Only after I'd read a few pages, I'd decided to finish this book as early as possible - just to know what idiotic works...moreDisappointing; not recommended.
Only after I'd read a few pages, I'd decided to finish this book as early as possible - just to know what idiotic works of the Indian authors do get published, and to stop others from reading it.
However the vampire story by Judy Balan is quite creative and interesting. Even Shoma Narayanan's ghost comedy, 'The X-Boss' is fun to read.
Harsh Snehanshu's 'The Summer Showers', however a bit perverse, is entertaining and does infuse some feelings. And Parinda Joshi's crime thriller, 'An Unlikely Accomplice' is quite better than the others.
But two of the stories are so insipid that anybody would be writing in their daily journals, and two of the stories will make you feel as if you were reading porn. Not to mention the bad English at many places. They literally caused me headaches.(less)
Firstly, like in all of his books, he'd begin with a real-life example (a pretty long one), which wouldn't be so shocking as the subtle, unexpected, non-intuitive factors responsible for causing it, which he'd draw out after it. And thirdly, he'd explain the psychology behind what shocked you; generalise it to make it some weird, unbelievable "Law"; but ultimately, shock you even more by lucidly proving that law.
So all through the book, he'd make you feel thirsty - during the storytelling - for that psychological inference that he would draw out of it; and in the end, leave you flabbergasted, turning your vision towards the world filmed with those laws that you would start believing in.
I won't be surprised if now I start experimenting with 'The Law of the Few', 'The Stickiness Factor' and the 'Power of Context' in my own surroundings. After all, "experimentation doesn't have serious consequences" (except in case of suicidal methods of course).
Some fascinating things that I learned, or which I now believe strongly, after reading this book:
¬ The world — much as we want it to — does not accord with our intuition. ¬ Peer influence and community influence are more important than family influence in determining how children turn out.
¬ The sweeping effects of 'word-of-mouth'. ¬ We don't seek out friends. We associate with the people who occupy the same small, physical spaces that we do. ¬ The more acquaintances you have the more powerful you are.
¬ Emotion is contagious. ¬ Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context. The reason that most of us seem to have a consistent character is that most of us are really good at controlling our environment.
And summing up:
¬ The world may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push — in just the right place — it can be tipped.
Reading Marley and Me, I could again feel the paws of my dog on my shoulders, his drool on my face; I could...moreMy most-loved book! Totally fun and moving!
Reading Marley and Me, I could again feel the paws of my dog on my shoulders, his drool on my face; I could relive all my playful, tiring, happy, sad and disgusting moments with him.
Quoting John Grogan himself, “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like [Marley].”
He’ll teach you about living each day with exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart … about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.
My indulgence in the story doubled owing to his portrayal of the perfect relationships, interwoven amongst husband, wife, children and their dog. You learn not only about caring for (or handling) your dog, but also about the essential values in a marriage, in parenthood and society.
“Marley, you are a great dog”, like all dogs are, yet unique. (less)
Everything is implicitly yet so intricately portrayed by Tagore - Amal's innocence; his yearning to roam around and live i...moreShort, simple and nostalgic!
Everything is implicitly yet so intricately portrayed by Tagore - Amal's innocence; his yearning to roam around and live in the outside world; his philosophy- childish yet wiser than the grown-ups; Sudha's unspoken love for him; his uncle's worries; and the peculiar characters of the watchman, the dairyman and Gaffer; all with a touch of the bookish Doctor's humour - this pastoral play will surely draw you in.(less)
Quite a credible science-fiction - although at some points, I did feel demagnetized, when it seemed like I was rather reading 'Man vs. Wild'.
Th...moreQuite a credible science-fiction - although at some points, I did feel demagnetized, when it seemed like I was rather reading 'Man vs. Wild'.
The queer, innocent love between the Time Traveller and the Eloi - Weena: so beautifully unique! And the chromatic portraiture of the gruesome Morlocks - I found my heart thumping as if they were crawling over my own neck!
