Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

If there is one book which can keep an adventure loving reader hooked, it has to be Treasure Island by R.L.Stevenson. As the name indicates it is based on a voyage motivated by presence of treasure. The whole story is narrated by Jim Hawkins who is an important part.

Jim Hawkins runs a seaside motel “Admiral Benbow” with his father. One fine day a mysterious sailor comes to stay at their place. He keeps on speaking about his mates and some tresure. Within a few days some sea pirates come looking for him and threaten him which leads to his death. Jim finds a map in his belongings and takes it to the magistrate. They realize its a treasure map and that leads to a voyage in the hunt of the treasure. They get a ship Hispaniola. The interesting part happens when the different members of the ship enter the story. Most memorable is Long John Silver. He is very tall, one legged with a large face. He is described as a merry man. The author has added further life to him by his language in which he keeps on singing “fifteen men on the dead man’s chest, yo ho-ho and a bottle of rum”. They reach the island and a new struggle begins where many die.

The story has all the elements like treachery, murder, backstabbing, greed, honesty which makes a thriller. One has to pay more attention when the sailors speak as their dialect is different but that makes the book even more interesting. This is one book which you cannot leave if you start reading so if you are planning to read while travelling to and from work, think again. If you are going for that long journey this is the best companion. It is also an amazing story to tell your kids. This book will also make a great gift to anyone. So the next time you see it on the shelves of the library just get it and start reading.

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Underworld

By Catherine Macphail

There is a saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but sometimes there is something in the title and cover of the book that I can’t resist reading it. Luckily these books often turn out to be interesting. This same thing happened when I came across this book in a shop. The cover shows a man standing in a cave which gave a glimpse of some mystery and adventure. It is an adventure in a school outing.

The story begins with a description of a normal day in a school. It describes all the central characters like the bully Axel, Fiona with a sharp tongue, ideal prefix Zeshan, smart yet silent Liam and the chubby ever smiling Angie. At any normal time these people would hardly come togather without any friction which is a major problem to the teacher Mr. Marks. The author has nicely displayed the reason for their dislike for each other which is a result of their secret admiration. The story takes a turn when they go to a school outing in a cave and a landslide occurs while they are inside. They unite inspite of their differences for the ultimate goal survival. The events that follow keep the reader at the edge of their seats. The story nicely shows no one is perfect and everyone has personal problems. Also it is not always the phisically strong is the hero.

The fonts are large which makes the book readable at any place. Infact I got so engrossed that I was unable to leave it even for meals. This book is fine for all age groups above 12. It can be read on a long journey as well as while travelling to and from work. So if you are looking for a nice adventure on a lazy sunday afternoon, this is the choice.

Haroun and the sea of stories

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By #Salman Rushdie

I was rumagging through my sister’s cupboards when I came across this book. At first it seemed a storybook for children but then I saw the author’s name. It was Salman Rushdie. I had been planning to read one of his works for quite sometime.

The central character of the story is a boy named Haroun whose father Rashid is a storyteller. One day Rashid is unable to make stories due to a personal crisis where his wife leaves him and his son Haroun blames him for it. Afterwards Haroun feels really sorry and pledges to get his father’s gift of gab. In his attempt he meets the genie “Iff” from the land of stories. He soon discovers that the stories come from the ocean of stories and “Khattamshud”, king from the land of silence, is trying to pollute the ocean of stories. From there an adventure begins where there is a princess to be rescued by a prince, a king has to protect his kingdom and a whole lot of soldiers. The author has nicely related real life problems with fictionary things like factories creating sadness are polluting the environment. Also a girl blabbermouth disguises as a man so that she can get a job in army bears a starking resemblance to women searching job. The best part is P2C2E (process too complicated to explain) which is the explanation given to any complex question.

The writing style is simple therefore the book can be read while travelling to and from work. The character names like princess baatcheath, prince bolo, etc are very interesting and #humourous. If you are planning to go on a long journey then you can opt for this book. On the whole this is a great story which will keep you on the edge of your seats. It can be read by people of all age groups. The story made me realize the importance of stories in our lives. Hence it is a great book to be gifted.

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.