Our fascination with ideas, objects and places, both classic and commonplace
Further Reading: On Love
Recommended reading on love in all its many forms
In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, we asked some of our favourite writers to share books revolving around love that they have enjoyed reading. Not all of them are centred on the idea of romance in the true sense of the word — after all, love is ill-fated, redemptive, and unrequited too.
Days of Abandonment (2002) by Elena Ferrante
I don’t know what it means that I can’t think of a single book I’ve read — and enjoyed — recently, where people in love get the happy ending they want. Anyway, my pick of horribly painful love stories I’ve relished is Elena Ferrante’s Days of Abandonment. A woman’s husband leaves her one day suddenly, after 15 years of marriage, and we’re left to watch her go slowly mad with grief. How do you post-mortem your relationship, your life as you knew it — when your mind is unspooling, and reality is taking on an increasingly blurry quality? This is pre-Neapolitan-novels Ferrante, displaying early on that now-world-famous ability to elevate the inner lives of ordinary people into gripping page-turners.
—Cheryl-Ann Couto(Read her essay here.)The Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante, particularly My Brilliant Friend (2011)
Love isn’t roses and beautiful sunsets in these books. The central pair is one of friendship between two women, something I haven’t read about in a long time. It’s real, with all the hard edges and jagged corners that come with two very different women in a friendship that’s a lot of work. We are allowed to watch — through four books — the evolution of that friendship, how it struggles when the women grow up, follow their work, fall in love, become mothers, and navigate people who hurt them, who love them, leave them, and people that stay.
—Sejal Mehta(Read her essay here.)H is for Hawk (2014) by Helen Macdonald
The barest bones of H is for Hawk can be summarised thus. Helen Macdonald, muffled by grief at her father’s sudden death, becomes a fugitive from life and in response, buries herself in the training of her goshawk, Mabel. This isn’t a happy book. It doesn’t have much of a happy ending either. It is about bereavement, about the thrum of unflinching misery, about ghosts, about trying to pack your loss away in boxes and failing. But it is also about redemption, about learning to congeal your tattered self into a whole person, and ultimately about love, for family, for nature, for maybe even a hawk.
—Meher Mirza(Read her essay here.)The Incurable Romantic: And Other Unsettling Revelations (2018) by Frank Tallis
In The Incurable Romantic, Dr Frank Tallis, a clinical psychologist, opens his casebook to tell us a dozen stories. We are introduced to stalkers, self-loathing paedophiles and men addicted to courtship. Each of them is ‘madly in love’, or it would perhaps be more accurate to say, their love resembles madness. Love is messy. It makes us obsessive and depressed. It leaves us sleepless. Madness and mania have the same symptoms. Love may not have a cure, but this book can well be effective treatment. Tallis says lovesickness should be taken a lot more seriously, while English novelist Ian McEwan says Tallis “leads us into the very heart of love itself”.
—Shreevatsa NevatiaMilk Teeth (2018) by Amrita Mahale
One of my favourite new books is Amrita Mahale’s debut novel, Milk Teeth. (Read our interview with Mahale here.) It is beautifully crafted, and evokes not only a wistful nostalgia for the 1990s and life as it was then, but also places a complicated, layered story of love, disappointment, and social conditioning in this context. The book spoke to me because the feelings that define and motivate its characters are immediately familiar. And the inner challenges its female and male protagonists confront are ones all of us will recognise, regardless of time or place, and in spite of everything we think we know about ourselves.
—Manu Pillai(Read his essay here.)Light Years (1975) by James Salter
A great book about love, when reread at different times in your life, will reverberate in new and unexpected ways. James Salter’s Light Years illuminates the solidity and subsequent dissolution of the marriage of a wealthy American couple, its stylistic brilliance flowing seductively over every aspect of their lives. I return to the novel every few years and I am always astonished by its poetry and profound understanding of the passage of time.
—Mahesh Rao(Read his essay here.)
