Friday, 14 January 2022

A Room of One's Own

Last day I had to read and understand that the indirect tax laws in India. It was purely for academic reasons and i read it. I wouldn't recommend tax laws as a book that everyone should read - it's good to be aware of. But not to the granularity in which i am required to know. 
A room of one's own is such a book. It is clearly not my cup of coffee, I understood midway. It's academic and raw. Literature is not of my great interest, just like tax laws may not be others'
Just 120 pages, it was boring. I am sleep reading, admitted to my mother. Considered to be a great book on feminism, some truths were interesting. Especially to imagine the lives of women who lived before 400 years or more. Or even 100 or more years ago for that matter. Patriarchy, child marriage, bearing dozens of children, lack of education and no financial independence whatsoever... That life is unimaginable for an urbanite like me who lives in 21st century. But i am still a minority. There are still so many women who are living just like those women who lived 400 years before. Without a room of one's own to unleash the creative frontier... Without "permission" from the men in the house to obtain higher education or go for employment.. with suppressed dreams... such a thought was disturbing. As the author had hope for a better future, i hope so too. She remarked, "in 100 years". I second her too though the book is already close to 100 years...
I liked the idea of Shakespeare's sister... And this interesting perspective that stated that women are men's mirror where they appear 200 times bigger! And that financial independence and a room of one's own is the only means to creativity... 
I give it a ⭐⭐⭐/5 
I liked what was written. Quite informative. Thought provoking. But such books are not my preference. I am ok to read tax and other laws!

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Before The Coffee Gets Cold

Certain books have this incredible ability to transport us to another world. The words written would make us believe that such such a world exists, that there are such possibilities. BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD is one such book!
Time travel is not a new idea for readers. There has been many books. In a way, it's our fantasy too. To relive a moment from past. To know the future in advance. This book toys on those ideas
But there are several rules. Time travel is allowed only once and for a limited time. We can't move around. Events that could be watched should have taken place at the coffee shop. There is restrictions related to movements. Present and future can't be changed and so on. Yet some people venture into it. And this is their story and experience
The book is based on a philosophy - past can't be changed. Present can't be changed. But we could always tweak our attitude to suit the future we like to have. It's about acceptance of past and being better prepared for the future. 
It's a tiny book. Just about 200 odd pages. The narrative is free flowing like the unlimited coffee services ar Funiculi Funicula cafe at the basement. Assured page turner. There are four parts and each consecutive part only becomes better than the previous one. The last one - Mother Daughter - made me emotional.
It's a lovely book. Each nano second is described detail that we feel like we were present there. During the first few pages, when the characters were introduced, i had difficulty in remembering the names and who is who. But it was just momentary. I wish the story of the "ghost" was explored too. I really wish to know her story!
Have you read it? If yes, did you like it? 

Sunday, 9 January 2022

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

My first read of 2022 is a heartwarming tale of Lale and Gita who are two souls inflicting a pinch of hope... They reiterate that dark times would end and love prevail...

I have been wanting to read this since 2020. But i believe books find us... This one allowed me to up only last week...

The Holocaust and related narratives are always agonising. But it also propagates, this too shall pass. They survived and we are here today...

The book is well written, allowing us to connect with only the main characters but with each one of them. There is pain and then there is act of fate (or faith as you would like to infer). 

The hero of this story is not Lale or Gita or Cilka. Or the umpteen nameless people who were killed. It is all of them collectively. Whether they lived or died doesn't matter. But the experience matters. Something no one should ever endure ever

This book is not depressing. It is simply triumph of ordinary individuals in extraordinary circumstances. Give it a read, if you haven't already. If you have read it, waiting to hear your thoughts.

Monday, 6 December 2021

With/For you

Dear, Nothing makes sense,
If it's not -
with you or For you.

Friday, 29 October 2021

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)

Details of the Book

No. of Pages    : 224 pages

ISBN               : ISBN-10: 024145414X and ISBN-13: 978-0241454145

Language         : English

What I think

This time in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot, Greg is forced to take part in sports. He believes that he is bad at sports and is quite sure that he would not be selected in any team. But then, he is proved wrong! He is forced to practice and play. And we are taken into the few months into the tournament season where Greg along with his bad teammates play games, losing back-to-back. Will the underdogs win?

I missed Rowley who was practically absent. So was Manny and Rodrigo. There were a few honorable mentions about them, if I may say. But they don’t play any active part. The portion with Greg’s dad was hilarious and his mom continues to be THE mom with a mission.

I also missed those moments of chuckles and famous quotations that we are usually subjected to in a Wimpy Kid series. This time there were no other accounts except for the sports and the importance thereof. It was for sure keeping me on edge and making me turn page after page. But the satirical and comical soul was missing.

Definitely a book to sit back and read over a couple of hours. Entertaining as always…