Editor’s Note

Hey Bibliophiles!

Literature is one of our great loves. There is perhaps no better escape than the one found in between the pages of a book. It’s the easiest and the most profound way of leading alternate lives without moving a muscle (except those required to laugh or cry or flip a page). Books are also what brings the world closer – through intelligent debates, critical arguments and the plain old way we have of recommending them to our friends with the verdict, “you’ll love it!”

We believe that literature transcends borders and generations and civilizations, and so we started Of Books & Bookworms last year. Through book reviews, interviews, features and a whole bunch of different ways of examining literature and literary professions and pursuits, we wanted to take our personal love for books and connect with the bookworms of the world. Our work has been steady but slow. And we thought it’s time to change that. 

Starting this month, we will be transforming Of B&B into a magazine, the way we had originally intended it to be. Every month, we will select a theme and explore literature through the lens of that theme. Sounds exciting? 

It was a fun exercise – having to figure out what our very first theme should be. We dabbled with ideas from Adoption to War (we have them both in our list for future themes), and each one sounded as interesting as the last. But when so many ideas abound, how do you choose?

We thought and reflected and gave ourselves a tough time over it. And finally, it came to us. We figured that if we had decided to change some things around here, why not delve into our own action of change? 

So there it was! Our theme for November 2019 is Change. 

Probably the most consistent, the most confirmed and the most challenging task for humans is to deal with change. So this month, we will, through fiction and non-fiction explore the nature of change. We will talk about climate change in literature and talk of a book by a very famous author where she speaks of her personal transformation as she goes through widowhood. We will talk about books that changed us and books where the characters change the world. We will also explore how the transformation of a character in a story is important and how character arc helps writers achieve it. 

And of course, there will be snippets on what’s happening in the literary-sphere this November, readers and writers in the limelight, and other interesting-ness to look forward to this month. 

In This Issue

How The Book Has Changed Over Time

The changing form of books over the last 5,500 years

The Ten Types of Human: Who We Are, and Who We Can Be by Dexter Dias

A book that changed our outlook on human behvaiour

The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh

How our world is affected by climate change

Releasing in November 2019

A list of new releases this month

A Bridge for Passing by Pearl S Buck

The changes a woman goes through as she moves from marriage through widowhood

Published by Sanskriti Nagar

I'm a storyteller on a journey - to connect people with places, the past with the present, the contemporary with the traditional. I'm just stepping into the shoes of an explorer, aspiring to be a globetrotter, and someday, a novelist. Follow me through my journeys, and if something does resonate with you, or you'd like me to cover a story for you, I'd love to catch up. (PS: I love coffee!)

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