A non-fiction book is perceived as boring, just facts explained in a dry manner. So, I was not sure what I had signed for when I agreed to review ‘Kissing the Demons’ by Amrita Kumar. It is a self help book for Creative Writing. Its directly mentioned in the tagline as ‘The Creative Writer’s Handbook’. It pulled me in with its first two lines. I instinctively knew I would love this book. Here are it’s first two lines.
Among all the miseries heaped upon my generation was a fat squat book with a shiny red faux leather cover titled High School English Grammar and Composition. It was the stuff of nightmares and it was authored by two men, Wren and Martin, who for some inexplicable reason I imagined as Laurel and Hardy with bowler hats and walking sticks.
During my school days, I did not own one while our English teacher used to spew the virtues of the book. I borrowed it for a few days from a friend to understand what it is. A decade or so later, as soon as my son reached school, I promptly bought a Wren and Martin for him. Alas! it laid there unused for years till I gave it away to another child.