Sane Ravings

Reflections on books, encounters and people

The Anatomy of a Story – Part 1

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The writer rediscovers his passion for words by falling back on his story on Monsoon which appeared in RRR months back. There is a moment, believes Manu, when the writer becomes the writing. Language lovers and aspiring writers can follow him closely through the slushy ground in his pilgrimage to woo back his lost muse. Manu Remakant is writing his way out of sluggishness, today. He will take a shot of his own medicine and storm back home. He hopes … Continue reading

The Anatomy of a Story – Part 2

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Continued from Part I How does the monsoon begin? It tears into houses in the dead quiet of the night without asking…all you hear is an unending clap of windows, calendars thrashing about and aluminium vessels crashing down on the kitchen floor. I wanted to give a physical sense of the monsoon barging into houses without asking, without locking her eyes with ours, making a lot of hullabaloo. The acoustics is intentionally evoked with the noises of calendars thrashing, aluminium … Continue reading

Games Women Play: Part 2

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Continued from here… Dr. Madhu Muralee is a surgical oncologist at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Trivandrum. It would take one more year for the doctor to meet Lalitha just because of her decision not to reveal her secret to the world. “I don’t think the lump Lalitha saw 13 years ago was malignant. But if unexamined, such harmless swellings can turn dangerous,” says Dr. Madhu. A lump has two personalities. Many vanish without a trace. But the one Lalitha … Continue reading

Games Women Play: Part 1

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Classic Yentha Stories: First published in yentha.com this widely acclaimed narrative gem  is all about people who are very close to the writer. A photograph can capture a landscape in a frame, but it can rarely soak up the truth people hold back even as they pose for the camera. Divya keeps one such photo in her wedding album. “I didn’t know why my mother looked so upset on one of the most important days in my life,” she says, … Continue reading