Best Reads of 2017 – Chennai SRRs speak

So, I am a part of a readers group on Facebook. We exchanged our lists of favorite five books that we had read in 2017. Do take a look at this amazing list, and add them to your TBR. Wish you all have an amazing 2018, with more books and more time.

Thanks to Seemita Pooja Das, for compiling this list. She blogs about books here and has some great book recommendations.


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So, I found a splendid group of bibliophiles during 2017 which brought a hemisphere of positive energy into my life. I wrote about them at length yesterday. And because we are readers, books always wafted over our discussions like saffron in the kahwa chai.

Now that a new year has walked in and we are looking at the various books we might read or gift or add to our collection, here is a compilation – the  top 5 reads of (some) SRRs in Chennai.

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Serious Men – Manu Joseph

Title: Serious Men Author: Manu Joseph Published: 2011 Pages: 326    Genre: Fiction- Humour The book gives, in a nutshell, what the two extremes of the Indian social sector think of each other, of the world around it and the media. Caste has always been a touchy topic in India. Votes are fought on the basis... Continue Reading →

Waterboarding- Bragadeesh Prasanna

Title: Waterboarding Author: Bragadeesh Prasanna Published: 2017 Pages: 201 Genre: Fiction What's in words? Forgetfulness is one thing. Forgetting a phase of one’s life is another. How would it feel, if there existed a love story in those erased pages? Tricky and scary, right? That is what the book is about. The story revolves around... Continue Reading →

Lakshmi- Feminism? or not?

I believe that movies are a great medium to talk to the masses. Of course, it is a one-way communication mode, but it makes us think. Powerful stories with the apt background score and cinematography can create magic on screen. Short films are no less effective than feature films. My post is about the short... Continue Reading →

Mindless thoughts after a movie

Three love stories. Two had a 'happily ever after' ending. A fiery-filmy one, a slow and uncertain one and a mature one. It is confusing, isn't it? I was just speed-watching the movie Kandukondein Kandukondein and couldn't help but notice the contrasts in the storylines. I am not sure if the director meant the audience... Continue Reading →

A Glimpse of the Past- Dakshinachitra

Faint notes of ‘Saamajavaragamana’ struck me, when I stood at the reception of Dakshinachitra to buy an entry pass. This krithi in Hindolam is by Saint Sri Thyagaraja, who lived in the 18th century A.D. The fragrance of agarbaththis wafted through the air, bringing with it the scent of Arali (Nerium) flowers. All these eased... Continue Reading →

Ghachar Ghochar- Vivek Shanbhag

Title- Ghachar Ghochar Author- Vivek Shanbhag Published- 2017 Pages- 128 Genre- Fiction A simple tale of a Kannada household narrated in style. The tale is about a man and his family, their lives and habits. We have fond memories of spending our vacations with a large number of family members. Big houses, shared responsibilities and... Continue Reading →

Picture Prompt- Week#1- The Wait

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way. -Fulton J. Sheen Waiting with patience is underestimated. Every phase of our life invariably involves the waiting game. It is probably the most excruciating... Continue Reading →

When Statues tell Stories

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a walk along the statues in the Marina, as a part of an event. It was conducted by the Storytelling Institute on account of Madras Day. This is the advantage if you are a media student. You get to know a lot of events and somehow gather the... Continue Reading →

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