On the eve of August 15, 1947 Amrita Pritam wrote – These were the people who dared to dream When they wept, the eyes of the times wept too When they sang, they sang of sacrifice These were the people ready to give away their lives These were the people who coloured their hands … More Forgotten Stories: Amrita Pritam, A Woman Who Lived By Her Own Rules
Hindi literature can be an extremely daunting subject to a 12 year old. That’s exactly how I saw it when we were being taught Kabir’s couplets or short stories by Prem Chand. While researching the next post that I wanted to share with you, I stumbled upon an unlikely and an unusual story – Gulli … More The games we play + A short story by Munshi Prem Chand
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl … More Book Review: The Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love. Danny’s mam has a new boyfriend. Initially, all is good – Callum seems nice enough, and Danny can’t deny he’s got a cool set up; big house, … More Book Review: Me Mam. Me Dad. Me.
Sadat Hassan Manto – The first time I heard this name, I was 14 years old, dabbling with theatre and romancing the forever intriguing teenage-depression. For those who may not know, in early 2000s more than a handful of tiny bookshops were scattered across Chandigarh where neatly stacked rows of crumbly old wooden shelves held … More Forgotten Stories: Toba Tek Singh by Sadat Hassan Manto