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Finished reading Gilliam Flynn’s Gone Girl. Phew! What a book. Well written. Held my interest till the end. . Takes the fact “There are two sides to every story’ to the edge, taking the reader into the nitty gritty of their life, as a voyeuristic journey ensues, and
it all unravels….Recommend it to book lovers

On to SL Bhyrappas new book ‘Yaana’ released recently. It’s the first Kannada novel of which 15,000 copies in two editions were sold on the first day. Reading a Kannada book after ages in its original brushing up my Kannada in the process

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Slow Man by J.M. Coetzee

Posted: October 31, 2013 in Book Reviews
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J.M. Coetzee is one of those great novelists whose written words carry through beautifully taking the reader on little journeys leaving a wonderful feeling of having read a good book. The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 Coetzee needs no introduction.

Having read his book ‘Disgrace’ which I found interesting I was persuaded to find and obtain ‘Slow Man’ . Curiosity got the better of me and soon enough came home with a copy from Blossom Book Store.

Coetzee was the first writer to twice be awarded the Booker Prize: first for Life and Times of Michael K in 1983, and again for Disgrace in 1999. He was also early favorite to win a third Booker Prize for Coetzee. Made it to the shortlist but lost out to Hilary Mantel.
Coetzee is known as reclusive and avoids publicity to such an extent that he did not collect either of his two Booker Prizes in person.

South African writer Rian Malan has said that:
Coetzee is a man of almost monkish self-discipline and dedication. He does not drink, smoke or eat meat. He cycles vast distances to keep fit and spends at least an hour at his writing-desk each morning, seven days a week. A colleague who has worked with him for more than a decade claims to have seen him laugh just once. An acquaintance has attended several dinner parties where Coetzee has uttered not a single word

“He lies stretched out,at peace. It is a glorious morning. The sun’s touch is kind. There are worse things than letting oneself go slack, waiting for one’s strength to return. In fact there might be worse things than having a quick nap. He closes his eyes: the world tilts beneath him, rotates: he goes absent.
Once briefly, he comes back. The body that had flown so lightly through the air has grown ponderous, so ponderous that for the life of him he cannot lift a finger. And there is someone looming over him, cutting off his air, a youngster with wiry hair and spots along his hairline…” ~ Slow Man

The book can be read as a metafictional discourse on the inter-relationship between the literary author and the characters, and with reality.

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This book about Vincent Van Gogh was a revelation of sorts…gave an insight into the mind of a brilliant genius who was afflicted with a mental illness that was beyond his control.  He was a sensitive man misunderstood my several people with problems in his inter-personal relationships but brought forth the most beautiful paintings his mind could imagine…

‘The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh’ is a collection of letters arranged in chronological order written to his close confidant , his brother Theo. Collected and edited by historian Mark Roskill, this volume also includes a chronology, a short memoir by van Gogh’s sister-in-law that fills in many of the blanks in his life. His sensitive nature, intensity during his painting sessions and analysis of situations, nature and sufferings of people could not be understood by many.
“I have been ill, my mind was tired, my soul disillusioned and my body suffering. I whom God has endowed at least with moral energy and a strong instinct of affection, I fell in the abyss of the most bitter discouragement and I felt with horror how a deadly poison penetrated my stifled heart. I spent three months on the moors, you know that beautiful region where the soul retires within itself and enjoys a delicious rest where everything calm and peace…

So I passed my days of illness… and then in the evening! To be seated before the big fireplace with one’s feet in the ashes, one’s eyes fixed on a star that sends its ray through the opening in the chimney as if to call me, or absorbed in vague dreams too much to look at the fire, to see the flames rise, flicker, and supplant one another as desirous to lick the kettle with their tongues of fire, and to think that such is human life: to be born, to work, to love, to grow and to disappear”

~Van Gogh
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‘River of Smoke’ has finally hit the stores. The much awaited sequel to the ‘Sea of Poppies’ form Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy promises its readers a very engrossing journey on land and sea leading up to the Opium wars.

Book Launch at reliance Timeout store, Bangalore

The ‘Sea of Poppies’ led Ghosh on a voyage of discovery to China leaving him fascinated with the country and that reflects in his books.

