**spoiler alert** I was told that this book features in Top 100 Recommended books on some charts.. etc etc.. like how the movie is not as great as the...more**spoiler alert** I was told that this book features in Top 100 Recommended books on some charts.. etc etc.. like how the movie is not as great as the book.. and one must read the book.. they also said it was funny and humorous and so out of this world.. well I think only the ‘out of this world’ applies as it is about galaxy.. but it was definitely out of my likes.. or you can say ‘Good Reads’....
Heard so much but the book failed to meet my expectations. I dragged my way hoping it to take off.. make me laugh and enjoy the read.. I kept turning to the end of the book to count how many pages left.. is the right side of the book thinning.. but no it wasn’t coming to an end.. thankfully the book happens to be short and you can choose to not read the next 4 parts.. and after my first book experience I definitely don’t intend to read any more.. I had ordered the 5 book collected edition and felt great that I would be able to read all the five parts together and won’t have to wait for the next part....
Anyways now why didn’t I like it.. first reason the terms and the definitions of things went over my head.. I am not too much into astronomy and you need to have a basic course to understand few of the things in the book.. I had seen the movie first so i could relate to some of the terms but as much as I remember the movie had a different story though the plot and characters were the same... as regards to the popular belief I liked the movie better of the two.. which is very rare and ironical for me as I am a staunch believer of Books over Movies.. anyways I think I just didn’t like the book so maybe I would rank it lower than anything...
Or probably the other reason for not liking it – was that it wasn’t just my type.. it was fiction but not real.. it was supposed to be funny but not situational comedy.. it had twists and turns but not natural... so overall it was not to my taste... and over time I have learnt especially on books.. “To each to its own” so those who love it I am good with that.. and those who hate it .. I am better with that!!!(less)
I have been reading this book for past one year and finished it only today. Reading in between the time when I finished other books and was getting a...moreI have been reading this book for past one year and finished it only today. Reading in between the time when I finished other books and was getting a new one, I had to recall whatever happened till the pages I had read. so we can conclude that this book didn't leave much of an impression on my mind or memory. anyways I read it because I wanted to read a book by Mulk raj Anand and moreover the topic seemed quite a different one than the usual ones. It talks about a day in the life of an untouchable and how he actually sees the world treating himself and finds his answers afetr all the problems he goes through.
We all have bad days and we all look for answers to the big problems we face and how world treats us whether as being a women, being poor, being uneducated, being out of place, being unclued to the topic being discussed or being lonely or like being untouchable. and we all get over it - find some logic or reason to how this happened and learn to cope with it just like Bhakha in this book. So read on because we all are liek Bhakha but in our different social sections or zones.(less)
Its supposed to be a predecessor to 'Da Vinci Code' but as the trend goes it does not even deserve to be a successor or related to 'Da Vinci' in any m...moreIts supposed to be a predecessor to 'Da Vinci Code' but as the trend goes it does not even deserve to be a successor or related to 'Da Vinci' in any manner. The book is pathetic & I did not even enjoy it for an iota.. Da Vinci had triggered a lot of curiosity in me & I had gone on internet & reasearched on various historical facts & figures that Dan Brown had quoted in the book.. but angels & demons had no head or tail. Now where to start the negatives list.. 1. There was no mystery - infact the mystery & the solutions were imposed on the book & the plot.. the characters were shown in one light in 1st half & then changed to another.. Most of the characters were shallow & too many things were happening to really help the plot or the climax.. 2. Langdon & some sleek chick Vittoria were running all over Vatican City to find the 500 year old Illuminati path which noone believed existed till date but was found out over 5 hours.. 3. Langdon only cared for chastity of Vittoria & the archivel records rather than saving human lives or the impact of anti matter.. 4. The usage of Galileo or Bernini or Illuminati leaders was horrible and it would have made them die again in their graves. 5. I agree that the paradox of God vs evolution, religion vs science, matter vs antimatter, Church vs Illuminati exists but the usage of the same in such a light was ridiculous. 6. There were too many pieces in the puzzle which just made it complex - like antimatter technology blowing up Vatican, Hassasin killing the preferriti (all 4 Pope elects), Pope having a child thru test tube technology, Illuminati arising after say 200+ years, branding dead people with Illuminati symbols, track to Illuminati den being ridiculously laid with stupid clues to peigons, fountains and Bernini sculptors. 7. I felt that Dan Brown got so carried away with his concept that ultimately he forgot to create a climax & then took a complete U-turn & created a physcho villain out of the super hero just to end the story with some weird reasoning. 8. How can so much happen over less than 24 hrs - so many innocent people just dieing for no reason, a symbologist & a scientist running all over Vatican unearthing history of 500 years successfully, 6 Popes or might be Popes being killed, people falling from helicopters and not a scratch, and still it is a happy ending...
