Divya Venkattu



From the page to the stage: capturing the essence of books in screen adaptations

15th February 2022

Divya explores what is gained and lost when translating between different mediums: literature and cinema/television. *Spoiler alert* Content warning: Suicide My standard response after watching several adaptations of great books has long been: “The book was better.” However, the 2020 series Normal People served to challenge that view by being nearly as good as the ...


Love me, love me not

12th December 2021

Divya Venkattu dissects the case of parasocial crushes on celebrities. There is a certain solace that comes with imagining yourself in an unattainable romance. No – I am not talking about your real-life crush who you have not yet confessed your feelings to; I am referring to the latest celebrity you’ve been shamelessly thirsting over. ...


UofG partners in new project to boost broadband access in South Africa

7th December 2021

The “Fibre before the Fibre” project aims to bridge the educational inequalities caused by lack of access to the internet highlighted by the pandemic. A new collaborative initiative seeks to bridge the digital divide in access to online educational resources exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. The “Fibre before the Fibre Project” is a ...


How to shop for books

17th November 2021

Culture Columnist Divya Venkattu gives advice on how to get the most out of your book-buying experience. In 2020, the year that the Covid-19 transformed life as we know it, one of the things I missed the most was the feeling of entering a bookshop. Rain or shine, the bookstore has always felt inviting and ...