(Discussion) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is perhaps one of the most controversial pieces of literature of all time, a piece that people have extreme views about. Either it is one of the most beautiful novels they have read or it’s just horrid to the core of it. But why is it so? … Continue reading (Discussion) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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(Book Review) – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

It begins with a beautiful poem:   Love After Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome,   and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again and the stranger who was your self. … Continue reading (Book Review) – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Project Abandonment

Hi, I have a small confession to make. Those who have been reading this blog since its beginning already know why it came into existence. Those who haven't, allow me catch you up: for the past three years (now four), I have been trying to work on a novel trilogy, still working on the first … Continue reading Project Abandonment

(Book Review): A Horse Walks Into A Bar by David Grossman, Translated by Jessica Cohen

Very rarely do you come across a book that not only strips and bares the emotions of the characters, but also the reader. A Horse Walks Into A Bar, written by David Grossman, and translated by Jessica Cohen (Winner of The Man Booker International Prize 2017) is one of those books. A short read. What … Continue reading (Book Review): A Horse Walks Into A Bar by David Grossman, Translated by Jessica Cohen

(Book Review) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie: The Novel That Asks

I must have been 16 or 17 when I had this conversation. I had gotten my first mobile phone some months before. A friend sent a text, and after we were done with the pleasantries, he asked, ‘Are you secular?’ The question hung in the air for a while. He knew I hated politics, never … Continue reading (Book Review) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie: The Novel That Asks

Kamila Shamsie and her ‘Luminous Prose’

“There are moments, Hasan, when I like to think that the stars are bullet-holes. For every bullet shot by an oppressor there springs to life a star, with so great a radiance that it can never be put out, it can never be imprisoned. But if that really were true, the last three months in … Continue reading Kamila Shamsie and her ‘Luminous Prose’

Letter To Chester: Now That You’re Gone

Dear Chester, I wanted to begin this letter by quoting some lines from one of the songs by Linkin Park, but I can’t seem to find the strength to do it. I could also write this letter in a way that I subtly include the titles of Linkin Park’s songs to make them part of … Continue reading Letter To Chester: Now That You’re Gone

Normalising Touchy Subjects

Hello again, everybody. First of all, I apologise for missing out on the past two Sundays. A lot has been happening over at my end and I was more than slightly busy. I had my exams, then one weekend I was out of town, and then I changed jobs, so slowly settling in the new … Continue reading Normalising Touchy Subjects

On Writing Imperfect Characters

Hello again! Welcome back. This week I want to talk about writing imperfect characters. When I was fresh with the idea of my book, writing characters was difficult yet fun. Bringing Antarman to life was filled with so many emotions and prospects that it did not seem hard. As a result, when I had to … Continue reading On Writing Imperfect Characters

Update for Missing the Last Two Sundays

First of all, I would like to apologise for missing out this Sunday and the one before it. I was busy because of the exams; the next one is on 21st. Moreover, things have been sort of down and I haven’t been able to write, primarily because I have completed the first draft and I … Continue reading Update for Missing the Last Two Sundays