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Readers Write In #576: Book Review: The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple

May 9, 2023


By ​Jeeva P aka G Waugh Surveying the so-called First War of Indian Independence that took place at Delhi through the eyes of historian William Dalrymple in his book The Last Mughal, I was led to revise many of my long-held assumptions. The rebellion that took place, also called the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, was […]

‘The Abyss’ – an English translation of Jeyamohan’s Tamil novel ‘Ezhaam Ulagam’

April 11, 2023


Jeyamohan is one of the most important writers in India today, a sage and artist of our times. Like Dostoevesky, his fiction grapples with the perennial questions of humanity, providing astonishing insight into our existence. His most significant work yet is a 26-part roman-fleuve called Venmurasu (The White Drum), a serialised reimagination of the Mahabharata. […]

Readers Write In #565: Book Review: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

March 31, 2023


By G Waugh Kamal Haasan in one of his interviews where he expresses his disaffection with growing calls for vegetarianism, if I remember correctly used a term called “Green Blood”. It was a reference to the substance thatthe plants are assumed tolet outwith pain when we pluck their leaves or mutilate them for our own […]

Book Excerpt: Escape for Love

January 15, 2023


Author Bio : Rohit Ramachandran is a Company Secretary (CS) by profession and a storyteller by passion. When he was in fifth grade, William Wordsworth’s poem “My heart leaps up” inspired him to be a storyteller. Over the next two decades, he exploredvarious forms of storytelling such as writingshort stories and screenplays, drawing comics, and […]

Readers Write In #524: A translation of Jeyamohan’s ‘Sivam’

November 19, 2022


By Macaulay Perapulla Author’s Note: This is my maiden attempt to translate one of my favourite short stories of Jeyamohan. I submitted this short story to Mozhi Prize 2022 competition. Since this blog has a thriving community of Jeyamohan readers, I thought of publishing the story here as well. Any suggestions and feedback that will […]

Readers Write In #523: How fiction and non-fiction complemented each other in building my politics

November 14, 2022


By G Waugh aka Jeeva P Those who introduced me to reading were all people who had no prior experience in non-fiction. As a result, my early reading habit centred around nothing other than fiction. Jeffrey Archer, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens were my first three authors. By this time (in 2011) when I […]

More than enough

November 14, 2022


A plug for a self-help book that guides students to enjoy the experience of learning, instead of concentrating on just marks. Author: Dr. D. V. Sivapriya, Professor and Head, Department  of Physiology, Panimalar Medical College Hospital and Research Institute. Narrative Memoir for students The book is published in both English and Tamil  language and is […]

Readers Write In #521: The Elephant in the Room

November 5, 2022


By ​Eswar On Rohini S.Rajagopal’s memoir of infertility – ‘What’s a lemon squeezer doing in my Vagina?’. In an article about stillbirth, Emily Oster, an American economist, made the following observation: ‘Like miscarriage or birth trauma or countless other parts of pregnancy and parenting, [stillbirth] is not a topic that’s easy to discuss. The result […]

Readers Write In #518: My two cents on ‘serious’ literature

October 22, 2022


By ​G Waugh Whenever someone asks me whether there is any ‘holy’ distinction between a mainstream work of art and a ‘serious’ one, I used to be either tongue-tied or I would plunge into a long-winding sermon lasting for hours and hours. I had never been able to define pithily and precisely what distinguishes a […]

Readers Write In #515: Book Review : The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

October 18, 2022


By ​Jeeva The flair with which William Dalrymple had re-imagined a sordid love story of the 18th century(The White Mughals) between an English official and an Indian princess using written testimonies and official records, led me to pick another book of the same author to add to my reading list. The book was titled The […]

Readers Write In #500: Book Review: White Mughals by William Dalrymple

October 7, 2022


Jeeva P I had planned to read historian William Dalrymple for quite a long time. I had read one of his long essays on The Guardian and was very much impressed with his compelling prose and vivid style of narration some years back. I had the chance to borrow a book last month titled White […]

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 […]