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My Best Reads of 2018

Lists are subjective. Reading lists are even more difficult to cobble. Today my list consists of the following books. A few days later it may change ever so slightly. But these are the books that have stayed with me over the months.

Tabish Khair’s Night of Happiness 

Anuradha Roy All The Lives We Never Lived 

Supriya Kelkar Ahimsa

Mark O’Connell’s To Be A Machine 

Alejandro Zambra’s My Documents 

Gabriela Wiener Sexographies 

Ranjit Hoskote Jonahwhale 

Ravish Kumar’s The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation

C G Salamander and Samidha Gunjal’s Puu

Khaled Hosseini Sea Prayer

Nazia Erum’s Mothering a Muslim 

Jarrett J Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo

Henry Eliot’s The Penguin Classics Book

Cordis Paldano The Dwarf, the Girl and the Goat

Mohammed Hanif Red Birds 

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell Art Matters

T M Krishna Reshaping Art 

Alan Lightman In Praise of Wasting Time

Neil Gaiman “Art Matters” illustrated by Chris Riddell

Brilliant storyteller Neil Gaiman’s Art Matters is a little book, a collection of his thoughts published in recent years,  by the magnificent illustrator Chris Riddell. It is a collection of writings written over a period of years by Neil Gaiman, stressing the need to read and write what you like. To create and spread ideas. To be free to express oneself. To spend time in a library. Everyone has the right to do so. But it is the credo on the right to make good art that is tremendously forceful. It is utterly brilliant and worth committing to memory, internalisting it and sharing it over and over again.

Slim little book but oh, ever so powerful. Parts of it were published earlier in The Guardian.

  1. A response to terror by Chris Riddell and Neil Gaiman – in pictures: In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, the award-winning illustrator and writer team up to present the artist’s creed in the face of atrocity. It stressed the importance of ideas and how they would spread irrespective of violently negative forces terrorising people to keep quiet.
  2.  Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures
    Illustration: Chris Riddell : Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best thing ever you would do is to read this book and buy multiple copies of it to distribute widely. It is outstanding!

5 Oct 2018 

To buy on Amazon India

Art Matters

Chris Riddell on the importance of reading out aloud

These pictures have been downloaded from Chris Riddell’s personal page on Facebook and shared with his permission. 

 

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c031The Scholastic India released the Kids & Family Reading Report on        2 Sept 2016 also stressed the importance of reading out aloud to children. It makes them into frequent readers. It also discovered that children who are given time for reading in school for independent reading at school are more likely to become readers than those who are not given the time. It also has many added advantages as highlighted in the accompanying graph. The report may be downloaded at: http://scholastic.co.in/readingreport .

4 October 2016