My Autographed copy

Amitav Ghosh has so many gems on his book shelf that it is hard to pick which of them is the best.

The Hungry Tide

The Glass Palace

The Hungry Chromosome

The Shadow Lines

The Circle Of Reason

Sea of Poppies

River of Smoke

Amitav Ghosh was recently in Bangalore to launch his book’ River of Smoke’ in Reliance Time Out Store on June 28th. He engaged the audience with a splendid Q & A session answering patiently all the questions the audience had.

My Article in “Citizen Matters” about the Book Launch

http://bangalore.citizenmatters.in/articles/view/3151-river-of-smoke-launched-when-amitav-ghosh-time-traveled-to-bengaluru

 

 

Ripples: A book of short stories compiled by Prashant Karhade & APK Publishers had their book launch in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore & Chennai. The short stories are written by 26 women writers from all over India and from the US.   A wonderful collection and a good coffee table book for light reading. Prashant did a wonderful job co-ordinating all of us writers to make this dream come true.

 The stories are evocative with each one written in a different style that is the trademark of the individual writer. The book has been received well and gained some  publicity too over a few days.

The Mumbai launch with writers Irene Dhar Malik, Smita Sahay, Parvin Saket, Dagny Samrock along with Prashant Karhade, Actor Sanjay Suri, Sooni (scriptwriter-photographer-director) & Onir ( editor-scriptwriter-director)

The Bangalore launch with contributing writers Sudha H Sharma, Asha Francis, Suja Sukumaran, Prashant , Susheela Ravi, Anita Satyajit , Moindeepa Sahu & Sharada Balasubramaniam.

   The Chennai Launch with Fehmida Zakeer, Jayati Dasgupta, Actor Revathi, Prashant, Sharada Balasubramaniam & Jayati Dasgupta.

The Book is available at Flipkart & Indiaplaza:

http://www.flipkart.com/ripples-prashant-karhade-short-stories-book-819109181x

http://www.indiaplaza.in/books/

Press reviews-Links:

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/books/article850845.ece

http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrelease/books/2010102566357.htm

http://www.asiawrites.org/2010/10/new-book-ripples-anthology-of-short.html

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9590239-ripples-short-stories-by-indian-woman-writers

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/bengaluru/25-women-set-cause-%E2%80%98ripples%E2%80%99-141

http://www.techgoss.com/Story/424S12-Techie-Publisher-launches-Ripples.aspx

Ripples- Book of Short Stories

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Book Reviews

Ripples by APK Publishers

A collection of short stories by 26 Indian women writers compiled by Prashant karhade.

Three of my short stories are in here and looking forward to seeing it alongside some other wonderful stories by some exceptionally talented writers.

My short stories in this book:

The Rising

The Armchair

Quicksilver

Mumbai: Oct 15th- 6.30pm at Crosswords, Kemp Corner.

Actor Sanjay Suri, Onir ( Script writer & Director) Soone Taraporevala will be the guests of Honor there.

Pune: Oct 16th, Reliance TimeOut Store, Koregaon Park.Sonja Chandrachud will be guest of honor.

Chennai : Oct 24th, at 11 a.m, Oxford Book store, Nungambakam.  Actor Revathy and singer Suchitra will be the guest of honor

Bangalore : Oct 23rd- at 6.30 p.m at Reliance Timeout store on Cunningham Road-  K. R. Usha & Shinie Antony will be presiding over it.

 Delhi: Moved to a later date. To be updated!

Please do join in the fun and make it a success.

Books2BRead

Posted: September 11, 2010 in Book Reviews
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I bought myself a bunch of books from Amazon. Nothing like good books at cheap prizes. More treasures added on to my existing collection. I intend to read all these over time and write reviews at my Book Review Blog: http://books4read.wordpress.com/

The Birth of Tragedy : Friedrich Nietzsche

Kafka on the Shore : Haruki Murakami

Blow-Up and other stories: Julio Cortazar

Gilead : Marilynne Robinson

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh: edited by Mark Roskill

A Time of Changes: Robert Silverberg     

Kartography: Kamila Shamsie

   

The Hungry Tide : Amitav Ghosh

The unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Collected Fictions: Jorge Luis Borges

The Metamorphosis and other stories : Franz Kafka

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