Nariman, the aging patriarch of a Parsi family, is shuffled from one family household to another as his ability to care for himself deteriorates. Mistry takes us on a journey through the lives of this Bombay family that is both sad and often funny. Continue reading “Rohinton Mistry’s — Family Matters”
Hanna is a rare book expert whose job is to analyse and conserve a rare fifteenth century Hebrew manuscript. The book is saved despite the destruction of libraries in Sarajevo. After she discovers clues in the book’s binding, its mysteries send her on a journey of discovery until she locates the real saviours of this ancient manuscript. Continue reading “Geraldine Brooks’ — People of the Book”
This is a glimpse into the life of a Muslim family living in Cairo during the early 1900s. While Al-Sayyid’s authoritarian rule over his family makes us aware of the restrictions placed on women, there is also humour within the dynamics of the family. Continue reading “Naguib Mahfouz’s — Palace Walk”
Arjie is a young Tamil boy unsure of his identity in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. When racial riots break out in 1983 with the burning and killing of Tamils and their property, Arjie’s life is in danger.
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We are a sneaky bunch. Continue reading “Watch out for Writers”
Although Ramesh is in love with Hemnalini, he is forced into an arranged marriage. Returning from his wedding, a storm sinks the boats the wedding party travels in. When Ramesh comes to, he’s washed up on shore and discovers the only other survivor, dressed in red wedding regalia, appears to be his wife whom he never set eyes on during the wedding. Continue reading “Rabindranath Tagore’s The Wreck”
Charged with murder, Agnes is housed with a family on a remote Icelandic farm to await her death sentence. The farmer’s wife is horrified to be forced to share her simple dwelling with a murderer, but over time, she sees another side to Agnes. Continue reading “Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites”