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Out of the Woods, by Neikehienuo Mepfhu-o

Published 2022 | Fiction A boy caught between the real and an ‘alternate reality’, ‘Out of the Woods’ by Neikehienuo Mepfhu-o takes a look at the struggles that mental health illnesses bring with them – for the person and their immediate family members. During a recent trip to Nagaland, I decided to pick up a book or two written by…

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Stir-Fried Lettuce & Greens

Asian-style stir-fried lettuce with any and all greens in your refrigerator makes for a quick side dish or main with steaming hot rice. Rounding up the Lettuce Series (I should have dubbed it ‘trilogy’) with the easiest recipe ever – a stir fry! Wash, tear, dump, toss and tadaaaaaa… And did it go down well with the parents? Oh hell…

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Chicken Lettuce Soup

A one-pot soup meal made with leftovers and greens, this is great for a working day dinner or when you’ve got surprise guests Part two of the Lettuce Series as I’ve dubbed it was about throwing things into a large pot to put together a soup – the kind that makes life a whole lot better (read: bearable) when your…

Book review: Mockingbird 

: Is there a future for humanity? A future where we can continue to be the way we are? Walter Tevis’ Mockingbird, a pathbreaking novel in the science fiction genre, explores this thought through a poignant tale of man, woman and machine. Walter Tevis | Science Fiction | Published 1980 What does it mean to be human? Is it the small…

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Book Review: If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino, translated by William Weaver was released in 1979; it is written in postmodernist narrative and takes readers through a whole spectrum of sensations as they read the 10 stories woven together in this masterpiece. Highly recommended! Italo Calvino | Italian publication 1979 | English transl. 1981 | Postmodernist novel Not…

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The best reasons to quit the rat race

Our hearts are filled with dreams of an ideal life, the kind where we only do things we like, a life where the money comes from work one is passionate about, a life you live on your terms. Taking that decision of stepping away from the norm is not always easy, especially when you are from a middle-class family where…

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Book Review: I’d rather be reading

Anne Bogel | 2018 | Non-fiction, humour Recently, a book walked into my life. It felt like the writer had taken a peek at my thoughts, seen the way I think and read books, and then written a book about that! I’ve seen very few books that talk about reading as a habit or practice. I highlighted (virtually, of course)…

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Dining alone, the best part of solo travel

Back in the days when I first started travelling solo, the thought of eating out alone gave me the jitters. There’s no point in denying that it was a trigger that set off severe anxiety. The most horrifying thoughts would run through my mind, and that blessing of a vivid imagination would seem unwanted then. From falling flat on my…

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Book review: The Crossing

Samar Yazbek | 2015 | Autobiography, Literary non-fiction I purchased this book while ambling through a book fair sometime towards the end of 2018. But I didn’t get around to reading it until I pulled it out recently to give to my father in law. He didn’t read it. But I started it. It took me a long time to…

Chicken Dalia Khichdi | Broken Wheat & Chicken Kedgeree

The thought of ‘healthy foods’ fills my heart with trepidation. For all the love I have for food, I am particular about the taste, texture, sight of food, and there have been instances where I’ve refused to eat or been unable to finish food placed in front of me because I’ve –     Disliked the look of the food–     Been unable…

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