A very nice graphical novel. I liked the dialogues of the Joker particularly when he talks about the memory being treacherous.. Also the digital editiA very nice graphical novel. I liked the dialogues of the Joker particularly when he talks about the memory being treacherous.. Also the digital edition has some awesome sketches.. ...more
This is an biographical account of a mother's unsuccessful struggle to prove her son, who was convicted with death penalty, is innocent. The guy was aThis is an biographical account of a mother's unsuccessful struggle to prove her son, who was convicted with death penalty, is innocent. The guy was arrested among the many and convicted wrongly by CBI in Rajiv Gandhi murder case.
This is a must read to know how all these people arrested just for knowing the people who killed Rajiv and not actually known or participated in it.
It is very disturbing to read the mother's feelings, having the son behind the bars expecting the death penalty for past 21 years (he was arrested at the age of 19) and hoping somehow he will get released. ...more
Socialism is something that is being touted as the way to achieve a utopian society for more than a century by a lot more intellects. When you read abSocialism is something that is being touted as the way to achieve a utopian society for more than a century by a lot more intellects. When you read about the socialism and its principles, it is very easy to accept all unless if you are blinded by the ‘faith of God’ or you are one of the capitalist. Then why did the world embraced the socialism even after more than hundred years? George Orwell tried to address it in this book. He starts with the status of working class and the difficulties in forcing out the class differences. Then he comes slowly to the socialism part and why it is finding itself difficult to be accepted by the majority.
Though the book was written in a totally different period (1930s) most of the things are, sadly, valid even now. I had never been to Britain and I don’t know the status of the working class there now. But I could compare it with the things I know in India and there are not many differences. First the status of working class and thought about them by the middle class people. They want to be aligned more with oppressing high class than with the working class. This is one of the important factors Orwell explains as the reason for socialism did not get well with the middle class.
Even now the situation did not get changed much. We can see a lot of people being underpaid for the effort they put in for the work. There are farmers, miners and lot of other workers who are being paid less than they deserve. The situation is not very great in middle class as well. Except few jobs there are teachers, clerks, in some cases engineers are being paid peanuts for the jobs they do. They stick to their jobs simply because they don’t want to beg (In fact, Beggars earn more than many of these people). But these middle class people who earn same or in some cases lesser than those workers, don’t want to be put in the same level of workers.
Orwell says not to force the class demolition as it would scare off middle class people and make then align with the oppressing class even more easily. Once the working class economically developed the class differences would be faded away, is the idea he puts up to pull the middle class people towards the socialism.
In western countries the problem ends there itself. But when it comes to India more than the economic class there is another big hurdle to be tackled by the socialists. That is the caste. Contrary to what I said in the above para, the middle class people would prefer to be aligned with the working class than to another middle class person when the other middle class person is of some low caste. By adopting the socialism we can ensure the economic equality but it will not be a complete one unless the caste barriers are thrown away. Unfortunately there is nothing about this in the book as, I think, it was not valid in England.
And I completely agree with Orwell on the part where he explains the socialism being not liked because of the socialists. Even in the current day, if I speak/blog about the socialism the first opposition would come from a socialist saying, ‘being an IT professional, how you can talk about the socialism?’ This kind of opposition would get them no one from middle-class which contained a lot of people in the similar kind of jobs.
Having said that, I am in a kind of dilemma on Orwell’s views when he says on the socialist leaders are not from the working class. He says most of them are either learned intellects or the converted middle class people who no more represents the working class. Though some holds truth, we cannot say the leaders from upper-middle-class or middle-class will not be able to help the poor to come up in the society. You definitely need some learned person to explain how this will work to the people, the working class and poor, who don’t know much about it.
The book was written when the fascism tried to spread its wings across the world. Orwell tried to explain it was important to adopt socialism otherwise fascism will occupy its place. And he explained why socialism is better than fascism. I was slightly disappointed at this though I know the intention was to pull the people to socialism from the blinds of capitalism. There were not many points he puts out against capitalism. He compared more about the fascism and socialism. It was like concentrating on the deadlier enemy and got killed by another one.
All said, this is one of the wonderful book if you want to know why such a highly praised socialism couldn’t succeed in itself. Also the book talks a lot about the working class people and their state in 1930 Britain which are very well covered by Orwell himself being with them for months. I liked the flow of the book. He started with the details of the livelihood of miners and other industrial area people, then he addressed the issue of demolishing the class difference, why socialism being opposed by middle-class and finally why socialism is the only choice available. ...more
As a rationalist, I had my hesitation to pick up a book that was based on an epic which was full of racist remarks on Dravidians and describing the KiAs a rationalist, I had my hesitation to pick up a book that was based on an epic which was full of racist remarks on Dravidians and describing the King should follow Manu Dharma.
I decided to pick this book up because it was in the view of Ravana and I hoped the rationalistic thought on Ravana’s character addressed in the book. And I was very happy that my expectation was fulfilled. The concepts of Aryan invasion and Dravidians termed as Asura established in many archaeological and rationalist books, all were set aside as atheistic views by the believers without even given a thought on it. I am really happy that a mass market fiction book took up this concept and delivered a very entertaining story.
Author of this book, Anand Neelakantan, is a good story teller. The way he unfolds the story to us in the views of Ravana and Bhadra was just the perfect way to give a neutral view of Ravana and Rama. I was pleasantly surprised to see a person from Brahmin background deliver such a wonderful story against idiotic Hindu philosophies based on caste.
Also, the book was very well written that at no place you feel like it is boring even towards the end where Bhadra turns a bit more philosophical. I liked the Ravana’s argument with Mahabali on why he would not get rid of the ten human emotions.
By portraying both Ravana and Bhadra completely normal human beings with their own flaws makes the book more believable. Actually we could easily relate ourselves with Ravana on his confusion on what is right, his ego and his actions and reactions and much more. Same with Bhadra on his misery, his anger on the politicians and the government, his self-pitiness on being unrecognized for his efforts for the country and lot more.
The irony is that this fiction based on the mythological epic is more believable than the original epic itself.
Overall, we have to thank the author for being one of the very few who are trying to add some quality books on the Indian writing category. The book would have been even better had some of typos were found and removed before the final copy. But these were very minimal compared to other Indian publishers’ books. Also since the story was interesting and well written you don’t really bother much about these. ...more
John Grisham’s Calico Joe, the novel based on a base ball player’s life or that is what I thought when I got to know the novel’s theme is base ball. BJohn Grisham’s Calico Joe, the novel based on a base ball player’s life or that is what I thought when I got to know the novel’s theme is base ball. But the novel turned out to be a wonderful read on an infamous incident (fictional only) in the view of the guilty person’s son and his attempts at a redemption.
John Grisham is a superb story teller who makes you think that you are reading a real memoir, not a fictional novel. The highlight of this novel is the reality. If he published this book as a non-fiction and had one such incident happened in the past, no one would’ve doubted him.
I liked the way the story unfolded. The way the story goes to the past and comes back to the future was very well edited and increase the interest in reading.
The foreword by Grisham on Baseball’s basics is very well written and cannot be better. I had never imagined a sport could be explained in a short 30plus pages with all the necessary things to know. I am sure if I watch Baseball now, I can understand it very well.
You would love the part of Joe castle’s past if you are a sports fan and you’ll start to watch baseball from now on. The final parts that are emotional and philosophical make the book even better. Particularly the chapters where Warren Tracey worried about not lead a good life, I couldn’t help thinking whether I am living a good life.
Grisham proved you don’t need a sudden twist and turn of events to make a book an interesting read. If you decide to read this short book of about 200+ pages, you’ll not regret. ...more