Reading books, writing words

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It suddenly feels like a lot more people have been reading a lot more books. Or maybe they’re talking about it a lot more. I have one friend who went through more books in 2021 than there were weeks. And I’ve been quite jealous looking at her and others’ Instagram and Twitter feeds about all…… Continue reading Reading books, writing words

A bad review of ‘Silent Spring’

On September 27, 1962 – which is forty-nine years plus one day ago – Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published. This book is a bit special to me not directly because of its contents but because, when I was a student at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai a decade ago, Nityanand Jayaraman,…… Continue reading A bad review of ‘Silent Spring’

The liberation of layouts

I find it quite odd and off-putting that people have started to use blockquotes for purposes other than they’ve traditionally been used. I don’t enjoy seeing myself as a traditionalist here; this said, the sense of oddness stems from the fact that a lot of people seem to have decided together, but implicitly so, that…… Continue reading The liberation of layouts

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Plastic cover

There is a plastic cover that has been on a windowsill for over a year now. The corresponding window is a wall-high fixture in one room of my family’s house in Bangalore. Given the usual direction of winds in the area and the relevant properties of the substance, the window is speckled with pigeon shit.…… Continue reading Plastic cover

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Stream of nothing

I decided to go out this evening. First I went to Bookworm’s new setup on Church Street. There, I started skimming the shelves from the first one on the right, moving from right to left, front to back, room by room. I picked up the first book I saw, The City We Became by N.K.…… Continue reading Stream of nothing

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Homo medicatis

With Covishield in my body, I feel like there is a capillary tube erupting from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and its panoply of attendant bodies vis-à-vis India’s COVID-19 response, soaring across the length of India and plunging into my veins, somewhere in Bangalore. And with every tug away from the compulsions of…… Continue reading Homo medicatis

Notes on mindful email use

Recently, Basecamp released an email service, called Hey, many of whose features essentially embody a technological approach to solving one of the biggest problems with email: its users. GMail is versatile, but most people seem to use it in annoying ways (based on the email traffic in my professional inbox). I’ve been using only my…… Continue reading Notes on mindful email use

13 years

I realised some time ago that I completed 13 years of blogging around January or March (archives on this blog go back to March 2012; the older posts are just awful to read today. The month depends on which post I consider to be my first.). Regardless of how bad my writing in this period…… Continue reading 13 years

Lord of the Rings Day

Here’s wishing you a Happy Lord of the Rings Day! (Previous editions: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014.) On this day in the book, Frodo, Sam and Smeagol (with help from Gandalf, Aragon, Gimli, Legolas, Faramir, Eowyn, Theoden, Eomer, Treebeard and the Ents, Meriadoc, Peregrin, Galadriel, Arwen and many, many others) destroyed the One Ring in…… Continue reading Lord of the Rings Day

Some good books I read recently

Since January 2020 Read Lady Death: The Memoirs of Stalin’s Sniper, Lyudmila PavlichenkoEvery Creature Has a Story, Janaki LeninThe Writing Life, Annie DillardHalf-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist, Frank CloseShoes of the Dead, Kota NeelimaThe Overstory, Richard PowersWild and Wilful, Neha SinhaDifficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights, Helen LewisHer Body…… Continue reading Some good books I read recently