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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The New Life

By Orhan Pamuk

It is said that the author’s biodata often influences a reader’s choice. This definitely happened with me when I ended up buying this book. I bought this book because its written by an author who is a nobel laureate.

This is a story based in Turkey. The central character Osman gets a book because he sees it in the the hands of a girl Janan, he felt attracted to. His life changed the moment he started reading it. He is unable to concentrate on anything. It seems that the book engulfs Osman as he reads it. He follows the girl to different places she goes. Janan in turn is in love with someone else and starts following him. They move through different towns. In theri journey they meet people who lament on the closure of local brands due to competition from international ones. The description of the places has been done nicely. The book ends on a pessimistic note.

The language is simple but the sentences are too long. Also the narration is slow hence the attention of the reader is often lost. For an average reader who reads for amusement, this is not the right choice. Same is the case for those who read while travelling to and from work as well as for long journeys. Also it may not be a good gift. But yes if you read to enhance your vocabulary then this can be considered.

The Diary of Anne Frank

By Anne Frank

This is the diary of a Jew girl, Anne Frank, who died during the Second World War. This is one of the most famous books on war. It was in a Radio broadcast that Anne heard diaries of World War II victims will be published and she seriously started writing this diary.

Anne belonged to a Jew family of Germany. Her father Otto Frank, was a businessman. During world war her family moved from Germany to Holland. Again when Germany invaded Holland in 1940, Otto Frank foresaw the risk to Jews and so found a place to hide with his family. It was at the top and back of a building that served as a warehouse. His wife and two daughters Anne and Margot, best friend Mr. Van Daan, Mrs. Van Daan and their 15 year old son Peter. They also invited a dentist Albert Dussel. The diary mentions the daily issues when people come to stay togather, the effect the fear of getting caught has on them and the trauma of giving up everything to save one’s life. Also her feelings towards Peter displays the feelings an adolescant faces. The book ends on a sad note when they are found.

It is true Anne didn’t survive to see the ultimate success of the book but she will always live through her work. In fact her school is known after her and there is an Anne Frank Foundation which works towards future by helping to promote better understanding among young people from every part of the world. Anne had made a wish “I want to go on living even after my death”. Her wish has definitely come true. The takeaway was never to give up on your dreams no matter how big they are. The writing style is simple yet effective. It is an amazing book to gift. This can be read anywhere from a long journey to daily travelling for work.

The oath of the Vayuputras

By Amish Tripathi

The oath of the Vayuputras

This is the final part of the trilogy. After reading the first two, like most of the readers I too was waiting with bated breath for the third part. Here the mystery about Shiva’s identity are revealed along with the ultimate cause of evil. The book began with where it had ended in part two.

Shiva found his long lost friend Brihaspati, who informed him about the ultimate evil, Somras. Shiva realizes the purpose of his life and decides to fulfill it. But there are many people who support evil. Moreover most of the kingdoms are divided. He sets forward towards uniting them in his fight. He is supported by his wife Sati, sons Ganesh and karthik along with a lot of people. Most of the suspense of previous books have been revealed here, like the history of Vasudevs and Vayuputras. The reader comes to know about the greatness of his uncle. The efforts used to create an entire army have been described beautifully.

The war strategies have been described in detail in the book. The image on the cover clearly indicates war in the story. All this has made the book really long. This leads to the user losing interest in between. Although the evil is destroyed, yet the story ends on a sad note. It is a good read if you are going for a long vacation. I would not suggest taking it on a long journey as the detailed descriptions may lead to loss of interest. If you have read the first two, then there is no way you cannot read this.

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.

The Immortals of Meluha

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By #Amish Tripathi

This book was suggested by a teammate who said if I enjoyed reading then I must consider this. He was right. As the cover displays the central character of the book is Lord Shiva. The author has considered Lord Shiva a human being and tracked his journey from Tibet to Meluha.

The story begins with #Shiva as the head of a tribe from Tibet, pondering over the welfare of his people. He is assisted by Veerbhadhra who is ever ready to lay down his life for his beloved friend. They are brought to Meluha by Nandi. The king of Meluha is Daksha and Sati is his daughter. Although considered a human, Shiva still has all the characteristics of the lord like honesty, bravery, innocence, sincerity, etc. He falls in love with Sati, the moment he sees her. He also challenges age old customs. The story takes an important course when Shiva drinks somras and his neck turns blue. Everyone accepts him as the saviour. In the course of story he also befriends Brihaspati, the scientist. Each and every event has been nicely woven and the reader is completely engrossed in the book. The language is simple. Also the author has tried to give a scientific meaning to everything like the effects of somras, etc. The story proceeds towards fighting against the people who are trying to harm Meluha.

This is a beautiful book with very easy to understand language. Also the characters are wellknown. The story is narrated in a very interesting manner. It can be read by anyone. The author leaves you anxious to pick up the next book from the trilogy i.e Secret of the Nagas”. If you are going for a long trip then this is a perfect companion. Those who read while travelling will have a little problem since its very difficult to close the book once you start reading it. It is also a great book to gift.

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.