Emergence of Memory: conversations with WG Sebald

Sebald’s voice is unmistakable in all his works. All his narrators, the reliable and unreliable ones, speak in his voice. The characters narrated by those narrators speak in his voice. To me, these works are as intimate as you could get with him. And yet, somehow these conversations have been able to achieve a slightly…

Girl with Curious Hair

There is no dearth of people who have read David Foster Wallace or DFW. His works have been looked and re-looked and re-re-looked into several times over for clues to understanding modern/post-modern lives. His iconic work Infinite Jest has appeared in at least 50 of the articles I have read since I subscribed to some…

Golden Age of mexican Cinema

The Singapore National Museum Cinematheque and Mexican embassy in the country is running a short program on Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. During this period, they are show-casing some moveis from Mexico made during the period 1936 to 1969, which is labeled as the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, when some of the finest movies…

Quick thoughts on bonsai- Alejando Zambra

Alejandro Zamba’s Bonsai is a short book. I needed the comfort of brevity after reading Patrick White’s Voss, which goes on for considerable pages, and perhaps says less than what Bonsai says in less than a quarter ink. Sometimes you like a book because it manages to haunt you with thoughts that you did not…

All our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg

Reading Natalia Ginzburg felt like watching a neo-realist movie by De-Sica. Despite being placed in the backdrop of the war (1939-44), it is still focused on the life of people, and keeps itself slightly distant from political agendas. Instead, you are forced to know individual characters, understand their worldview, even sympathize with their stupidities. All…

Tree of life

After months of wait, I finally got to see Terrence Mallick’s new masterpiece – Tree of Life. It is never good to see a movie with too much expectation, and I had carefully avoided reading much about this work. So, when the movie unfolded into an orchestra of Universal creation, I was astounded. I was…

Loving Sabotage

Loving Sabotage by Amélie Nothomb My rating: 4 of 5 stars Nothomb’s short novel is a curious work. It is the story of a child, narrated by herself, but filtered through growing up. Filtered here does not mean filter out,because Nothomb does not really filter out her thoughts, obsessions and world view of childhood as…

Stretched tragedy in Marias

Someday I would like to write an essay on the title above. Someday soon I hope. It’s just that I do not have the mindset of a literary student, and have not written essays since high School. But there is something so characteristic about Marias’ writing and his penchant for elongating a tragic/unpleasant situation which…

iphone Blues

This is one of those how to kind of posts that I never write. But considering the amount of trouble I went through in getting my iphone legally unlocked, I have to make a note of this. Also considering how I have never written How-to posts, this will probably read less like one and more…

Moving to Singapore

I have seldom stayed long in a place ever since I left my hometown. Every few years, I pack some stuff into a Suitcase, reach a new place and hope to begin a new life. When it is time to leave (inevitable), I realize my suitcase has grown several folds, and I have to disperse…