Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Love thy nature..

I am on a vacation, pampering myself to some lovely sights in north. The day we were about to leave from Pune, the hurry freak that my husband is and the forgetful chap that I am I forgot my Hemingway back home, and travel without a book, not-so-good! So, while we were waiting to board our flight and there was still sometime, I checked out a bookstore at the Pune airport, caught up on a Wodehouse book, the review for which you might expect soon on my blog. 

After we reached Manali , I was spellbound by the beauty and the lovely picturesque surroundings. We covered rohtang pass, and it was the most awesome experience ever! It is a must go place in India, you have missed out on a lot if you have missed this snowy adventure. By now I am just loving every bit of the trip. Enroute McLeod , it was a lovely drive.
Walking the steets of McLeod, I find some small book shops, 10-15 years old with cult books of all time, Coelho's series and not to forget my favorite Alchemist on the shelf, the Tibet books, good fat stock of Dalai Lama books. Definitely, a stop over if you are in McLeod streets and hunting a leaflet to satiate yourself.  I spoke with the person attending the counter and came to know it is a very old book shop. Also found a new bookstore, with all classics lined up and of-course the Tibet books of all times.

It gives a pleasure to cover and capture some of these bookshops, small and big! It only speaks of the many readers present all over the world. Nice to know! 

While I enjoy my hot momos and vacations for now, I shall be back with reviews soon! 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The White TigerArvind Adiga

I remember reading this book in shifts, swinging between my office work and the ebook, and not even once did I lose a grip on the story, the plot and the humour.  It gave me the same allured feeling when I resumed reading from where I left. This cover’s going to hook you real good!

‘The White Tiger’ kicks off with the protagonist, Balram Halwai telling his success story in the letters he  writes to Mr. Premiere- his story of becoming an entrepreneur, the highs and lows, the efforts and the paths he took to come out of ‘the darkness’-the impoverished areas of rural India. It all starts from a village named Lakshmangarh,where at
first he is a nameless chap studying in the village school and feeling good about it, and moves forward with him leaving the school because his granny doesn’t want him to study anymore, becoming a tea vendor, aiming to become a “uniformed” professional and persuading his brother Kishan to allow him to learn driving, so he could become a driver in the city. Finally, when he’s a trained and learned driver, he starts working for a rich family settled in Dhanbad who are based out of his own village, Lakshmangarh. Learning the life of servitude and moving to Delhi with his master unfolds life’s lessons for him. Climbing the social ladder, time and again, he finds himself being a dutiful servant and succumbing to situations, which lull him to conclude that he is destined to be a servant all his life, being loyal to his Master, New York returned Ashok Sharma, whose throat is eventually, and in a shocking twist slit by him one fine night, a deed for which he holds no guilt. Why does he respect and kill his master at the same time? Why is there no guilt? Why does he still bask in his own success glory? Because, it is all about breaking free from the social shackles of a powerful man, something that this cover puts across very well.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee

It is a mandate for the lovers of classics, and the most intriguing one I have ever come across now(Not that the list ends here). It is the perfect blend of humour alongside addressing societal issues of rape, racial injustice and class distribution. Also, Thumbs up to the pace and turnover of the events! It will challenge your own instincts of being in a society where racial discrimination still persists.

The story revolves around two kids, their growing up journey and a well-wisher, protective, unseen friend Boo-Radley, with all the rumours going up in the Maycomb County about Arthur Radley (Boo), who never showed up on the street out of his boarded house, Jem and Scout were always very keen to see him “once”. Their million plans with Dill (their childhood bestie) to see Boo were always near to completion, when Atticus would catch them red-handed. Atticus Finch, a lawyer, father to Jem and Scout and a responsible citizen of the Maycomb County who without believing in apartheid gives a fair and tough fight for the innocent black man Tom Robinson, who has been charged against rape to a white woman. The efforts that he puts in go wasted for; Tom Robinson is announced guilty for a crime he has not committed. But, this case takes a toll over his family, for Atticus is accused of demeaning words like Nigger lover, and bringing a bad name to the finch family, not even sparing the kids of its repercussions. As the years pass by we see the two kids grown into young adults, developing a principled thinking like their father. The line-up of the events are so meaningful which eventually lead to exposing of the mockingbird, Boo Radley, the silent keeper to the kids.

Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird.
                                                                                                 -To kill a mocking bird

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