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To write a lot, you need to read a lot! I am fond of reading so I love exploring different kinds of books, fiction as well as non-fiction.
So, here you have me- a writer- speak on writing. On my blogs and books ( published or otherwise), and on the blogs and books I read.
Also, my take on what's making news!

Prem Rao : Stories from a Story Teller Prem Rao

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To write a lot, you need to read a lot! I am fond of reading so I love exploring different kinds of books, fiction as well as non-fiction.
So, here you have me- a writer- speak on writing. On my blogs and books ( published or otherwise), and on the blogs and books I read.
Also, my take on what's making news!

    Cricket In The Old Madras & Remembering My Dad

    Cricket In The Old Madras & Remembering My Dad

    On his 95 th birth centenary, I share memories of my Dad to whom I owe so much including a life long passion for cricket. I also speak of some of his cricketing heroes and of cricket in the Old Madras- in the 1940s. Of Triplicane and Cheapauk, of C P Johnstone and A G Ram Singh, all inter twined in the rich legacy of cricket in Madras, now, of course, known as Chennai. 


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    • 14 min
    "Bifocals And A Walking Stick" by M Gopalkrishna Bhat. A Book Review:

    "Bifocals And A Walking Stick" by M Gopalkrishna Bhat. A Book Review:

    If you are looking for light reading, seeking stories set in India, you should read, " Bifocals And A Walking Stick" by M Gopalkrishna Bhat. This is a  delightful collection of essays which captures different facets of life in India, largely set in Mumbai and Mangaluru. The author uses his keen skills of observation and his ready wit to describe real life situations which most of us come across in our day to day lives. 

    I wrote this book review in 2016. A lot has happened since then. I had the pleasure of meeting the author in 2019 when he visited Bengaluru where I live. A few months ago, in July 2021, Mr Bhat passed on aged 85 leaving behind ever so many admirers and friends. 

    In a sense, this podcast is my tribute to a fine gentleman of the old school. 


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    • 10 min
    "Humans of New York" by Brandon Stanton: A Book Review

    "Humans of New York" by Brandon Stanton: A Book Review

    A fascinating publication that captures the looks and thoughts of people at large in the The Big Apple, that ever bustling epitome of cosmopolitan urban life: New York City. Brandon Stanton's amazing creation resides at the intersection of writing and photography. For the reader, this makes for very interesting reading apart from viewing the extremely engaging images of people who make up slices of life in New York City. 
    The initial project, says Stanton, was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the streets and get a fleeting quote from them. This grew in scope as he found people willing to talk about their lives in the city with candor. 
    Considering the content, I  feel, the "Humans Of New York " book/photoblog is a must for every book collector. It would be a welcome addition to libraries the world over.  


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    • 8 min
    Remember Harry Flash? A Tribute to George MacDonald Fraser

    Remember Harry Flash? A Tribute to George MacDonald Fraser

    Harry Flashman, the bully who was expelled from Rugby in "Tom Brown's Schooldays" would have faded away into oblivion had it not been for George MacDonald Fraser! His adventures in different parts of the British Empire and beyond are captured in 12 novels written by Fraser from 1969 to 2005. As writers, we must admire Fraser's ingenious use of the "Flashman Papers" - a series of diaries- which provide the meat for the stories of this Victorian hero! 

    Testimony of his popularity comes from the fact that even today there are many fan clubs of Flashman all over the world. 


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    • 6 min
    "The Diary On The Fifth Floor" by Raisha Lalwani. A book review.

    "The Diary On The Fifth Floor" by Raisha Lalwani. A book review.

    An interesting debut novel about the mental problems faced by a young lady. The author makes innovative use of a diary to move the story forward. This diary, maintained by the young lady, provides insights into her mind to her psychiatrist. Ms. Lalwani captures your interest all through her story, finishing strongly with an unexpected twist.


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    • 5 min
    In Lighter Vein: What's In A Name?

    In Lighter Vein: What's In A Name?

    Names of people, like other facets of different cultures, make for fascinating stories! My light hearted reminiscences of a few names that have resulted in some amount of embarrassment for their owners - and a lot of laughter for others- in the United States and in India. 


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    • 6 min

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