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Two Years Eight Months And Twenty Eight Days by Salman Rushdie

Reality crumbles. 
A story within a story.  Magical. Mythical. And, fragmented with laborious detail as you would come to expect from Salman Rushdie. 
Rushdie had an idea. To write about “a future which is a lot better than we currently have any right to expect”. 
The narrative in Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
An impending force of chaos looms. Reality starts to crumble. Mr Geronimo, has woken up to find that his feet don’t touch the ground. A baby is able to detect corruption in people. Ghosts of two dead philosophers begin arguing. Storms pummel New York so a hard crack appear in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth (as well as some graphic superheroes). Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a jinn princess who centuries before had learned to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great--etc.--grandchildren--a motley crew of endearing cha…

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

In 1967 John Lennon bought an uninhabited island.  The story goes that in 1978, he went off the beaten path and took a solitary trip to this island.  Kevin Barry walks us through the eyes of John Lennon as he is being led to his island by a fellow named Cornelius O' Grady. The story is fictional, of course, but the conversations feel incredibly real. 

It is also these conversations between John and Cornelius that form the crux of what this book is about: the search for a deeper meaning in life. And it's hard not to fall into Cornelius' charm and genuine personality, whose voice projects in a manner that is “very smooth timbre, deep and trustworthy like a newscaster.”
"Would you be a saddish kind of man, John?
He answers in all the truth he can muster --
As a matter of fact, I don't think I've ever been happier.
Then what is wrong with you?
I suppose I'm afraid. 
Afraid of what? 
That all this happiness is going to rot my f*#$% brain. 
Cornelius grins, stretches and r…

What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss

Have you thought about  What pet should you get?
Will it be big or will it be small Will it eat figs Or like shopping at the mall
Don’t think too hard Because Lurking in your backyard There’s a perfectly great solution To avoid any confusion.
From the lost archives  Of The Dr. Seuss Collection  Here’s a new addition to our lives  For you to pick up in eager anticipation.
And when all is said and done I wonder in the long run Will you still be talking about What Pet Should I Get?
If it was up to me, I am sure you would agree, That surely the answer must be
I would say “No Doubt”! 

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative and Social Media strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle)

The Griffin Poetry Prize - Anthology 2015

Poetry is language in orbit. ~ Seamus Heaney

The Griffin Poetry Prize is highly coveted. Every year it recognizes works written in English as well as translations. The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology published by House Of Anansi is a collection of a shortlist of these brilliant works in motion. Seven exceptional poets have made the cut. Each have something profound to translate to the world.
Enjoy this writing of honing a craft to perfection.