Arul Gaspar studies the works of 2013 Nobel prize winning writer, Alice Munro, in relation to the works of master storyteller, Anton Chekhov.
Part of series on Albert Camus, coinciding with his birth centenary celebrations.
Prashant Parvatneni and Sezel Lalwani explore the influence of socially relevant film projects such as Malegaon Ka Superman
Every month, The Bangalore Review recommends a reading list, also mentioning in brief why each book must be read. This month’s list has been compiled by writer and poet, Sumana Roy.
This was the village thief. What could one say about him? And how much? The best one could possibly say is “Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon” and at least in his death, leave him alone. My mother must have had her thoughts running regardless and this is how her letter read.
Kamakshi knew she did not quite fit the profile of a person who would frequent such a space. She was a mousy looking middle-aged woman, slightly overweight, with scraggly salt and pepper hair scrunched into an untidy bun. On her nose perched a pair of oval glasses, which were at least five years old, and on the verge of falling apart.
The roach began to run with great speed for a creature its size. It had realized that something was amiss, even though it didn’t understand why. While it was executing its escape, thick clouds were rolling in, darkening the sky.
Shed of weight, it weeps gently,
the air suffused with fermenting sweetness.
Cut further along its flanks, following its contour, in diagonal cuts
blinding its many eyes, one by one.
Dawn is still far away,
beyond the wire-meshed fence
in another country,
Poetry you suffer
at the hands of pimps
and yet you blush
to the delight of your true loves
Every month, The Reading Room showcases a short story, or excerpts of a book, from some of the greatest writers the world has ever seen.