An insight into books read and reviewed with reco s of great books read (to avoid as well, ahem!) Tobe read collections alongwith with some colourful pictures from a bibliophile who is actually a researcher in biological sciences!
This is a collection of twenty short stories with varying themes. They are however themes which are relevant to be the grey in our lives – the unrequited love, a sudden great connection, meeting a unselfish person and sometimes they coming back in our lives, relationships undefined and then pleasure and pain of the defined. Somewhere yes they do unite at this varied feeling of love. . We see love has no age and that some relationships are worth so much more then blood relationships. There is love between friend, between siblings, between parents, simply for the society, for self and many undistinguished ones. . The stories are plausible, current and relatable. This book is a very giftable book by me. The author has tried to be very comprehensive and I give kudo s to her for the inclusivity of so many beautiful ideas, feelings rather into a string of words as stories. The characters in most of them could be me or you! . The few things that could be improved are – definitely proofreading, the word ‘sooner’ has been utilised a lot of times and I would have liked a little better tight grammar. Also too the publisher – the book is printed really badly. There are poorly printed words, dirty pages and the cover with such a nice image has not been honoured. .
‘Let History Never Remember a Draupadi or a Panchaali. Let me be a forgotten, insignificant grain in the sand of memoirs, but let not history wrong-fully remember me as a woman responsible for war and mayhem.’ . The most sought after and discussed women from our great epics has probably been Draupadi. Her thoughts, logics, feelings and every aspect has been elucidated, defined and then elaborated widely. I have read some very bold assumptions and retellings as well-butI haven’t read any where She stands for herself, attempting to re write history and honoring self respect more then anything ever! Yes – the biggest catch from Saniya here is Draupadi with all her questions about her birth, assumptions of life, doubts about her family, friendship with Sri Krishna – is clear that she will stand for her honor before anything else. Based on some dream mystic premonitions of her ‘ Vastraharan’ and the resulting great war of Mahabharata! She makes the choice of refraining. . Krishna s relationship with Krishnaa has been Beautifully depicted and again the idea of men and women although celestial cant be friends and very true friends and confidantes has been solidly established. . Another highlight for me in this parallel retelling was inclusion of Nal and Damayanti s tale and also the subtle way in which Draupadi and Karna s relationship has been indicated. . Overall for the new ness of the idea on a tale most told, on a strong take of self before anyone and anything and trying to softly break on age old idea s its a must read. I saw where the author has picked her inspiration from and how strongly she has amended the tale in favor of women! . The only thing which could have made the book better was tighter proof reading!
The author merges her experiences into beautiful stories and in an interactive way presents as chapters the most common emotions and questions one deals with during teenage! . This turnover period is a time of difficulties as well as recognitions. This book deals with every facet you can go through at this age. Dealing with failures, treating happiness, negating jealousy and so on. . Every chapter beautifully starts with the story of illustrated characters of 5 teenagers and ends with a summarised view point , fun facts, sometimes a checklist and an image. . The presentation of the book is impeccable and the set point of it being somewhere an amalgamation of fiction and non fiction appealed to me. I highly recommend it to those in their teens!
Common men become uncommon through their feats. The story of Kishore V Sonpal told by his son Hetal Sonpal is one such autobiography. Being born at the time of political unrest in the country and into a family of poverty he went through several criticalities but never giving up. Starting at walking miles for basic education, being separated from family and starting helping jobs at a young age, Kishore Sonpal learnt lessons in hardwork and sanctity. . He went on to become the first Engineer in his family and joined the Indian Railways. He served there dedicatedly but his ideals of sticking to honesty was clashing with progress there. I absolutely respect the decision he took then to leave a government concern and join a private one in Permali. From south of India, he had to move with his newly married wife to Madhya Pradesh. . At all times he had been dedicated to his job but balanced the looking after of the family as well. He kept tabs on his parents, siblings and extended family and helped them always. . He was a man of never settling into comforts and of challenging the odds and coming out successful. So when, even disease came knocking at this door, he didn’t bow down to it. For me, he lived a fulfilling life and now he has been immortalised in this book
This year I think I am reading a lot of books which have been a direct reflection of my life in many many ways. Blaze from @rupa_publications by Nidhi and Sushil Poddar is the nearest. This is pure non fiction but put together into a tale that will make you think its a story. I am glad that with Divyansh ‘s inspiration they penned this down. I could not do it, for my father. As I have suffered for my dad, the parents here have for their son. But I should not say suffer. The courage of showed by Divyansh and his family in battling a recurring leukaemia, its complications and a ‘Life’ together can only be declared as a celebration. . Each chapter seemed like reading my story in reverse. I see where Nidhi maam changes her ways to fit in for her son and I see my mother in her. I see Sushil sir and I can only put me in his place – living each struggle as if it were my own. The vacilations between hope and despair and trying to keep it together at each point and wanting to never give in has been the best described. . My dad had oral cancer, he too communicated through writing after his tongue was taken out but obviously the magnanimity of Divyansh s calibre with words since a little age is incomparable. I do however love and connect tremendously with the families ways. . The journey of ten years from diagnosis to ‘Catharsis’ i should say has been so so well elucidated by both parents and the collection of Divyansh s works in the end makes this book a gem of read. . Obviously I wish I had the calibre to write my fathers story, till then, I will remain glad that these struggles, and the way of these patients reaching out, touching lives and the story of doctors, nurses along with families are being brought to light so beautifully. . Every fight is worth a tale but Divyansh is a shining star and a bright soul because of his understanding at such a tender age. He is indeed amongst us and will live on. . I have been honoured to read this book and I recommend it to everyone! I wish the family solace and ask everyone to take inspiration from them.
