Book Review – Anya’s Lyric

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I have known Nikhil Kumar ever since I started blogging 8 years back. I knew him as the funny guy – someone who was (and is) capable of making me laugh uproariously with his witty blog posts. So, imagine my surprise when I started reading this novel of his, which was a poignant tale of

The Devil is in the Details

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Many a times when we read a book, we often wonder at the lack of detailing about the era in which the characters lived. We wonder why the characters were not more fleshed out in terms of being synced with the times they drew breath in. For example, consider an old man lying on a

The art of keeping your wife happy

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Image from here 'You have changed' is the 'Houston, we have a problem' of married couples. The spaceship of marriage strays away from a predefined trajectory and men who think they are sitting in the control room, get a nasty shock of an SOS. At first, the sentence is spoken in a 'gentle,

The Invisible City of Delhi

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Trams in Chandni Chowk. Image from here I read Calvino's Invisible Cities last year. In the book, Marco Polo describes 55 cities to the emperor Kublai Khan using objects from the cities as the Emperor and Marco Polo speak different languages. Their understanding and the interpretation of the cities are different and still

Legacy for our children

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Image from here When your mind is not in a turmoil, close your eyes and think about your childhood. Dive as deep as you can and remember the moments of a different era, a warmth of a different kind. Remember the time when the complications and realities of the world meant nothing. It

Reviews of False Ceilings and the Grilling

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It has been little over a month since my novel was launched. The reviews started trickling in around two weeks back and have been mostly positive. The reviewers have been generous in praising the story, the characters, prose and the descriptions. Writing a family saga had its own challenges but I enjoyed each and every

Ask me a question

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Hi Everyone,  All of us have many questions while we are reading a book. Of course we usually do not have the author at our disposal to ask those questions. So, I am providing you the opportunity to do so completely muft! muft! muft! Many of you might have read False Ceilings by now or

Another Child? You must be off your rocker

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Anika will the three this year. My wife and I are about to enter a dangerous phase of our life where we will be assaulted by our relatives, their maids and drivers and their relatives to have another child. They will fall at our feet and beg to have some mercy on our only child.

The Dinner

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Image from here Karwachauth was on. They have never celebrated it in their ten years of togetherness. It was never important. But suddenly, it was something worth celebrating this year. Abhimanyu gave in finally.  What could he do to make the night special? He was in no mood to stay hungry for the