When you read it, everything he has talked about - the darkness, the Sun, the heat, the cold of the dying Earth, the future vegetation - it naturally creates an imaginary world around you, which makes the book alive.
The end too is perfect, and sweet as well - "... even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man."(less)
Jhumpa Lahiri writes with so molecular details, and each of the 9 stories in the book seemed so real to me that...moreA classic read – at least for Indians.
Jhumpa Lahiri writes with so molecular details, and each of the 9 stories in the book seemed so real to me that I had to look at the back cover twice while reading them – to check the genre. Surprisingly, it’s fiction – and I still doubt it!
Throughout the book, different pages trigger different emotions. Moreover, all of the characters & the incidents in the book are so life-like; I could easily recollect similar circumstances from the past, around me. She’s often highlighted, quite brilliantly, the difference between Bengal & America, in terms of the people’s behavior, traditions & culture.
One queer style of the author is to give an abrupt ending to the stories. However, it’s good in a way – at every end, one is bound to get lost in its thoughts, re-picturing what had happened & wondering what would follow.
The fun part was knowing what the characters, esp. Bibi Haldar and Boori Ma would be speaking in Hindi.
And I even learnt the names of many Hindi food items in English!(less)
Beautifully written; un-put-downable! What I loved the most in this play is the character of Aziz - his wit & humour - and of course, the decisions...moreBeautifully written; un-put-downable! What I loved the most in this play is the character of Aziz - his wit & humour - and of course, the decisions of Tughlaq - that one would find as really canny at some events, but way more foolish at other times.
Also, as impressive are Girish Karnad's lucid depictions of royal manners & lifestyle and of the Hindu-Muslim thoughts prevailing in India. Just one thing - the end is what disappointed me a bit.
Anyway, maybe Tughlaq was so mad because he was an insomniac! (I don't know if he was so in reality too.)
I perhaps would not have picked up this book any time soon, had my friend Monica not told me about it - Thank you so much...moreOne of my most Loved books...
I perhaps would not have picked up this book any time soon, had my friend Monica not told me about it - Thank you so much, Monica ... ;)
Tuesdays With Morrie will make you think about Life openly; it'll make you understand and live your Life in a much, much better way.
What Love actually means? What's the hurry in Life? Why to run behind Money & Fame? What's wrong with the beliefs of our community? The simplicity of Death, Pain, Marriage and everything - Morrie's philosophy is the best and the most illuminating.
Reading his words, I feel a unique bond has been developed between me and Morrie (and there's nothing strange about it) - and I believe it's this bond that will help me to be true to him, to live as freely as he wants all of us to live.
The world would really be a better place if everyone sees the world the way he did.(less)
I found this book while I was searching in the library for just any book by Richard Bach.
To know what it was about, I flipped open some page in the mi...moreI found this book while I was searching in the library for just any book by Richard Bach.
To know what it was about, I flipped open some page in the middle, and found the whole page blank, except just one line written in the center. It read: ‘Your depth of intimacy with another is inversely proportional to the number of others in your life.' I gave this a thought, and I found it impressive – it was really true!
And on the back cover, the line that caught my eyes was: ‘Open it, and whatever you need to know is there.’
So, this book is not one of those you just read in one go. It says that you are supposed to ask any question you have in life, open just some random page, and you’ll get the answer!
I tried with two vital questions that I had in my life, and to my surprise, honestly, both of them were appositely answered!
I’d decided that very moment that I want to own it. But I can’t express what was going through my mind after reading those three lines that I’d already had. But yes, it was something so exceptionally powerful, that I couldn’t refrain myself from reading it all up. And I did what I was compelled to.
Unlike some who might feel so, I did not feel that it is anything like a run-of-the-mill, dull self-help book. All that’s written in this book, I felt to be true (including the line on the last page).
However, I did find apt answers to my questions, I can’t say yet, if everyone would really find the answers to their questions. Do test the book before you buy it.
But one thing I can certainly say – reading the whole book, I’m a much more confident and happier person, as the main thing that the book instills in you is the fact (and not the belief) that everything is in your hands.
