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T is most loved   One of the most distinctive lesbian feminist voices of the late twentieth century Suniti Namjoshi best known for her many poems and fables is highly respected as one of the pioneers of women’s writing in India This beautiful narrative both memoir and elegy offers solace and celebration to everyone who has felt the trust that passes between a person and a beloved creatur. Suniti Namjoshi is a distinctive voice in lesbian feminist literature having written over 30 titles including The Fabulous Feminist and Feminist Fables But her latest book Suki looks at a different sort of relationship It is a lightly fictionalised memoir that explores the deep and complex bond between an Indian woman and her cat as they live together in the English countrysideSuki is a chatty lilac Burmese whose name means happy in Sanskrit She is often temperamental and obstinate but despite having uarrels with her owner S is still one bright and intelligent feline S in this case is Namjoshi who writes about her job and bumptious cat and the pair end up having lots of different conversationsBy giving Suki the ualities of a human woman Namjoshi straddles the lines between human realism Suki s character is sketched so well she could be saying all of these things and a fantasy fable The pair have some very interesting debates about life love death meditation philosophy and other topics including other animals The former content and heavier subject matter means at times this book shares ualities with Tuesdays with MorrieThis biography is structured in two parts the first is Memoir which focuses exclusively on Suki s life all 4083 days of it and the aftermath of her death The secondpart The Vipassana Trek is about how Namjoshi deals with the loss through a meditative journey that is not unlike the lead in Eat Pray Love In the latter part Namjoshi introduces strange new characters including an entire menagerie of animals But this material isn t as strong as the first part with the real gold being the exchanges between her and SukiSuki is a warm and highly relatable tale that is well paced and thoughtful There are also some uaint pictures woven in amongst the symbolic writing and metaphors Ultimately this helps create a contemporary and intelligent story that will appeal eually to your heart and your head Originally published on 27 January 2014 at the following website LOTL s homepage at

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suki by Suniti Namjoshi

In  Suki Suniti Namjoshi weaves a witty and delightful tapestry from threads of longing loss memory metaphor and contemplation Taken as a whole the picture she draws is a stunning evocation of the love and friendship shared between herself and her super cat Suki a lilac Burmese Suki suggests that she could be a goddess and Namjoshi her high priestess Namjoshi declines but as they discuss. Suki is a part memoir of the author Suniti who throughout the book goes by the name S Suki is her lilac Burmese cat The book is divided into two parts The first part deals with the 4803 days which S spends with Suki and the second part of the book deals with S s journey with meditation and dealing with grief after she loses Suki The conversation between Suki and S on being vegetarian morality and happiness is as fascinating and captivating as it can be While with the second part of the book anyone who has dealt with grief and is grappling with memories of a dear one after their loss can relate with It especially struck a chord with me as mediation forms an important aspect of my life and while reading through the book I remembered my initial days when I struggled with meditation and focus This book has a uniue narrative style yet has a lyrical feel to it that keeps you connected and immersed This is a book that needs to be taken slowly and reuires introspection

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The merits of vegetarianism the meaning of happiness war morality or just daily life it becomes clear that the bond between them is a deep and complex one Namjoshi figures the days of Suki’s life as leaves which fall vividly but irrevocably into time’s stream and are recollected with a wild tenderness by a grieving Namjoshi who learns through the discipline of meditation how to lose wha. A friend sent me a copy of this book shortly after my cat Mila died Suniti Namjoshi s insightful ruminations on her relationship with her lilac Burmese Suki and examination of the lessons learned from her four legged friend were just the tonic I needed


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  1. says:

    Suki is a part memoir of the author Suniti who throughout the book goes by the name S Suki is her lilac Burmese cat The book is divided into two parts The first part deals with the 4803 days which S spends with Suki and the second part of the book deals with S's journey with meditation and dealing with grief after she lo

  2. says:

    A friend sent me a copy of this book shortly after my cat Mila died Suniti Namjoshi's insightful ruminations on her relationship with her lilac Burmese Suki and examination of the lessons learned from her four legged friend were just the tonic I needed

  3. says:

    Suniti Namjoshi is a distinctive voice in lesbian feminist literature having written over 30 titles including The Fabulous Feminist and Feminist Fables But her latest book Suki looks at a different sort of relationship It is

  4. says:

    From the moment I started reading I could tell this was a novel I could potentially fall in love with The opening line reads “I want to write down everything I can about Suki” Whether we like to admit it or not writers as readers are always sucked into a novel with the description of the act of writing Safe to say Namjoshi had me hooked then and thereThe thing I found most satisfying about Suki was the cleverly pla

  5. says:

    Fabulist Suniti Namjoshi looks back on her life with her cat Suki and the cat's continuing presence in her life in a memoir that could I suppose have been twee but is in fact elegant moving funny and wise I understood abou

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