A Flutter in the Colony by Sandeep Ray

Sandeep Ray’s historical fiction narrates the story of a young couple who make their way from newly-independent India to a town in Malaya. In a manner befitting the cadence of his writing, the author introduces us to the highly turbulent environments of Bengal and Malaya, as the respective regions grapple with communal tensions and theContinue reading “A Flutter in the Colony by Sandeep Ray”

Book Review — The Indian Spirit by Magandeep Singh

The Indian Spirit¬†captures the historic events and societal nuances that led to Indians embracing spirits¬† and alcoholic drinks like rum, vodka, whisky, wine, beer etc. It digs deep into the origin tales, bringing out the long processes of evolution in our drinking culture, some of which we imbibed from foreign forces. Equipped with years ofContinue reading “Book Review — The Indian Spirit by Magandeep Singh”

Book Review — Shikhandi And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik

“In the Veda there is a line ‘vikruti evam prakruti’ which can be translated as ‘all things queer are also part of nature’.” – Devdutt Pattanaik. In Shikhandi And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, Devdutt Pattanaik brings to the forefront those tales from Indian mythology that point out our previously comfortable stance towards Queerness.Continue reading “Book Review — Shikhandi And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik”