The idea of this book came to Francis while he has been walking past a plaque commemorating the 1944 V2 bomb attack in London that resulted in the death of 168 people, including 15 children. What if the history is altered, something had changed, and the bomb did not go off, giving a chance to these children to have a future, a full life? Based on this premise, Francis constructs rich and engaging life stories of Ben, Alec, Vernon, Jo and Val – five imaginary victims of the attack.Continue reading
Krishan, a young Sri Lankan, working in an NGO in Colombo, travels to North Sri Lanka to attend the funeral of Rani, his grandmother’s caretaker and a Tamilian who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after having lost a lot to the Sri Lankan civil war. The book is mostly about Krishnan’s introspection about the suffering caused by the war, his grandmother’s old age, about his ex and their relationship, and in general about love and loss, about longing and yearning.Continue reading
My thoughts on Klara and the Sun, long listed for the Booker Prize 2021 and touted as a hot favorite to win the award.
Set in a futuristic world of genetic enhancements, replacement of white collar workers with technology, and sentient humanoids, Klara and the Sun is the story of Klara – an AF (artificial friend) – a companion robot for teens. She is bought as a companion to Josie – a teenager who is sick after “lifting” – a process of genetically enhancing children, and need help and attention. A solar powered robot, Klara believes that the sun has the power to cure Josie and goes to great lengths to get sun’s nourishment for her. Once well, Josie no longer needs Klara and abandons her with relative ease.Continue reading
The Booker Dozen is out now – an eclectic collection of best English novels of 2021.‘One thing that unites these books is their power to absorb the reader in an unusual story, and to do so in an artful, distinctive voice.’ – Maya Jasanoff, Chair of 2021 Booker Prize Judges
“Am I crazy?” she asked. “I feel like I am sometimes.”
“Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.” – Excerpt from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki