Sea of Poppies – A historical and moving tale with a vibrant cast

    The first three chapters of “Sea of Poppies” I made my way to Sea of Poppies after listening to its author, Amitav Ghosh being interviewed by the BBC, the Chicago Humanties Festival, and few more book clubs. I received my copy from Amazon on Sunday last and began reading the book, promptly discarding…

Travesty. Hyperbole. Johnny Depp is all that in this movie, with traces of the Mad Hatter showing up in his expressions. He begins with a bang and some artifice. I can’t write about his swindling without developing a swagger myself. Which movie am I talking about? Moretdecai, it is. As I watched it with amusement…

How John Le’ Carre’s writing stays with you

“When Schulmann talked, he fired off conflicting ideas like a spread of bullets, then waited to see which ones went home and which came back at him. The sidekick’s voice followed like a stretcher-party, softly collecting up the dead.” – The Little Drummer Girl

David Copperfield – By Charles Dickens

This is the first time I had the patience to listen to an entire novel, word by word. Relishing the beautiful music in the words and the sentences that they came together in made my hair stand on end. And, so I began my love affair with Charles Dickens. He wasn’t a part of that…

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Artist of the Beautiful

The artist’s temperament in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Artist of the Beautiful is a classic story with language that is sometimes difficult to get past. I skipped the lengthy sentences but got the gist of the story. An artist who endowed spiritualism into his work and worshipped a human being as a deity. This part makes…