Chup: Breaking the Silence About India's Women by Deepa Narayan

A powerful exploration into the psyche of Indian women and how society perpetuates the status quo

After Life (1998) by Hirokazu Kore-eda

An interesting take on life, seen through the lens of afterlife. Highly recommended!

3 Iron (2004) by Kim Ki-duk

A film where everything is conveyed through glances.

The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer

The ethical dilemma of eating. Highly recommended!

Shame by Salman Rushdie

Check it out on Goodreads Now that I鈥檝e moved away from reading fiction, I find that I face a lot of inertia to pick up something purely for pleasure. Maybe this is a nasty by-product of wanting to be as 鈥減roductive鈥 as possible. But the more I have drifted away from reading for pleasure, more mechanical the whole process has become for me. Partly to avoid this feeling, and partly because of my shame at seeing my bookshelf filled with dusty unread books, I picked up this one to assuage my feelings of guilt....

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Check it out on Goodreads Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. I have no affinity for running, even for short jogs, and much less for wanting to run long distances. Although this is not because I hate exercises - one of those rare things that I figured out early in life was my desire to remain healthy as long as possible and that of course means I need to keep myself fit - but probably my distaste for running stems from the monotonous nature of the activity....

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....

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....

Azadi by Arundhati Roy

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