Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Spud - Learn to simply laugh.

“I’ve kind of missed the old dog eats dog world of the dorm. And hell, there’s nothing like the Crazy Eight for sheer entertainment value.” – Spud, John van de Ruit.

Set in 1990 South Africa, Spud, the first book in the series of four follows the wild year of an unbelievably normal, borderline nerdy 14 year old who for some reason thinks like a madman. Written in the form a diary entry, Spud covers a vast arena of dramatics that one can expect from the diary entry of a 13/14 year old. Superior in academics, cricket (bowling) and blessed with a musical voice, Spud undertakes the school cricket team, the school play and spends Monday lunches discussing books with his English teacher.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Emma - Why relationships can be tricky.

"I certainly will not persuade myself to feel more than I do. I am quite enough in love, I should be sorry to be more." - Emma, Jane Austen.

For a very long time, I have been under the impression that Jane Austen was an extremely influential author in the romance genre and yes, Emma is a dramatic, romantic novel but it is also incredibly funny (more on that later). Emma is the story of Emma Woodhouse (Intelligent and interfering) who tries to set up her best friend Harriet Smith (soft, impressionable and by all means, na├»ve) with Mr. Elton (who changes dramatically with time). It doesn’t work out, naturally, but it does lead to a plethora of extremely uncomfortable scenarios. Miss Jane Fairfax (a complete mystery), Augusta Hawkins (overbearing and by god! annoying) and Mr. Frank Churchill (who is all sunshine and rainbows) soon find themselves thrown into the mix, each bringing with them their own share of baggage. Mr. Knightley is the obvious love interest to Emma and perhaps the most refreshing character in the entire book (intentionally too, I am sure).

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Shikhandi: And other tales they don't tell you - Slow and Interesting

How is it that Devdutt Pattanaik has over 25 books to his credit and the first time I ever heard of him was less than a month ago? And mind you, if ‘Shikhandi: And other tales they don’t tell you’ is anything to go by, they are good books. Devdutt Pattanaik is primarily a mythologist and this book is a compilation of the lesser known Indian legends; more specifically, myths that celebrate queerness and includes LGBTQ+ community, so kudos for that. These stories skirt the line between different types of genders and sexualities, inadvertently erasing the same line in my mind.