Books Review

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

I am not sure if I understand everything, still I know this book is deep and spiritual like his other book Siddhartha. I will not compare the books but I contradict those who say that this book represent sadistic approach to Life, totally incorrect ! rather it shows insightful ways to live a meaningful life.

Writer has pointed out flaws in social machinery, absurd conversations, routine jobs, fake relations and many more !!! unfortunately we don't think beyond career growth or increasing personal wealth these days.

Must read for all the ambitious people who think work will give contentment

 

'The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls'

Before reading this book, I used to think that life in India is difficult but now after reading this book and also the book ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover, I think, its less about the country but more about the Family we are born in and circumstances we face ! People all over the world have to cope up with something or the other, sometimes its an alcoholic father or abusive brother or pervert family member or our own demons. This journey from childhood until we ripe as an adult, is perfectly written by Jeannette Walls.
Definitely I will recommend this book to the entire World !!!!! because the story as well as the way its written if absolutely amazing.

 

'Animal's People by Indra Sinha'

I have deep sympathy for the sufferers, I know that poor class is deprived of basic necessities, especially in the villages of India! This struggle of Animal against the evils of the society, side by side his emotional turmoil and his understanding of the ever increasing desires and also how he justify his foolish acts is marvellous !

This book gives us a true account of our suspicious nature, our greed and the tendency of people to exploit others but the bonding among these victims is very strong as if they know that they their interdependence is essential for their survival. Apart from these harsh realities, these hungry people do not lose their Empathy, Sensitivity, Love and continue to unite for the Cause of 'Justice'. I guess such qualities are rare even in educated working class of India.

 

 

'Em and The Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto'

I like the newness in this book, mostly Indian writers kill the originality of emotions expressed in Hindi language just because International readers will not connect to such words but Mr Pinto did a fine job in capturing the feelings in the local language as well as behaviour of Individuals in India whether its with the patients or with the dead body. Every scene narrated by him appears real to me, hospital visits and frustrations of the family members is very very genuine !!! 

Its time we give the recognition to Mr. Jerry Pinto for writing this fine book 

 

 

'The Lilac House by Anita Nair'

 In comparison to her Book 'Ladies coupe', this book not that great. Because I really like that book and the profound message highlighted in it, probably that's the reason I chose this one, but I struggled to finish it probably because of the simple story and the obvious ending of the book.

Our time on earth is limited so we can't read everything that is written so Skip this one !!!!

 

'My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult'

An extraordinary journey of a family, which is stuck in a extreme circumstances, we all have to take difficult decisions but the matters involving "life and death" will certainly bring Trauma to a thirteen year old child (Anna). Exaggeration of involvement by certain characters reminded me that I am reading Fiction because in Real World people do not give a damn about your welfare, rest the foundation of the story and description of the sufferings of a cancer patient is very genuine. Reminded me of my last days with my father and its a big deal to me.

I believe in this deep bonding and intense connection between sisters and brothers and also agree that certain people are forced to live their life differently because of the situations. Book becomes meaningful only when we place ourselves in the shoes of the protagonist and if writer is able to do that then book is worth reading and Jodi picoult did a fine job according to me.

Yes I will recommend it to all my friends & especially to my family.

 

'The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger'

I like the Holden's view about people & his acute observation about snobbish behaviour and how he hate all the PHONY people, this book also reminds me of Swami & friends by R.K. Narayan, how Swami was thrown out of every school just like holden but holden has a high intellect and his concern for his younger sister Phoebe is very touching, we all wish for such selfless Love. His relation with Ackley and incident with Sunny is nicely written, its as if writer has done justice to every character.

I mostly like coming-of-age books although To Kill a Mocking Bird is still at the top but next one is this book. I recommend it to all the readers like me who believe BOOKS are much more than a mere entertainment.

 

'Youth  by J.M. Coetzee'

"I do not know how he does that ! Again this book is as good as his other book DISGRACE, he takes me to his world and I live his words as if its my life, well his concerns like "quest of the soul" & "needs of the body" are so relevant that it makes me feel that his answers might help me in my life.
People do not tell what they actually feel but through books we can gain the insight. I read to find answers and no doubt his writings is so rich in experience especially what he writes about Love and Loss. I wish I could write like him because I have a lot to say to the world but I have a long way to go, to learn to write these emotions in words and make it understandable.

