Here are a few posts from last week that you (may have) missed.
Bhaskar Chattopadhyay, the kingpin at Artsquare, who also has written a book of translated Bengali stories that inspired Satyajit Ray, posted here on Sunday about how the Tower of Babel inspired him to become a story-teller. If you’re a lover of Ray’s work, this book is a must buy. And do check out his website, where you can buy beautiful art from Indian artists at remarkably affordable prices.
I wrote a piece on my favourite four science fiction novels featuring Isaac Asimov, Philip K Dick, Robert Silverberg and Ray Bradbury, all from the Golden Age. I am willing to wager most of you have not read at least two of these, so go ahead and grab them as soon as you can. You will be glad you did.
The evening post contained a report of Meetup 138 at Write Club, which was a heady mix of food, travel and sport. Some (namely I, for instance) would ask what more does a man need?
The first post talked about item songs in Bollywood and how they’re affecting our lives. Easily the most popular post of the week. I think most of it is due to the topic than the writing, but I hope at least some of it is due to the latter.
In the second post of the day, I speculate a little about the curious case of the Indian bestseller.
We kicked off Wednesday with an excerpt from my novel about how one could re-imagine the Mohini myth for current times. In the evening post, I found myself in a contemplative mood at peace with life, so a post on Seneca and his views on anger sounded like just the right thing to do. So I did.
In our appreciation of Romantic art and poetry this week, The Lady and Shalott – both the poem and the painting – were featured. That afternoon I realized I’d not done a mythology post in a while, so I wrote about something which had been cooking in my mind for a while. I listed the similarities between Greek and Hindu myths.
‘Bollywood Poetry’ for this week is on the classic ‘Sili hawa choo gayi‘ from Libaas. Even if you don’t like my excuse for a poem, listen to the song. And then listen to it again, until it lulls you into a nice deep slumber.
For the evening, I have an old short story written before I made my first novel sale. The writing may be a little choppy, but I think the story is good. (What do you think I’d say? I wrote the damn thing.)
That’s it for this week. See you all next Saturday!
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