Mind-blowing ... quite all the way! Only a few books can make everyone laugh out loud while reading. This is one of those.
I must say I'm in love with D...moreMind-blowing ... quite all the way! Only a few books can make everyone laugh out loud while reading. This is one of those.
I must say I'm in love with Douglas Adams' style of writing and his imagination - both simply unmatched. He indeed can beautifully bring out his characters' emotions & expressions to words.
And the fun part is ... the whole book - the crafty (and some unpronounceable) names of the characters; their dialogues overflowing with stupidity, curiosity and childish stubbornness & blubber; the extraterrestrial (rather extra-galactic) concepts; The Guide's bewildering definitions - everything drifts me to another parallel Universe! And his peculiar manner of stretching the words, it makes it sooooooo easier to get drowned in the unimaginable outer space.
I am going to read this book again.. and if I'd not be satisfied even then, then perhaps thrice ... and so on.
But it was after I finished this story, that I realized that Adams is not done with just one Hitchhiker's! Too excited to read the other parts now!(less)
This is the most interesting of the non-fictions that I've come across.
Almost all of the questions are such that, at some point in time, they must hav...moreThis is the most interesting of the non-fictions that I've come across.
Almost all of the questions are such that, at some point in time, they must have sprung up in my mind too! And the answers are so insightful, yet so lucid that one would fall deeper in their love of Science.
Yes, some answers are quite long and boring, but then there are funny ones too.
An anytime-readable and a must-keep-forever!(less)
An awesome read for beginning with Literature. Reading Macbeth, everyone is bound to get lost in the characters - Shakespeare has so beautifully narrat...moreAn awesome read for beginning with Literature. Reading Macbeth, everyone is bound to get lost in the characters - Shakespeare has so beautifully narrated this play, and the way he has painted the human qualities is simply so real. Although Macbeth's character is not so good, but it really is so close to life, that if I'd get a chance to act on this play, I'd choose to play his role - not for he's the main character, but because of the dramatic changes happening in his life, his reactions to them: his feelings and his loud expressions. (less)
This was such a waste of time - the book could be easily written in 10 pages at the max! The lessons taught were not bad, but the way he's put them - s...moreThis was such a waste of time - the book could be easily written in 10 pages at the max! The lessons taught were not bad, but the way he's put them - so childish & boring!
Had it not been gifted to me, I wouldn't even have picked it up seeing the title itself. (less)
Animal Farm credibly brings forth a clear picture of the ill appendages that come with power. The best feature is George Orwell's brilliant imaginatio...moreAnimal Farm credibly brings forth a clear picture of the ill appendages that come with power. The best feature is George Orwell's brilliant imagination of the animals' thinking & behavior. He has given a rundown of Boxer's determination, Squealer's convincing skill and Napoleon's cunning, in so rich a way that I often find myself equating the people around me with those animals!
And in human world too - Some people are truly more equal than others.(less)
Although the shortest, but this is the best book I've ever read. It strengthened my self-confidence, and I believe that I will never again be ashamed...moreAlthough the shortest, but this is the best book I've ever read. It strengthened my self-confidence, and I believe that I will never again be ashamed of being an Outcast. 'The gull sees farthest who flies highest' - it says it all.(less)
I saw this book in my library & its cover made me think as if the book was there for me! I read it and really found it intriguing. I had known befo...moreI saw this book in my library & its cover made me think as if the book was there for me! I read it and really found it intriguing. I had known before that there is some undiscovered power of the brain. But reading the accounts of the people in this book, and about the power - vividly explained by Malcolm Gladwell - all my doubts got cleared and now I can actually 'utilize' that hidden power.(less)
The most helpful one, and one of the best books I've ever read. It modified the goal of my life in just 27 pages' read. No doubt it's changing my way...moreThe most helpful one, and one of the best books I've ever read. It modified the goal of my life in just 27 pages' read. No doubt it's changing my way of thinking & my perception towards life.
Of course, as Edward Albee says in it, "You can't make people creative who are not creative"; but the book itself is so influential that it will 'incline' you towards BEING creative. A must read.(less)