Month: March 2017

My Story- Kamala Das

When people talk about loneliness, longing and that wretched sense of neglect in a marriage, one nods and empathises and tries to understand, but when an author and poet of the caliber of Kamala Das talks about it, the point reaches home, searingly.

This autobiography is not an easy read. The turbulent times and equally tenacious relationships are described simply and honestly. A woman’s longing for appreciation and love, more importantly, companionship, is quite often the basis of the poems that come from her tormented life.

The chapters are short and brisk. I loved some of her insights and beautifully constructed sentences.

I was glad to be able to put a story behind the name, and even happier that it came from her and not hearsay or rumours that had grown around her during her lifetime and never left her even after she left this world…

Jihadi Jane – Tabish Khair

We have read about individuals sitting thousands of miles away, in a different country getting radicalised by following certain personalities on various social media platforms. Usually it is a snippet in some forgotten section of a newspaper.

How does it all happen? This has been the authors attempt to understand through the characters of Ameena and Jameela, high-school best friends living with their families in suburban Yorkshire who run away from home to join the Islamic State in Syria, believing fully in the cause and the importance of their role in it.

This book kept me at the edge of my seat till I finally turned the last page. The reality of religious fanaticism became more concrete. Though a fictional account, it could well be the story behind the multitude of faceless people we read about and forget as easily at the end of the day…

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