This is one of the most difficult books I have read. Difficult in the terms of its contents not the writing. To read horrors that are inflicted upon f...moreThis is one of the most difficult books I have read. Difficult in the terms of its contents not the writing. To read horrors that are inflicted upon fictional characters or even watch them on TV & in movies is one thing, to read something such as this and know it's happened for real it's rather disturbing.
In a world where freedom exists today in most nations in the most absolute sense, it's not easy to imagine the circumstances as they were. A normal teen today has so many luxuries at hand in most cases that to read this book broke my heart truly. Just imagining the thought of being confined to a place for a few hours is enough to drive anyone crazy but to be so desperate in a situation so trying that you have to not only subject yourself but your entire family as well to being confined is something that makes me have goosebumps at the mere thought.
Undoubtedly one of the most famous pieces of the literary world, The Diary of a Young Girl, penned by Anne Frank, is a gritty memoir of how the girl and her family were affected during the regime of Hitler in the era that stood witness to the horrific events of World War II.
I love reading books based during the Holocaust era, my favorite of these happens to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I have read it perhaps 5 times already and keep a copy of it on my Kindle too always. Although the book is so glum the way Zusak has written it is beyond beautiful.
But reading the plight of the Frank family who were forced to go into hiding fearing for their lives moved me. From age 13- 15, I remember being buried under books for my studies, wanting a new cell phone, a laptop exclusively for myself along with a few other things. I remember wanting to go on a shopping spree especially on my birthday and while shopping for Diwali, so reading a book where a teenager had to survive wearing clothes that did not fit her, reading that her mom & elder sister had to share even their undergarments since they were so short on clothes and washing them was a luxury they could not afford was in a word mind-boggling to me. The circumstances these people had to face was something nobody should have to go through ever.
To be locked up in a place for 3 years with 7 other people is something I don't think I want to even think about.
I remember road trips with my family going for hours at times, sure we made the occasional stops along the journey to refuel, eat, for using the public restrooms and sometimes to enjoy the view at a particularly beautiful place. Or sometimes it was a mere necessity risen out of the need to change a punctured tire or some other thing but even then I remember being extremely annoyed for no reason other than the fact that I had had enough of people around me. Even family, I think especially family can get on your nerves like nothing else particularly when you are in a place where you cannot walk out off, and what better place than a moving vehicle right? So the first chance I would get on these trips I would try to get some distance from them and off course stretch my legs. It's really not easy to remember why you love people when they are annoying you constantly for hours at end and having them in your face doesn't really help the matter.
So to guess what Anne and the others underwent mentally even after reading this book is not a piece of cake. Sure you can imagine it all you want but to be there is another thing altogether.
Anne is a feisty gal for sure, but it's so heartbreaking to think that at an age when she thinks she would love to study and go out she is constantly living under fear, addressed to her diary she fondly calls 'Kitty' Anne pours her heart out in this book.
She recounts how the pack of these survivors get through the days locked up in a facility from where they can witness countless Jews being marched to their deaths, hear bombs and guns going on, always awaiting the news that something, anything finally has worked and perhaps now they can be free.
Reading the plight that Anne and her sister Margot underwent after their arrest was so horrifying that I don't want to even go through that once again even to review it here.
All I can say is it is a testament to the strength of her father Otto Frank that he chose to publish his daughter' diary to be shared with the world.
Try as I might I cannot write anymore about this poor girl who deserved to live the life that was denied her.
On My Brother’s Baby Being a Little Slow to Start Speaking “The baby will talk when he talks, relax. It ain’t like he knows the cure for cancer and ju...moreOn My Brother’s Baby Being a Little Slow to Start Speaking “The baby will talk when he talks, relax. It ain’t like he knows the cure for cancer and just ain’t spitting it out."
Having been reading books back to back which were glum I needed a breather and what better way to do so then read something comic, and this book just fit the bill to the T, it was a fast paced, enjoyable read that cracked me up. This was the kinda humor I needed.
The best part about this book was may be the fact the author Justin Halpern wasn't simply 'quoting' his dad but with each chapter and a quote that was the theme of it there was a little story that went along which at times were sweet, hilarious or even heart warming. Despite the strong language used by the author' father you can say he is a loving man whose language can be attributed to his background of a war veteran but to his family he is a devoted guy who is just trying to raise his 3 sons with his wife to the best of his abilities and along the way dealing with the situations that arise while parenting kids no matter how old they get - 9 or 29.
