The Far Field : Book Review


AUTHOR: Madhuri Vijay
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT:Audiobook
DURATION: 14 hrs
NARRATOR: Sneha Mathan
SOURCE: Audible
Other formats also available.

This is the story of a 24 year old girl Shalini living in Bangalore with her parents.The story has been narrated by Shalini herself. The story begins from present where Shalini goes through an emotional trauma after her mother’s death.

This also takes her down the memory lane to her childhood where she recalls her parents weird bonding and her own bonding with her parents.
She recalls a Kashmiri vendor called Bashir Ahmed visiting them to sell clothes. Bashir usually visited them on monthly basis.

As the story of the past unfolds,Shalini’s family begins to develop a warm bond with Bashir. Then once Bashir visited them after a long time. When asked by Shalini’s father, Bashir shared that situations back in Kashmir are not fine due to terrorism. Also, he had to vacate his accomodation in Bangalore so now he doesn’t have a place to stay.

Hearing this, Shalini’s father offers Bashir to stay at their home as long as he feels. However things turn sour when during a party hosted by Shalini’s father to introduce Bashir to his friend circle,just a day before he was leaving,some ideological differences arise after which Bashir leaves early the next morning. After this,Bashir goes missing and never turns up to their doorstep.

Back to present, the memories of that warm bond encourage Shalini to visit Kashmir in search of Bashir after her mother’s death.Lot of twists and turns lead to revelation of certain bitter realities to Shalini.

The book is the winner of the prestigious JCB Award for Literature,2019. The first half of the book has beautifully portrayed emotional distress of a young girl in search of parental affection.The book being JCB award winner had built my expectations very high,but it was actually quite a disappointment. The first few chapters draw a different picture about the plot but chapters further are very misleading and the climax is completely different from where it began…far from expectations.

An emotionally confused girl who is searching for a stability finally lands up doingย  random things and getting indulged with random people…seems too messed up.The only good thing was the narrator’s efforts. However even this couldn’t help much as the book is spread over 40 chapters and at times the plot seems to fall flat thus leaving less scope even for the narrator.

Moreover,I couldn’t connect with the characters at all and this made it difficult for me to finish the book at times.

I would recommend the book to those who are eager to read every award winning book.

RATING: โญโญโญ

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Ease: A Poetic Journey Within : Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK

โคA compilation of numerous poems by the author or written in collaboration with others.

โคThe poems focus on:
๐ŸŒŸLearning to be at ease with self
๐ŸŒŸBeing comfortable in one’s own skin,self acceptance.
๐ŸŒŸSelf healing
๐ŸŒŸBeing in love with self
๐ŸŒŸGratitude

๐Ÿ’•A beautiful book worth falling in love with…has artistic doodles and perfect formatting.
๐Ÿ’•Cover has a serene look,apt with the theme of the book.
๐Ÿ’•Name an emotion and you find it in the book…making it relatable.
๐Ÿ’•Most of the poems are short and seem like voicing different emotions and mindsets one goes through.
๐Ÿ’•The beauty of these poems is no matter whichever emotion they express,they end up with positivity.
๐Ÿ’•I loved all the poems but Starters,My Way, Decorations, A Lost Key, Of The Sun, Formalities, Colors of Forgiveness, Sometimes and Worthwhile are my favourite.
๐Ÿ’•The book is perfect for everyone,but specially for those who are searching for and in need of tranquility and a peaceful mind.
๐Ÿ’• Reading the book gives a therauptic feel to calm down a stressed,frustrated mind.
๐Ÿ’•The book will make you love yourself and your life…something each one of us needs badly.
๐Ÿ’•A Must Read.

RATING: โญโญโญโญโญ

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar: Book Review

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Men and Dreams in The Dhauladhar by Kochery C. Shibu

๐Ÿ“ŒStory of Nanda,Khusru and Rekha.
๐Ÿ“ŒNanda,an engineer with a dark past,belongs to Kerala and is working at a dam construction project.
๐Ÿ“ŒKhusru who hails from a village in Kashmir and had been a gambit in a plot by terrorists,is now working as a labourer at dam site.
๐Ÿ“ŒRekha,a doctor and a passionate Kathak dancer,is Khusru’s consort.
๐Ÿ“ŒAll three have a story and dreams and aspirations to pursue.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe story is about their struggle,man’s merciless attempt and strive for growth and development at the cost of nature and even human life.

