This is surely one to read and keep.
-The Evolution of God, by Robert Wright. Read about the book here
These days, I close “Toss of a Lemon” by Padma Vishwanathan only when and because I have to.
It’s a fascinating story about three generations of a Tamil Brahmin family, very evocative of the culture, traditions and way of life of it’s setting.
At 600-odd pages, this is a book that will take me a while yet to finish and I am looking forward to at least another week of happy reading.
Aditi went book-shopping the day before we came here to Colaba to spend a couple of days with her and Vasanti. A couple of the books that she bought sound like they’d be fun to read, so those are the one’s I am starting this list with.
William Dalrymple’s “City of Djinns”, a history of Delhi, was fascinating to read.
I am now reading “Nine Lives” by the same author. It narrates the stories of followers of different religious traditions in India and thus offers a wonderful insight to faiths and customs such as Jainism and the theyyam dance form of Kerala that I knew very little about.
During the last 3 weeks in Jamshedpur, I also read several books from Ma’s collection of books in Hindi, some of them for the third or fourth time. But those old classics by Sharat Chandra or Premchand still make for engaging reading and the stories of authors like Malati Joshi and Mannu Bhandari have contemporary themes – many of them are women-centric – which resonate with me.