The Brunch team likes to think of itself as a small flock of cultured vultures. When we’re not out scavenging for stories, we stock up on pop culture. So here are our recommendations.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
– Poonam Saxena
Part one of a trilogy. Genre fiction of the kind I love. A US Army experiment goes wrong and creates terrifying vampires, which devastate the world and kill everyone. Well, almost everyone. There are pockets of survivors who have to still deal with the bloodsucking creatures – and each other. When literary writer Cronin tried his hand at dystopian horror/sci-fi, not only did he become a millionaire many times over, he also wrote a gripping page-turner. Can’t wait to start the sequel, The Twelve.
Poonam is the Big Boss. It’s not done till she says it’s done. And change that headline.The Following
Nihit is also a little bit like that cake, which is to say he has quite a following
Granta 130: New Indian Writing
– Aasheesh Sharma
The India special issue edited by Ian Jack (who also edited their anthology on Indian writing in 1997 on the golden jubilee of Independence) features some impressive fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The pieces that I enjoyed reading the most: Aman Sethi’s reportage-based essay on the Love Commandos, an extract from a Neel Mukherjee novel. And Upamanyu Chatterjee’s droll take on our obsession with Shakespeare.
Aasheesh is super at editing copy. He can cut 3,000 words down to 750, and you won’t even notice.Old episodes of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
Asad is usually very highbrow. But then again, which Bengali isn’t?
BBC’s Wolf Hall
– Monica Gupta
This new period drama series is based on the book by Hilary Mantel. It’s set in the reign of King Henry VIII of England and follows the events and people, especially Thomas Cromwell, who helped Henry annul his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon. There is sex, beheading and politics that makes the king seem like a puppet. What more can you ask for?
Monica is going to judge you if you don’t watch something she has recommended.Grey’s Anatomy
Aastha is also a romance author. Need we say more?
CokeStudio Season 4
– Atisha Jain
I’m HOOKED to Tochi Raina and Jasmine Sandlas’s powerful voices in Bannado and Saawan Mein, composed by Sachin Jigar. I’m so, so entranced by their beautiful fusion of Indian and western beats – and the coming together of jazz, rock and pop with a good amount of dhol thrown in.
Atisha is the baby of the Brunch family – until a younger version joins us!
From HT Brunch, May 24
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