Letters make me nostalgic. I used to pen letters a lot, on paper in school, switched to my diary pages after that- journaling always felt like letter writing- adding bits of everyday things into the succinct or elaborate prose. Few years later in college my blog was the space I posted my letters and thoughts into, accompanied by occasional email if the subjects were of private nature.  Reading my old diary entries make me nostalgic, yearning for the days gone by, but I love reading the lists of everything I jot down almost every year. Novels, movies, food, placed traveled - endless lists. And I continue to make them.

'Those Delicious Letters' filled me with want for all those lip smacking dishes and 'saudade' - the presence of an absence - for the lost love of letter writing. I wish to reread a physical copy of this book - slowly and steadily - and try out all the recipes listed out in it. My version of Julia & Julia - all dishes Indian, Bengali to be precise. There's a bit of similarity between Bengali and Odia cuisines, so I'm sure our tastebuds won't mind. Anyway I need a personal goal, like something that I do just for my own self, not following some trend etc. There's nothing wrong with that, just I wanna have something that I can call my own. Like people have come up with ReadingIndia challenges, reading a book set in a different state of the country every next month, and sharing reviews, lists, reading guides (I love the guide feature in Instagram.) etc. 

After a month and half of our marriage, I discovered Sagii's letter in the gift box. A short one, but it made me so emotional. She was the one whom almost all my letters were addressed to, except a few secret crushes here and there. 


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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