Book Excerpts: Bluebeard’s Egg and other stories by Margaret Atwood

First published in 1987, I have just begun reading Margaret Atwood’s collection of short stories. The author dedicates the book to her parents and the first story is a remarkable one, titled as it is – Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother. Atwood’s mother grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. These were conventional … Read more

Graphic Novel Reads: Kabul Disco by Nicolas Wild

Expatriate (Expat, in short) n. a person who lives outside their native country.  Kabul Disco is a humorous, irreverent and tongue-in-cheek account of a young French illustrator who, as a knee jerk reaction to financial penury and boredom, opts for an initial two-month stint as a comic book author in Afghanistan. The assignment – Co-write … Read more

Comic Book Reads: Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins

Comic books are not meant for children alone. Ask the creators of Watchmen: Writer Alan Moore, illustrator Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. There is violence, sex, numerous brutal deaths and superheroes who come off worse than humans. The cruelty of war and supplementary text adds more steel to this graphic novel/comic book. First released … Read more

Comic Book Reads: My Comic History

Garfield by Jim Davis This is my first post on comics and by default I feel duty bound to narrate my history with comic books. The risk, dear reader, of you falling asleep or diverting your limited attention span to narcissistic social networking activities is always there. But this can’t be done without. Here goes. … Read more

Graphic Novel Reads: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is a memoir drawn and lettered in the graphic novel format by Marjane Satrapi. The memoir was first published in year 2000 in French, and has since been translated into several languages including English. Satrapi uses decorous, simplistic black & white illustrations, humour, lyricism and witticisms to conjure up a memorable childhood. After all, … Read more

Non-Fiction Reads: Zimmer Men by Marcus Berkmann

Welcome to the real, decaying world of Zimmer Men – A world where the team fielding post a delicious tea break is destined to lose the match. Stiff fielders find running after the ball and consistently ending up second. The best bowler the team ever had, calls on match day to inform that he is obliged to take his … Read more

Non-Fiction Reads: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood grips you from the start. For it is a real story retold with every detail pinpointed and outlined. When first published in the 1959 New Yorker as a series, the work was regarded as a first non-fiction work to be written in the garb of fiction. Rest assured, this word dressing doesn’t affect … Read more

Fiction Reads: The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

First published in 2004, The Hungry Tide tells the story of Kanai, the owner of a Delhi translation firm, Piyali, a US based Cetologist (One who studies marine mammals), and Fokir, a fisherman who navigates the deceitful waters surrounding the Sunderbans – a group of islands off the Bengal coast. It is in the meeting of these … Read more

Book Excerpt: Maximum City by Suketu Mehta

The vadapav poses for one last click Finally delved into an increasing pile of books – to be read and reread. Books bought at various clearance sales and second-hand selling footpaths.The first on the list is one by the name of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta. Here is an extract from … Read more