On Harry Potter

Yet another July 31 is here and my social media is filled, cheerfully, in reverence to the boy who lived, to the queen of the magical world; bringing back to a generation of kids who waited for their Hogwarts letters (I, curiously, never did), who tediously and religiously decoded every hidden meaning behind the world […]

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Some books are known more by their quotes, snippets of awesome that become bigger than the author and the source and find their immortality in Facebook posts, WhatsApp statuses and wallpapers on the screens of the many digital devices we use. Jack Kerouac’s cult classic falls squarely under this category. It is a bustling, energy-filled […]

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

There is something, not quite serendipity, about reading a book of contemporary relevance, with jingoistic headlines spamming my background, the noise of hyper news anchors rising above the din of the traffic and the crescendo of the city rains. Kashmir in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Kashmir on the TV. Jantar Mantar is everywhere. At […]

The Royal Game and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig

Sometime last year, I started painting again. Seeing my art teacher in his element, oblivious to all distractions, I wrote a short story about the lengths an artist goes to perfect his craft. This expanded into a chapbook about the extremes of artistic expression. That project, as projects are wont to do, is gathering dust. […]

The Princes by Manohar Malgonkar

Let one thing be known; most contemporary Indian fiction (in English) is a waste of paper. It is written in ‘simple’ English, as if literature is nothing but a textbook that everyone has to understand, that everyone must follow without any effort, to be a part of the ‘I read’ rat race. It does not […]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Imagine rich, creamy dark chocolate, with bits of walnut and a hint of mint, layered with caramel, whipped till ultra-smooth consistency is achieved and moulded to the quirkiest of shapes. Each piece is made to look even more delectable with a dash of exotic colour and a pinch of glitter. The moment you place it […]

On Our New Logo

When onWriting started, it was a book review blog. And when Sakhi came on board, it became a lot more than just book reviews. We decided that it would become a hub for readers, writers and publishers to talk to each other through content – their reviews, their work and their thoughts. It was a […]

The Guardians of Halahala by Shatrujeet Nath

We received a copy of this book from the author. That does not affect the review below. It is honest and unbiased. Indian fiction often seems to be lacking in two fundamental things for the larger part – scale and imagination. When I read the Meluha trilogy, I was happy at the potential the story […]

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

April 1, 2017 I pick up a book, as part of a reading challenge. As a habit, I don’t read about the book before I’ve read it, as far as I can help it. It lies in my bag for two days before I open it on a bus journey to college. It’s a big […]

Heartless by Merissa Meyer

How I love fairy tales. And how I adore Marissa Meyer to have retold every single one of them in such a beautiful way. Meyer has completely eliminated the only complaint I have had from the fairy tales—the female protagonists, which were bound by the old patriarchy, are strong, independent and determined to have their way. […]