Yamaraj, the Rigvedic deity; the lord of death and justice. He is responsible for law and punishment for sinners in his adobe, Yamaloka. And since we are the only curious beings on the planet, the thought about Yama and our mortality would have once crossed our mind in our lifetime. Would you call me crazy if I say I recently met the lord? Would you say I am just fooling the shit around? Well, call me whatever but this Meeting Yama made me think about death, spirituality and my own existence with a lot more seriousness.
Meeting Yama by Manoj V Jain is a fictional piece of literature wherein a reader will not just feel uplifted about the whole-sole concept of death but life together. Wouldn’t it be really weird to read how death is just an extension of the life live today? This book gave me such realms to think about!
One of the most commonly used phrases in today’s time is “You don’t know the past I have.” Well certainly we don’t know each other’s past but the way we care about our past more than our present and ruin our future makes us a messed-up generation. I am too one such complexed human being who feels even now that the mistakes I have done or the kind of relationships I had been in define me and my future. But it’s never too late to accept and start working on a better today and a pleasant tomorrow.
Recently I’ve developed a taste for non-fiction self-help books. I feel somewhere we all are broken but maybe just like my tooth cavity we might be at the borderline. We all don’t need therapists (but if you feel you do, don’t hesitate to meet one). We can treat our inner complexities with the right approach and a positive mindset. The biggest thing I have learnt over these months is how important it is for us to forget the past realms of mistakes and bring a new thought process in the present. My most recent read, ‘PAST DWELLERS – Change your mindset to change your life‘, comes handy with this idealogy. The book isn’t about what wrong you did, it is talking about the right you can do. Our past is what we did and frankly, we really can’t do anything out what we did in the past tense. But what we can offer ourselves is a better mindset today and tomorrow.
When I say terms like Sentinel Space Telescope, astrophysicist, cataclysmic event, the Double Asteroid Redirection or DART, etc; what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Well to be honest, as per my mom “My daughter is going insane!” And frankly, I did go insane, and I must say being this insane was something I wished had happened earlier. If you are a regular reader of my blog you would be aware (and if this is the first time here it is) I am a hopeless romantic. For me, a happy ending where the guy gets the girl is the best writing ever! But I take my words back. I take it all back and lock it in my closet. Recently I have introduced to the concept of a new writing style. What? Yeah, indeed I read my first historic sci-fi book!
Apophis – Into the Folds of Darkness (Book 1 of the Kleos Chronicles) by Raj Anand is my most recent favourite. I haven’t read a book in this genre but I was all pepped up to accept the challenge. The book was a fat one. I had to sit with Google opened right in front of me. Why you may ask. Well, I know the terms of romance but for a book with so much science and history, and but of course space and astrophysics, Google came handy! (A little secret this book made me use the dictionary too)
My favorite genre while choosing the right book has always been mythology and ancient eras. I have had always been the curious George about myths, fancies and gods. Apart from that my latest realization and interest in spirituality has drawn me to read a bit in this respect as well. With Janak and Ashtarvakra: A Journey Beyond, I came across a point of satisfaction as it delivered both the genres in a very well written form to me.
Till now Raja Janaka was only the father of Sita for me. I had seen glimpses of his in books and TV but I never got a chance to read or witness what he was like or how he was as a person or character. This book helped me reach the right spots to discover about human personalities, human limitations and human powers. I wasn’t much aware of Ashtavakra as well. I never even had a glimpse of who he was until this book came into my life. To be honest, this book gave me a new prospectus towards life and how to manage the situations we are caught up into.
“… Betrayal always offers the choice; you can let it make you bitter, or you can let it make you better.”
When you read the above line what is the first thought that comes you your mind? Are you too drawn to think about the sublime thought behind the words written by the author? Well if your answer is yes, I am pleased to say ‘Join The Club.’
I received the review ARC of Red Velvet and Anemones (Pagosa Cliff Book) by M. M. Ward recently. To be honest, when I read through the blurb I wasn’t sure this book would make such an imprint on my heart. I feel the books that touch your soul and take a part of your heart, are the most amazing books. The last I cried while reading a book was when I went through Fault In Our Stars by John Green. And now when I was reading this marvelous piece of writing, I felt as if my heart is beating for only this moment. It isn’t just any romantic book that I read or discuss often. The romance shown in this book is very contemporary and I can proudly say this piece of Women fiction is par brilliance.
This book has taught me the ‘Replacement is the key’ to live. The choice to do better or stay in the dark is upon us. We make it or we break it if we make the choice.
There is always a first time for everything. And, that feeling of something that you are experiencing it can become overwhelming. That’s what I felt while reading my first ever science fiction, or as we call it, sci-fi. There was a rush of questions, emotions, and at the same time, excitement. Rhythm Roger by Himanshu Rai is a book that needs no elaborated and detailed analysis because that would just spoil the vibrant factor of the book.
Every book teaches you something. Some have good stories, some have great characters, some have amazing plots and, some are just a one time read. For me books are a very personal thing. Any book is an escape for a reader to the world of his/her own thoughts and plots. And, whenever I review a book I always keep pointers ready side by side while I read it.
After reading her first novel, Everybody has a story, I turned into a self-sold fan of Savi Sharma and her idea of being oneself. One of the most prominent reasons for me to read the second book became was the fact that I loved the first one way too much.
But looks like the tables did turn my interest. This review I wanted to publish somewhere in 2018 end but I just didn’t come across what to write since I struggled a bit to finish the book. Savi Sharma, where covers the story beautifully in the thread of 4 main characters, somehow I wasn’t able to relate every closely to it, unlike I did earlier.
The book starts with a good and relating situation. Shaurya, for me, was anybody living in India. Burdened by the beliefs of their parents, working towards their parents goals than themselves – Shaurya’s character was drowned in the parent-fearing generation. His life was a constant battle field. His dreams vs His father’s dreams. Continue reading Book Review: This is not your story by Savi Sharma