Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Here are some of the books that I've been reading during the last few weeks. Lalwani's 'The Village' was about open prisons in India, a thoroughly modern concept that I was surprised to find has existed in India since the 1960's. The book however had more details on the process of a film crew from the BBC in action in India. An unusual subject and written well.
I dipped into '1984' an old, yellowed, dog-eared copy and found the book still a wonderful read but the old eyes found it a strain.
On my birthday I got a Kindle Touch. I was hesitant to use this new piece of technology. I must say it is wonderful. I am still to download books that I would really like to read. The TBR pile in physical books is still high. I downloaded a few free books of friends from FB and read it. The actual experience of reading on Kindle is superb. I will download more books and create another big TBR pile on the Kindle.
For a change I read the 'Kashmir Shawl' by Rosie Thomas. A long saga of the Raj it was well researched and an easy read. I am now with Stephen Kelman's 'Pigeon English' and learning about a young Ghanaian boy witnessing a murder in the East End of London. The book has Damilola's trust website on the back pages and is a portrayal of the trials and tribulations of young black kids growing up in this deprived area of the capital city. A sober read I'm sure.
The fifth Milngavie Festival was a success. The Glasgow Lit scene is as bright as always, with a new Crime Festival in Stirling. The Federation of Writers had an 'Open Learning' event. Now the GWL's 21 st Birthday celebrations begin with an exhibition and three reading events at the CCA from the 22 nd of September to 13 th of October. I was invited to participate in this event and was commissioned to write a short story. I'll be reading it on 26th September at 6.30pm. Come along to the CCA if you are free that evening.
A cousin from America pointed out that my grandfather's law journal was mentioned in Vikram Seth's 'Suitable Boy'. I must read it again and feel my whole being puff up with pride.
Life is good.
Sunday, 9 September 2012
September 15, 2012
Have you read a book about Glasgow seen through the eyes of first generation Indians? `Twice Born' does just that. The novel follows the life of a young couple from India and their experiences in Glasgow. `Twice Born' peels away the layers and presents the simmering progress of their life in Glasgow. Straddling the two cultures, putting down their roots while not forgetting their liberal family values steeped in an ancient culture is a delicate balance for them. The overarching themes of the novel are the universal aspects of love, identity and betrayal. An interesting aspect of the novel is that it also follows Scotland's fight for Independence as the political events parallels their lives.
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