Notable Book of the Year 2016 – The Vegetarian

“There's nothing wrong with keeping quiet, after all, hadn't women traditionally been expected to be demure and restrained?” I've been meaning to write this review for several months now. I got derailed initially by the gruesome discovery of being allergic to Seltzer water, a discovery that was accompanied by pain and exhaustion for many a…

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Can I troll you, please?

A couple of months back, there was an appalling controversy over television presenter Mayanti Langar, wife of cricketer Suart Binny, being trolled on twitter and other social media platforms for the cricketing performance of her husband. The extent to which people would go to abuse someone who is not even the direct subject of their…

Cloudy in Ranchi

It is always cloudy in Ranchi. Before global warming announced its entry in all glory, there used to be more or less just two seasons here - monsoon and winter. Spring was short lived and lasted only for a month, from mid-March to mid-April. And it went away unnoticed since that is a very busy…

The hoax of happiness

There's this John Lennon quote (misquoted probably) about how his goal in life was to be happy. Some of my friends, although unknown of The Beatles, also reply the same when I ask them. I understand that the ultimate goal of most of the humans would be to be happy. But sorry, it's bullshit. Firstly, what is happiness?…

Some wounds refuse to heal

The vast fields look over the stretch of mountains that mingle with the horizon like it's an everyday affair. The river cutting through the fields so seamlessly as if it's part of an artist's imagination. The sunlight falls on the porch, neither too hot, nor too soft, just right. The soothing wind just makes the…