Running in Prague with Kafka in My Mind

  There are two ways of discovering the soul of a city.   The first option is to marvel its emblematic nocturnal lights and sound which also means tracing the illuminations and patterns of the skyline.  In here, the ubiquitous neon signs of commercialism and fetishism of the slim and languid bodies of the young are laid bare.  To rise-up early is the second option.  It entails wearing a … More Running in Prague with Kafka in My Mind

Calvino watching

  It may not be the best route to discover and appreciate a truly imaginative writer like the Italian Italo Calvino, but all the same, my panoramic journey to “The Watcher and Other Stories” is my indictment to the beauty of his modern fables.  There may be other brilliant stories he had written that made … More Calvino watching

What Ishiguro saw

It took me more than a decade to revisit Kazuo Ishiguro after  devouring “The Remains of the Day” and “The Artist in the Floating World”.  The Nobel Committee whose citation for this newest laureate states that this writer “who with his novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of … More What Ishiguro saw

What betrayal means

The “Betrayers” by David Bezmozgis, a Jewish- Latvian-Canadian writer is definitely morally ambitious and is unflinching on looking at the face of the life choices we make. I do admire how the characters have been fully developed with Bezmozgis’ taciturn dialogue and haunting visitation of past sins.  Moreover, the book clearly reflects a thorough and … More What betrayal means

Black dogs

“Black Dogs” is the spectre  of our times – the pervading violence that grips our senses and the luminosity of our own parables which approaches our humanity and meditations.  Ian McEwan in this terse novel masterfully presents the tectonic movements of perspectives, from a firm acceptance of thoughtful presences to the ever shifting views of … More Black dogs