Lockdown Literature

Around the world, there has suddenly been a surge in the conversation around books and reading as more and more people have been forced to stay in their homes over the last month. French President Emmanuel Macron exhorted the people of France to read in one of his speeches last month. Almost every media outlet,…

The 2019 Book Mosaic at long last

I dithered so much about whether I wanted to create a book mosaic for 2019. I first started the tradition in 2013 when I was reading about 25 books a year making it very easy for me to get individual book images and then create a collage. With my reading increasing quite rapidly since 2016,…

Some thoughts on reading

So I have a confession to make. My reading has slowed down drastically. After scorching up 50 books in the first six months of the year, I have only added a grand total of four more books to that number in the last two months. There’s been a number of reasons for this. First, I…

The journey of a bookworm

There are those who come to books naturally very early in their lives. These people move from their board books and picture fiction to junior fiction and young adult with relative ease and by age 8 they are already devouring Agatha Christie and J K Rowling (and understanding them too!). These are the bookworms by…

Q1 book reading round-up

Now, now.. I know you’re thinking if this isn’t a bit too much. After all, I first started with what was an annual feature with my book reading mosaic and then last year for the first time I created a half yearly one and this time I’m doing one for the first quarter. One reason…

Endurance

In the 1969 epic science-fiction work ‘Left Hand of Darkness’, written by Ursula K Le Guin, the protagonist, Genly Ai and one of the other main characters, pass through a treacherous passage of ice to cross a territorial boundary that they could get through overland. For over 80 days the two traverse an impossible territory,…

Moon, Red Moon

I took this photo of the moon last week and it was actually a first for me to capture photos of the moon with my camera mounted on a tripod. I normally rely on my camera’s inbuilt stablisation software to rescue my moon shots. And if you think that is crazy there are people who…

From haplogroups to Harappa: Ancient Indians by Tony Joseph

In these times of divisive and extreme discourse, any study that reinforces the fact that human beings anywhere in the world have more that is common between them than different needs to be lauded. After all, if you dig deep enough through the mists of time, we can find an ancestor, a mitochondrial eve, a woman…

Audiobooks: I’m hooked

Most people have very strong preferences about how they read books. A majority of the people I have spoken to say they love to hold a book, feel the heft of it in their hands and take in its smell (of course they may feel less strongly when trying to hold an 800 page hardcover…