My reasons for not liking the book. I know many people feel that this is more like a life altering book for them. But that's truly not the same in my...moreMy reasons for not liking the book. I know many people feel that this is more like a life altering book for them. But that's truly not the same in my case.
1. The book is more like hardcore history which has never been my choice of subject
2. I personally did find the book rather dry as it's major gossip written by a girl whose family is in hiding during World War II
3. I'm 22 and I guess I've grown over a book like this
Although i do agree, some (I REPEAT SOME) parts of the book make you smile, but if you ask me I wouldn't suggest this one as it's not one amongst books of my choice/ reading preference.(less)
The student from IIT, The executives making calls and now businessmen and sports fanatics. The characters, story lines and most impor...moreThe rating is 3.5
The student from IIT, The executives making calls and now businessmen and sports fanatics. The characters, story lines and most importantly the author has developed with all books in the series. I liked this book equally as much as I miss the way FPS was written. Somehow I always associate Chetan Bhagat with FPS and the rest.
The 3 Mistakes, is a book which has left a strong impact for sure. A story handled brilliantly and written in signature style of the author which doesn’t allow one to keep the book aside unless you don’t read it till the last word. So what if it’s not as funny as the earlier two books written by him, but still its special in its own way and I’m sure readers would surely agree.(less)
A 3.5 actually. Read this book ages ago so don't really remember the nuances of the must read sections. But some classic examples and cases discussed...moreA 3.5 actually. Read this book ages ago so don't really remember the nuances of the must read sections. But some classic examples and cases discussed which I can think of would be cases related to drug dealers, gun owners and swimming poools. Economics taught in its most raw form with some exciting and extremely interesting ways and not by graphs, tables etc. For more structured recommendations on books, movies, music albums, songs, websites et al. please make sure you visit Surreal Nirvana.(less)
A Thousand Splendid Suns is primarily a story of lives of two girls who become women through the years which are divided in four parts of the book. The first girl being Mariam, a girl who lived with her mother until she was a teen and due to some reasons not worth disclosing was married off when she was just a teenager. This forms the first part of the book. The atrocities and moments of sorrow which Mariam experiences in her life are explained with an unparallel style which make you feel emotionally attached to her and you start to empathize with a character which been crafted in your subconscious mind through the pages of the book. In the second part we’re introduced to the second girl or the second most important character of the book named Laila. This part of the book reflects on life of Laila and her bonding with her parents, her friends. Everyday moments lived by a daughter with her father that get etched in her memory forever and blossoming first love in this Laila’s life is the center piece of the character and this part of the book. The third part of the book is the real essence of the story when lives of Mariam and Laila are juxtaposed and the way a beautiful and the strongest relationship is created in the book. Divulging any further details about the book or the story would be a clear injustice. Part four provides just the perfect conclusion to the book.
Development of relationships and the way the characters and their lives progress with time between is one of the most prominent strength of Khaled which is evident in both his creations. A Thousand Splendid Suns wouldn’t be half as good if the sensitivity between characters and the grief, sentiments shared between then was handled in any other way. A Thousand Splendid Suns proves the unadulterated talent and genius of Khaled Hosseini. Make sure you read this one at the soonest possible opportunity and I can assure you won’t regret the decision. (less)
No serious disrespect to the author or all the rest of the readers who 'loved' the book, BUT I just didn't like it.
I genuinely fail to understand what...moreNo serious disrespect to the author or all the rest of the readers who 'loved' the book, BUT I just didn't like it.
I genuinely fail to understand what's the whole deal with this book and why has it got so much publicity and awards which it has garnered in the first place.
It's a story about a lonely and boring driver who hails from some village in a far fetched corner of my country (India). We've MILLIONS of boring uneducated losers like these who don't achieve anything significant in their lives. On the contrary it creates a picture wherein the protagonist achieves success due to a heinous act and getting away with it just so easily.
