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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.
Frankenstein and Frankissstein: A Probe into Humanly Monstrosity

Frankenstein and Frankissstein: A Probe into Humanly Monstrosity

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was a call to question our understanding of what a monster is. Can a human being be a monster? Can a monster be human? With Jeanette Winterson's literary adaptation, Frankissstein, the answer becomes a bit clearer.
How Gabriel García Márquez Changed My Perception of Reality

How Gabriel García Márquez Changed My Perception of Reality

Reading Gabriel García Márquez was confusing and difficult for a literature student, especially when the Colombian writer attributed his magical fiction to reality. It took a lesser-read book of his to make things clearer.
The Sound of Literature: 5 Audiobooks that Uplift their Original Texts into an Immersive Experience

The Sound of Literature: 5 Audiobooks that Uplift their Original Texts into an Immersive Experience

Whether you are going for a long walk, running errands at home, travelling in a train, or simply resting your eyes, these five audiobooks make for great listening experiences.
Page to Film: Five Lovely Screen Adaptations of Books, and Five that We Wish Hadn’t Been Made

Page to Film: Five Lovely Screen Adaptations of Books, and Five that We Wish Hadn’t Been Made

As Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove gets adapted into a movie with Tom Hanks playing the protagonist, we look back at some memorable screen adaptations. Some that breathed new life into their respective books and some that could not live up to expectations.
A Logophile’s Reading List: Read these 4 Books to Immerse Yourself in the World of Words

A Logophile’s Reading List: Read these 4 Books to Immerse Yourself in the World of Words

Every book reader knows the value of words. They build entire worlds out of nothing. It's only apt then that there are books centred around words and what they can hold. Here are four of them that you will definitely fall in love with.
Books on Women by Women: Read these Five Novels for their Memorable Female Characters

Books on Women by Women: Read these Five Novels for their Memorable Female Characters

Traditionally, literary appreciation was reserved for male narratives, and authentic portrayals of womanhood were overlooked or trivialised. Today, when stories of women written by female authors are receiving the attention they deserve, it is a call to celebrate some of the best accounts ever written.
A Bookworm’s Reading List: 4 Books on the Joys of Reading and Writing by Beloved Authors

A Bookworm’s Reading List: 4 Books on the Joys of Reading and Writing by Beloved Authors

At Kunzum we encourage the act of reading as much as we celebrate the craft of writing. Here are four books by great authors that describe their literary journeys and influences.
Indian Graphic Novel Reading List: Discover the Most Unique Visual Narratives from the Country

Indian Graphic Novel Reading List: Discover the Most Unique Visual Narratives from the Country

From questioning societal conventions to embracing culture, these five graphic novels tackle important subjects with compelling visuals, nuanced writing, and wit.
10 Books from South Asia You Must Read If You Enjoyed the Booker Prize Winner by Sri Lankan Shehan Karunatilaka

10 Books from South Asia You Must Read If You Enjoyed the Booker Prize Winner by Sri Lankan Shehan Karunatilaka

As South Asian books sweep the Booker Prizes this year, Kunzum has put together a reading list from the region.