"If a large part of your livelihood is adapting source material for the screen, you’re always on the lookout for deep characters, a beautifully craft...more"If a large part of your livelihood is adapting source material for the screen, you’re always on the lookout for deep characters, a beautifully crafted and compelling story, passion, violence, intrigue, humanity, and all the ambiguities that come with a fully realized world … and you never find them all in the same place. Except we did. It was exhilarating and terrifying. " - D. B. Weiss, Executive Producer & Head Writer, Game Of Thrones.
This line so aptly describes Martin' mammoth series A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration of HBO' insanely amazing series Game of Thrones.
I had never heard of the series or the author until I saw this on TV and had a jaw dropping moment, literally at all that I was seeing. It wasn't your average fantasy drama about a medieval kingdom with knights and princesses in love or princes being conspired against - well not all of it, as I expected it to be but it was a whole new level of crazy shit honestly and I was hooked. I have read fantasy and watched a lot of the genre too in terms of movies and TV shows but nothing of the sort of GOT. Its not just about magic or dragons or the cliche good wins over evil after a million hurdles type of show - its brutal, its violent, its downright sick at times and its terrifying how addictive it can be for the same reasons. There is sex, gore and so much bloodshed you honestly find it creepy and yet you love it. Martin hasn't just written a book about kings at war in a time where sorcery is present - he has created a whole world, characters, that you love or loathe or sometimes find feeling a bit of both.
At times the most unlikeliest character grows on you and you are dumbfounded and downright horrified - when you find yourself pitying an incestuous, arrogant knight who could kill a harmless innocent child without flinching but it seems does have goodness in his heart if given a chance to show.
So of course when I came across a book about the making of the show which is my new addiction I had to read it and it was as enjoyable to learn about the process of the making of a show which is unlike anything I had ever seen or will see probably.
I wanted to know the madmen who could have the courage and be insane enough to be the people behind this magnum opus and the tale of their blood and sweat which we witness every season in 10 episodes each year since the commencement of the show and it was worth the time and effort every bit.
By nature, I am not much of a non-fiction reader. Somehow the titles under this genre are simply not my cup of tea. However recently I was required to...moreBy nature, I am not much of a non-fiction reader. Somehow the titles under this genre are simply not my cup of tea. However recently I was required to read a book in this category owing to a challenge in one of the book clubs I am a member of, in Goodreads. So I chose Kerman' Orange is the new Black, given the hugely popular Netflix series I was curious enough to pick up the book.
Usually I find adaptations, movies or books not up to the standard of the books they are adapted from. Only a few actually live up to the reputation a series or a book has been able to achieve. While the Netflix series has not followed the book only set up the plot, based on Kerman' book which is based on her experiences in the women' prison she ends up in following her arrest on charges of money- laundering in a drug racket, its infinitely obvious the series is absolutely a thousand times better than the book.
Honestly I am surprised Netflix has managed to turn this damp squid into a profitable venture given the book managed to bore the hell out of me while I thoroughly enjoy the series.
Flat, shallow and coming across as dumb Kerman is no author to reckon with. Though her experience thankfully inspired a good show, her book is absolutely a waste of time as per me.
Recommending the series here, don't read the book unless prison memoirs are really your thing or you are so flat out bored of your mind you would probably chew cardboard to kill time.
Sometimes all you need from your life for it to not suck at the moment is a good laugh. Particularly at someone else' expense. Which is exactly what I...moreSometimes all you need from your life for it to not suck at the moment is a good laugh. Particularly at someone else' expense. Which is exactly what I needed when I picked up this book.
As Miley mania had died down, the twitter jokes/memes on Alok Nath and Neil Nitin Mukesh (Indians ought a know this) didn't seem that funny anymore and I was loath to rely on Charlie Sheen and not particularly interested in catching a rerun of two and a half men or Anger Management, I figured a book would be the apt choice to beat my misery.
And who better than Justin Halpern who confesses he has raked in the moolah he made based on the Shit his dad endlessly and humorously spouts off. Just like the previous installment Halpern penned Sh*t my dad says, I suck at girls is a comic caper based on the various instances of Justin' life and the precious pearls of wisdom his dad handed him down.
Nothing notably award-worthy as usual but a fun way to kill time and beat the blues.