Sunday, 11 September 2011


I am writing this on the tenth anniversary of 9'11 and the memory of that atrocity, and all other terrorist attacks including the 26'11 Mumbai bombing, makes me think of the innocent lives lost. Perhaps dwelling on it for too long is not healthy as the survivors and family of the victims have shown us their tenacity and strength to move on. September is the start of the new session and the range of new courses on literature at the university leisure classes is tempting me to register for some. Decision, decisions.
Two books that I 've read have left their mark. Howard Jacobson's 'The Finkler's Question' which made me laugh out loud in the opening chapter then moved to deeper thoughts on the question of Jewishness was a wonderful read. Sebastian Barry's 'A Long Long Way' , the story of a young man from Dublin off to fight in the Great War was gripping. His latest book 'On Canaan's Side' which is a sequel was serialised by Radio 4 recently and is a book that I must read. I am still reading 'Leela's Book' written by the British author Alice Alibinia, a clever blend of the ancient gods with a modern story that has me enraptured. It is not an easy read. The extensive research that Alibinia has done is evident and adds an important layer to the book. I am learning more of Ganesha, Vyasa and the epic Mahabharatha (which it parodies) from this book. It is an intricate plot with a lot of characters that one needs to persist with to enjoy. I was impressed with her cultural knowledge of Delhi, and Indian politics. One of the book reviewers on Twitter had put it aside saying it was unreadable as it had too many references to Hindu Gods and epics. I understand his view but it is a book that is worth reading in my humble opinion, especially if you are interested in India of the present and wish to delve in its rich heritage.

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