Little women

By Louisa May Alcott

I came across this book accidently in a book fair. The cover contained 4 ladies of different age groups dressed in 16th century simple clothes. The next thing I did was to go to the library and issue this book. I also came to know that Louisa May Alcott is one of the classic American authors.

The story is about 4 sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. All have different individual personalities and dreams. They come from a simple family. Their parents Mr and Mrs March try to bring up the sisters with best values yet give them the freedom to follow their wishes. Jo is the rebellion of the family. The story shows how a middle class family overcomes its problems by staying togather. The togatherness which makes every event special just makes one realize the importance of staying close to family. The family also faces the tragedy of losing one of the sisters as Beth falls sick and dies. Again coming out of such an event togather is something most of us can relate to. There are other characters like the rich boy in their neighbourhood Laurie. His attraction towards Jo shows infatuations of adolescence. How he gets motivated from the upbringing of the four sisters shows the influence of positivity. The way the sisters change as they mature is brilliant.

On the whole this is a beautiful story and the language is simple. Most of us would relate to one or the other sister. There is something to take for everyone. Even a movie has been made on it. It is a must for everyone from the age group of 11 years and above. So if you are going for a long journey then this is just the right book. As its a classic, it will also make an amazing gift.

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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.

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.

Anna Karenina

By Leo #Tolstoy

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This is one of the #classics by #Leo Tolstoy. The #author has rightly displayed the hypocrisy of the high society of 19th century. The story goes through a series of emotions. In the beginning one feels sorry for Dolly and Levin as well as hatred for Oblonsky and Vronsky. In the course of the story one thinks that right treatment is given to Kitty and things seem bright when she finally marries Levin.

Leo Tolstoy has very nicely dealt with the character of Vronsky. One hates him in the beginning of the story but when his past is spoken about one feels pity for him. By the time he gets married to Anna one can’t help but admire him for his dedication. He stands by her through all the problems, doesn’t even bother about his career or money. Inspite of so much honesty he is left with nothing, not even his daughter in the end. Anna, the central character of the story, truely displays the problems that occur when young women are married off to much older than them. One also feels a tinge of hatred for her as she leaves her ever so faithful husband for a playboy and even forgets her son. She doesn’t ask for a divorse even though Vronsky was completely loyal to her. The hypocrisy of the society is revealed when Anna is boycotted by everyone. Towards the end of the story she gets completely frustrated as she doesn’t get anything that she wished for and ends up taking a drastic step thereby ruining Vronsky’s life and robbing him of his daughter.

This is a beautiful story but needs to be really patient to read this. In case you are planning to read while travelling then this is not the right book. Every character has been nicely described and has a story of his or her own. This makes the story really lengthy. The scene where Anna meets Vronsky is assumed to be closest when literature meets cinema. If you are on a holiday and want to read then this is the right book. This is also a perfect book to be kept on the shelf. Also it is one of the best books to gift. Also if you are on a long train journey then this is definitely the most perfect choice.

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.

Pride and prejudice

By Jane #Austen

This is a classic book as all of us are aware of. I had heard a lot about it and even saw a movie. Thus encouranged by all this I decided to read this book. Coincidentally at the same time I saw this book in an exhibition. This is the story of five sisters each with a unique personality set in early 19th century.

The story mainly revolves around the second sister Elizabeth aka lizzy. She is too proud to accept the compromises done by ladies. The book also describes the predefined concept of beauty of those times. Inspite of being intelligent lizzy was not considered beautiful as she was thin and pale. Therefore she was not her mother’s favourite as it would be difficult to find a groom for her. As the story proceeds she meets Mr Darcy who is rich and handsome. It is amusing to find their dislike for each other at their first meet. After that they keep meeting again and again and fall for each other. The story gets interesting when the love interests of other sisters affect their relation. There are some comic elements as well when Mr. Colin comes as a proposed groom for lizzy. The story ends on a happy note with lizzy being loved for her intelligence and personality than beauty. One cannot help laughing when lizzy becomes the favourite daughter of her mother after marriage.

The plot is simple and so one can #read it even for a few minutes daily thereby making it an ideal companion while travelling to work. The english is slightly old fashioned which maybe a deterrent for some still the book is worth a try. As its a classic and an amazing story it is an ideal gift. On a rainy day with a cup of coffee the best book to read will be Pride and Prejudice.

The Farewell Song

The Farewell Song
By Rabindranath Tagore

I came across this book in an exhibition. Since I had never heard of this book I called up my mother and she confirmed it was the translation of “Shesher Kobita”, one of the popular books by Tagore. I am no one to comment on Tagore’s works, still I am writing this because of two reasons. First everyone doesn’t have a guide who has read a lot of classic works and second for all those readers who are not aware of the classics written by Rabindranath Tagore. So the next time you come across this book you know where to look for details.

The story revolves around three characters Amit, Labonya and Shobhonlal who come from different backgrounds. Amit, an oxford educated bachelor from an extremely rich family who just enjoys life. Shobhonlal, a guy from a poor family but completed his education by sheer handwork. Labonya, the educated daughter of the principal of a college. The magical yet simple beauty of the story lies in the way these three people meet. Labonya and Shobhonlal study in the same college where Shobhonlal always tops and is her father’s favorite student. Although both are rivals and are vying for the topper position, Shobhonlal nurtures a secret affection for Labonya which he never reveals to her during their college days.

Tagore reveals his modern thinking when Labonya decides to work after completing her education so that she is not a burden on her father. She gets a job and goes to Shillong. At the same time Amit, who is also a poet, goes to Shillong on a holiday. The description of the chance meeting of Amit and Labonya, their thoughts along with the serene beauty of Shillong create the most romantic moment for a reader. From here the reader is taken to an amorous journey through the meetings and conversations of these two characters. The sudden arrival of Amit’s sister exposes the vast differences in their financial backgrounds. At the same time she also comes across a letter by Shobhonlal expressing his feelings. This leaves her completely baffled and she begins to see the practical side of things. What lies ahead is a series of events which affects the lives of all three characters and the people around them.

As usual the plot is great, each character has been described to the extent that the reader can almost imagine them standing right in front. It is really impressive as the story flows from romantic to practical. This is a must for all fiction lovers and particularly for the romantic ones. I would recommend it on a trip to a hill station. Additionally it is also a great book for all those who love to read and collect classics.