7 Book Cafés Which Are a Paradise for Bibliophiles

Book Cafés have their own charm. Isn’t a different experience to read a book in a warm bookstore surrounding by books? I know it is. This blog covers major cities and their most sought after book cafés that every bibliophile must visit. Continue reading 7 Book Cafés Which Are a Paradise for Bibliophiles

32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

Beginning with, literally, a print of an ‘acrylic on hand-woven nettle shawl’ and going on to traversing all the literary forms: short stories, personal essays, poems, slam poetry (performance poems), and each literary genre interrupted, and beautifully so, by painting prints, The Many That I Am: Writings From Nagaland edited by Anungla Zoe Longkumer (Zubaan, 2019) is a genre-defying book. Continue reading 32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

Two Greatest Myths of Writer’s Block, and Two Lessons to Overcome It

Writing a single sentence after typing this title was difficult. May be they call this “Writer’s Block.” I don’t know, but I do know that I can explain this phenomenon and ways to combat it. Writer’s Block: A state in which a writer becomes incapacitated to produce anything of value. Or she likes to believe so. Anyone who calls herself a writer knows this: “I … Continue reading Two Greatest Myths of Writer’s Block, and Two Lessons to Overcome It

Conversation With a Murderer: Amrita Pritam on “Masculinity” and “Izzat”

Killing seemed to be a better option than negotiation, what more worse can it get for a society? Men calling violence masculinity don’t know what it means. It is 1980. Amrita Pritam learnt about a husband who has killed his wife to guard his family’s honor. Intrigued on knowing that the husband was an educated fellow, Amrita Pritam desires to meet him. The area (Punjabi … Continue reading Conversation With a Murderer: Amrita Pritam on “Masculinity” and “Izzat”

Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times

The first time I learned about Oliver Sacks was via the only blog of its kind Brain Pickings. Maria Popova‘s (founder and author at Brain Pickings) wonderful article — Love, Lunacy, and a Life Fully Lived: Oliver Sacks, the Science of Seeing, and the Art of Being Seen — arrested my senses and I was introduced to, the person who will become a major inspiration for … Continue reading Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book, an essay to be precise, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a modified version of her TEDxEuston talk. An extremely rich in experience and full of small but significant anecdotes from her life this essay serves as a handbook of definition of feminism for all. She [Adichie] helps us understand what feminism means and how the word has probably … Continue reading We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Diary of Discrimination  —  An Artist’s Face-Off With Racism

Initial Education in Racism When ‘racism’ was taught to me first, I recall, I was in eighth grade, my teacher would emphasize how the colour ‘White’ was almost dictatorial, once upon a time — I want to tell her how grossly incorrect she is — and how badly it crushed the ‘Black’. It was not the definition which got stuck with me; it was colour. Why would two colours be … Continue reading Diary of Discrimination  —  An Artist’s Face-Off With Racism

A City Happens in Love

What Happens When “A City Happens in Love?”

I know him as an anchor on Prime Time, NDTV (Indian News Channel); a journalist who voices his opinion freely, never observed to be biased, and is loved for his freewheeling thoughts often filling our living rooms while he discusses issues of public concerns very candidly. And, in a language understood by a majority – Hindi. He is Ravish Kumar.   I learnt that he … Continue reading What Happens When “A City Happens in Love?”