Sometimes all that is left of a place are beautiful memories. Taran N. Khan’s Shadow City is a revisit to her beloved land—Kabul.

To think of Kabul and of the culture, the people, the snow-capped mountains surrounding the brown, barren landscapes—the 3000-year old city has always felt familiar. This is a land that I have never visited, but in my mind’s eye, Kabul is vivid and intriguing. Faces of young men and women with flushed cheeks and bony … Continue reading Sometimes all that is left of a place are beautiful memories. Taran N. Khan’s Shadow City is a revisit to her beloved land—Kabul.

Ruskin Bond’s My Favourite Nature Stories teaches about little pleasures of life

Tiny flowers blossoming through the cracks of neighborhood walls; dandelions thriving in the wilderness; water streams, making their way to a distant lake, shaping the terrain and sculpting the rocks on its path; trail of fallen leaves on that morning mountain hike; and the warmth of the afternoon sun on a cold wintry day—don’t they … Continue reading Ruskin Bond’s My Favourite Nature Stories teaches about little pleasures of life

An Individual’s Search for Solace: Becoming a Mountain was a special narrative

In a scene from Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer (played by Brad Pitt) and the Dalai Lama (played by Bhutanese actor Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk) get into an intimate conversation. The latter asks Heinrich what does he like most about climbing. Henrich pensively answers that it is the simplicity that attracts him to the mountains; … Continue reading An Individual’s Search for Solace: Becoming a Mountain was a special narrative

Unaccustomed Earth: A Book That will Rekindle a Part of Your Life

Sometime back, I came across this piece in The New Yorker magazine. It was an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, on writing The Boundary and few other works in Italian. I read the narrative, which she had translated into English. I am glad she did. Perhaps, I would have never known her … Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth: A Book That will Rekindle a Part of Your Life

Of Birds, Bees & Books: The Literati Bookshop & Cafe in Goa Had All My Heart

The days were balmy, the clouds had strewn itself across the sky and the sun would sporadically play peek-a-boo, the tropical dampness could be felt on the skin all day at this time of the year. This was the month of May. Yet there were moments of respite when the cool wind would blow my … Continue reading Of Birds, Bees & Books: The Literati Bookshop & Cafe in Goa Had All My Heart

The Fountainhead: Worshiping Man’s Greatest achievements and the Spirit of not giving up

Recreating a seminal work like this is a tough business. It stands as an extraordinary entity of its own – like a standalone giant monolith. Like Stonehenge, if I have to give you a visual idea. Published in 1943, rejected by twelve publishers, The Fountainhead was ahead of its time – whether in regard to … Continue reading The Fountainhead: Worshiping Man’s Greatest achievements and the Spirit of not giving up