Read as part of #MbersWS . The word was TRY.
The Razor Edge by Somerset Maugham is a narrative in first person by the author himself. In fact, the author himself is one of the characters of the book. It talks about the author’s observations about his American friends whom he befriends on a trip to the America. Back in his native land, he talks about his friends who leave America. While most of them come to France, one breaks the boundaries and travels east as far as India. The narration talks about how the author comes into acquaintance with each of the characters and how his relationship with them grows during the years.
Set during the years between the First and Second World War, the book describes the French Society. It also describes how people adapt to various situations. But for one character, the narration is quite smooth. This one character, Larry, is the odd man out and who remains apart from others yet is one among them.
Like any other classic, I thought the book will not have any hidden twist. But the author surprises by creating a small mystery and its solution towards the end. The book had almost a chapter referring to India and it made an interesting read, though the author does provide a disclaimer that it is not necessary to be read.
The lines “But as I was finishing this book, uneasily conscious that must leave my reader in the air and seeing no way to avoid it, I looked back with my mind’s eye on my long narrative to see if there was any way on which I could devise a more satisfactory ending; and to my intense surprise it dawned upon me that without in the least intending to I had written nothing more or less than a success story.” provided me with a sense of completion in what would have been an abrupt ending to the beautiful flow of words.
For me, the book was certainly not to be swallowed, but to be chewed to enjoy the full juice of the words and to be digested in parts.
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Read as part of #MbersWS . The word was TRY.
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim “Mattie was never truly mine. That knowledge must have filled me quickly and surely as the milk from her breasts”
These lines from the Prologue set the tone for a heart moving tale of two human beings of feminine gender.
Yellow Crocus talks about a human being and her love for another human being not bonded by blood but bonded by service, society and love. It talks about a girl, Lisabeth and her relation with Mattie, a Negress bought by her family and works as her nanny. “Look like it just us, little girl. Don’t know what I gonna do with you. Suppose we gonna figure it out together”. The book explores the various emotions of Mattie towards different people and the growth of Lizabeth from an infant to an innocent girl to a bold woman. The events and the course of their lives in relation to each other form the book.
Set against a backdrop of slavery in America, the story does have glimpses of the treatment meted out to the people of darker shade. I particularly like the line “She had found a use for her lettering after all.” I find the story endearing and sometimes poignant. The story moves in the form a modern novel in the initial part, takes the form of a classic in the middle and gets back to the modern novel form towards the end.
For me, though it did not give much to be digested gave me a lasting taste upon chewing.
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Author: Hermann Hesse
The book is a beautiful tale of a young, intelligent and charismatic boy named Siddhartha. The story is about his life-his journey of self discovery and spiritual enlightenment,his travels across the land from his father's home into the forest with the ascetic monks where his life involved fasting, and meditation and begging for alms and his life across the river where he learned trade, the art of love and lived as a prosperous businessman. His final choice of living by the river and learning from the fisherman and the river. His thoughts, emotions and actions all make for a fantastic novel and a guide to living life through one man's journey.
Encounter with the Great Gautama (Buddha) has been described where he decides to find the answers on his own and not as a disciple of the enlightened one.
His journey has sublime descriptions of the ascetic and worldy ways of life.
What I like:
1.Siddhartha's confidence, wit and patience helped him carve a life he desires.
2.The two sides of the same coin- ascetic living and life full of worldy pleasures and indulgence explained in a profound style.
3.Writing style is simple yet attractive. It kept me hook at all times. Each page has something worth learning which calls for some introspection.
Is there any book that has made you introspect or think deeply about what you desire in life and how you balance your life while you are on your journey to your goal? Please feel free and comfortable to share your experiences and of course the book which made you reflect.😊
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*Book review- Non-fiction*
So, I had started this book quite a while ago but finally finished those last few chapters and thus successfully concluded my journey to Tibet during the 1940s.
