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Life took an unexpected turn this year. I turned social. What’s left of it is experience. Jepson says, ‘Everything is an education in writing’. Ready to shed skin, settle back into myself, and write.

Books (contd.)

  • Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
  • Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
  • George Orwell’s The Animal Farm
  • Keigo Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X
  • Scott F. Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned
  • Natalie Goldberg’s The Long Quiet Road
  • Julie Buntin’s Marlena
  • Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen and Moon Shadow
  • D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love
  • Isabel Hugan’s The Elizabeth Stories
  • Emma Cline’s The Girls
  • Dot Hutchinson’s The Butterfly Garden


  • Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park
  • Elif Bautman’s The Idiot
  • Ali Smith’s Girl Meets Boy
  • Anais Nin’s A Spy in the House of Love
  • Bod Dylan’s Chronicles Vol. 1
  • Lalita Iyer’s The Whole Shebang: Sticky Bits about Being a Woman
  • Rochelle D’Silva’s When Home is an Idea
  • Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark
  • Bob Dylan’s Tarantula
  • Gili Haimovich’s Sideways Roots
  • Lauren Elkin’s Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London
  • Ivy Pochoda’s Wonder Valley
  • Patti Smith’s Devotion
  • Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

 Screen (contd.)

  • Tallulah
  • Tiny Furniture
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Following
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Trainspotting
  • Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight
  • Annie Hall
  • Heathers
  • Fargo


  • Endless Poetry
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Fatima
  • A Woman, a Part
  • Blue is the Warmest Colour
  • The Beguiled
  • À Bout de Souffle (Breathless)
  • Up in the Air
  • Choker Bali
  • Angry Indian Goddesses
  • Manifesto
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  • Lady Bird
  • Wanted, Top of the Lake, Mindhunter, Unabomber

Miscellaneous Stories

People adored: Many

People un-adored: Also many

Crimes committed: One, could easily be three

Nature of crime: Classified

Kittens rescued (and loved): Four

Squirrels rescued (spoils of Rosa’s hunts): Two

Fun things: Horse riding

Indulgences: Caffeine. Blueberry cheesecake is a close second with stiff competition from churros.

Contemplations: Why fall in love when you can fall asleep?

Stuck on:


Still laughing:


© Anuradha Prasad 2017



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.

Stories on screen –



© Anuradha Prasad, 2017