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    Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones (Review)

    I have to admit it took me too long to discover Diana Wynne Jones. But, the important thing is that I did (thanks, Neil Gaiman!). And I ended up reading a non-fiction book by her first – The Tough Guide to Fantasyland – which was all kinds of funny and inventive. Here was someone who had a sparkling sense of humour, who was intelligent and sharply observant and insightful about the world, about us humans, who wasn’t above the occasional tough love and sharp wit. Most importantly, someone who believed in the power of fantasy and imagination, and understood it.…

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    Writing in 2016

    2016 has been another good year for me and my writing, and I’m grateful to all the platforms that were willing to publish my work. From flash fiction to short stories to prose and found poems to football pieces and book reviews, there’s a bit of everything in there. Features Capote’s Christmas. Published on Thresholds (http://thresholds.chi.ac.uk/capotes-christmas) – a recommendation of Truman Capote’s short story, A Christmas Memory One of the featured writers for Ink In Third’s Feature Friday series (https://inkinthirds.com/2016/07/22/featurefriday-anushree-nande) Mirror Mirror on the Screen:What Fairytale Adaptations Say About Us. Published on Huffington Post (https://goo.gl/1Zclnz) – a look at fairytales,…

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    Friday Night Lights – H.G. Bissinger

    Flashback Friday (see what I did there? :D) Originally published on Write Club. It is no secret that the Friday Night Lights TV series is one of my absolute favourites, if not the most favourite. And now the book that inspired it, goes down, without a doubt, as one of the best sports books I’ve ever read, one that Sports Illustrated (2002) named as the fourth-greatest sports book ever written Back in 1988, the Pulitzer-Prize winning H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger moved his wife and two little girls to Odessa, Texas, pursuing a story he suddenly realised that he had always wanted…

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    Growing up and the perks of being a wallflower

    This article of mine was originally posted a few years ago on a website that is no longer online. It is a sort of companion for this which I wrote for Sabotage Times (its title is misleading but that is on the then-editor not me!). So what better post to commemorate Throwback Thursday during an ongoing YA-themed month on the blog? Fair warning though – this piece has more quotes that I normally prefer to include in one, but I blame Stephen Chobsky for writing something that is so quote-worthy 🙂 (And don’t go just by the ones that have been…

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    Paper towns for paper people?

    Through a sort of trial and error process over the years, I have realised that one of the more reliable ways of getting myself out of a reading slump is a good book from the YA (young adult) genre. But that wasn’t what I was thinking of when I started Paper Towns which had been lying around on my Kindle for at least a year or more. Sometimes I close my eyes and randomly pick a title, whether from my actual or virtual shelves. The winner this time around was my second John Green (you can read about my experience…

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