Henrich Harrer, an established Austrian mountaineer ends up as a prisoner of war in British India, while on an expedition trip in the now Pakistan region.
What follows is the tale of miraculous escape of Henrich and his fellow inmates through the lower Himalayas to the challenging region of Tibet. Their plan- to escape to Lhasa and plead for shelter and refuge in the neutral state of Tibet, has to go through the challenging and gruelling climb through the mountains of Tibet is severe cold, blizzards with minimal food, clothing to protect them. He describes their journey through Tibet and then their stay in the forbidden capital of Lhasa.
Reading through his descriptions of the climb, terrain and the physical state they were in, it's almost miraculous that they had survived and reached Lhasa. The story of their escape from India followed by capture and subsequent escape attempts and then their journey through the desolate regions of Tibet clad in sheepskin, eating raw meat and braving -40 degree weather is harrowing but so exciting to read. Twist after twist in their tale of escape keeps you turning pages. You feel the dread, the weariness of the journey through the author's words. You also get a deep insight into Tibetan culture and people, although this account may be been outdated now since things might have changed.
In conclusion, this book is a true memoir, absolutely riveting account of escape and travels in Tibet. You must read this for the exciting journey or if you like reading adventure based books and to understand erstwhile state of Tibet.
#qotp What's the country or region you like to read about? Do you enjoy reading based on travel writing?
I rate - 4.5/5
Wanderlust is a state of Being for me. Countries, cities , places , food and people define what I am today. The places I have visited has always left an impact. When we decided to do the Wanderlust theme, I was scared, nervous that I may do it wrong. But I think we passed 😊
We are in love with all the unboxing pictures you are sharing. Keep them coming. Tag them with #bnbjuly .
This picture is by @reader_viddh showing off the beautiful Wanderlust Backpack we sent in the boxes. .
The most beautiful state I have visited in India is Kerala. Truly God's own Paradise. And it's reeling under a huge disaster today. Please come forward for help. Do whatever u can. Contribute which ever way you can, but please come forward. We have posted some ways u can contribute on our stories.
Always intrigued by my love for gore and violence , I picked this book - Stalking Jack the Ripper by @kerrimaniscalco - up namely for the beautiful cover and the name Jack the Ripper.
For those who don't know, Jack the Ripper was an infamous murderer back in the 1800's.
The book was nicely written and well paced and delivered gore and blood in perfect doses which satisfied me highly during my night time read. The Killer should have been actually quite predictable but in my half asleep status I couldn't which made it all the more fun. It also became whydunit instead of whodunit for that reason for me.The romance part was off putting me , could have done without it but yes I loved their banter at times!
Quite a quick read too!
Cant wait to read book 2 and await the release of book 3!
Rating : 3.5 / 5
Recommended to those who like a nice murder mystery and love gorey descriptions.
This was the first book for my second word WORDS for #mbersws hosted by @mumbaibookstagram .
I was tagged by @just.one.morechapter for #whatifbooktag
1. If you could re-live the experience of reading a book for the first time, which book would it be? - I'd say it has to be Beelzebub manga! I died laughing while reading it!
2. If you could be the villain or Hero of any story, which would it be?
- Red from Pokemon manga! Pokemon world has and always will be my first love! 💙
3.If you could have 3 books from your wishlist, which would you pick?
- umm I am gonna cheat on this.
ASOIAF box set, HP Box set, Fullemetal Complete Box set.
I tag @thebooklovingpanda @theunreadshelfies @firebreathingbq @thebookwhiz @sakshi_and_books
" - one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker."
A gentle and humorous take on Women and Fiction, A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf makes a splendid and profound statement. It's about understanding the divide between intellectual freedom and its expression. The brutal, and often misconstrued, truths about creativity.
Woolf's unapologetic thoughts help you understand yourself more vividly as when you find it hard to understand others. And as you move closer to examine yourself as a writer, an artist, or a performer, it takes you an even greater distance toward the true meaning of life. And its sentiment.
