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The Year of Magical Thinking: How Reading Joan Didion Helped Me Cope with Loss and Articulate Grief

The Year of Magical Thinking: How Reading Joan Didion Helped Me Cope with Loss and Articulate Grief

A book critic reflects on his discovery of Joan Didion and the impact one of her books had on his grieving process, while also trying to decipher what makes the prose tick.
Queer Reading List: Four Non-fiction Books by Indians from 2022 that You Should Get from Kunzum This Year

Queer Reading List: Four Non-fiction Books by Indians from 2022 that You Should Get from Kunzum This Year

The new year is well and truly here, but we are still not over these 2022 releases that gave us a whole new outlook on the word 'queer'.
The Kunzum Gifting Guide: Give Meaningful Books to Friend, Family, and Foe in 2023!

The Kunzum Gifting Guide: Give Meaningful Books to Friend, Family, and Foe in 2023!

Make 2023 the year when you gift books to every person in your life! Here's a handy guide to give you some ideas for the people in your life.
Book Trends of 2022: A Year that Saw Indian Writing Focus on the Climate Crisis and the Best Guardians of Nature

Book Trends of 2022: A Year that Saw Indian Writing Focus on the Climate Crisis and the Best Guardians of Nature

These 2022 books reminded us yet again of our environment's beauty, importance, and fragility—and the urgency of protecting it.
Book Trends of 2022: The Partition Revisited, 75 Years On

Book Trends of 2022: The Partition Revisited, 75 Years On

There is no dearth of books on the Partition of India but 2022—which marked 75 years of the event—saw a spurt in the publishing of Partition literature, from records of oral narratives to fictional love stories and more.
Bookish Epiphanies: How an Introduction to Postcolonial Writing Changed My Reading Choices for Good

Bookish Epiphanies: How an Introduction to Postcolonial Writing Changed My Reading Choices for Good

A literature graduate comes to terms with her colonial hangover, evident in her bookshelf choices, and urges you to do the same.
Kunzum Staff Picks: Top 3 Books We Loved Reading in 2022

Kunzum Staff Picks: Top 3 Books We Loved Reading in 2022

As the year draws to a close, Kunzum's staff — who doubles as professional book readers — share their top three picks each from 2022.
Children’s Fiction for Grown-Ups: Read The Little Prince and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Recalibrate your Compass

Children’s Fiction for Grown-Ups: Read The Little Prince and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Recalibrate your Compass

In a world tripping over its convoluted reasoning and rigid rules, children's fiction can open new doors of thinking. The Little Prince and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are two such books that will turn your adult worldview upside down.
Book Review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Book Review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Dictionary of Lost Words is a work of historical fiction centred around a girl who finds refuge from life's tragedies and society's inequalities in collecting words and their meanings, especially those rejected by a traditional dictionary—the first one of its kind.
An Abundance of Hope Amid Tragedy: How John Green’s Books Transcend the Young-Adult Bookshelf 

An Abundance of Hope Amid Tragedy: How John Green’s Books Transcend the Young-Adult Bookshelf 

John Green books have a way of breaching your walls and changing you from within. A Kunzum community manager revisits the novels that most affected him and pulls at the threads that connect them.
Love Reading Poetry on Instagram but Stumped about Books? Let Award-Winning Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam Curate Your Shelf

Love Reading Poetry on Instagram but Stumped about Books? Let Award-Winning Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam Curate Your Shelf

Many of our patrons enjoy stumbling across poetry on Instagram but don't know where to start when it comes to picking up books. So, we reached out to multiple-award-winning poet Arundhathi Subramaniam to ask her which books she recommends.
A Kunzum Poetry Reading List: Add Akhil Katyal’s Poetry Recommendations to Your TBR Pile!

A Kunzum Poetry Reading List: Add Akhil Katyal’s Poetry Recommendations to Your TBR Pile!

Recognising some of the most poignant works of Indian literature, Akhil Katyal offers his poetry recommendations spanning Hindi, Urdu, and English languages. It's a great starting point for anyone who enjoys reading Katyal's poetry.
The Song of the Cell: A Critical Third Note in a Lyrical Life Quartet

The Song of the Cell: A Critical Third Note in a Lyrical Life Quartet

A fiction fan narrates his growing fascination with Siddhartha Mukherjee’s books on the human body, and introduces the Pulitzer-winner's latest in the context of his oeuvre.
Book Review: Leeza Mangaldas’s ‘The Sex Book’ is a Necessary & Timely Sex-Education Tool in Today’s India

Book Review: Leeza Mangaldas’s ‘The Sex Book’ is a Necessary & Timely Sex-Education Tool in Today’s India

In a world where sexual crimes continue to rise and conversations around sex remain taboo, Leeza Mangaldas answers all the questions we’ve been too afraid to ask.
Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Life of Many Misfortunes that Birthed Timeless Literary Classics

Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Life of Many Misfortunes that Birthed Timeless Literary Classics

The Russian writer behind seminal works like Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and Notes from the Underground, dipped into his own trials and humiliations to craft his stories and characters.
Sylvia Plath’s Drawings: The Lesser-Known Art of a Famous Writer

Sylvia Plath’s Drawings: The Lesser-Known Art of a Famous Writer

Browsing a bookshop can spring happy surprises. Kunzum helped a fan of Sylvia Plath discover a hidden facet of her life: drawing.
A Room of One’s Own: What Virginia Woolf’s Inquest Tells Us about Women’s Spaces

A Room of One’s Own: What Virginia Woolf’s Inquest Tells Us about Women’s Spaces

In 1929, Virginia Woolf called attention to not only a lack of women's writing but also a dearth of creative spaces for women. Has much changed since then?
Reading Emily Dickinson: How the American Simulates the Irregular Process of Thinking in Her Poems

Reading Emily Dickinson: How the American Simulates the Irregular Process of Thinking in Her Poems

Emily Dickinson is an icon of American Literature whose genius was recognised, unfortunately, after her passing. Her original poems leave you in a state of flux—forced to ponder over the abrupt and fleeting thoughts of the poet.
Two Graphic Novels that Tell the Inspiring Stories of Anti-Caste Activists & their Groundbreaking Work

Two Graphic Novels that Tell the Inspiring Stories of Anti-Caste Activists & their Groundbreaking Work

From the position of exclusion, anti-caste revolutionaries Jyotirao Phule and BR Ambedkar challenged systematic discrimination in India by raising their voice. These graphic novels present their accounts and activism in a new light.
An Ode to Albert Camus: From the Absurdism of Life to a Moral Responsibility towards Humanity

An Ode to Albert Camus: From the Absurdism of Life to a Moral Responsibility towards Humanity

Albert Camus's philosophy of Absurdism still resonates with people around the world but his advocacy for our responsibility towards society has remained under-acknowledged. On his birth anniversary, Kunzum revisits two of the Nobel-winning philosopher's works.
Carrying Books as a Safety Blanket: Why the Poems of Sylvia Plath and Mary Oliver Have Been My Travel Companions

Carrying Books as a Safety Blanket: Why the Poems of Sylvia Plath and Mary Oliver Have Been My Travel Companions

A poet and avid reader of poetry explains why he always keeps certain poets' works at hand. After all, life is never out of curveballs and it helps to be equipped with literature that seems to understand and lend a hand.