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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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A Street Puppy’s Guide to Indian Religious Wisdom

February 28, 2021


During the COVID lockdown, blog reader ‘doctorhari’ co-wrote a book with Iniya, the fourteen year-old girl whose writings have featured in ‘Reader’s Write’ in a couple of times. The book is titled ‘A STREET PUPPY’S GUIDE TO INDIAN RELIGIOUS WISDOM’. It’s a short, funny, thought-provoking as well as provocative primer on Advaita. Rather than presenting […]

Readers Write In #341: ‘Outline’ by Rachel Cusk: a delineation through dialogue

February 28, 2021


(by Kannan Baskar) Outline, a 2014 novel by Canadian born British writer Rachel Cusk, is the first book in The Outline trilogy. The story, set in Athens, is a series of conversations that the narrator has with friends, strangers, and students. The narrator Faye, a British writer visiting Greece to teach in a writing seminar, […]

Readers Write In #340: On ‘Drishyam’ and ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’

February 25, 2021


(by V Vijaysree) Every serious movie buff, who enjoyed watching the Malayalam movie Drishyam, knows that the writer-director of the film may have been inspired by the plot of The Devotion of Suspect X. The book, on which the movie was based, was written by Japanese author, Keigo Higashino. It features Detective Galileo, a fictional […]

Surge On Like a River

January 16, 2021


V Shyamala, founder of Suzhi Publications, has translated into English a collection of essays by popular Tamil orator Smt. Bharathy Bhaskar, published in Tamil as ‘Nee Nadhi Pola Odikkonduiru’. She asked if I could do a review. I couldn’t, but I said I could put up an excerpt on the blog. Here it is. Do […]

Readers Write In #319: What I read in 2020

December 31, 2020


(by Eswar) புத்தாண்டு சென்றாண்டுக்கு நீ மற்றொரு ஆண்டுநேற்றைக்கு நீ இன்னது ஒரு நாளைமணிக்கு வெறும் நொடிமனிதனுக்கு மட்டும்நீ தனி (New YearTo last year you are but another  Just another day for yesterdayTo an hour you are only a second  To us you are always special) In order to comprehend this timeless eternity that we live in, we punctuate time […]