Man-eaters of #Kumaon

By Jim Corbett

It was one of the monsoons when I was extremely sick and confined to bed, when this book landed on my hands from my cousin. This is a book on tigers and is written by #Jim Corbett, a British hunter, tracker turned conservationalist. He used to be called specifically to kill tigers who hunted in villages and had created a terror in those villages. This book contains some of those encounters.

The author not only describes the entire episode of how the tiger was killed but also a post mortem of the reason why the tiger became a man eater. A #tiger needs to be in perfect health to kill a deer. In case of old age or due to injury, the capability to hunt a deer or any forest animal is reduced. Today another reason could be human encroachment of forest areas. It is clearly visible a tiger does not become a man eater by will but is forced by circumstances. The author thus presents a very pitiable condition of the mighty animal often referred to as the king of jungle. Each episode has been described beautifully and the reader gets goosebumps while going through them.

This book is set in the forests of #Uttarakhand in the northern part of India. It consists of short stories so it is best choice for those who read while travelling to and from work. It is strange that the reasons for tigers turning into man eaters has never been discussed in detail. This is also a book which can be read by people of all age groups thus making it a great choice for gift. This book is a storehouse of knowledge for all the people who strongly feel for tiger conservation. It is also a good option for those who love to read thrillers. All in all it is a good choice for everyone. Infact it can even be taken up in schools and children can prepare projects on the content of this book.

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Night train at Deoli and other short stories

By Ruskin #Bond

This is the first time I had read a book by Ruskin Bond. It happened on a long trip to home. The place where the bus stopped for refreshments had a small book store. Since more than four hours of journey was still left so I decided to buy the only book which stood out amidst all the bestsellers. I don’t know whether it was the picture on the cover or the title which prompted me to buy this book.

The book consists of short stories based mostly in #Uttarakhand which is a state in northern part of India. All the stories are events which might have happened with most of us. The beauty lies in the description of the scenary for example in the first story, the description of a #Railway station when a train arrives just brings back my school day trips. Each story connects the central character with a thing like a tree, house, book, etc. Each story just leaves the reader asking for more. I didn’t realize when my journey got over. One gets a beautiful view of the life in hills from the stories. The stories cover a wide range of topics from romance, mystery, child’s play to horror thus keeping the reader engrossed.

This is an amazing book and is definitely a great companion for journeys. Also it contains short stories so people trying to read while travelling to and from work will enjoy reading it. It is also a good book for those planning a trip to Uttarakhand as one gets a glimpse of the life there. All in all its a must read and can be read by people of all ages. While reading this book I realized there could be a story in small events like a wait of few hours in a railway station.

The Wreck

By Rabindranath #Tagore

I have always mentioned in all my previous blogs about Tagore that he is the most celebrated author in a Bengali’s life. This is the same reason I bought this book the moment I saw it in an exhibition. 

   The prime characters are Ramesh and Sushila. Ramesh is a nice person who has a good education and a bright future. The story begins when Ramesh, a man from an effluent family, mistakes the Sushila as his newly wedded wife due to a ship wreck while travelling after his wedding. First he is under the delimma whether to reveal his actual identity to his wife or not. Moreover he comes to know from roumours that there were no survivors from the ship wreck. This leaves him shattered, yet he still is unable to shun the moral responsibility of this lady who floats with him. Somewhere in the story he does have feelings for her. Sushila is a simple and beautiful girl who has had a pitiable childhood which has made her bitter still she is prepared to go to any length for her beloved. This is visible from her love for biren her servant. She is dedicated to her people. Her sense of seft respect is revealed when she leaves after discovering Ramesh is not her husband. Its interesting to see how the story proceeds, new characters appear and how they are related to Ramesh and Sushila.

      The story has all the components of a tagore story and gets over the reader slowly. Its a beautiful story of human emotions which can be read by people of all ages. It shows how people separated by destiny, meet with each other. For a lazy day or a long journey this is a perfect companion. If you are fond of love stories then this is a must read.

Seven #habits of highly effective people

By Stephen R.#covey

This book has been among the top 10 non-fiction #bestsellers and so I decided to read it. As the name suggests the book describes 7 habits that one must inculcate to succeed. They are:
1. Be Proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win/win
5. Seek first to understand than to be understood
6. Synergize
7. Sharpen the saw

As seen above the habits are same which one has from his/her childhood but the explanation and representation definitely makes a difference. Each habit has been taken up in detail and explained with examples. The author has also mentioned charts and tables that one can use to keep track of his/her progress. The habits range from behaviour to focus to discipline. If one has high ambitions than this is the book to follow. Somewhere while explaining the habits the author goes into extensive detail which makes the book rather lengthy. Nevertheless it is a good book for those planning #management studies.

All the youngsters planning for open tests or even #sportspersons, particularly those who are not able to get the right perfection, should definitely go for it. The book has been so popular that these days even #seminars are conducted over these habits which are extremely beneficial. The outcome of inculcating these habits is not visible immidiately but over the time they make a person positive and capable of facing any challenge. This is definitely not a book to be read at once but it should be read and practiced. Hence I would suggest to take up one habit at a time, incorporate it in your day-to-day activities and then proceed to the next. Therefore one must not read this after a hard day’s work but at the start of the day. It does not matter even if you read one or two pages a day as long as you understand the importannce of the words. Once you have your goal decided, then take up this book, align each habit to your goal and proceed. It is definitely a gift for #students who have just cleared their 10th grade and are preparing for their open tests. It is also not to be read while travelling to work as one needs to put indepth thinking at each page. Hence if you have a difficult goal then this is the right book for you.