Currently Reading

I am surprised by the number of books I have read this year. 34 and counting. I am currently reading

  1. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  2. A Clash of Kings – A Song of Ice and Fire 2nd Part by George R R Martin
  3. Grit by Angela Duckworth
  4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (My Comfort Book)
  5. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  6. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Persepolis 2 by Marjani Satrapi
  9. The Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyesky
  10. The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama

I must say Days Without End is VERY VERY VERY much a difficult thanks to the Irish American 1st Person Narrative. 😦

Twelve Dancing Princess, Hawaa Hawaa and Taraf De Haidouks


Here I was, minding my business, reading some random nonsense, adoring some Oviya memes, and I heard this Hawa Hawa song. One of the more brilliant songs in Rockstar, part of the charm is that the song tells a tale. Such songs which has some story are some of my favourites, including BoneyM’s Rasputin. Hawa Hawa has adapted the Grimm Brothers’ 12 Dancing Princess where the queen does to the Dhozak* every night and dances like wind. So I read this blog and came to know that even the music is in a very east European genre. Smitten, I checked out some videos and stumbled upon Tara De Haidouks Turcească. I mean, pure magic. I have never heard such a powerful stream of music before. More on this later. (?)

The Sky That Shields From A Devouring Vastness

In his “Introduction” to Paul Bowles’ Collected Stories (1979,) Gore Vidal ranked the short stories as “among the best ever written by an American”, writing: “the floor to this ramshackle civilization that we have built cannot bear much longer our weight. It was Bowles’s genius to suggest the horrors which lie beneath that floor, as fragile, in its way, as the sky that shelters us from a devouring vastness”.