ICE Breakers

DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE

BOOK OF THE MOMENT

This story tell us how many children go missing and how many wasted potentials are not fulfilled. Were you aware that child-trafficking remains such a problem in India?
How does writing about such a serious matter through the eyes of 9 year old children impact the story?
Do you think Jai and his friends understood the seriousness of what was happening in their basti or do you think perhaps they saw it as a bit of an adventure?
Deepa Annapara’s work as a journalist in Mumbai and Delhi have given her the knowledge to write this story – how successful do you think she has been?
Do you think stories like this can help to change the social inequalities in cities in India?
How did the ending make you feel?

CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Who in your opinion was the most suitable suitor for Pelagia and why? Mandras or Corelli?
How did the characters evolve over the duration of the novel and how does the war affect their behaviour? How different could their lives have turned out? And their relationships?
What did you learn about island life in war-time and its impact on Greece afterwards? Has it and will it make your visit to invaded islands like these more appreciated?
What did you feel about the ending of the novel (especially considering it is different from the film).
The blockbuster film was also a must-see production when released? What were your recollections of this adaptation and which did you prefer and why?

I AM AN ISLAND

Do you feel Tamsin Calidas is portraying a balanced portrayal of the hostility she received from local islanders?
Do you believe nature, particularly the sea, can heal?
Do you think this kind of lifestyle could ever by idyllic?
Do you think the memoir is one sided? Would you like to have heard Rab’s story or the voice of some of the islanders aside from Cristall?
Do you think writing this memoir has been a cathartic process for Calidas?
Do you think by the end of the story that Calidas feels she belongs?
How does this compare to other memoirs of survival? (such as 'The Salt Path' by Raynor Winn and 'Educated' by Tara Westover.)

THE WILD CARD