Maheen Qadri

Maheen Qadri

Maheen Qadri is an undergraduate student of English Literature and a fiction enthusiast, on a self-appointed mission to re-direct readers' appreciation for books once famous, now forgotten. She tweets as @maheen_qadri

The Bell Jar: Remembering Sylvia Plath on her 83rd birthday

Had there been a cure for clinical depression, had spouses never possessed the tendency to stray, had life not held the quality to extinguish will and soul long before their expiration date, then perhaps fate would have been kinder to the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Sylvia Plath and she would be celebrating her 73rd birthday this year on October 27th. Born in Massachusetts in 1932, Sylvia Plath was Smith College alum and a Fulbright Scholar at Newham College, Cambridge University. Inspired by Auden and Joyce, she became iconic in American literature with the publication of her collections of poems, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, and ...

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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh: A forgotten gem relevant even today

Michael Chabon’s first novel, the critically acclaimed The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was first published in 1988, a good 15 years before the concept of my existence was even remotely conceptualised. He was also the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  Yet during the summer of 2010 – with a generation gap of eclectic music and outrageous hairstyles separating us – when I happened to come across a rather yellowed and withering copy of this particular novel, with one swipe of a dust cloth, 297 pages and an instant connection later, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh  became my favourite book, a book I retreat ...

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