Saturday, July 30, 2016


We live in a time of terror where the war has come right to our doorstops. Thus, it was interesting to read this collection of essays which looks at the hydra of terror as a lived experience whether in its real or literary form. Divided into three parts, many of the essays in this book were engaging though a few made difficult reading. The essay on Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay in which the writer discusses the prisons as spaces of exception made for some gripping reading as did Peter Heeh's essay on the growth of the revolutionary movement in British Bengal.

First Line: Terror, postcolonial or otherwise, induces affect, as a number of essays in this book describe.

Pub. Details:  Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Pages: 395
Source: CL [820.9 B561 T]

Thursday, July 7, 2016

An A (so far) in The Reading Assignment Challenge

I am faring awfully bad at virtually all the reading challenges I have joined this year. But the one challenge that I am somehow managing to hang on to is The Reading Assignment challenge hosted by Michelle and Berls.

I have been able to read six preselected books in the first half of 2016, one for each month. Here are the books read:

1. Outlaws by Javier Cercas  (January)

2. Jaya: An Illustrated Re-Telling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Patnaik  (February)

3.  Understanding Bhagat Singh by Chaman Lal  (March)

4. Bhai and Bhabi of Bhagat Singh: A Biography of Bhagwati Charan Vohra and Durga Bhabi by Malwinderjit Singh Waraich   (April)

I enjoyed almost all the books though I am more delighted at the fact that till date I have been able to keep up with this challenge. Six down, six more to go....