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 magic of thinking big

By David J. Schwartz

This is a self help book which i found in my mother’s collection.The cover page is nicely designed with the keyword “BIG” highlighted in the title. It is this cover which got my attention and got me reading.

This book is based on identifying weaknesses in oneself and working towards getting rid of them. It also deals with the subject of preparing oneself towards attainment of goals. The book begins with the definition of success and then moves towards generating a positive attitude to achieve it. It then proceeds to identify the factors which deter a person like giving excuses, blaming luck, etc. The author has given a number of exercises to generate a positive attitude. One thing which remained in my mind was the fact that the book also mentioned about failures. In spite of positive attitude, perseverence and hardwork one may fail, yet one should not give up but take lessons from failure and move on. The author described it as a detour.

The author also stresses for a need to have future plans and work towards them. These plans need not be only for work but also family.The book has nicely mentioned that a goal can be achieved only if the family also supports it thereby emphasizing the importance of giving time to ones near and dear ones. Its a self help book so I would suggest that you should take it only if you wish to change the monotony of present. Its a great gift appropriate for all age groups. This may not be a very good choice for a long journey but rather if you are planning any competitive exam then 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.

Follow every Rainbow

By #Rashmi Bansal

This week I completed reading “Follow every #Rainbow”. I came accross this book in a #bookstall. There sitting amidst a pile of books, the title immidiately drew my attention. To add further was the synopsis which mentioned the book consisted of the story of 25 #women #entrepreneurs. That was enough for me to read this book.

As mentioned in the synopsis, each story consists of the struggles of a #woman #entrepreneur thus making them motivational. The struggle, the grit #determination and the will these ladies have shown against all odds is truely amazing. Each story is a treasurehouse of motivation. All of us face challenges but very few dare to face them and even few think of standing up after a failure. This book consists of stories of such bravehearts. I knew about the business of some of them like #biba, etc but I had no idea about the history of their start. I was left highly motivated everytime I read a story and felt like creating new goals to achieve. Each of these ladies are an epitome of hardwork, determination, focus and success.

If I had an opportunity to give my inputs on the syllabus of schools, I would have definitely added the stories of Nirmala Kandalgaonkar(Vivam Agrotech) or Leela Bordia(Neerja International). These ladies have successfuly shown that a working mother is the best inspiration a child can have. In fact they have achieved everything along with properly looking after their children. These women have shown that with true determination and planning anything can be conquered even if it is the tall #mount #everest.

The writing style is #simple, yet the stories are so motivational that a reader cannot give up unless the story is complete. This book is a must for all women. It is one of the best gift that can be given. This can be read by people of age group 12 years and above. Since its a collection of short stories it is an ideal companion for those travelling to #work. Also its good for long #journeys as one starts thinking about their personal #goals after each story.So the next time you see this book whether in a book exhibition, stall or with any friend, you can add it to your list of reads.