If you like reading chances are that you've heard of this book titled 'The Kite Runner' which is written by an exemplary author called 'Khaled Hosseini'. The Kite Runner, Hosseini's debut novel was first published in 2003 and is an extremely popular book which has now also been adopted in a movie of the same name. The movie released in 2007. The Kite Runner is primarily the story of a character called Amir and all the people that are close to him like his father, his love interest Soraya (who is introduced almost in the latter half of the book), and a kid called Sohrab who is introduced in the last few chapters an important character of story and Amir's life. But most importantly this book is about undying friendship between two characters (Amir and Hassan) that are brought together by destiny. The book talks about their bond, their rapport as friends who come across as brothers in spite of all their social differences, as a team of a skillful kite flier and an unbeatable kite runner. Without giving away any detail from the story line, the book progresses to a hideous turn of events which leads to disturbing repercussions. Since the story is set in Afghanistan, the war and the degeneration of the country and forceful circumstances result in Amir and his baba leave the country and get settled in the United States. And the way destiny plays its role on Amir's life which leads him back to Afghanistan on a journey that would change his life forever.
The story of this fiction novel is so extreme that I doubt if even a faction of the readers who've read this book identify with the situations which the characters of the book go through in their life. This is where the authors prowess comes to the fore, it's the way Khaled crafts a world in his creation and words; that you're hypnotized to such an extent that you just don't relate to the characters, but also their difficulties and misfortunes as if they were your own. The Kite Runner is a fruitful recommendation which would surely be loved by readers from all walks of life, because in the end it is a story about sentiments, which are constant and acts like a fiber in unifying all human beings despite all sets and reasons of differences.
I know this might just end up raising quite a few eyebrows, but still I somehow didn't like this book as much as it has been spoken about.
I'd not deny...moreI know this might just end up raising quite a few eyebrows, but still I somehow didn't like this book as much as it has been spoken about.
I'd not deny that the book is really well written and keeps you gripped most of the 900 pages. BUT, I think many would agree that at least 300 pages could easily be removed. I've also met people who tell me who liked this book because they could conveniently skip pages and still understand what's happening. The book surely is slow. Although some parts which did excite and interest me (forging passports, the protagonist initially getting used to Mumbai, etc) are handled really well.
My only problem with this book is that even after reading the last page, you might just end up saying, "Well it was a nice book, but I don't know why did the author write so many pages if he could've said the same in a few hundred pages less."
Nonetheless, if you still want some relaxed, fun, detailed reading and especially something about India, do pick up this book.(less)
One of the prime reasons why I like this book so much is because its written in a simple and structured manner which makes it fun to read. At the same...moreOne of the prime reasons why I like this book so much is because its written in a simple and structured manner which makes it fun to read. At the same time its also a good management book with anecdotes which shed light on various management related topics. Off hand I can think of topics like decision making, human resources, planning, execution, brand building etc. I'd suggest this book be read by all readers who like reading management books. Also one big advantage of this book is that it's in Indian setting so it's a little easy to relate to the events and details mentioned at times.(less)
Well I didn't really like this book as much as I liked 'If God Was A Banker' from the same author. But in a way it's unfair...moreThe rating is actually 2.5
Well I didn't really like this book as much as I liked 'If God Was A Banker' from the same author. But in a way it's unfair to compare both the books because they both belong to different categories altogether.
I Bought the Monk's Ferrari is a management oriented self help book which gives you commandments to follow which would lead you to a successful career and in the end help you own a Ferrari for yourself. Although Ferrari has an intrinsic meaning of its own in the book, it'd be the best if you read and figure out what it is.(less)
The first book in self help category that I've read. A lucid written book. It can be a little extra philosophical or preachy...moreThe Rating is actually 2.5
The first book in self help category that I've read. A lucid written book. It can be a little extra philosophical or preachy at times but I'd suggest you still read it. The story is easy to understand though the overall pace is quite slow. The best part of the book is at times it does make you feel good, so just give it a try.(less)