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra | Basically 👉🏼 watched the @netflix_in show, love it, can’t wait to know what happens next! This is one of the most ignored books in my #TBR list. I’ve always wanted to read it, started a couple of time but the sheer volume of the book breaks me every time. I love big books, but this one, I can’t even carry around so its limited to reading only at home #notafanofebook . Giving this one more shot; wish me luck.
This month is unbearable. I've got tons of project work to do, plus the reading and the assignments and let's not forget the "exams approaching in a month". It's been a busy week, yet I've finally managed to finish this text, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.
So basically I loved reading this one, it was a little tiring because of all the work and stress, but the story and the journey it takes you through, is truly fascinating.
The story of this novel revolves around a little boy named, Tom Sawyer. He is little but his dreams and adventures are not at all little. The most interesting quality I found in this character is the enthusiasm. Wherever he goes, with whoever it may be, he is enthusiastic and all worked up to explore the place. Not to mention he gets in trouble every time, but for him, adventures are what matter in the end.
Another interesting thing in the story is the presence of a famous character, created by none other than Mark Twain himself, Huckleberry Finn. There's a solo book on Huck's adventures too, but we can find him going on adventures with Tom in this book as well. I personally loved both the characters, and as I've not yet read Huckleberry Finn, I'm more than excited to read it.
I know these are children's classic, but to be honest, you don't need to be a child to read them. I for one am trying to get my hands on all kinds of literature I find, so be it children. I enjoyed this book to the fullest and thus I'd love to recommend you this one for funny adventures with Tom and Huck!
~Suggest me some other works by Mark Twain if you have read any? Also, which adventure in Tom Sawyer was your favourite?
I have met loads of wonderful people on the internet and I am forever grateful to have met these awesome people but these post goes to that ONE person! The ONE person without whom this bookstagram ac may not exist , my GR account would have remain dead af , I wouldnt have come accross any of the 1000+ wonderful books this and past year , I wouldn't even be reading as much and yes , I wouldn't have met any of the bookish people that I now am dearly friends with whether new or now old!
I would like to dedicate this post to one of the most wonderful human I have come across the internet and one of the strongest woman I know who keeps shedding light on my days of darkness now and then , @iamshalinichoudhary , yes you! 💙
This post should have been made a week ago , but as forgettable as I am , so sorry for that! But better late then never , I'd finally like to wish you a very very Happy Birthday (Belated) ! Thank you for being in my life and you will forever have my gratitude ! And just remember if you ever felt negativity and doubt your existence, remember this post as without you , this person wouldn't be doing a lot of things , things that make him happy!
We have never met but just look at the impact you did! I know its not much but I guess that makes us indirectly each others ray of light :)
Again a very Happy Birthday! I pray for all the happiness and good luck and amazing times to come to you 💙
QOTD : Do you guys have such people in your life too? From the Online fam?
PS : I really wanted to put Poha in the pic but I forgot to mention and mom didnt make it 💔
“Everyone's interesting if you stare at them long enough."
Made you up was a fascinating read with a bit of frustrating at times. I am so glad I finally got to read this book. Its so beautifully written, it broke my heart to see Alex struggle. She’s the perfect unreliable narrator. Her world is full of people, objects and colours which may or may be not be real. The story unfolds beautifully from Alex’s point of view. The glimpse into the world of someone with paranoia and schizophrenia was something very new and heart-breaking for me. As Alex puts it aptly: “Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.” After reading this book, I realised how much I take things for granted. The line between reality and imagination is really thin and it can be very difficult to tell one from the other sometimes. That’s what Alex faces on a day-to-day basis. She doesn’t know for sure if the furry cat running on the road a while back was really there. When such mundane things can be so difficult to place into real or imaginary, imagine how difficult it would be to determine if a big conspiracy that no one else seems to know about, is real or just a thing made up by your brain. Alex faces such a dilemma when she joins a new school and extraordinary things keep coming up: a large snake showing up in the school ceiling, bodyguards on the roof of a public school, the guy with Blue eyes whom she thought to be her imaginary friend as a kid. Alex faces these difficulties every single day. She can’t tell if Blue eyes is actually real or just a figment of her imagination who popped up again in her life, years after their first encounter in the shopping mall. When its so difficult to identify what is real and Alex can’t trust her own experiences, whom can she trust? How should she draw the line between real and imaginary when the boundaries are so fickle?
