A Few Favourites

What I’m Reading

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

A captivating fictional account of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who died aged 11 in 1596.

Tim Dowling’s Weekend Column

Tim Dowling’s column, published every Saturday, is one of the favourite parts of my weekend. His chronicles, narrated with perennial gloom and dry wit, about the ups and downs of family life and his largely unsuccessful attempts at dealing with everything from chimney sweeps to neighbourhood squirrels, never fail to make me laugh.


What I’m Viewing

I Have This Thing With Floors

A reminder of the beauty that can be found beneath our feet, this Instagram account curates pictures of eye-catching floors shared by hundreds of Instagrammers. From brightly patterned tiles to intricate mosaics, these ‘selfeets’ will have you paying extra attention to where you tread the next time you venture out.


What I’m Listening to

Finding Cleo

In the 1970s, a young girl from Canada’s Cree community (a First Nations tribe) was taken by child welfare workers and placed for adoption in the US. Cleo’s family was told she was murdered while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC News investigative reporter Connie Walker joins the search to find out what really happened to Cleo, in a podcast series that is sometimes difficult to listen to but completely worthwhile to listen to.

‘Gold Star for Me’ by Dodie feat. Carrie Fletcher

‘I’m a semi-functioning human, 
but I’ve done pretty well so far. 
Sure I slept in 'til like three, 
but I made a great cup of tea,
so that’s one gold star for me!’

An oldie but a goldie, Dodie’s song about celebrating little achievements makes for a lovely listen on blue days.


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Pavi Sagar

Pavi Sagar is a content professional who has written about everything from unforgettable popes to avant-garde artists in India. When not writing, she can be found weeding her undisciplined vegetable garden, watching horror movies (and then questioning this decision) and making playlists on Spotify. She contributes to The Kodai Chronicle and lives near Coaker’s Walk.

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