the only miracle is my completing the book!!!(less)
A freak book with a freakish outlook to economics. It’s like you are watching Discovery channel but with a mix of scandal and comedy.. So there are in...moreA freak book with a freakish outlook to economics. It’s like you are watching Discovery channel but with a mix of scandal and comedy.. So there are interesting findings but so freakishly outrageous that you would think this is a joke. But the guy backs it with the data. But as we all know data can be shown as the user wants, you can play down and play up whatever you want and come to your own calculations.
After all the entire theory of economics is based on zillion of assumptions. So when you read this book the only assumption you make is taking it with a pinch of salt. Enjoy the read but don’t think so much. There can be an element of truth but not all truth. There can be an element of false but not all false. So they have just made a nice cocktail of economics, news, politics, scandals, criminals, etc and made it into ‘Freakonomics’.
I generally don’t have an appetite for non-fiction, in fact I hate them, but this wasn’t exactly the same, means it’s at your discretion how you look at it. But if you are a Non-fiction person you should just lap it up and add to your collection.(less)
The second chapter itself of the book starts with the qualified lagging's in the Jane Austen books.
A partial list of things not found in the books of...moreThe second chapter itself of the book starts with the qualified lagging's in the Jane Austen books.
A partial list of things not found in the books of Jane Austen: - Locked room murders - Punishing kisses - Girls dressed as boys (and rarely the reverse) - Spies - Serial killers - Cloaks of invisibility - Jungian archetypes, most regrettably doppelgangers - Cats
Now that's something you never expect from a book names after Jane Austen and meant for its fans. Second, you never thought that there was ever any lack of drama in her books. So how can anyone say it should have had elements of spies, serial killers, cross dressers, murders or even cats to add to all the hullabaloo.
I have only good things to say about this book. The most unique style of writing, with the story told by multiple narrators in sets. From people to an...moreI have only good things to say about this book. The most unique style of writing, with the story told by multiple narrators in sets. From people to animals, from living to nonliving, from real to symbolic characters - the story develops so many dimensions and point of views, that it nourishes and intrigues you as a reader. The narrators vary from the main characters Black, Esther, Shekure, Butterfly, Stroke, Olive, Orhan, Master Osman, to a corpse, a random Dog, color Red, a painted Horse, the unknown Murderer, to Satan, or just a Woman. Most books have either a protagonist or a third party unbiased narrator of events, but here you have more narrators than characters in the book. The story flows smoothly with each narration, giving others point of view to the same events but without forcing you to take sides or form opinions.
It's a culturally rich book explaining the complex and extinct art of Miniature painting, Royal patrons, religious connotations and conditions, aspiring artists, politics of the workshop and the underlying competition and jealousy. Pamuk's writing takes you straight to the streets of ancient Istanbul and you can visualize the story unfolding in front of your eyes. You are there, when the murder happens, when the murderer is running, when others are being questioned, when people are talking, at the secret wedding, when the masterpieces are being created. But you still can't figure who the murderer is? Pamuk holds your curiosity till the last page.
