Through The Window Of My Eyes

By Nispruha Desai

It is always a pleasure to know an author after reading his/her works. For a change, I happened to meet an amazing person who turned out to be an awesome author. During a casual discussion with Nispruha Desai, the topic of hobbies came up and I came to know that she is an author. My curiosity about the book further increased when she mentioned she wrote this book so that she could share her emotions and experiences with her grand children. This was the most brilliant gift I had ever heard about. Seeing my interest, she handed me the Gujarati edition.

The book is written in the form of letters addressed to her grandchildren Parv and Pankti. The book covers varied topics from travels to festivals to environmental hazards to food. The author has travelled widely across the world and this clearly reflects when she mentions about the trips. The cover of the book has been made from photos of her travels. Her immense love for her grandchildren is visible as she connects each letter with one or the other phase of their life like their mischief is connected to storms and hurricanes or their names indicate festivals, etc. The language is very simple and the description is so vivid that the reader is encouraged to look for images. Since each topic is covered in letters, one does not need to continuously follow any sequence. This makes it a great companion for those who love to read while travelling to and from work. Also there is a story in each letter, which makes it a good read to children before sleeping. A lot of knowledge is shared but in a very casual manner.

This was the first children’s non-fiction book I have read and I must admit it was awesome. In fact it is meant for people of all age groups. Personally I felt like going back to my school days, reading books in Gujarati. The reader is motivated to share their experiences through writing. Since the book is nicely written, the only thing I would have preferred was a few images of the places or location in maps. All in all it is one of the best books I have read from new authors. The next time you are planning to buy gift for kids, this is the right choice.

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Secret of the Nagas

By Amish Tripathi

This is the second part of the Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathi. I was so impressed with the first part that I couldn’t help taking this help as soon as it was available. The cover has the Mahadev holding a hooded snake with an open mouth. This definitely compliments the title and successfully catches the attention of the reader.

Here as the story proceeds Shiva and Sati have their son Kartikeya, who is as brave as his father. The story also unfolds the identity of the naga who follows Sati. After meeting the nagas, Shiva questions the reason for isolation of the nagas. Sati also meets her twin sister Kali who is the queen of the Naga kingdom. The author has cleverly used present day science by introducing a liger in one of the fights. The encounter is so well written that the reader cannot leave the book unless it is over. Also the description of the route to the naga empire has been done beautifully. The characterization of Daksha continues to add mystery to the story. The interactions of Parvateshwar and Anandmayi add the much needed spice to the story. The end of this book again leaves the reader longing to read the third or final part.

The story is beautifully written and the flow keeps the reader engrossed. Infact it is very difficult to stop once you start reading. The language is simple and the mythological symbols are nicely woven in the track. Although one can read it while travelling to and from work, I would rather suggest one should read when there is a lot of time in hand for example on a lazy weekend. Therefore if you are going for a long journey than this is the right choice. This will make a good gift along with the other two parts. All in all its a great book to read.

Sense and Sensibility

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By Jane Austen

One of the readers of my blogs recommended this book and I sincerely started looking for this book. It took me a while to get this book but once I got it, I just couldn’t give up reading it. The story revolves around three Dashwood sisters Elinor, Marianne, Margaret and their mother. This does remind one of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Here again the problem is they do not have a brother of their own and after their father’s death, the entire property goes to their half brother John Dashwood leaving them with a mere allowance.

Soon John and his wife move in their home. Also they are least interested in keeping the three sisters and their mother in their home and so John starts looking for a place to shift his half sisters and their mother. The eldest of the three sisters Elinor is very mature and sensible. She doesn’t let emotions rule her decisions. After her father’s death she takes up the responsibility of her family. Although she has feelings for Fanny’s brother she doesn’t immidiately jump into conclusions rather waits for him to commit his feelings for her. Marianne is just the opposite and easily gets carried away by emotions. She easily gets attached to Willoughby without even bothering to find out about his history. These two sisters go through a lot of emotional problems. Jane Austen has cleverly displayed the two ways of handling difficult situations through them. In case of a heartbreak Elinor concentrates on work and tries to meet new people wherease Marianne withdraws herself and keeps crying thereby making everyone around herself upset. The story goes through a lot of ups and downs but all the missing pieces fall togather and the reader is truely entertained.

Like all books of Jane Austen this too has the capacity to hold the reader’s attention. It is fine for all age groups. If you are fond of reading while travelling to and from work, this is a great choice. Similarly for long journeys this is an amazing companion. Also if you are going for an apointment where you might have to wait, then carry this with yourself. It will not only relax you but also cheer you up.Also it is a great book to be gifted.