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Showing posts with label Book Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book Reviews. Show all posts

Book Review - The Sun-Eyed Children, Volume 1 - Earth

 


Title - The Sun-Eyed Children, Volume 1 - Earth

Author - Joel Koechlin

Genre - Fiction

Publisher - Leadstart Publishing

ISBN - 978-93-5438-013-6

This is the second book, I had the opportunity and honour to read that was from #Koechlin family. With the foreword from @kalkikanmani , I knew that this is going to be an extraordinary read and I wasn’t wrong.


The protagonist of this novel was Lionel Kalmer who had a troubled childhood despite failing from an affluent family. An incident changes the approach of his teachers and his class mates. 


The book is divided into 4 parts.


Part 1 - Migration


Max & Milien - Friends from Italy arrives. The sequence of Lionel’s visit across various countries in Europe is given below:


1948 - Lorraine, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 

1969-70 - Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 

1970 - Corfu, Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท 

1970 - Rome, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 

1970 - Iran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท 

1970 - Afghanistan ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ 

1971 - Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท 

1971 - Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ 

1971 - India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ , Benares & Calcutta


When he gets detained in Switzerland, he was amazed by the Two star hotel kind of facility at Swiss Jails. How they treat the prisoners is very well documented. 


The way prisoners treated in various countries of Europe draws certain attention - Italy, France & Switzerland.


Enrique, a Spanish - bodyguard of Lionel is another main character in the novel.


While Max was on exile, Lionel was a fugitive who abandons his family. 


Finds the book in Rome, “l’Aventure de la Conscience” which triggers his journey. 


Part 2 - Quest


1429 - Orleans, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 


Jean D’Aulon

Jehanne 

Dunois 


How the battle is won for the French against the English despite harming Jehanne


What phenomenon was noticed by the British during the war?


The book leads Lionel to la Ville Blanche in India but he was not welcomed. He was asked to leave. 


Lionel meets Thupten who directs him to Satprem, author of the book. 


539 - Island of Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 

Lionel was the son of King Bors of Guannes 


Then to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Haryana-Punjab before finally landing in Anantnag with his wife, Priyadarshini.


Part 3 - The Black Cliff &


Part 4 - Forward


Was his mission successful?


What was his journey all about?


Did he get to reach his destination? 


This novel has the mystic essence of searching the inner soul, connection with previous birth with a tinge of science in the end. A perfect entertainer.


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Book Review - The Elephant In The Womb

 


Title - The Elephant In The Womb
Author - Kalki Koechlin
Illustrator - Valeria Polyanychko
Genre - Family & Relationships
Publisher - Penguin Randomhouse India
ISBN - 978-0143454052

Firstly, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to @kalkikanmani for sending me this autographed book.

To start with, I must admit that if I had received this book before the Covid times, it may not have made any sense to me but now it did.
How & Why?
Me & my better half were without a child for almost 11 years but by the Grace of Lord Almighty, she conceived naturally and it happened during Covid times.
As I was freelancing then and the entire nation was in lockdown for almost a year, I had the privilege of staying in my in-law's house with my better half until she delivered. So, I can easily relate to the contents that were mentioned in this book.
Firstly, this book is not only for women but also for men who are wannabe dad/father.
Secondly, this book is NOT FOR KIDS
Kalki has documented her pregnancy journey in a detailed way. At places, it may look RAW but that was the actual essence. As they say, a woman takes a second birth or re-birth post pregnancy. This isn’t just a statement but the truth. If you had been with your wife during her pregnancy journey, you would certainly vouch for it.
This book would rekindle the memories for anyone, especially for new mothers and expecting mothers as it mostly resonates with their feelings.
I feel really glad to have got an opportunity to read this book since this would go a long way in establishing itself as a “Tribute” to every mother who has struggled so hard braving emotional imbalance apart from feeling nauseated and whatnot.
The journey to motherhood would be a remembrance of life for every mother.
The pictorial representation makes the book even more interesting to read and there is some space left for the readers to make a note too.
All I can say is, Well done, Kalki ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘



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Book Review - Krishna : The Seventh Sense

 


Title - Krishna : The Seventh Sense
Author - Prof Debashis Chatterjee
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - Rupa Publications
ISBN - 978-9355205445

Krishna - The 7th Sense by all means is something beyond our comprehension. Prof. Debashis Chatterjee has come out with a thought-provoking novel which I would say is neither fiction nor non-fiction as it is a combination of both.

Loved the way how the subjects were portrayed. While one part of the story talks about the life of Lord Krishna and HIS life, the other part simultaneously talks about Neel, Kaya, and their friends.
There are other characters like Anju, Prasad, Manas, Eva, Sardar, Prof Jalebi, and others.
The protagonist of the novel according to me is Acharya Keshav Mitra who despite being a Doctorate holder and having worked in a U.S. university, realizes that he is not the usual person he thought of. The enlightenment and the subsequent bliss that followed it for three days made him retrospect the purpose of his life. It is then, that he decides to go back to the land where Lord Krishna breathed, walked, and lived.
The poetic character of Keshav gets revealed of being asked about himself “When the grass cools down and air blows over it, dew drops show up without an invitation”.
Each and every chapter is like a magical discourse that delves deep into the true meaning of life and keeps us captivated until the end (which has a truly intriguing climax).