The book was deep and complex based in an unfamiliar age, genre and setting. Every time I got back to the book I had to choose a silent corner and read at least three to four pages, before its soft sensation warmed my palette. It was like drinking the warm Qahwah (Kashmiri Tea), it had to be warm and steaming to have the soothing effect you wanted. The book too can't be read in a hurry or even warmer.
Hence, a marvelous book.. mystifying and demystifying the ancient world of Miniature art, politics, crime and religion. Some beautiful lines from the book as a food for thought. Each word tells a story.
I had always heard about this legendry book & the movie, but I always thought it would be some arty classic story about boring stiff upper lip Bri...moreI had always heard about this legendry book & the movie, but I always thought it would be some arty classic story about boring stiff upper lip British society. But to my surprise it turned out to be a cute, romantic story with a beautiful ending. E M Forster has similar style & story setting as Jane Austen, but it does not glorify the high society airs, pretentious behaviour or significance of marriage & money. It simply touches the gentle theme of love & treating man & woman equal when it came to emotions & relationships. (less)
In your teens and 20s you are impatient to leave your roots and fly away to explore a whole new world, the charm of new, and in your 30s or 40s you th...moreIn your teens and 20s you are impatient to leave your roots and fly away to explore a whole new world, the charm of new, and in your 30s or 40s you think of going deeper and deeper to dig your roots, the hidden treasures, the legacy, the pas, the charm of old, even if it lies in Heat and Dust.
This is what this book stands for, when a young woman, goes back to India to explore her family's ties and the underlying gossips or truth for that matter. She is different and she chooses a different life and journey for her. The choice to go digging into the old scandal when a British officers wife ran away with an Indian prince. The charm of a scandal, probably love or just plain simple boredom.
Why do we do this? Why do we leave the comforts and security of home to explore the world or why we dig deeper rather than just grow and expand ourselves. Is it regressive or progressive. The question is why do we experiment or cherish. The basic nature of all human beings, this is what makes us different. We don't learn from our mistakes, we don't leave the past alone, we redo and relive assuming it will be different this time.
Overall Heat and Dust is a simple well written story. It could be a story of any strange foreigner yousee roaming around the ruins of India exploring the Indian heritage or probably their own history thru the British regime of the past. History, heritage, heirlooms the only possessions, rest belongs to others.
Shame - the masterpiece of a master storyteller. I have read some Rushdie in past and every book has been an eye opener. Though his form of writing is...moreShame - the masterpiece of a master storyteller. I have read some Rushdie in past and every book has been an eye opener. Though his form of writing is technically called - Magical Realism. For me it’s pure and simple magical mythical storytelling. The way he writes is how ancient history is called as mythology. He picks up historical situations whether India's partition in 'Midnight's children, Kashmir extremism in 'Shalimar - the Clown, or Pakistan's politics in 'Shame' and the characters turn into mythological creatures walking the earth and changing it with their hidden powers of information, manipulation, wills and whims. The state leaders are no less than mythological Devils with their evil desires. But there is no goodness in his books, all the characters are evil, there is no happy ending, there is no moral lesson, there is no hope or joy. Life goes on as a torturous grind.
Shame - is based on political state of Pakistan in 60-70s with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Zia-ul-Haq tug of war. The landlords, military power, Pakistan- Bangladesh Split, One unit policy, Baluchistan conflict, dictators and corrupt politicians, daughters as heirs, and everything which shaped history and Pakistan. He takes all these ingredients and weaves in that how 'SHAME' (Haya in Urdu) becomes the root cause of violence - insults, failures, rejections, lust, power, all roads led to Shame and this one road led to violence. The mass murders, backstabbing, killings, everything in the name of Shame. Shame is the most dangerous emotion, even more than fear and anger which too arise post Shame and lose of honor. And being shameless in a shameful society is nothing but an act of Shame.
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