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)
We live in a country that’s prominently Hindu-dominated. And saying that the gods we believe in placing the ‘cows’ as a holy figure themselves. My mother visits Iskon a lot, and hence I am pretty well-versed with the basic association of Lord Krishna as the protector of the cows. But why am I telling you all this? I am sure you guys must be knowing these things and I’m sure this is a bit boring to read but well that’s where you need to revamp your thinking like I did.
‘The Hungry Cow’ by Sandeep Kumar Rana is a book that breaks all stereotypical ways of writing tales. It is a tale that is artistic in its own way. There is no mystery, thrill or romance incorporated in this book, rather a reader will experience a new kind of emotion while reading it. I think we can term that emotion as ‘guilt and astonishment’.
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.
Has it ever happened to you that you open a book, flip through the initial few pages of introduction and content to ultimately land on a quote that makes you believe in the book even more than you did when you read the blurb.
Well to me this book happened to be something of this sort.
Opening with “… Now I am become death, the destroyer of world”, Bhagavad Gita; Divyastra by Nimish Tanna took my breathe away. I am a person who believes in logic behind everything that happens around me and, at the same time I believe in the Vedas and shloks taught by my elders while I grew up. From the first chapter till the last, the author was able to hold my attention. Be it the sadness Shankar felt in the start of the book to the end where he is able to discover his real self; this book was a seller.
What would you say if I tell you that the during the medieval period women were married off at the tender age of 12-14, men who couldn’t travel to the marriage were replaced by representatives to stand in their place and, above all the education to women about how a child is conceived was not just old school but improper? And would you be rather shocked or impressed when I say a Nun before her final vow gets married? All this was as incomprehensible to me until I read this piece of text.
I received this e-book a few days back from Book Sparks. As much as the title baffled me, the story fascinated me. The Nun’s Betrothal: A Novel by Ida Curtis took my sleep away. I can say it because the last few nights have been just dedicated to this book. The story can be termed as a piece mixed of the medieval period historical, romantic, and domestic fiction.
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.