The French are known to be people that value the power of reading. Over the last two years, I’ve marveled at how books are so omni-present in their culture, and how differently we perceive and treat books. … More A bibliophile in France
An intermezzo is defined as “a short connecting instrumental movement in an opera or other musical work.” In a larger context, this absolutely delightful word can also be used to signify a brief interlude or diversion. Though a word of the world of music, I first learnt the word while reading about food. in In … More The importance of an intermezzo between books
A Holocaust story with an unexpected tone of hope, “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris is the heartbreaking tale of how Lale Sokolov fell in love with a girl on whose arm he tattooed the number given to her at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and how they both survived. A best-seller that has already … More Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
“Men tell stories,” I say. It is the truest, simplest answer to his question. “Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it … More The Nightingale, a tale of unsung heroines.
A few months ago I wrote about the second hand bookstores of Bangalore, Blossom and Bookworm, regular haunts and the source of some of the most interesting books in my collection. I don’t remember a single occasion when I have walked out of either of these stores empty-handed. What truly delights me about both these … More Book Orgy