Not reading much these days. But here is a small update.
After a long long time, I finished reading A Man who knew infinity, a biography on Ramanujan. A well researched book and a nice narrative – some explanations like the eating on a banana leaf etc (I now forgot, there were many such descriptive narrations) were examples of visualizations brought by language. Some buildups are too nicely done. I was shocked to know that Ramanujan had attempted suicide. Among many factors that drove him, like – English weather, lonliness, lack of good food, one surprising and major contributor was “family tension”. Damn, even a genius could not escape from the wrath of pitiable human quarrles of saas-bahu, I just felt “yuck”.
Toofan Mail by Jayant Kaykini:
A good collection of short stories. Some very abstract, some very abrupt. Could not understand the intent of some stories.
Abachurina Post office by K P Poornachandra Tejaswi
Another collection of stories in almost above lines. Was curious to know how the “story” was of Tabarana Kathe that was adapted to big screen and got awards. That time, kid I was then, for me, Tabarana Kathe had formed a benchmark for art cinema and to win National Awards and to be telecast on DD. And it was the synonym for boring films. I dont remember the details of it now, but story was also not any descriptive/ narrative compared to few other stories in the book. I wonder if Tabarana Kathe had got that treatment, many ohter stories from this book can get much better ! It is a collection of stories written over many eyears and the last story is very very difficult to comprehend.(Just like the foreword).
But both the books were rich/lucid in language, descriptive, and opened up (for me) a new world of alternate way of stories. Now I feel, why do we still come across run of the mill story telling when such alternate paths have already been treaded long ago!