Plea from a vegetarian

The recent furore over the ban on beef has brought the veg non-veg debate to the fore again. In coffee shops and workplaces, people are furiously welcoming or questioning the move. (I hear opinions like "Why can't you not eat just this one animal?" to "How can the government tell me what to eat?"). Many of … Continue reading Plea from a vegetarian


Book review: Shattered dreams

Like every other Indian kid, I grew up hearing the Ramayana at my mom's knee. Amma kept me interested (and obedient) at the dinner table and during bed time with little tales of Rama's life. Later on I graduated to Amar Chitra Katha, Rajaji and Devdutt Patnaik's versions, but every retelling of this great epic … Continue reading Book review: Shattered dreams

Book review: One part woman

I must admit I bought this book when I heard about the surrounding controversy. But reading Perumal Murugan's Madhorubagan (translated as 'One part woman' by Aniruddhan Vasudevan ) was an illuminating experience. Whatever the custodians of culture claim, essentially this is a tale of love, loss and hope. Though set in the 1920s-40s, in a remote … Continue reading Book review: One part woman

Book review: Bandra bloodline

Some years ago, during my post grad years, I stayed as a 'paying guest' with a Pali village family. Living with aunty Sandra was an interesting experience, especially her English dialect and turn of phrase. So reading this book 'Bandra bloodline' by Godfrey Joseph Pereira was a delightful nostalgia trip. Set in Bandra, Mumbai in a time … Continue reading Book review: Bandra bloodline

Book review: Afterlife – Ghost stories from Goa

  Though generally regarded a 'brave girl', I must confess I stay far away from spooky stories, places, etc. But curiosity got the better of me when I read a summary of 'Afterlife - Ghost stories from Goa' by Jessica Faleiro. Set in the Goa of today, (give or take a few years) the Fonseca … Continue reading Book review: Afterlife – Ghost stories from Goa