The Outsider

For those of you uninitiated with Camus and his works, reading the novel for the first time may leave you completely baffled about the author’s intentions. The Outsider, a Nobel Prize Literature text, is about a guy called Meursault who kills a man for no apparent reason. But hang on, this book isn’t just about any cold-blooded murder. This book will either prod or confuse you on issues pertaining to the meaning or rather, the meaningless of life. Yup, you’ve got it – a fictional story with a philosophical twist behind it. Continue reading

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The Martian

The Martian

Hello everyone

I’ve decided to write movie reviews on this blog as well because I don’t want to feel jaded writing on books alone.

For those who aren’t great readers of sci-fi novels, watching a sci-fi movie may be an alternative to imagining the futuristic world. Continue reading

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The Boat

The Boat is a collection of short stories by Nam Le, an Australian-Vietnamese writer, who came over to Australia with his parents when he was a young child. Nam Le worked as a corporate lawyer before he became a writer.

You would have thought The Boat would encompass everything about Vietnamese refugees and their lives but it turns out otherwise. Continue reading

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Arranged Marriage

Arranged Marriage is a debut collection of short stories by Chitra B Divakaruni, an Indian-American award-winning author, poet and teacher. She is also the author of One Amazing Thing, Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Palace of Illusions, Conch Bearer and Oleander Girl. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Russian and Japanese. Several of her works have been adapted into movies and plays. Divakaruni also teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston. Continue reading

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My Sporty Affair

I don’t want to generalise this but I believe most Indian girls, including myself, are not the least bit interested in playing sports.

If we do play a sport at all, it would probably be one where we could play indoors. It doesn’t take much to guess we want to avoid the sun as much as possible. Blame it on our skin pigments but we don’t need any further tanning. That’s our logic.

So imagine my dread when my school announced that it was compulsory for us to play a sport as one of our co-curricular activities. All the sports offered were outdoors with the exception of badminton. Continue reading

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Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks so much Leanne at All Write-y Then and Trisha Ann at The Bookgasm for nominating my blog for the award.

versatile blogger

THE RULES

  1. Nominate 15 other relatively new-ish bloggers
  2. Let them know that you have nominated them
  3. Post ten random facts about yourself
  4. Be sure to thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog
  5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award image the the post

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The Old Man and the Sea

I had not read any of Hemingway’s works until I chanced upon The Old Man and the Sea, and was surprised that it was never introduced as a Literature text while I was at school. The novella played a huge role in Hemingway winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. It was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The Old Man and the Sea established Hemingway’s position as a master in writing and he was also given credit for changing the style of English prose in the 20th century. Continue reading

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School Blues

Sheena wasn’t sure who was attending school for the first time – she or her daughter, Miti. She was nervous that things would go wrong, and Miti would cry and kick up a fuss on her first day at school.

Worse, Sheena imagined Miti clutching onto the doorframe of the classroom and bawling her head off (as she had often done when she was a new-born baby) while her teacher tried to drag her in.

And even worse, Sheena also imagined the disdainful looks that other parents whose children had prior experience in attending pre-nursery classes might flash at her. Continue reading

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Road Story

Road Story is the first novella written by Julienne van Loon, author of Harmless and Beneath the Bloodwood Tree.Road Story won the Australian Vogel Award in 2004. This is a story of friendship and of drug addiction. Eighteen-year old Diana Kooper gets into a car accident with her best friend Nicole. Running away from the car crash, she leaves Nicole behind, slumped and bloodied in the damaged vehicle. She hitches a ride to an isolated community where she takes a job as a kitchen helper at Bob’s, a roadhouse eatery at an isolated truck stop. Continue reading

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On Being Gay in ‘Death in Venice’

Death in Venice

Death in Venice is a novella (one of those long short stories) written by the German novelist Thomas Mann. The story revolves around an ageing writer’s obsession with a young Polish boy. It reflects themes on the duality of art and life, death and disintegration among the living, love and suffering, and the conflict between the artist and his inner self.

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