A little Bit of Bragging: Since the book in question picks up a lot of stuff from Sir Rushdie's life, let me brag about the only thing that conn A little Bit of Bragging: Since the book in question picks up a lot of stuff from Sir Rushdie's life, let me brag about the only thing that connects me to him. I live next to the house where he used to spend his summer vacation as a child! (Not that I saw him! That was way before we moved there.) But the fact that Salman Rushdie owns a house in my neighbourhood and might someday walk in while I am taking a walk by Anees Villa makes me want to mention it because, believe it or not, I have fallen in love with his writing!
Ah! I digress! So, coming back to the point... Midnight's Children was lent to me by a friend sometime last year but something I don't like thinking about, made me drop the book and return it to her. By that time, I had finished about 400 pages of this long but captivating novel and couldn't get it out of my head so, I borrowed it again from the same friend, read it (finally) and am now reviewing it.
There is no reason why you should not read Midnight's Children because it is as close as magical realism can get to real life while keeping its dark, seductive charm intact. It has all the good elements of a great political commentary, a vivid imagination and a cocky yet innocent kind of humour very unique to writers like Salman Rushdie . In fact, this is one of the rare novels which is as close as any book can get to Arabian Nights while being simultaneously close to the narration of Gabriel García Márquez . Read Midnight's Children if you like magical-realism or step into the genre with it, read it if you like fairy-tales which talk about politics or political novels which are written like fairy-tales. It will get slow, it will be hard to read and yes, you might reach the point where you'd just want it to end but it is a book which will continue to haunt you unless and until you don't finish it! ...more
This little beauty is like a Tim Burton story: it's strange, it's dark, it's funny and beautiful and you don't quite understand the narrator and his mThis little beauty is like a Tim Burton story: it's strange, it's dark, it's funny and beautiful and you don't quite understand the narrator and his mind. Kinda makes me confident that there's nobody like Murakami when it comes to crazy, quirky stories!...more
Beautiful, poignant and heart wrenching, Spirit Brides compels you to think about the power of love, the misery of being poor and hapless in a world fBeautiful, poignant and heart wrenching, Spirit Brides compels you to think about the power of love, the misery of being poor and hapless in a world full of people with money and power. Although the stories in this anthology are very very common, to almost every culture, but what makes it different, and beautiful is how they havebeen written. A must read really and all you need is half an hour!...more
I know a lot of people would be like: "What?! A book on diplomacy? And that too on foreign policy? And on Indian foreign policy at that...?"
But trusI know a lot of people would be like: "What?! A book on diplomacy? And that too on foreign policy? And on Indian foreign policy at that...?"
But trust me on this one, guys! It was totally worth my time!
I have to be pretty honest: if it wasn't for the fact that this book is slightly older than the current day foreign policy of India, and if it weren't for certain change in statistics, this would would be a 5 star read, and not just because I learned so so much from it!
Reading Mr Sikri's book is like listening to a good TED talk or one of those Interesting Talks at Oxford sessions. You simply cannot rest in peace, read something else or even concentrate on your research work (like me!) if you're reading this.
No, do not go by the size. Although seemingly small and not so lengthy, it will take you forever. In fact, if you have set your heart on reading it I recommend that you keep the following things close by: -An extra dark pencil -A sharpner (Trust me, you'll end up with a blunt pencil MORE often than you think! ) -Something to drop your pencil shavings in (Mine are still everywhere on the bed, including in my hair!) -Sticky notes (You need a whole stock of them.) -A pen and a pad.
Chances are even if diplomacy, politics and non-fiction is not your thing, you're still going to end up making a lot of notes. You're also probably going to be Googling a lot (and when I say "a lot", I mean a LOT!)
Do I recommend it to you?
Well, only if you're: a) An Indian who is more interested in what's going on in your country more than what's going on in a celebrity's life. b) Someone who is interested in International Relations, India or Indian diplomacy and politics. c) A research scholar or student of IR. d) Amateur political science lover....more
There are very few poets in the world that you can claim to read in a state of half sleep, early in the morning and who can still fill your heart withThere are very few poets in the world that you can claim to read in a state of half sleep, early in the morning and who can still fill your heart with their words, bewitch your senses and charm your imagination the way Pablo Neruda does. Apart from the poems of love and beauty, what really captured me in this collection was this particular poem about the mermaid and the drunks. An outwardly creature tormented by the world, surprised by how cruel humans can be, how inebriated they can be blind to all that is good and pure and simple, it was the one poem that said a thousand things through a short fable.
Neruda is the master of enchantment and I highly recommend this book to anyone, who claims to have even an ounce of feelings in their heart....more