A beautiful collection of 100 quotes I believe which have been penned from deep experiences of life. There is a quote to describe any emotion of life. Some are evaluative, thoughtful while some are simply inspiring. . The thing that resonates most with me is the relatability of the quotes. They hit you hard and they hit you write. . The pocket book size and the sign post creatives stand true to its title of being directional for a motivated life. The packaging and size is perfect for gifting as well as carrying purposes. . A book to be kept in your collection for prompt quoting as well as pondering!
Breaking out of a stereotype unhappy, only one side considering marriage after a physical attack in her birthday party – Tara wants to go preserve her roots in Punjab. Her relationship with her husband Tej is one that is demonstrative of many a woman in our country – tolerant of continuous abuse in form of dormant role as wife and a mother. Tara thankfully comes out of, I love the representation of her sisters, mother and her daughter, who outright tells her to leave their dad. Tara finds solace in carrying on the good deeds of her grandfather. . Definitely the #heforshe criteria is glorified in Dev and in his sustenance of Tara to bring a beautiful closure to the story. The in between works of Tara to are inspiring. Especially if you are downtrodden at any stage in your life, you can take some inspiration from the book. . This is not a new story. Its predictable and we know what the outcome will be. Its the way you come to the end, that makes it worth reading. Sometimes the journey to the destination is worth more right? . The use of simple, relatable language and a sense of familiarity with a beautiful cover are added bonuses.
Let me make it clear at the outset that this is an adult fantasy! A book that will beget your clarity of mind and consciousness to make sure you do not fall into one of the many vestibules of the ‘House’. This house is the world to Piranesi filled with statues in states that do not exist in Piranesi s world and entrapping an ocean within its watery myriadness. Piranesi as a character is most kind for me in all aspects. His thoughtfulness to all things renders my heart for him. There is only one Other living person in Piranesi s world – The Other! He is researching on the great secret knowledge of the world and entails Piranesi s help from time to time. . Their little routine goes haywire when a third living person – 16 in the list of Piranesi appears in the house. The Others not so good intentions towards Piranesi is revealed and with the 16 s help ( who was presumably supposed to harm Piranesi ) and self realisation, we all come to know of Piranesi s real identity to the real world! . The beauty of the book lies in its language and descriptions and the smooth transitions where being stuck in a limited space of a house too, you are never bored. Along with Piranesi you too begin to revere the house and revel in his empathic rountines. I found quite a few references that reminded me of Narnia in itself and later found out that the book derives inspiration from it and from a Painter named Piranesi – whose paintings depicted subterranean vaults. . The use of subtle psychology left me marvelling at the authors way of writing. I hope the next book from her wont be as long as 16 years.
Retelling of the revered matriach from Mahabharat. Mother to the Pandavas, given away by her biological father, and a revered scholar – her story has always been in the shadows! . This book in this petite form however packs a punch, starting at the start and going through Kunti s life leading upto Arjun s birth in a flowing beautiful language. . The insights into Kunti s mind, her relationship of intellectualism with the great sage Durvasa, her awe and study of Ahalya – leading to her desire of Devraj Indra to her thoughts on Bhisma will make you ponder about the life of a woman such as her! . The role of want and critical mind breaking stereotypes will explain to us Kunti s life long loneliness and also shed light on why she had power over the mantra to beget her children from Gods and not her husband Pandu. . This series I think portrays these erstwhile, revered women as someone we can identify with and take lessons from. The books are great reads as standalones with subtle connections in between. .
This story deals with how a normal happy life of a content family derails into chaos to bring on a cascade of ugly events effecting the entire society. The vivacious Pal Ghosh family from Kolkata, shifts to a mining town of rampurghat. Things go well for the two sisters and the parents with their dog till love taps into the life of the teenage Shrini in the form of Frezi. Love keeps it blossoming till pubertal changes, peer pressure and company morphs Frezi into the true son of Mr. Ranjan. The local business tycoon leaving in his castle with a missing wife who is obviously going to a political contender. Little heart breaks and great vacations past dark clouds gather as the expected foreboding happens but not just to one sister, both and in context their dog. They try to pull things together but the balance was undone. From here one after another misfortune steps in, friends turn betrayers, till the rouse of revenge rises into the family and doesn’t end till many old skeletons are brought out and settled. . The storyline conception is relevant and poignant but the presentation was little haywire for me, things moved back and forth to match into a bit haphazardly. The transitions were brutal to. All in a relevant read to show the dark face of the society. . Disclaimer: contains Rape, physical assault, political violence and unrest details