QOTD: Do you have specific days for posting?
I post pictures only on Sundays so that I get enough time to work on ideas for the picture and stuff. But today was the most unplanned one. I kept on procrastinating the entire week and completely forgot about it. Only a few hours ago I realized today is posting day! But I didn't get any time today to take pictures so used this one which I had clicked a few weeks ago and stored for emergency like today! 👅
Anyway! @inkand.imagination tagged me to do the #bookslikefriendstag ♥
1) BFF book (one you cannot live without) - A Catcher in the Rye
2) Emotional one (one that makes you cry) - A Thousand Splendid Suns
3)The Funny one (one that makes you laugh) - Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I don't laugh really but it is my go to books!
4) The Wild one (one that was very unpredictable) - Never Let Me Go
Tagging some lovelies! 🌈
So, while everyone is busy participating in #discoveringindia readathon, I never bind myself to reading one kind of books. I am a whimsical reader who picks up whatever she can find, whenever.
But at this time of the year, I thought Midnight's Children was a perfect read, given that it's based around Partition and related events.
For me, it was a 4.3★ read, I'd say. It has its ups and downs, but mostly, it's a steady read. The only thread that I find hard to believe is Picture Singh hearing of another man of his calibre and coming to Mumbai, but I guess that's it.
Another point that I really loved is that magic realism, after reading Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor feels like a colour that changes gradients according to the painter and their brush.
All in all, a perfect read at the perfect time, not just because it's Independence Day next week, but because I feel like I was ready for this book, which I had first taken up back in 2011 and hadn't understood more than the first couple of pages.
#qotd : have you ever picked up books and felt yourself lacking, intellectually or emotionally? And the same books, when you return to them after a while, feel like magic?
The most shocking thing is when you are reading a book by an author and you hear the news that he is no more. Deeply shocked by the death of another gem of an author V.S. Naipaul.
I have always wanted to read this book but maybe it was planned for me to read it now. .
A House for Mr. Biswas is a book that deals with one's search for an identity and settlement. Through Mr. Biswas, the author narrates to us the story of thousands of people looking for a 'HOME' to call their own. The way he narrates the plights and events of the protagonist's life makes you feel connected. What a genius craftsman of words!
Today's post is dedicated to one of the greatest children's author of all time and for whom I can proudly say I have actually read 100+ books! It's none other than the Enid Blyton whose 121st birthday is today!
I was 10 and eager to read loads of books so my parents took me to this one small library under a bridge and made my account. Seeing so many books had made my heart ecstatic. I started with all the comics and once done I asked the librarian what to read next. He took me to a pile of books from where I first gobbled up all the classics and then finally Enid Blyton.
My first Enid blyton book was probably a Secret Seven book then famous five and then all the hostel series and from then on there was no stopping me.
I mean who doesnt want to have a cool club with secret passwords with your friends and a faithful doggo and go on exciting adventures and have wonderful food?
Or all the same with cousins?
Or finally having the chance to know what happens around the lives of people who go to boarding schools or hostels , something you would never know because you're a regular school kid?
Or having your mystery and fantasy mood satisfied with all her mystery series and the adventure series.
Or being enchanted with fables just before sleeping so you could have amazing dreams filled with creatures from lore and fables?
Enid Blyton has given me the best of times and to this date remains my stress relief read when I either give my exams or I am in my reading slump.
What about y'all? Do share some memories!