Annihilation of Caste(Annotated Edition) by Arundhati Roy

Check it out on Goodreads I find India really fascinating sometimes, even though I鈥檝e lived my whole life here. What the cultural multitudes and colorful festivals hide underneath is an ugly facade which threatens to break everything that has been built over the years. What I find most fascinating is how we鈥檝e conditioned ourselves to ignore the blatant reality and move ahead with an oblivious calm, living in shit and aspiring for the gold....

Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan

Check it out on Goodreads I have had a very curious relationship with religion, although now that I talk to others, it was a much more normal experience than what I led myself to believe. I followed the typical path of receiving a particular religion from my parents (born a 鈥淗indu child鈥), which had a supporting role in my life up until my late-teenage/early-adolescent years. As is the norm for every child brought up in religion, I used to consider myself special believing that I had a 鈥減ersonal relationship鈥 with God....

Winter Sleep (2014) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Verdict: 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 Check it out on Letterboxd Over the years, I have increasingly gravitated towards films where supposedly 鈥渘othing happens鈥. Characters talk, no attempt is made to instill a moral point into the minds of the audience, which is usually accompanied with long, patient shots of people existing in their environments. This was an excellent specimen of the same dish. I had watched Once Upon a Time in Anatolia from the same director previously and much like films by Wes Anderson, I could immediately tell this was Ceylan鈥檚 film right from the start, although these two directors could not be any more different....

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Verdict: 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 Check it out on Letterboxd A slow, methodical display of patience and absurdity juxtaposed on the vast landscape, this film has something else going for it. When you read the synopsis or look at the posters, you expect a certain police procedural drama - the kind of which you鈥檝e been accustomed to till date. What you get is a completely different take on the trope....

Riding Solo to the Top of the World (2006) by Gaurav Jani

Verdict: 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 Check it out on Letterboxd Motorcycling community is laden with fist-pumping-muscle-bulging-neckbeardy-speed-ninjas-Harley-fans, and it usually gets a bad rap all across the world. Gaurav Jani is none of these things. His passion and humility and curious nature reminded me why I loved biking in the first place. This is a must-watch for anyone fascinated with two wheels and the places they enable you to visit.

I Do What I Do by Raghuram Rajan

Check it out on Goodreads I had picked up this one thinking it to be an autobiography, and with an expectation that it鈥檒l cover Rajan鈥檚 tussles with the government in more details. I was pleasantly surprised to find instead a good collection of technical essays covering the workings of RBI, and economics in general. If you鈥檙e looking for a good explanatory work in the field of Economics (and especially those concerning India and its policies), you鈥檒l enjoy this....

Waking Life (2001) by Richard Linklater

Verdict: 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 鈽 Check it out on Letterboxd There are films which you wish you had watched earlier in life, and there are others which don鈥檛 make sense until you have had your fair share of world experiences. Waking Life falls in the former category. The college sophomore me would have been really excited about discussing vague notions of self and freedom and free will and morality and dreams - and don鈥檛 get me wrong, mid-twenties me is equally as excited about these things as my former self, if not more so - but the problem lies in the superficiality of it all....

Azadi by Arundhati Roy

A series of essays on the bleak reality in India. Highly recommended.

Stoner by John Williams

Check it out on Goodreads Reading fiction has always been a double-edged sword for me. Some of the most intimate moments I鈥檝e spent alone is while reading fictional stories, while at the same time, feeling a pang of disappointment for myself because I wasn鈥檛 doing anything 鈥減roductive.鈥 Is this mere entertainment? Am I just escaping my real-life responsibilities and reading stories of make-believe? While I still haven鈥檛 found sincere answers to these questions, I鈥檝e grown more confident of what I enjoy and what I don鈥檛, which has consequently helped me find peace with this conflict....

馃棑 June 28, 2020 路 5 min 路 馃敄  fiction

A Beautiful Woman

I don鈥檛 know why, but I liked the eyes-only version more. Linked below is the work-in-progress sketch:

馃棑 June 9, 2020 路 1 min 路 馃敄  sketching