Book Review

The Shadow Lines – A Book Review

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This is the second book written by Amitav Ghosh that I have read.

I didn’t like The Circle of Reason, which was the first book that Amitav had written and the first book of Amitav that I had read. But still I had high hopes about this book. The novel had earned Amitav the 1989 Sahitya Akademi Award.

Well, it is a beautiful novel that takes is through the streets of India, Bangladesh and England. The story is told through eyes of a boy, who has tremendous respect for Tridip, his uncle, who tells him various stories. And through Tridip’s stories, the boy sees various counties, various cities, even different streets and localities. He takes all these experiences that Tridip had shared with him when he interacts with different people and visits the localities that Tridip had talked about.

While reading the book it feels like I (the reader) am the boy (narrator) of the story and Amitav (the author ) is Tridib telling stories of different places from Fulham to Dhaka and from Delhi to Calcutta, places that I would like to visit and see through your my eyes.
Amitav is a beautiful story teller and he doesn’t disappoint is with this beautiful novel.

Book Details

Title: The Shadow Lines
Author: Amitav Ghosh
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Review

The Lucifer Principle – A Book Review

The Lucifer Principle

I got my hands on this book through recommendation from a friend, because it’s his one of  the favourite books, and he thought I would like it as I like books of similar type. A book written after a thorough research covering various areas from genetic engineering to mythology to ancient civilizations to religious texts to scientific discoveries to industrial revolutions.

All the topics centre over the three main concepts – Superorganism, ideas, and the pecking order

A beautiful, informative and exciting book explaining the way man (woman, for that matter) behaves in a way he (she) does with proper reasons along with other examples of animals behaving in the same manner. Man, though an advance creature than the other primates like monkeys and langurs and chimpanzees and orangutans, still has animal instincts that will not go away.

A nice read indeed which gives you a different perspective at looking at things.

Book Details

Title: The Lucifer Principle
Author: Howard Bloom
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Review

Shala – A Book Review

Shala

There is a story behind how I got this book.

I am in love with Kindle Paperwhite. I am in love with the idea of getting to read a book in a font I like. No need to use (waste) paper and print out copies after copies, thinking that all these will be sold one day. They may be using recycled paper for printing books, but still, isn’t there a better solution to this problem. Well Kindle was the answer to this.

But still, a string of thoughts were continuously pestering me. Why does Kindle not have Marathi as a language, Why don’t I see Marathi ebooks on Amazon, and why there is no Marathi thesaurus and dictionary in Kindle.

Just then, I received an email from Amazon that they were pleased to  offer me a Rs.250 promotion code to buy Kindle eBooks on Amazon. I wanted to put this Rs.250 to proper use. So I searched the site and came up with this Marathi book “Shala” written by Milind Bokil.

I wanted to see how a Marathi book looks & feels on my Kindle. So I downloaded the book after buying it. To my surprise, when this book arrived, I came to know that I had ordered an english translation of the book, by Vikrant Pande.

So, my dream of viewing a Marathi book on Kindle remained a dream.

I had seen a movie of the same name made on this book written by Milind Bokil. I had loved the movie, and so had great expectations from the book also. While reading, it was clear that Vikrant Pande had made word to word translation of the Marathi version.

Shala is a beautiful story of a group of children that study in class 9th. It’s a story of a young boy Mukund Joshi, his friends, and of Shirodkar – his love interest. It’s a beautifully written novel which takes you back to your school days, you just roll on the years gone by and you become a part of the story itself.

I was born after the emergency days, so I do not know how the  situation was, back then. I didn’t know about the atrocities (well atrocities is a wrong word) that were going on around that period to ensure that everyone behaves according to the set principles, and no one utters a word against those who governed the country.

We all had our own share of Paranjape Madams, Bendre Madams, Prem Chopras and Manjerakar Sirs, with whom we can relate.

And, Vikrant Pande ensures that even though he has translated the story in English, it doesn’t get odd. The words specific to Marathi language are kept as they are, and he has not translated them, just for the sake of translations.

The best part of the book is, it doesn’t matter whether you were like Mukund or Shirodkar, or Surya or Chitre or Phawdya, or Bibikar, or Mande or Ghasu Gokhale or Mirikar or any other character of the book during your school days; “Shala” remains your story.

Ichibhana, that’s the main reason, to read this book…

Book Details

Title: Shala
Author: Milind Bokil | Vikrant Pande
My Rating: 4 Stars
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