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Hope you have been keeping well in these bizarre times. 
I couldn't write to you during the months of April and May because of my brush with the virus. I caught the Covid 19 virus and fell ill a day after Vishu (Malayalam New Year) day. But thankfully, I did not have any breathing problems. It took some time to get back to my usual routine since my energy levels were very low. It was as though I had been beaten black and blue by a champion boxer. But here I am, grateful to have lived to tell the tale. I have written an account of this experience on my blog. Please click here to read. 
Book Talk

I couldn't read much because of my illness but whenever I surfaced from my deep slumber, I managed to read a little. Yajnaseni by Odia writer Pratibha Ray (translated) was a mixed bag. But I liked the way the author has explored Draupadi's love for Arjun. 

But you must try out this delightful short story collection called Tabloid Dreams  by Robert Olen Butler. It has several short stories which have headings that look like newspaper headlines. I especially loved 'Woman Uses Glass Eye to Spy on Philandering Husband'. It definitely is the work of a master craftsman.

I also loved Manjiri Indurkar's courageous memoir It's All in Your Head, M where she recounts her experience of mental illness which might have been the result of childhood sexual abuse. Hats off to the writer for her courage in battling both and emerging a winner. 

Here are the Amazon links in case you feel like buying them. 
Tabloid Dreams
It's All in Your Head, M

That's all for now. Here's a quote for you to ponder until we meet again: Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like. 

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