Further Reading: For the Rains
A list of recommended reading to lose yourself in while skies heaving with grey clouds threaten the onslaught of a downpour
Further Reading: A Peek at Tarq’s Bookshelf
Hena Kapadia, founder of Tarq, lets us in on her well-catalogued collection
Further Reading: On Nature
A list of recommended reading that brings the living world alive, intertwined with food, natural history, adventure, curiosity and more
Further Reading via Purbasha Sarkar
Web Editor at the Delhi-based May Day Bookstore and LeftWord.com
Further Reading: A Peek at Pooja Dhingra’s Bookshelf
The Le15 pastry chef speaks about her reading habits and favourite books
Further Reading via Rajni Malhotra, Bahrisons Booksellers
Curator of books at the Delhi store
Navigating the tough terrain of a climber’s mind
Illustrated Books for All!
These titles from Tara Books are beautiful and compelling to read
An Ode to the Anthology
These books from Marg make for rich bite-sized reading for the festive season.
IN PRAISE OF FLOWERS
Discovering floral flavours and fragrances in places near and afar
THE TALE OF THE ITINERANT CANOPY
Tracing the journey of a marble canopy across Bombay
Travelling through time at Baradari
Jaipur’s City Palace reinvented
Further Reading via Virat Chandhok
Curator of books at Bombay’s Wayword and Wise
2017 Christmas Playlist
Tunes to celebrate Christmas
Introducing The Move Magazine
A UK based quarterly
Introducing Anxy Magazine
Venturing into mental health issues
Introducing Drift Magazine
A New York based biannual magazine
Introducing Lost Magazine
Self-discovery through travel
Boys equal girls
Introducing Science of the Secondary Zine
Issue 1 – Apple
Introducing Curry Magazine
Exploring communities and culture
Introducing Accent Magazine
A photography &lifestyle magazine
Introducing Cereal Magazine - Volume 13
The redesigned CEREAL
Introducing Pasture Magazine
A US based food quarterly
2016 on Instagram
The year in a nutshell
Introducing 212 Magazine
Introducing Concorde Zine
Featuring photo stories from India
Introducing Filmme Fatales Zine
Films and feminism
Introducing Weapons of Reason Issue 3
‘The New Old’
A ‘strong’ collective
Introducing Lunch Lady Magazine
An Australian quarterly
Happy 3rd Anniversary, White Print
White Print completes 3 years
Introducing Weapons of Reason #2
Introducing Sirene Journal
An independent Italian publication
Introducing The Great Discontent Magazine
Introducing MARFA JOURNAL
A biannual publication made by artists for artists.
Introducing Another Escape Magazine
Lifestyle, creative culture and sustainable living.
Introducing MOOD Zine
Music & Food Magazine.
Introducing Holo Magazine
‘Emerging trajectories in art, science and technology’
Introducing Lagom Magazine
A UK based lifestyle magazine
Introducing All-In Magazine
A biannual arts and culture print publication
Introducing Cherry Bombe Magazine
A magazine dedicated to food and women
Introducing FUET Magazine
Food and its peripheries
Introducing Apartamento Magazine
An everyday life interiors magazine
Introducing frankie Magazine
‘Dear frankie’ – Our letter to frankie.
Introducing Kyoorius Magazine
An ode to the creative community
Introducing [Wherever] Magazine
An Out of Place Journal
Introducing Lucky Peach Magazine
A quarterly on food, writing and art.
Introducing The Travel Almanac Magazine
Examination of post-touristic matters
Introducing Perdiz Magazine
“Happiness is Contagious”.
Introducing Dumbo Feather Magazine
Conversations with extraordinary people.
Introducing Avaunt Magazine
Form the makers of PORT
Introducing Four&Sons Magazine
An Australian biannual publication
Introducing Works That Work Magazine
a self-published magazine about creation
This April we did something new again!
A playlist from the best
Introducing It's Nice That Annual 2014
Now Available on our Online Store
Introducing 100% Zine
Where artists doodle and sketch as they wander.
Introducing The Helter Skelter Magazine
Anthology of New Writing.
Magazine Design, has come to be recognized as a force to reckon with and hence deserving of an award category of its own by many creative communities.
It was a woeful day yesterday, when yet again our right to freedom of expression was threatened and saw retaliation unmatched and cowardly,