Monthly Archives: October 2016

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Master was a little crazy; he had spent too many years reading books overseas, talked to himself in his office, did not always return greetings, and had too much hair. Ugwu’s aunty said this in a low voice as they walked on the path. “But he is a good man,” she added. “And as long as you work […]

Cedar Point – Where thrills connect!

Last weekend we had the most amazing time at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. We were there for HalloWeekends, which was a new experience for us as Halloween is not celebrated in Sri Lanka. The park will close for the year after next weekend. So I will share a few clicks we took and see if I could entice […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: Uriah’s War

Reading Uriah’s War was another history lesson for me as I was unaware that West Indian men volunteered to fight for the British Empire during First World War. According to the introduction, Andrea Levy’s grandfather had been at the Somme in France during the war, probably attached to a labor battalion “that needed just as […]

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

I am writing this at the behest of my advocate, Mr Andrew Sinclair, who since my incarceration here in Inverness has treated me with a degree of civility I in no way deserve. My life has been short and of little consequence, and I have no wish to absolve myself of responsibility for the deeds […]

Burma-Siam Railway – Outcome of a harrowing story

It was a fabled railway that was the issue of desperation and fanaticism, made as much of myth and unreality as it was to be of wood and iron and the thousands upon thousands of lives that were to be laid down over the next year to build it. But what reality was ever made […]

In Bangkok – Among the glittering temples

Fabulous food. Exotic nightlife. Bustling streets. Stunning beaches. There is more to Thailand than that. And it’s the sparkling temples. 🙂 Each year Thailand attracts devout Buddhists, specially from Asia, who would arrive by dozens to revere Bangkok’s religious monuments. Here’s two of the most famous landmark temples, in more pictures than text. The Grand Palace, as […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: The Empty Pram

According to the introduction, Andrea Levy had written The Empty Pram as a commissioned piece for a women’s magazine. However, the editor of the magazine had refused to print the story saying it’s too controversial! The Empty Pram is set in 1948 and the narrator of the story had just moved to England from Jamaica […]

The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory

All the bells in Norfolk were ringing for Elizabeth, pounding the peal into Amy’s head, first the treble bell screaming out like a mad woman, and then the whole agonizing, jangling sob till the great bell boomed a warning that the whole discordant carillon was about to shriek out again. The Virgin’s Lover, as you might guess, […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: Loose Change

We all have come across heart-rending stories of refugees. I for one, can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to leave most of what you loved and built behind and find yourself begging for a chance – a chance to live, a chance to be happy again – from a bunch of foreigners in an […]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Semi-major announcement: I offered to volunteer at the local library bookstore. 🙂 I have a meeting set up, and if all goes well I will be volunteering there soon enough! So it only seemed fitting that I pick up Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a book that I have owned for sometime now, and just get on with […]

Discovering a new city – Ann Arbor

I have lived in Ann Arbor for over a month now, and I thought it is time I do a post on it. 😀 Ann Arbor is mostly known for being the home to the University of Michigan. The university is located close to its very bookish downtown, so if you ever drive through Michigan, Ann […]