The Song of Birds

(A Short story by Sidharth Vardhan first written on November 12, 2020) 1. Tejasvi madam has not aged much in the fifteen years I have known her. For someone her age – nearly seventy (she has been retired for five-six years now), she is still very active and that is… Read More »The Song of Birds

The Blind Assassin – review

*spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.* Laura’s character was what put life into this book for most part before the big twist in the end blurred it a great deal. Except for that, there were lots of themes – the old feminist theme of bored, depressed wife, the war, the novel… Read More »The Blind Assassin – review

Dreams and Mirrors

Part 1 1. Some histories are in order, so I will begin by saying that the titular mirror was the most ordinary kind of mirror you can imagine. You could easily find similar mirrors anywhere or, at least anywhere in India. It wasn’t one of those fancy gothic things that… Read More »Dreams and Mirrors

The Mermaid and the Old Man

1. He was an old man in his seventies or maybe eighties. His health was on decline but he still walked without any support, could talk clearly and seemed to have full hold of his sanity – something I must emphasize given the nature of our story. As for the… Read More »The Mermaid and the Old Man

Paper boats

(A song by Sidharth Vardhan first published on August 13, 2020) The sugary treatsThe summer rainsThe wet slippersAnd the paper boatsThats what I rememberOf the day things turned sore. Floating togatherWhile waving awayAnd toward each otherwere our paper boatsThat’s what I rememberOf the day things turned sore. Your laughterMagical and… Read More »Paper boats

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Dreams and Perversions

(A review of‘The Interpretation Of Dreams’ (1899)by Sigmund Freud,First written on July 16, 2020) A detailed investigation of dreams in which Freud discovered a way of exploring the unconscious, recognized that dreams, like neurotic symptoms, are products of a conflict and compromise between conscious and unconscious impulses and was able to… Read More »Dreams and Perversions

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A Tale of Two Cities – Review

(A review by Sidharth Vardhanof ‘A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles DickensFirst written on September 9, 2015) After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different… Read More »A Tale of Two Cities – Review