Meethil Momaya and Ahalya Naidu Momaya, founders of Trilogy say, “Trilogy has been our labour of love and we love being part of the literary journey of a city. We were really shocked to find out that there are almost no inclusive bookshops in the city that stock books in Braille. We need to change that and we are inspired by the determination and passion Upasana has channeled into White Print. It’s an honour to be part of her journey that affects so many readers who deserve more attention and lots more books! Avid readers ourselves, we can barely begin to understand the frustration they must be feeling of not having enough books at hand, and that is why we look forward to building our collection of books in Braille.”
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While reading the letters of P.G.Wodehouse, one searches for his characteristic wit and humour which brought the omnipresent butler Jeeves and his wealthy employer Bertie Wooster to life. And Sir Wodehouse doesn’t disappoint. In his letter to Arthur Conan Doyle, he starts off by addressing him as Comrade and then comes the humour. Short, intimate, makes you smile or laugh-out-loud – the author’s correspondence tells the story of who he was as an individual.
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse aka P.G.Wodehouse lived in a time when telegrams and letters ruled. So everything from his feelings on love to inspirations for his characters to his appreciation for fellow writers to his description of a married life finds a mention in his letters.Wodehouse wrote about tumultuous times too. When he was imprisoned by the Nazis in Berlin and had to send telegrams asking for money to England. His letters reveal his plight (although not quite bad, as he usually found a way to remain jovial) under Hitler’s regime. You will read how he played cricket in the internment camp. You will sense the anxiety in his voice, when he was termed a traitor by his countrymen. How he had to stay away despite War being over.
One of my favourite parts is his correspondence with Leonara, his step-daughter. The love and endearment for her can be felt in each sentence. His descriptions tell us about the writing life in the 20th century and the history of his time. Like Prohibition and how he would manage to get his alcohol.
Sophie Ratcliffe has edited the letters and grouped them together. So the readers get a cohesive and structured view of the relationships Wodehouse had with his close people. As biographies go, this one is undiminished by any bias as it is Wodehouse’s life in letters.
If you have read ‘A Life in Letters : P.G.Wodehouse’ you will also like ‘The Authors XI – A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon’
Libraries are one of the oldest institutions our collective dreams have shaped. Every book lover dreams of having his or her own library one day. This desire to share and flaunt one’s painstakingly built reading history coupled with the longing to meet with other like-minded souls who love the same books, has led to the creation of many libraries, albeit invisible.
Our Book of the Week, ‘Invisible Libraries’ (2016, Yoda Press) is a beautiful little book that fits snugly in your hands. It is a collection of libraries, libraries of ideas, libraries of people and things, that should exist. From the library where ‘reading for pleasure’ is of the utmost importance to one where only the oral storytelling tradition exists; a library where the reader will feel each book is just meant for him and only him, and in another library each time you read a book, it is a fresh, new reading. Memories formed, connections felt, mean nothing in this library.
A bibliophile will love the fantasy-like concepts in the short chapters. The succinct writings pack an entire universe of wonder and longing.You will wish for at least one such ‘invisible library’ to exist. Writers Lawrence Liang, Monica James, Danish Sheikh, Amy Trautwein take inspiration from Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’,they indirectly refer to the concepts of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, intersperse their imagination with his thoughts and life happenings.
The end result is a book which is entertainingly absurd, gives commentary on world politics, chides people who believe books are a waste of time and talks to you in an intimate way. ‘Invisible Libraries’ feels like a conversation with profound meaning. You can’t just dive into this one, you have to walk in, feel your way through the shelves, letting your fingers brush past invisible stories.
Born on 5th November 1926, John Berger was a British art critic. His 1972 BBC series, Ways of Seeing, still available on Youtube, beamed into homes the vast world of art and explained its ideologies, significance and nuances, this show is quite unparalleled.
Geoff Dyer, in Ways of Telling, says about Berger’s work, ‘’The influence of the series and the book … was enormous … It opened up for general attention areas of cultural study that are now commonplace.’
‘Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of professional art critics … he is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation,’ said Peter Fuller in the Arts Review.
The painter tried to shed layers and layers of trained viewpoints and gave a new perspective to art and artists. A Booker Prize winner, he passed away on January 2nd, 2017. At 90, Berger left a legacy of novels, plays, poetry, essays to enrich our lives with beauty.
Here at Trilogy, we have a small collection of his books. You will find a short description of the books with their titles. If you would like to buy them do write to us, they are a part of our bookstore.
Art & Revolution
The life and works of Russian sculptor, Ernst Neizvestny is the subject of this book. He was famous for upholding the moral conscience of the public with art. He earned the sobriquet – Artist of the East. Berger chronicles the vision of Neizvestny along with finding the role of art in the society.
