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Loved the narrative voice in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and reading Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep was like reading a movie. Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary offered more than a glimpse of the writer’s intense writing process. James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man didn’t really capture my imagination until the later pages. There were two books about genocide, a nonfiction Elie Wiesel’s Night and fiction, Edna O’Brien’s Little Red Chairs that moved between Ireland, London and Bosnia. Jack London’s The Call of the Wild evokes the inherent wildness in us. Orhan Pahmuk’s A Strangeness in My Mind takes us into the life and mind of a boza seller who married the wrong girl and loved the right one. Vivek Shanbag’s Ghachar Ghochar, a translation from the Kannada, promised Chekhov-like writing, and came with a live ant (!) Han Kang’s The Vegetarian was about how a woman turns vegetarian, taking it to the extreme, and the way she affects her husband, brother-in-law, and sister.

Andre Breton’s Nadja is surrealism personified, and Katie Daisy’s How to be a Wildflower is a vibrant treat. The insights in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own are still relevant, and the honesty and courage in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water has made her one of my favourite writers. Read Neruda’s Selected Poems, and 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair aloud in Spanish and English to taste the textures in their entirety. Sarita Mandanna’s Tiger Hills brought alive Coorg, and there was a whiff of Gone with the Wind in its pages. Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alibrandi made me realise that this was the first book of fiction I have read that was set in Australia. I read Vita Sackville-West’s Joan of Arc the first week of May; the same time in the 15th century, Jeanne brought about the fall of Orleans. It was on May 30 that she was burnt at the stake.

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© Anuradha Prasad, 2017



Writing Takeaways:

  • Own your work, suspend judgment, share it, let it go
  • Acknowledge sources of inspiration
  • The wheels are always turning even when the page is blank
  • Don’t make it about other people


Here are just two of the fabulous writing/creativity books acquired and added to a book collection that urgently requires a book shelf and desperately needs to be read –

  • Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (While Goldberg is Zen-sparse, Lamott’s writing is meat and potatoes – love them both)
  • Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit

Reading Highlights:

The number of books read this year has plummeted as my attention span has gone off on an unannounced jaunt. Quite possibly with my Muse. What I enjoyed –

  • May Sarton’s Journal of a Solitude
  • Joanne Harris’ Five Quarters of the Orange
  • Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl
  • Julie Orringer’s How to Breathe Underwater


  • Ruth L. Ozeki’s A Tale for the Timebeing
  • Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet
  • Andrew Miller’s Pure

Screen Highlights:

  • Shirley Valentine
  • The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
  • Downton Abbey

Books on their way right now (have waited a long time for these two. got lucky and found them at 70% off…ohhh joy!) –

  • The Diary of Frida Kahlo
  • The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

Best Day Out:


  • A vineyard tour (great company, good wine and life in soft focus!)

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© Anuradha Prasad