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7 Lies TV Perpetuates About Pregnancy and Childbirth

The irresponsible way in which pregnancies and childbirths are portrayed on TV and the naiveté with which I consumed them lead me to discover the hilarious, shocking, and mind-boggling lies TV perpetuated when I became pregnant.

Monsoon Mysteries

This monsoon, I’ve been in the mood for twisted books. Books about missing teenagers, mutilated bodies, serial killers, and humans that stretch the boundaries of evil. This was after a brief break I took from reading – before which I was nose deep into a serial killer series called Stillhouse Lake and a book ofContinue reading “Monsoon Mysteries”

Udayar #1 – A Review

உடையார் #1 [Udayar] by Balakumaran My rating: 3 of 5 stars Udayar is Tamil novel written by Balakumaran. It is written in six volumes. The story’s first part was published in a weekly Tamil magazine and then published in monthly novels (Palsuvai novel, Ladies novel). Subsequently 5 volumes were published as books by Thirumagal Nilayam.Continue reading “Udayar #1 – A Review”

Midnight Sun – A Review

At the end of the day, Twilight/Midnight Sun is about two imperfect people falling in love and being perfect for each other. It should not be seen as anything more.

What Happened – A Review

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominatedContinue reading “What Happened – A Review”

What Are You Outraging About?

Our outrage is not selective. It is contextual. When you feel outraged, sit down, take a deep breath, and analyse why you don’t feel the same level of anger for objectively wrong things like murder, rape, genocide, wars.

What the Wind Knows – A Review

What the wind knows, indeed, has a bit of all three: Love, Magic, and History. It’s a magical romance, complete with time-travel, and it’s the history of Ireland, lovingly told.

Kindle Unlimited Is… Not So Bad!

On paper, the idea of paying Rupees 169/mo for the ability to borrow as many as 10 books at a time, seems awesome. But the reality is that the KU catalog is limited, basic, and has pages and pages of literary drivel. To a regular reader, a KU subscription seems worthless. But is it?

My Romance Reads of 2020

I have been in the mood for light romances for the past few months and I’ve been trying to pick the best ones available on Kindle Unlimited. While some of these are full on, steamy romances, some lean a bit towards drama and thriller. Read on to find out which of these need to be on your to-read list.

Fault Lines – A Review

Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram G. Rajan My rating: 4 of 5 stars The crisis The global recession that hit in 2008 happened as a result of the “risky” housing loans provided by the US Government to their poor. The house prices rose, the lenders defaulted and theContinue reading “Fault Lines – A Review”

Thunai Ezhuthu – A Review

துணையெழுத்து [Thunai Ezhuthu] by S. Ramakrishnan My rating: 4 of 5 stars மதுரையை ஒட்டி உள்ள சமணர் படுக்கைகளைச் சென்று பார்த்த அனுபவங்களை திரு.ராமகிருஷ்ணன் ஒரு சிறுகதையில் பகிர்ந்துகொண்டார். நான் எட்டு வருடமாக வசித்த ஊரைப்பற்றி எனக்குத் தெரியாத விவரங்களை படித்தபோது எனக்கு வெட்கமாக இல்லை. இப்படியாவது தெரிந்துகொண்டோமே என்றுதான் தோன்றியது. சமணர் படுக்கைகளைக் காண எனக்கு ஆசை இல்லை. என்னால் கண்டிப்பாக போக முடியாது என்று தெரிந்ததால் நான் ஆசைப்படவேயில்லை. கனவுContinue reading “Thunai Ezhuthu – A Review”

Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal – A Review

சில நேரங்களில் சில மனிதர்கள் [Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal] by Jayakanthan My rating: 4 of 5 stars சில நாவல்களின் பின் பக்கம் இருக்கிற கதைச் சுருக்கம் படிக்கும்போது, இப்படி ஒரு கதையை எப்படி எழுதினார்கள், என்ன மாதிரி கதாபாத்திரங்களின் மூலம் இந்தக் கதையை சொல்ல முடியும் என்று ஒரு curiosity வரும். அதற்காக மட்டுமே வாங்கிப் படிப்பேன். இந்த புத்தகத்தின் மேல் அப்படி ஒரு curiosity வந்தது இந்தக் கதையை என்னுடையContinue reading “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal – A Review”

The Peripheries of Travel

I hadn’t started ‘travelling’ in the spiritual sense of the word until about five years ago. I assumed this lack of experience was serving me well during the corona lockdown because I hadn’t caught the travel-withdrawal bug. An encounter with an aggressive bird made me realise that there are parts of travel that I do miss – like learning whether the birds in the new city are bigger jerks than the ones back home.

My favourite things from 2019

I am always on the look out for a great story and in 2019, I found them in the form of books and TV shows. These are my favourites among everything I watched and read this year!

Nicknames

My husband calls me Cookie and I call him Boo. Anyone who knows my husband and I in real life would have a hard time believing that we have such ‘cute’ nicknames for each other. We used to be so anti-cute when it came to our relationship that even our close friends didn’t know we were dating for the longest time. I can’t pin-point when we gave each other these nicknames. But I remember how it happened and it’s quite dumb.

The Writer

For someone who had always wanted to be a writer, she was very reluctant about taking up the apprentice job. She had applied along with her friends when they had seen the advertisement. “It’s a great learning opportunity!” they’d said. He was a bestselling author with a broken right hand. He needed someone to type his next book, ‘Adrenaline’. She was not a fan of his work. But the job paid well and he’d picked her from thousands of applicants.

The Women of Ponniyin Selvan

All of Kalki’s characters, male and female, are brilliant. I could tell that he was a huge believer in the good of humanity and that he was a romantic. The men are handsome and the women are goddesses walking on earth. They are too good to be true but I liked Ponniyin Selvan in spite of that. It’s partly because of the gripping narration and humor in his storytelling. But the key reason is that I was completely taken in after I met the first formidable female in the book. This kind of equality in the attention given to male and female characters is what, I thought, the world was moving towards. But never did I realise that it was done and dusted sixty years ago.

In Memoriam: MS Viswanathan, as Remembered by a Millennial

MSV composed songs that didn’t just stand the test of time but transcended it. Working closely with the great lyricist Kannadasan, he came up with compositions that captured the very essence of life. Whether you are a doting sister or a dying soldier, MSV has a song for you — a song for every emotion, a song for every occasion. These songs are in no way MSV’s greatest, commercially or critically. These are just the songs that stuck with this particular millennial in spite of the parental pressure.

Lemon and Lemonade

If life were a person, it’ll be the cruel kid that destroys a line of ants, one ant at a time. Life is unfair and ruthless. Life strips down your best-laid plans. Life strikes you where it hurts the most. Life doesn’t understand relationships. Life hasn’t the vaguest idea about ambition. Life loves hard workContinue reading “Lemon and Lemonade”

When Parents Stop Being Heroes

Parents stop being heroes at some point. And the circumstances leading up to it are always ugly. You realize they made the wrong call more times than you can count. You realize that the world didn’t screw them over; their worldview is screwed. You get frustrated when they don’t listen to you telling them to not make another mistake. You give up.

Bad writer ballad

There once lived a writer, a bad bad writer; With paper in the hand and litter in the mind. Through thesaurus he skimmed, to complicate every word. The and they he googled, to sound like a nerd. Not common as insignificant, He sounded only absurd; Not rare as brilliant, no, definitely, not a nerd. “AlliterationContinue reading “Bad writer ballad”

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