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Readers Write In #497: My thoughts on Ponniyin Selvan

October 4, 2022


Krithika Subramanian I’m not a long time possessive fan of the book by Kalki. As I listened to the audiobook after the teaser was launched, I felt both Vandhiyathevan (VT) and Adittha Karikalan (AK) had the best casting. I was quite sceptical of the rest. I was also worried Mani Ratnam in his usual minimalist […]

Readers Write In #496: A book review of Ponniyin Selvan – Gnanozhi

October 2, 2022


Sudharshan Garg This serialised novel was first published in October of 1950 and it took Tamil Nadu by storm. It is said to have singlehandedly pushed the magazine, Kalki to the top 3 position in most circulated magazines in India back then. Speak with anyone who grew up back then, and one of their fondest […]

Readers Write In #468: Song of the Road – Novel and Film

June 16, 2022


By Deepika Santhanakrishnan Bends in the Road is what the translators of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s novel ‘Pather Panchali’ (1929) found it apt to name. They attributed the suggestion to the horizontal bends of a w(o)andering life’s journey. Well, I attribute it to the vertical bends in life as well. The former in the case of the […]


May 23, 2022


A plug for Pooja Nair’s book of stories, ‘I Was With You’ . Death, or rather the fear of it, struck Vasant Rao with unexpected suddenness, when he turned eighty-four. A celebration would be organised with friends and relatives who would come with good wishes on this occasion, called Sathabhishekam in Sanskrit. A day, when […]

Readers Write In #464: நான் எப்படி “ஒரு மனிதன் ஒரு வீடு ஒரு உலகத்தை” புரிந்துகொண்டிருக்கிறேன் ?

May 19, 2022


By G Waugh “நான் சென்ற வாரம் ஜெயகாந்தன் எழுதிய ஒரு மனிதன் ஒரு வீடு ஒரு உலகம் படித்தேன். அதை படித்த எல்லோரும் அதை சிலாகிக்கும் அளவுக்கு அதில் அப்படி ஒன்றும் இல்லையே?” என்று என் நண்பர் ஒருவர் சொன்னார். நானும் அந்த புத்தகத்தை இதற்கு முன்பு படித்திருக்கவில்லை என்பதால் எனக்கு மூன்று நாட்கள் நேரம் தருமாறு வேண்டிக்கொண்டு படித்து முடித்துவிட்டு அதை பற்றி விவாதிக்கலாம் அன்று சொல்லி அந்த புத்தகத்தை அவரிடம் இருந்து வாங்கி […]

Raga 2 Rock

April 3, 2022


A plug for Madan Mohan’s book. You can buy the book from the notionpress store: As well as from Amazon: Blurb: Ever wondered why millennials listen to old film songs from the ‘60s and the ‘70s? How did they get into the habit in the first place? Were there composers other than R D Burman operating […]

The Unscraped Barrel

February 20, 2022


By Srinivasa Raghavan Author’s note: My book, The Unscraped Barrel, was launched on 17th January 2022. It is a compilation of 135 crisp quotes covering Life & Leadership. The sole purpose of this book is to help the readers to navigate through complexities and uncertainties in an unperturbed manner. Glad to share the excerpts from The Unscraped Barrel with you. […]

Readers Write In #436: Moga Mul

January 24, 2022


By Vikran MN I can’t remember a book which made me this sad in the recent times. Books that make me sad doesn’t necessarily have to be the most impactful ones. For example when I read ‘The Mill on the Floss’ it got me really sad but when someone would ask me about my top […]

No Stranger Conversations

January 15, 2022


From R Kailasham: Dear Readers and Well-wishers: my e-book is out, and here is my announcement as promised. This book is a collection of short stories centred around conversations between strangers. In these imaginary conversations between fictitious characters, I explore how a dialogue stripped of “small talk” might look like. Borrowing the dictum that people open up […]

The Spam: Fifty Shades of Mylapore

January 8, 2022


Author Bio : Don Cavarcci works for a multilateral institution by day and is a cartoonist by night. He’s a classical music afficionado, both Western and  Carnatic, and made Chennai his permanent home since 2001. He lives in an apartment on the East Coast Road with his wife and kid aged 23 years old. In […]

Readers Write In #434: On Leo Tolstoy’s ‘A Calendar of Wisdom’ and the idea of daily devotion.

January 8, 2022


By J. Eswar A Velocity of Being, edited by Maria Papova, was an unusual book to read. The book carries one letter on each page. The letters all follow a theme – what reading means for the letter writer. But the letters are written by individuals from diverse backgrounds. To read these letters like a […]

Readers Write In #427: Norwegian Wood

November 21, 2021


(by Lahari) One of Murakami’s bestseller, as the name suggests is filled with pop references like The Beatles and is a gripping story about the perks of being in your 20’s. This murakami’s work has so much more than that. “Death is not the exact opposite of life, but just a part of it” I […]

Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

November 21, 2021


A plug for Krithika’s book, available here: In her words: “I recently self-published a non-fiction book on depression. It’s called “Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?” It was written with the intention of hand-holding students who feel suicidal/depressed on Indian college campuses. I am wondering if you can help me in […]

Readers Write In #401: What Reading means to me

August 26, 2021


(by G Waugh) “Yours is a very difficult job. Writing is not something everyone can do. I know there is so much effort behind every sentence you write. It is very hard to put together thoughts, feelings and ideas into sentences and bring them as a coherent whole” My friend was telling me this some […]

Readers Write In #390: What’s powering Ponniyin Selvan 1?

July 30, 2021


(by Karthik Amarnath) When I first saw the poster of Mani Ratnam’s next movie— the historical fiction Ponniyin Selvan— I was struck by the title. PS-I. For a moment, it sounded like a science thriller. Like the launch of a new PSLV satellite. I get it, it’s a “new-age” title, slapped on a literary classic, written three […]

Interview: TM Krishna (on his transformation from artist to activist)

July 6, 2021


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Readers Write In #374: Half a Kilo Mixture

June 29, 2021


(by V. Vijaysree) Four years after Madras on my Mind, A City in Stories, here is another Chennai-centric anthology, this time by a single author. In her debut collection of short stories, Half a Kilo Mixture, Ranjitha Ashok captures the changing mores of Chennai through a host of female protagonists. Most readers, especially those who […]

My two-part interview by Raunaq Mangottil (on nostalgia, Nayagan, theaters, reading, screenwriting & train journeys)

June 11, 2021


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Summer Camp

May 1, 2021


Vikram M N, who has published film articles and short stories in this blog has come up with his second novel ‘Summer Camp’. The first draft written close to ten years before and even before his first novel ‘Neha – Yet Another Love Story’ Summer Camp started out as a novel about a young boy […]

My interview on Chalchitra Talks (by Vaibhav Munjal)

March 13, 2021


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