Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Six Stories and An Essay (Book Review)

Six Stories and An Essay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never before has an abruption felt so perfect, so needful. The best part about this book is her lucid and honest writing that leaves you wanting more and yet leaves you with a strange sense of calm and a sense of revolt at the same time. It is a lethal combination but probably the only sensible thing for us as humans. For how else can one justify the anger of being subjected to racism and yet being happy with 'one's own'?

The book provides an interesting, thought-provoking and firsthand account of someone subjected to racism and the trials and tribulations that need to be overcome in order to 'try and fit-in' in a place that one always considered 'home'.

Brutally honest and immensely touching, it is a must read for all those who have always thought that racism is not a very draining issue and that it happens to 'others'. It is also an important read for a generation that knows only about a history that is seemingly skewed, with important events conveniently hidden away or in other words, torn off from the pages of history forever, according to the author. By that, I definitely do not mean that History-haters would not enjoy it because her way of writing has a power that holds the reader by the collar and without force, we end up getting drawn into the plot.

It is disturbing but at the same time teaches you what its like to walk with confidence on your face even when others are busy shunning you on the basis of the very skin that protects your face!

- Divya Nambiar

Author: Andrea Levy
Other books by the Author: Small Island by Andrea Levy The Long Song by Andrea Levy Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy Never Far From Nowhere by Andrea Levy Every Light in the House Burnin' by Andrea Levy Uriah's War by Andrea Levy

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bookless in Baghdad and Other Writings on Reading (Book Review)

Bookless in Baghdad and Other Writings on Reading

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Only a well-read and well-travelled person could have written this book. As a public figure, there have been quite a lot of criticism about him and his personal as well as political life.

But this book has been a refreshing change, offering a glimpse into the working of mind of an intellectual so often judged upon his 'Indian-ness' on the basis of where he resides and what he has to say about certain issues.
What an awesome way of answering his so- called 'critics'!

His writing is fluid,witty and tongue-in-cheek at many instances. After reading it, it somehow strengthens my belief that books are really an important part of our lives for 'in order to survive, we eat. But why do we live if it is just to eat more and survive? There must be a purpose'. Books do provide a sense and purpose to our existence.

Thanks Mr. Tharoor for offering a glimpse into many events that took place over the years and that too, in your non-Stephen's, yet impeccably Stephen's style.

P.S.: Even though it feels like a heavy read and a dissection and then sewing back together of his own literary journey via books it has much more to offer.

- Divya Nambiar

Author: Shashi Tharoor
Other books by the Author: Show Business by Shashi Tharoor The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor India From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone Reflections on India, the Emerging 21st-Century Power by Shashi Tharoor Pax Indica India and the World of the 21st Century by Shashi Tharoor Riot by Shashi Tharoor Nehru The Invention of India by Shashi Tharoor The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories by Shashi Tharoor India The Future Is Now The Vision and Road Map for the Country by Her Young Parliamentarians by Shashi Tharoor India Shastra Reflections on the Nation in Our Time by Shashi Tharoor Shadows Across the Playing Field 60 Years of India Pakistan Cricket by Shashi Tharoor Kerala, God's Own Country by Shashi Tharoor Epic India M. F. Husain's Mahabharata Project by Shashi Tharoor A Monsoon Feast Short Stories to Celebrate the Cultures of Kerala and Singapore by Shashi Tharoor Bollywood by Shashi Tharoor