Keeping A Rendezvous
This book is a collection of essays on visual art spoken in a symbiotic sense with another subject. Like the essay ‘Imagine Paris’ talks about the debonaire charm of the city and its cemeteries. Berger talks about the tombstones of sculptors buried there and voila! You are talking of art. As a storyteller, Berger takes us through the collapse of the Communist government to the rise of the capitalist companies. And he visualises the changing form of art for the reader to see.
Another Way of Telling – John Berger & Jean Mohr
This is a book of photographs. Black and white photographs, with a story behind each click. With an apt word to go with a lighting technique. The art critic collaborated with the photographer Mohr to deconstruct and read photographs. In the book, he articulates in a minimalist and simple manner, without deviating the focus from the photos.
To know more on how the writer and photographer worked in tandem, read this
And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
Here is a book, readers love coming back to. It combines prose and poetry, Berger’s art criticism and perspectives to bring us a labour of love. The writer weans us away from the subconscious nature of viewing art and shows us a new portrait. With his opinions, he makes the reader more intimate with the paintings. Be it Rembrandt, Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo.
Why Look at Animals?
On seeing a chimpanzee, the writer thinks – How come they are like us and yet, not us? John Berger’s thoughts on the animal world take centre stage here. He compares the likeness of a mouse to a kangaroo and makes us think over the immorality of zoos. Once again, his stories and poetry make us think. Deep reflections on the animal world, where man just happens to be a social animal.
Understanding a Photograph
The camera was invented in 1839. And today with every Facebook feed, Instagram-love, photographs are everywhere. Berger’s writings on photography elevates the traditional medium and makes us question and ponder over each photo. With light and time as the only raw material for a film capture, he studies how photographs impact the way we see the world. This is an essential guide for the millennial crowd.
While you were busy ignoring your grandma and her age-old food wisdom, Rujuta Diwekar was paying attention. The famous nutritionist is at her sarcastic best as she encourages us to savour ghee with our dal-bhat. Any idea the last time you had that?
With ‘Indian Superfoods’, she is selling us what we already know inherently and genetically. The funda is to embrace what we have shunned and go back to our roots, albeit with reasons and logic now. So welcome the banana, kaju, unheard-of avil seeds, ambadi leaves back to the plate along with (wait, for it) sugar. Yes, she calls today’s weight-loss enemy no. 1 – a superfood!
Written in her trademark conversational style, the book makes for a good Sunday read. It has case studies and food facts interspersed with her suggestions of how to use the food in your diet. She will have you googling the recipes plus the food items, especially how they look. Dissing doctors who believe every notion the US FDA approves, Diwekar writes for the layman – who follows the news items. For instance, she reveals that cashews have 3 times more iron than spinach. Yes, take that Popeye. Bring out the nuts with cashews, please. A handful, shall do.
Food miles, eating postures, associating food with agriculture, reducing your carbon footprint, microbiome ecosystem – the lady highlights these points and talks to the cynical intellectual in us. You may or may not agree, but do give her a chance. After all as she writes, fear only comes out of avidya. And reading her is a bit like being enlightened. These foods have always been in our culture. Will we accept it, though?
The first time Malawi boy William Kamkwamba sat on a plane, he attended a TED conference which accelerated his future. A future filled with his passion for science and betterment of his village called Wimbe. The dropout son of a maize farmer, William’s inquisitiveness helped to build a windmill from local junkyard items. Ridiculed and discouraged, he didn’t give up but re-read the library editions of Physics textbooks and Science magazines to perfect his ‘electric wind’ machine. And the simple joy of producing electricity and lighting up the house is the reason why William found his way to a TED conference.
The story shows how science concepts if understood properly can be used for practical purposes. William started by fixing radios and his let-us-look-inside-the-box attitude helped to understand other gadgets and their workings. And slowly his dream of harnessing the wind energy took shape. The story is a lesson on understanding electricity. Right from how a dynamo works, what is voltage, flow of electric current, need for a fuse box, reason to use a transformer and why an electric bell is an awesome application – this is there in the story because William has imbibed these principles to become an inventor. Pick the book not just for your kid, but yourself too. Marvel at the determination of a young boy from Africa.
This true story deserves to be read by every secondary school-going kid. In a subtle manner, we see how life goes on in an African village. The struggle faced by William and his community is brought out brilliantly in the book. Poverty, education, hunger seem like a vicious circle. Yet William’s resourcefulness and a ‘try-and-make-it’ attitude will see you turning the page to know his story.
Food critic Priya Bala and restaurant owner Jayanth Narayanan are out to give you a bitter pill. That famous restaurant where you had
dinner last evening has more than just luck and location working for it. This book serves as a fresher’s course for every aspiring restaurateur. After reading the ground realities that go into cracking the food market, you will either jump into the fray emboldened or take a step back to rethink.
Simple, to the point and filled with answers you may never ask – the book’s contents are a revelation to the hard work and preparation that goes into the making of a successful restaurant. Interviews with the industry insiders are a bonus. The non-glamorous approach works.