I recommend this Book to all the readers

'Milkman by Anna Burns'

We all hate these gossips, which our relatives, neighbours & the rest of the society is so much interested in ! I never understood why these sick people spread rumours about others, whereas I refrain from expressing opinions about others, always telling myself "who am I to judge"

This book gives us the glimpse of how society is affecting the lives of so many individuals and how much people care about their reputation. I gave 3 stars because I live in India & I am alien to the culture which writer is talking about but if someone will write Indian version of this story then probably I can relate more.

  • Buddha by Deepak Chopra

 

It’s a beautiful book which took me in trance, I experienced every situation that Buddha felt and understood his teachings.

Deeply moved and touched by this well written Novel

 

 

 

 

  • Namesake by Jhumpa lahiri

 

A heartfelt fiction, covered the gamut of Human Emotions. It’s a must read for readers all types of Readers.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

 

 

Story of an orphan Pip who face extreme situations.

Best part is well thought-out Plot twist and amazing Characters

 

 

 

  • Bachelor of Arts by R K Narayan. 

 

Novel which depicts indian values and troubles faced by youngsters when parents put pressure on them to make career. A must read Classic Book

 

 

 

  • White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

 

It’s a debut novel by Aravind Adiga, his character ‘Balram halwai’ who gets astonished by technological advancement and later on poised by these comforts decides to kill his master. Eventually it’s a satire to Indian Law and corruption.

 

 

 

  • The Great Gatsby by author F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

The great American Dream of Nick Carraway is devastated when he realize that “Grass is always green on the other side”. It’s a Masterpiece of Fitzgerald.

 

 

 

 

  • Seven habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

 

Worth reading & implementing this Book . My favorite is ‘WIN-Win’ because it was out the Box and it breaks our conditioning that "if one will win then other will lose".

 

  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach

 

What a book, it shows the youth revolting against the society. In seagulls society flying was restricted to get food but he started enjoying flying so he was thrown out of the society.

Life changing Experience. Don’t miss this book

 

 

  • How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

Being introvert I always had trouble making friend but after reading it, I found it really easy to start conversations. Beneficial for all.

 

 

 

 

  • The Secret By Ronda Byrne

Its all about your thoughts, every thought send vibrations to the universe and same come back to you in return. In short if you will think good then everything will be in your favor

 

 

 

 

 

  • Stay Alive All Your Life by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

 

This book is as good as “Power of positive thinking”. Every time I read this author I feel motivated but after few days I forget all I learned. I guess practicing these things every day is required.

 

 

  • Think on these things by J. Krishnaurti

Mr Krishnamurti not only raised valid questions but also answered them well. His questions on our Education System, Conditioning and also on Ambition.

 

 

 

  • Overcoat by Nikolia GOGOL

 

A clerk who is living hand to mouth, because every 1 was making fun of him so he decides to buy a overcoat. Its really touching how little adjustments he make to afford that basic necessity. It made me sensitive towards my office staff.

 

 

 

 

  • Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen

 

After reading it I realized how presumptuous I was, we all are prejudiced in some way or the other. Darcy and Elizabeth at first hated each other, as the time passes they realized their LOVE.

 

 

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

 

It’s a satire to stalin era. From the simple story of pigs and other farm animals, orwell explained political moves before 2nd world war.

 

 

 

 

  • No full stops in India by Mark Tully

 

Many writers concentrated their writing career on India, it’s a satire to Indian thinking pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore describes human emotions in depth so every character becomes alive. Touched by "vande matram" and his in depth analysis of the emotions of Vimla and Sandeep Babu.

 

 

 

  • 'Life of pi'

is an amazing story of a boy, his revolutionary nature of questioning Belief's of Religion and curiosity to find out.

Its interesting how life bring circumstances to our life that we completely change our own nature. The protagonist was taught by his father that animals dont think and what we see in their eyes is the reflection of our own emotions. As it is universally proven that we learn from our own Experience rather than other's words. Same way 'Pi' at first was terrified by the Tiger because of his childhood Devastating memory of the tiger eating Goat but seeing no other alternative he faced him everyday and eventually Hunger overcome Fear and the new secret is revealed and friendship develop between the two because of the sufferings. Boy wanted someone to talk and tiger needed food and both had to stay alive.

Morale of the story comes out of our 'narrow thinking' that gestures must be expressed the way we want. Just because Tiger dint look back at the time of separation, Pi assumed that their friendship was not real. In my opinion animals are not taught to express our Ways.

Its Human invention that merely looking back has become a symbol of 'LOVE and BONDING'. Tiger lived harmoniously on the Boat with Pi and slept in his Lap is enough evidence their Mutual Bonding."If we want that 'Love' must be expressed 'the way we want' then mostly we will be unable to feel It"