Language and what it means? What is lost even in the best of translations? There are some of the questions that the author ponders over. along with how language and cultures are much more closely related than they actually seem to be.
Having read Dahl's Matilda at 11 herself and then experiencing multiple cultures; the author goes through one end of the spectrum of not reading to the other end of the spectrum of becoming a bibliophile.
The author's experience of living in a new city is marred and streaked by the effect the city has on her, mentally as well as physically. She traverses the divide as best as she possibly can and finds herself short of being understood.