Poetry Reads: Lust Poems by Snehith Kumbla

Over the years, as life has unfolded, a string of poems on the sexual experience got themselves written, like honey trickling in to a honeycomb. A selection of these poems have made it to ‘Lust Poems’ – published a day after my first poetry collection – Fragrance and other poems was released.  Indians and sex: … Read more

Poetry Reads: Poems on the Underground

Underground Railway Trial Trip, 1863  The London Underground aka the Tube, as they call the metro or the subway, is the world’s first underground railway. That said, when the Metropolitan line was started in 1863, it wasn’t exactly running underground. A trench was dug a few feet below the ground, tracks laid, roofs laid, and voila! … Read more

Poetry Reads: I saw a Peacock with a fiery tail by Anonymous

Mystified. At first read, this 12-line, 400-odd years old poem had my adolescent mind perplexed.  Bermuda traingles and UFO sightings seemed less mysterious to the unending fog I saw a Peacock with a fiery tail was wrapped in.  This blog post is thus, to emphatically declare, that discovering the simple, fun deception of I saw a Peacock … Read more

Poetry Reads: Fragrance and other poems by Snehith Kumbla

The second edition front cover This is convey, with much joy, that I have published a selection of my poems on Amazon Kindle and paperback. The Kindle edition is available across the world on the Amazon website and the Kindle app. The paperback edition is not yet available in India, at the time of writing. … Read more

Fiction Reads: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same colour as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.  – From The Old Man and the Sea | Page 1 Violence in its varied forms was an endless fascination for American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961). Recurrent themes in his work … Read more

Poetry Reads: The Gitanjali Album by Gitanjali Ghei

Gitanjali Ghei (1961-1977) The Gitanjali Album has been an aching, heartbreaking read. How does a child confront the stark truth that she is dying of cancer? I can’t begin to imagine.  Discovering Gitanjali I first heard of Gitanjali Ghei at the fag end of the last century from my ninth-grade teacher.  A curly-haired bespectacled woman … Read more

Non-Fiction Reads: Lone Fox Dancing by Ruskin Bond

^^ As I walked home last night I saw a lone fox dancing In the cold moonlight. I stood and watched. Then Took the low road, knowing The night was his by right. Sometimes, when words ring true, I’m like a lone fox dancing In the morning dew. – From Lone Fox Dancing by Ruskin Bond I … Read more

Travel Reads: Cambridge Book Depot, Mussoorie

Let’s cut to the chase. You are a Ruskin Bond fan and want to meet him. What do you do?  Reach Dehradun, rent a two-wheeler (INR 500-800/a day), take the two-hour drive to Mussoorie, and get to Cambridge Book Depot (CBD).  When? Bond used to come down to CBD between 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. … Read more

Short Story Reads: A Bond with the Mountains by Ruskin Bond

It is one thing to dream of living a simple, content life in the mountains. But to live the life one writes about, especially of a lifetime spent in deep communion with nature, well, that is something rare and profound.  A Bond with the Mountains is a 1998 slim collection of stories, poems and thoughts by Landour’s … Read more

Short Story Reads: The Visitor by Roald Dahl

How exciting would it be to receive an wooden crate from nowhere at your doorstep?  What would it contain? Who is it from, you would wonder, your hands tingling to rip open its contents.   The Visitor begins with the arrival of one such mysterious crate at the narrator’s doorstep.  Much to his astonishment, the crate is … Read more