๐ŸŒŸA bit lengthy to read.
๐ŸŒŸThe contextual similarities of fear,escaping from dark past,no value of a human’s life ,merciless practices between Nanda’s and Khusru’s life are striking.

๐ŸŒŸThe narration of inhuman practices is emotionally stirring.
๐ŸŒŸOccasional use of regional languages in conversations.
๐ŸŒŸToo many supporting characters have been portrayed in detail,making it difficult to track who’s who.
๐ŸŒŸNarration gets slow paced at some places.

๐ŸŒŸTBH,I found the title quite intriguing but the book couldn’t match the expectations built by the title because of the narration losing hold at times.

๐ŸŒŸIt took me time to finish reading this book because of its length and slow pace in between.

RATING: โญโญโญ

That Thing About You: Book Review

This is a story of a 27 year old IT Engineer Subodh,who is a professional in Mumbai.

Though being professional, Subodh lacks maturity, discipline and sense of responsibility unlike his flat mate and colleague,Ishaan who is very systematic.

Life goes on mechanically and monotonously till one day Subodh buys a beautiful antique looking key…what’s the big deal about it?

Well,it doesn’t have a lock. And then one day Subodh hears a mysterious female voice…why mysterious? Because she is invisible!

โ“Who is she?
โ“Whay does she have to say to Subodh?
โ“Is all this because of the key without lock?
โ“Does any of this change Subodh?
โ“Does Subodh ever meet her?
โ“Does he find the matching lock of the key?


๐Ÿ”‘The character of a clumsy,undisciplined young professional has been caricatured very well.
๐Ÿ”‘The story proceeds very well till the introduction of the mysterious voice.
๐Ÿ”‘Later, the pace of story slows down and the narration seems stretched infact dragged TBH,monotonous and almost boring.
๐Ÿ”‘The climax seems abrupt.
๐Ÿ”‘The mysterious voice part had built up my expectations most of which weren’t met.
๐Ÿ”‘Overall,I found it average to be read once.

RATING: โญโญโญ

Live,Love And Laugh: Book Review

๏…ฑA 170 page self help book by Manjit Sargam Chawla, published by Srishti Publishers.

The content of the book is spread over 13 chapters focussing on skills to lead a happy,contented life.


๐Ÿ’šShort,quick read.
๐Ÿ’šThe book seems to be influenced and inspired by self help books like The Law of Attraction,The Power of Your Subconscious Mind and Think & Grow Rich.
๐Ÿ’šThe author has attempted to provide a holistic perspective to a healthy,happy and peaceful life.
๐Ÿ’šThe language is simple and the content is mostly relatable and easy to comprehend.
๐Ÿ’šSome incidents from author’s life and other sources break the monotony of a one way narration, unlike typical self help books which become hard to stick till the end.

Key Takeaways from the Book

๐Ÿ’š”You emit an energy,which can easily be felt by people around you. The more positive and better you are,the happy your surroundings feel.”

๐Ÿ’š”Clarity of mind becomes clarity of passion too.”

๐Ÿ’š”Gratitude is a powerful exercise for abundance in life.”

๐Ÿ’š”Appreciation is a wonderful gift which we give to someone and ourself simultaneously.”

๐Ÿ’š”Healing is universal nature.”

VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

RATING:โญโญโญโญ.5

Happy Grumpies : Book Review

Author : Dhruv Anand

About The Book

The story involves seven senior citizens living together at Basera and standing by each other in thick and thin.

All of them are living second innings of their lives after either being abandoned by their families or after walking away from their families for not treating them respectfully.

REVIEW

๐ŸŒŸShort,quick read.
๐ŸŒŸSimple language and very beautiful but touching narration.
๐ŸŒŸAt times the hardships faced by the old age characters gives a heart ache…that’s the impact of the narration…kudos to the author! Such kind of a narration is rare to come across.
๐ŸŒŸAll the characters have been portrayed outstandingly well,making each of them lovable.
๐ŸŒŸHeart pours out for the seven young hearts in aging bodies,living their life to the fullest..epitomizing that age is just a number.
๐ŸŒŸThe liveliness,joyfulness of the characters,teasing each other, standing by each other no matter what,even when each of them is going through their own struggle…keeps hooked to the book throughout.
๐ŸŒŸOverall a very touching but beautiful tale of friendship and care.

Verdict : MUST READ

RATING : โญโญโญโญโญ