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Nandini Ramachandran

Nandini Ramachandran

Nandini Ramachandran is a books-writer, lawyer, and editor who graduated from National Law School in 2009. She reads for a living, runs the blog chaosbogey, and writes a weekly books column for She has been published in online venues like OpenDemocracy, Global Comment, and Popmatters, as well as print magazines and newspapers. One day she hopes to grow up and become a hippie.

May 2, 2012

The Avengers: Joss Whedon strikes again

The movie has all the signature qualities of a Joss Whedon show: violent technology; human connection; a self-ironic villain; and sidekicks who steal the show, including, of course, a kick-ass heroine. #America #Bruce Banner #FilmCrit #Gwyneth Paltrow #Joss Whedon #Loki #The Avengers #Tony Stark

Jan 2, 2012

An ode to the Werewolf: fantasy fiction’s most popular shape-shifter

Werewolves are creatures who are victims of unlucky accidents; regular humans who have inadvertent contact with the supernatural. #A Song of Ice and Fire #George R. R. Martin #LiteraryPalate #Smaug #Werewolves

Nov 25, 2011

Why books are a great reason to escape

Ardent readers are parasites upon the current of history: we live for the drift, the doze, and the dream; we hope someone else is doing the steering. #Herodotus #LiteraryPalatte #Ryszard Kapuściński

Nov 2, 2011

Why Edward Said and his writing matter

Edward Said was a prolific writer. The key to reading him is following in his footsteps: construct a chronology, track trajectories of thought, torment yourself with text until you locate context. #Edward Said #LiteraryPalate

Oct 21, 2011

Happy 82, Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin — celebrates her 82nd birthday today — has always been a writer of sweeping vision, and her books bring together tropes from science fiction and fantasy alike. #Earthsea #Hal Duncan #LiteraryPalate #Literature #The Dispossessed #The Left Hand of Darkness #Ursula Le Guin

Oct 17, 2011

The iconic food writing of MKF Fisher

Ms Fisher's writing highlights the enjoyment and the experience of food, rather than the making of it. Her recipes, as a result, are quick, quiet affairs: a short list of ingredients and an illustrative description of how they are to be combined. #CookBooks #LiteraryPalate #M. F. K. Fisher #Oyster

Oct 8, 2011

The transformative and surrealistic works of Tomas Tranströmer

This year's Nobel Prize winning poet, Tomas Tranströmer won't write about things you'd like to hear. The surrealism in his poetry is a treat to discover. #LiteraryPalate #Ludwig van Beethoven #Mario Vargas Llosa #Tomas Transtromer

Sep 26, 2011

Must-see guide to Hollywood serials

Many of the offerings may seem dismal, but there is some good news to be found this season. For starters, 'The Good Wife', which stars an Indian-origin character we can all root for. #Emmys #Firefly #Mad Men #The Good Wife #TheIdiotBox

Sep 8, 2011

Squonks and other fascinating imaginary beings

Of the all imaginary creatures that Jean Louis Bourges wrote about in The Book of Imaginary beings, the squonk is perhaps the most fascinating of them all. #Jorge Luis Borges #LiteraryPalate #Squonk

Sep 3, 2011

Alternate Songs

"Gritty" and "challenging", A Game of Thrones and the long awaited, A Dance with Dragons has finally arrived. Although such fantasy has a lot to offer, but it’s gratifying to have one’s beliefs validated. #A Dance with Dragons #A Song of Ice and Fire #ThingsWeLike