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Book Review - Comprehensive General Knowledge : Ready Referencer 2022



Title - Comprehensive General Knowledge: Ready Referencer 2022
Author - B R Leelashree
Genre - General Knowledge/Current Affairs
Publisher - Goldwin Publications
ISBN - 978-93-5493-281-6

General Knowledge is evergreen. It is a pre-requisite by default for all the competitive exams which include but are not limited to:

1. UPSC
2. RRB
3. SSC
4. IBPS
5. RPF
6. SPSC
7. KBC to name a few

This particular subject tests your acumen of grasping the happenings around you in real-time and also how well you are aware of the past. This is a really vast subject and covering them in full has not been achieved by any to date.

Having said that, I must admit that I am an ardent fan of books that is related to General Knowledge which we fondly call in short form "GK". I have bought many books in the past but when I saw this book "Comprehensive General Knowledge: Ready Referencer 2022" by B K Leelahree, I did not give it a second thought before grabbing one. 

There are various reasons why I bought this book. First and foremost, this book has a massive 25,000 GK Facts along with 6,000 General English and 410 GK/English Topics. This is a bulky compilation and one cannot read it in full, in a stretch which is not advisable too as it is really difficult to remember the content in one go.

This book is divided into 15 modules namely:

1. General Facts
2. India Related Facts
3. About Indian Defence Forces
4. Indian Railway Facts
5. General Science
6. Geographical Facts
7. History
8. Space Facts - India & World
9. Sports
10. Banking
11. Computer Awareness
12. General English
13. GK Questions & Answers
14. Mock Test Papers and
15. Supplementary General Science Facts

The first module is the lengthiest among all which runs over 210 pages. There are many facts which would take you by surprise. I am sure, this book would have taken a few months, if not years to compile all in one go. I would say this is a really good attempt by the author who has meticulously collected all the data and compiled and presented it to us in one place. 

If you have a kid at home or anyone who is interested in GK, this is a perfect gifting option. Priced at just Rs.860, I would say it is worth your time and money as you would get yourself equipped with vital information that would go a long way in helping you in your life, be it on the personal front or on your professional life.

This book is available online on Amazon , Sadhanamart, and offline at Sapna Book Stores near you. Grab your copy today!

Book Review - Whimsical Poetry : Fiction & Reality

 


Title - Whimsical Poetry : Fiction & Reality
Author / Poetess - Syeda Javeria Fatima
Genre - Poems
Publisher - Notion Press
ISBN - 979-888629846-8

This is a 41-page book that has captured the essence of being born as a girl in a society where they are not given equal importance as a boy. The number of pages may be less but the content it carries is truly a spectacular one as it sends some strong messages in a subtle way. 

I liked the approach of Syeda who started this book with "My Belief" which made me realize that this book is no ordinary stuff. This book has ew illustrations that have perfectly gelled with the content. 

Dedication to Mother is the one I liked the most. It brings out the essence of a Mother in a truly commendable manner. This book also speaks about

Friendship
Stargazing
Alma Mater which most of us would have experienced in our personal and professional life. If you love poems genre, this book is something which I would certainly recommend.

This book is available on Amazon

Book Review - Behram's Boat

 


Title - Behram's Boat
Author - Adi Pocha
Genre - Fiction
Publisher - One Point Six Technologies P Ltd 
ISBN - 978-9354382215

A beautiful and completely different approach to the fictional character Behram Rustomjee. When I started reading this book, I could see the approach taken by the author which wasn't a usual one. I must appreciate his guts to have taken this route since you don't get to read a storyline like this often. I must also admit that I had fallen in love with Mr Rustomjee for the whimsical character he is. 

Though he was born with a silver spoon, he gets cheated by his uncle who usurps his properties. That did not deter our man who went on to become an icon himself(not through physical earnings). He also has a caring daughter Persis.

There are few other characters. I do not want to go into it deeply.

First and foremost, I liked the narration style of the author. The way he described seekh kabab from Sarvi in Byculla wrapped in a newspaper, accompanied by onions cut on rings and sprinkled with pudina will even make a true foodie drool over this narration and the food described.

Then comes the narration of Mumbai which again is lit.

WHAT DID I LEARN FROM THIS BOOK?

I got to know about Parsi tradition which includes Navjote and how Sadra Kusti is associated with it. Sadra is the Sacred Inner Vest whereas Kusti is a Sacred Thread tied around the waist.

I also came to know that Ashem Vohu is the most basic Parsi prayer.

How did Zoroastrianism come into existence?
Why did Behram get the nickname "Buddha"? 

Unlike the normal boat which is usually built to sail on seas, Behram builds a wooden boat and he wanted to take this young Parsi couple who he thought will fall in love and contribute to the growth of the tribe.

Did he succeed?

Read this funny, entertaining, gripping story of an ambitious man who was set to achieve the target at any cost which even threatens his life. It is no less than a perfect thriller fiction but with good tinge of sarcasm and comical approach.



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