There is this memory of an evening that has been coming to me in flashes in the past few weeks. Bear in mind that for me, the past is now a jar of collectables that I pay little attention to. The present leaves no room for anything else. The memory speaks to me from a... Continue Reading →


There's this collection of short stories by Raymond Carver that I read from time to time. It's a small book, the cover is teal and red, and it is light in the way library books were light when you pulled them out from the oldest shelves. It is yellowed that way too and smells like... Continue Reading →

Day 97: Em and the Big Hoom

Just how true is this!



Jerry Pinto (born 1966) is a writer of poetry, prose and children’s fiction in English. He is currently at work on various projects, including short fiction and a novel. His collection of poems, Asylum and Other Poems appeared in 2003. He has also co-edited Confronting Love (2005), a book of contemporary Indian love poetry in English. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets and Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics. He lives in Mumbai.

What makes Pinto’s stand unusual is that he does not set himself up as mere witness of this historic debasement of the imagination. Instead, he acknowledges that he is also culpable in perpetuating this largesse of waste. When he tells young poet aspirants to ‘RUN’, this is not the lofty advice of a sage bard and oracle, but the admission of a wry, weathered word-merchant, aware…

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Day 42: Blackberry Wine

Submitted by a fellow bibliophile of great capacity. She reads more than anyone I have ever known. Although I am yet to read the book, I love this quote.


Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is best known for her 1999 novel, Chocolat, which focuses on a young single mother running a chocolate shop in a French village. The novel was adapted into a popular film that premiered in 2000.

According to her website her hobbies include “mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion of the system”, although she also enjoys obfuscation, sleaze, rebellion, witchcraft, armed robbery, tea and biscuits. She is not above bribery and would not necessarily refuse an offer involving exotic travel or pink champagne. She works from a shed in her garden, plays bass in the band she first joined when she was 16, is writing a novella for Dr Who and lives with her husband and daughter in a little wood in Yorkshire.”

Source: Famous Birthdays and Joanne Harris

Blackberry Wine was written by Joanne Harris. It was published in 2000.

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Day 2: Going Away

Day 2 I think what is most striking to a Mumbaikar who travels outside Mumbai is how time just slows down. I have a feeling that if they didn't look at their watches, they can safely finish half a day's work in what would really be 3 hours or so. Where does this grand assumption... Continue Reading →

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to... Continue Reading →


Hi everyone, I've just moved here from my earlier habitat.  I'm getting to know how things work around here.  So until I can write something new you can just go through what has already been written before... Cheers!

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