So the next time somebody says, let’s start a restaurant – hand them this book. They might thank you.
Ankesh Kothari knows that the best way to remember facts is to weave them in a story. Take for instance, the charm of Princess Diana – how she literally gave birth to the international paparazzi despite starting off as a shy, awkward girl. Take a look at her wedding video with Prince Charles and you will know she was no camera-savvy personality. But how did she manage to mould herself and become everyone’s darling? Answer: read the book
Genius Biographies is a book on marketing yourself, your company, your thoughts and being successful. And so we are presented the case studies of rich, successful and well-known personalities. Without delving into a long biography, the book has chapters that read like precis writing. With every personality there is a unique attribute attached and picking their main trait, he tells us their story. How Amazon’s Jeff Bezos encourages individual thinking to the legacy of Alfred Nobel, the book can be read from any page.
These are stories you may have read in the newspaper, but reading short case studies is always fun. Kothari attempts to sell himself with this self-published book. As an entrepreneur and marketing expert, he summarizes what one can learn from them and adopt it for more money-making schemes. Pick this book for an easy read and blatant promotion in a subtle manner. Marketing guys, this is plain talk, no jargon.
Reading Arjun Nath’s book reminds me of my professor’s standard reply to our silly questions, ‘What have you been smoking?’ And it took me a couple of years to realize that he hinted we were doing drugs (in a jocular manner, of course). That is my level of understanding about the unknown world of drugs. (read:nil) For most part, the book is a biography of the enigmatic Doc whose quest in life is to give the addicts a chance, a purpose to the sober life.
Rolled in this is the author’s tale of addiction. Through him we see what the world looks to a junkie and how the mind tricks them to go back to their vice. He brings out the fear an addict feels when facing the outside world. The writing starts off with a bid to shock, but slowly the narrative catches up and becomes interesting. Every consecutive chapter reads like a fictional tale as this is the story of how Doc who runs the rehab resort came into being. While Arjun’s story takes us to the rehab, its inmates, its workings, their unusual bonding. It is the story of the eccentric doctor which will keep you wanting to know more about him. Simply put, it reads like a filmy tale. A dashing hero called Bhai turned Messiah for the addicts, rechristened Doc.
But it is a true story of experiences in a rehab, one which is successful in keeping its addicts off the thing with the quirky methods adopted by its owner. The book is a first-of-sorts for Indian publishing. In chronicling his life as an addict, Nath is teaching us as a society that junkies are helpless and yet, they can be helped.
A simple book that subtly reveals the untold power shifts in a traditional family. The narrative expands with the introduction of each
character and their role in the saga. Ghachar Ghochar (read the book to know what the word means) brings a lower middle class family’s stark reality and layered mannerisms to life. It shows the upheaval a change in financial stature brings in their life.
The small happiness of upgrading from a kerosene stove to a gas stove can be felt in Vivek Shanbhag’s words. The book reads like a short story, but as you rethink on the unnamed protagonist and his talks – you realise the book is riveting in its simplicity. It is translated from Kannada by Srinath Perur.
The book’s cover of an army of ants accumulating on a tea-stained saucer will either disturb you (like Ahalya) or make you pick this book (like me). Come to the cover after you read the entire story and it will make sense and bring a depth of understanding, hopefully.
Hot chai and garam pakodas – that’s all you need to make the rains more enticing. Or if you wish to feel snug and comfy, then holding a cup of warm coffee will help. Do you recognize this connection between positive emotions and warm food? And if you wonder why, then neurobiologist David J. Linden’s book has the answer.
Just like the simple white cover with the fingerprint, the book carries substance without any fluff. It reveals a new world where we try to perceive and understand our emotions. It says, from the sportsmen’s hug to the carnal pleasure of sex, there is a reason why we do what we do.
One can trace the feel of a maternal, loving touch to our evolution from primates. But it is the research on how one can build trust and gain co-operation through hugs and physical contact which is intriguing. The John Hopkins University professor explores our perception of pain with positive and negative emotions and behavior. Being immune to pain can be on the wish list for someone who suffers chronic back pain, but pain insensitivity can prove fatal too.
We read about how a subtle graze, a gentle caress or a hard pinch on the hand communicates our feelings. Our brain identifies the type and intensity of touch to shape our experience of the tactile world. It also fools us to ignore pain in conditions of extreme stress, e.g. Men in combat. Now you know why all our Bollywood and Tollywood heroes refuse to acknowledge they are bleeding and not die.
Simple everyday known facts like a loving pat when unwell helps in healing faster or an itch always needs scratching – have been reasoned out by Linden. So if you want to know more about itching, the placebo effect, the ridges on our fingerprints – then Touch is for you.
And if you are not convinced, then imagine a cockroach crawling down the spine of your favourite book slowly. Did you get the creepy feeling? Why? Read Touch.