What I’ve been Reading – Sep’21

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I’m happy to share that a story of mine features in the Strands longlist! This was the second time I’ve sent in my entry to this prestigious competition, and I’m glad to have made it this far. I quite like the stories that have won or even been shortlisted in previous editions of this contest, and was determined to throw my hat in the ring.

As for reading, after picking up the pace I’ve started to slack once again. Its slow progress but at least I’m enjoying what I’m reading, and that’s what matters, don’t you think?

It’s a mix of writing craft books and fiction as usual this time:

How to Be a Writer by Ruskin Bond | Goodreads

I read this on Kindle in a matter of days. It’s a short e-book that gives insight into the writing process of the wonderful Ruskin Bond. His advice is full of common sense and eminently doable. It reads like sitting with a friend and listening to his warm words.

The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith | Goodreads

This is a paperback I ordered as I felt a sudden urge to read Alexander McCall Smith once again. He’s always been one of my favourite authors and this is the tenth book in the 44 Scotland Street, which is also one of my favourite series of his. I love his von Igelfeld series best, followed by The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and then the Scotland Street series. Though I’m ranking them in order of preference, I love them all and would gladly pick any one of them to take along to the beach.

Bombay Balchao by Jane Borges | Goodreads

I picked up this book during a Kindle sale long back and I’m so glad I did. It takes me somewhere I haven’t gone before – to the world of Goans in a small Catholic neighbourhood on Bombay’s D’Lima Street. It contains 12 stories and I’m only into the second, but enjoying it quite a bit!

Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress | Goodreads

This is a writing craft, the subject of which is quite self-explanatory thanks to the title. I began reading this recently, and found it quite useful so far. Normally I advise writers including myself to practice more and not just keep on devouring books laced with advice. The learnings have to be put into practice. For this book though, even without reading the whole thing, I can say this is one book I’d recommend.

I hope to report more books read next month, but there’s no saying how much I will actually get done!

Have you read any new books lately? Do share your recommendations in the comments!


  1. I will check out Ruskin Bond one soon and read Bombay Balchao which is such an amazing book. Just got a couple of books this week and finished Hamnet, drawn inspiration by Hamlet which is an amazing book by Maggie O’Farrel. Let me read your published story, Gargi:)

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