When you say ‘cricket’ in India, there’s a sense of euphoria and loyalty that permeates the atmosphere, along with a brightening of the eyes. This sport affects so many people and shapes their lives into what they finally turn out that it simply becomes a part of them. They could go on and on for ages expounding knowledge about the sport, analyzing it, and playing it with a zeal that becomes so hard to find most times. And Life in the Sunshine: Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer is the story of three such people: Sat, Sam, and Trib, called the Triple Sundae.
Part 2 of my rant on the issues pointed out in the book, Sita Returns: Modern India Through Her Eyes by Charu Walikhanna.
The first thing you’ll notice about this book is its stunning cover. The second thing you’ll notice and one that will leave you in awe is that it is a stunning, sturdy hardcover. And open the book and flip through the pages and you’ll see the third and the fourth things that will intrigue you to no end. These are stories written in couplets! And there are illustrations!
Part 1 of my rant on the issues pointed out in the book, Sita Returns: Modern India Through Her Eyes by Charu Walikhanna.
'Snakes in the Meadows' begins with a letter that I felt, for some insane reason, was accusing me of being ignorant and unwilling to take action. It was a personal jibe when I first read it. And I didn’t understand why such a letter was addressed to me. Here’s a couple of lines from the letter: “I can’t believe that you’re unaware of our misery, oblivious of our suffering. And if you indeed don’t know anything, well, you don’t deserve to.”
The thing about being a bookworm, book-hoarder, and booklover in general is that beautiful covers pull us in like a moth to flame. And when the story within is as beautiful as the cover promises, a sense of vindication overcomes us – one that we just won’t stop flaunting and saying ‘I told you so!’ Yes, opinions may vary and some other people may get annoyed saying “What a waste of a beautiful cover” and all that. But when it works for you, you just want to hug it and stay that way. 'The Binding' by Bridget Collins is one such book.
The word ‘atonement’ usually means making amends for your actions that have done wrong to a person or people around you. And when a book with this name starts off with a teenager trying to direct a play that she can show off at a family gathering, you wonder why it is named thus. It is only some tens of pages into the book that you read on, becoming horrified with each page as the story progresses and clears the contextual meaning of the title for you.
The movie Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, that was based on Calling Sehmat came out earlier last year. This is one of those rare occurrences where I watched the movie before I read the book. But the movie had quite a few performances that left my heart bruised. And I had hoped that the book that is based on true events, would do the same for me. But I was really conflicted by the end of the book.
I have been in love with the cover of The Queen of Hearts since the moment I lay eyes on it. Like, look at it! And when it made its way to me, I was ecstatic and fawning over it. I cannot even begin to describe that feeling. It was and still is, that intense, days after I finished reading it. The best part of this obsession, however, was how the author was so responsive. Every time I uploaded a picture of the book and tagged Kimmery Martin, she would respond! The first time she did, I almost fainted. But I’ve recovered ever since.
Before I start off with my thoughts about the story, I’d just like to take a minute and express my love and admiration for this cover. A wonderful gold-tinted combination of black and orange, Circe has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever laid eyes on. This might have been one of the reasons why I was actually terrified of starting the book – me being scared that the story wouldn’t actually live up to the beauty of the cover. Another thought that crossed my mind was: What if I unintentionally destroy it?