Saturday, September 30, 2017

#Review: The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is my first book that is based on kashmir , the events surrounding the kashmiri pandits leaving the valley and what followed or follows that year till today. Deewan , Bilal and Safeena are best friends and neighbours as kids even though Dewana is an year older than the two. One night , Diwan bhat's family is forced to flee the city after attacks on the city by the people wanting azadi for Kashmir. The tragedy that marks a turn of events in all three families ties them till the end even when they stay out of touch for years. The other characters keep reappearing the timeline and that pushes the plot and the character development forward in the book.

This is a story of not just people who stayed , but also of those who fled and yet are still without roots and a home and doubts where they belong. The book is a little dreamy at places , the passages go on without a real need and the memories keep flashing here and there. Also the main characters are not consistent in their actions. I would have liked a little less side plots and more about them. The book has almost poetic feel but it is not easy to maintain the flow in reading. A good story that could be told a little better.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Translated by Megan McDowell

Translated from Spanish into english, this book was short listed for Man Booker International Prize this year. This is a story that is part narrated by a lady lying in the hospital , aware of the approaching death and directed into recounting her recent past by the conversation between her and a child.

The story unwraps slowly and with a visual clarity that few other prose attempt, even though you can feel the chill in every scene that is played in her head by Amanda. There is something so eerie to go through the events and realization that nothing in them could stop whatever is to happen or whatever happened. The calm yet hurried questions by David are like darts in the dark , that lead to only more questions and unexplained answers.

One thing that I kept hoping was this to be a nightmare , but this was so real and so haunting that I think I need a repeat reading of the book to see it's true color and depth. It's heart breaking to see David try hard to find the cause and cure for whatever happened to him and in his own way , he tried to help Amanda in her last wish. But sometimes our own denial of the reality , blocks our understanding.

This book is a gripping tale of mother's love ,sacrifice and secrets kept by her.

Loved this read of 190 pages.

My rating - 4/5 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ultra-short Notes on James Patterson's 'The Thomas Berryman Number'

               I am no fan of James Patterson.I have read a couple of his books before and  found them to be totally mediocre.Picked up this book as I was told that this had won him the Edgar award for the best debut (way back in the 70s). May be at that point of time, people might have enjoyed reading this work ,but for a reader like me who belongs to a different era , the book was not at all relatable.With a confusing and snail paced plot,this debut work about a hitman and his escapades is at best left untouched.


Friday, September 8, 2017

#Favefive Lines from Literature

For a person surrounded by books , it's so so hard to not keep quoting or picking inspiration from the written word. And while HP is my go to place for advice of all kind , here are the 5 lines that have become a part of me -

Blessed be 

Two words , a simple wish and ironically it was from a character that turned out to be the evil one. Much later I realized that it's a Wiccan phrase that it is not used casually. But for about the period I was obsessed with House of Night , I had loved this phrase of wishing good to the people.

For you a thousand times over 

I have still not read the book and though I knew this line from before ,what made this special for me is that during a low phase if mine , A friend had kept this as his whatsapp status , dedicated to me. And he still means this. So this line is super super special.

People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose. 

This is from the book The Little Prince , in which every page has something to highlight and keep. Most of the book is about friendship and being true to your heart. But this line for me is the reason and excuse never to leave friends behind. You are responsible for the rose you help grow once.

Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else 

Oh how I love Mitch Albom books. There is not a single year now that I do not read his books and every once in a while I keep going back to my favorite quotes. This is from the book Five people you meet in heaven which changed my thoughts on life. We all have been living with other's sacrifices ,mostly unrelated and unknown to us. And that is something not be taken lightly. This life is not to be wasted feeling lonely.

That feeling in your heart: it’s called mono no aware. It is a sense of the transience of all things in life. The sun, the dandelion, the cicada, the Hammer, and all of us: we are all subject to the equations of James Clerk Maxwell, and we are all ephemeral patterns destined to eventually fade, whether in a second or an eon. 

Only Ken Liu can write science fiction with such a beauty that it never feels fictional. Every story of his manages to touch the heart and make you aware of your relationships, your life , your purpose with a force that you are completely caught up in his words. This year I finally managed to read his story collection after I read the story The paper Menagerie online. Do try if you have not read his work so far.

That's all the beauties I could think of introducing you to for now. Do share your favorite quote with me in comments.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Books to movie / TV series adaptation

I am 3 days late in posting this but with my love for making list and books combined in one , I can not resist writing this.

So , very quickly here are my favorite book adaptations -

To kill A mocking Bird - I saw this movie before I read the book. Then , I watched it again. And I love it. The court scenes are so amazingly done that I am a little more in love with this award winning movie from 1962.

Harry Potter - I am biased af when it comes to HP. No doubt the books are better, but seeing your favorite characters on scree and watching them again and again over the years kinda blur the lines. So yes , olive these movies. And if I have to pick , then Goblet of fire is my choice among all.

Byomkesh Bakshi - I first saw the hindi series in DD when I was a child. Man, I was impressed with the detective character. One of the episode gave me bad nightmare I remember , but thank God I was always rescued by Byomkesh babu. Years later I read the books and then there is the recent hindi movie starring Sushant Rajput. He looks so so good in this. The movie takes time to interest the audience but is brilliantly done. I can't wait for the sequel.

Sherlock Holmes - If you think am drooling over Cumberbatch, you maybe be right. But in the adaptations , I actually enjoy the lady Watson a lot more. And yes , I prefer the modernized series over the movies starring Robert Dawney Jr. I am sher-locked !

Orange is the new Black - I read the book like a religious book nerd and then I started the show. The show is way way better than the book. It is absolutely badass and such a wonderfully scripted thing. The way it has handled the latest issues in the show , it's a must watch for all.

That's all for me this week. Hopefully the next post be on time. And if you need more options to explore , go read below posts too -


Review: Empire by Devi Yesodharan

Empire Empire by Devi Yesodharan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am getting hooked to historical fiction genre , all thanks to books like Empire. Empire is the story of the Chola king who expanded his empire to cover all of the eastern coastline and reached to other countries too. The book takes that as the historical period and narrates the events in life of Yavani , a Greek female soldier given to the Chola king as terms of peace treaty. That's how her training begins as a Chola soldier. It is the story how she becomes the royal garud of the king and her duties. From the very first chapter till the last scene , the author left no emotion unexplored , no character like lose end , no scene without context. I specially liked the way the street scenes and the events were like visuals I could easily imagine. The language is so simple and detailed and the little nuisances of the central characters are etched in details. The end though, was a little abrupt and I felt incomplete , as in i wanted a welcome for Yavani, what happened to the traitors on land etc etc . But overall, the book was spot on with its emotional connect.

I have not researched the historical accuracy much so people who have interest in history should read it without a bias. Enjoy the story of a woman soldier trying to fit in a foreign land and a profession that she is envied for by even men.

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