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BOOKS – YOUR THE BEST FRIENDS

In Blog, Books on October 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

English: Five young men sit clustered closely ...

Off late the reading habit had taken a back seat and all work … but the frenzied mind wanted some peace of mind and what else then to read something… fortunate enough i got some advice from fellow readers, bloggers and got hold of few books. One of them is the Krishna key. it was supplied by Blogadda.com – a blog community which offers books to bloggers to write their review. And trust me it was definitely a nice read. I shall update the review of the book in a day or two… Currently it is saved in draft and needs a rework.

Secondly, I had ordered two books from flipkat.com. 1) Indispensable 2) the long tail. About the second book, I had read an extract about it in my friend’s new venture… summarytown.com (a wonderful website to read to the point abstract. do refer to it). And it got me interested and i booked a copy. Before I start this, I need to read indispensable when the leaders really matter by gautam mukunda, published by Harvard Business review press. The first few pages has caught me in it..The thing which caught my attention is the simplicity of the words in which he has tried to explain the complex issues… I shall soon update my blog readers about this wonderful book.

Till then

happy reading!

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The Muddy River – By P.A. Krishnan.

In Blog, Book Reviews, Books on December 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The Muddy River – By P.A. Krishnan.

A Book Review

In contrast to the books I had read recently, this book by P.A.Krishnan was a different book all together. Not because it failed to grab attention of the reader but its beautiful narrative made it an interesting read.
The story is set in the background of burning North-east, ravaged by Naxals, where kidnapping and murders have become daily chores. At the same time, our so-called Navratnas are neck-deep in corruption.
This is a story of Chandran. A man who has promised to protect one of his colleagues from the clutches of naxals. The ways and means he applies to meet his ends against many more obstacles right from his own organization, who is ready to dump his engineer colleague to save some penny for the greedy babus, to the Local government and its setup.The muddy river , as the name suggests, is all about the vices the country is facing today, be it corruption, naxalism, kidnapping and murder.

The Muddy River

Book Review by Blogadda

Each character in the story is unique. Let me introduce you to few of them:-
– Sukanya, Chandran’s wife, is grieving for the loss of their only child and their marriage is on the verge of collapse. Despite all this she encourages Chandran to continue is fight against corruption.
– Anupama, Chandran’s colleague at Assam, is anti naxal  and supports Chandran in his mission.

–         Raman, one of chandran’s friend who is more interested in girls and their love & lust. His death is another twist in the tale.

–         Herbert & Subir, Chandra’s friends who support him on his narrative.

The most amazing part of the book is its narrative. It’s a  book within the book. The story begins with Sukanya grieving for Pooja’ loss. And the story goes into flashback and the scene is “ Chandran and Raman doing some chitchat”. Then follows Chandran’s courtship with Sukanya. Pooja is present for a brief period when the ever enthusiast persuades Raman and Pooja for a trip to Himalayas. After pooja’s death everything in their life goes haywire. While Sukanya is fighting at the home front to salvage their marriage, Chandran is fighting at all fronts. Kidnapped colleague on hand, Adverse boss on the other and the grieving Mrs. Gosh on the third. Things become nasty when company refuses to pay the ransom but Chandran keeps his calm and continues his effort to rescue his kidnapped colleague.  During the narrative chandran’s Ghandian aspect beacons, putting forth the never-dying importance of Non- Violence in Indian Society against all evils. The book is very apt in these times when the country is following the footsteps of Anna. Do good for the country and countrymen. For they say:

“if you have been exceptionally good during your lifetime, the spirit, on the last day, escapes through brahmarandhara, the top of the skull. On the other hand, if you have been a shit all along, the spirit too follows shit’s path and goes out of your arsehole.”

The story beams up when a new bird is to be welcomed in Chandran’s house and even in Mrs. Ghosh.  But ”Picture is  yet to complete , My friend”.

The reader shall be engrossed in the story which is spell bounding and keeps readers guessing till very last page.

Enjoy reading!

This is part of Book reviews program at Blogadda

Author: P A krishnan

Genre: Political Fiction

Publisher: Tranquebar

ISBN 978-93-80658-56-8

can buy at Flipkart

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“What’s the last book you’ve read?”

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2011 at 12:54 am

Come on friends tell me what is the last book you have read and share your fav moments with the book.
“What’s the last book you’ve read?”

That One Book !

In Book Reviews, Writing on March 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

Topic Idea: Daily post

But a man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Aleksandr Petrov's 1999 The Old Man and the Se...

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I don’t consider myself  an habitual book reader for I can’t go on reading books for long. When i get bore of any particular book I change. I change to either another book or to Internet, especially blog reading. Few books which I have read in the past have really helped me to understand self and the world around me. But, one book which I really wish reading several times is “The old man and the Sea“. The book is based on the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, a story of personal triumph won from loss.

It’s a story of an old fisherman named Santiago who has a streak of unlucky 84 days. His aide, a boy who respects him a lot and often takes care of him by serving him dinner and talking to him about baseball. the story begins on the 85th day when the old man decides to go to gulf for he felt his lucky charm is coming to him.

To hell with luck. I’ll bring the luck with me.

He sets sail to deep seas. After a long wait a marlin takes his bait. What follows is an enduring struggle for life between the old man and the marlin and afterwards the old man and the sharks. An interesting and must read story by Ernest Hemingway.

However the book was put to test by several critics who found fault with the overall book including his idea behind writing the book and even his religious beliefs. However none could deter him to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1954.

It was his last of major works and greatest success.

Now is the time to think of only one thing. That which I was born for.

If you haven’t read it yet, i’ll suggest you read.  🙂

Book: Fall of Giants by ken Follett

In Book Reviews, Pictures, scribblings on March 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I had this feeling yesterday, it was like I wanted to write something or the other but could not think of anything to write. So I took a break and turned to my first love-Reading.

The book I’m currently reading is Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants” – Book one of the century Trilogy. So far I have been able to complete only half of the book. Definitely, my reading speed has taken its toll. I remember having read Ayn Rand’s “ Atlas Shrugged ” in straight 8 hours and that too during break in my Graduate Examinations.

 

Ken Follett's Fall of Giants

Few good things I’m liking about this book:

  • While I’m reading it, a kind of motion picture is running through my mind. This happened earlier too when I was reading Mario Puzo’s The Godfather and Gone with the Wind. I saw the movies later.
  • I get into the characters. How interesting ! given that there are so many a characters in the book, so far what I have read. And each one is different from the other.
  • And to my surprise, this book, despite having more than 1000 pages, is light as feather. 🙂
  • My next read is Chanakya’s Chants, have Ordered it through Flipkart. Hopefully it will reach in 3 days. By that time I shall finish Fall of Giants.
Little About Chanakya’s Chants

You must be knowing Chanakya – Author of Atha shashtra “Science of wealth”. History knows him as the brilliant Strategist. Vows for the revenge of his murdered father, he with his strategic ability and acumen installs Chandragupta on the throne of Mauryan Empire. It was during his term that Alexander invaded India and it was again his brilliance that Alexander had to stop his dream of conquering the world and had to return to his land. This happened some thousands of years ago.

The wheel has turned again. Another Chanakya has breathed life in India. Will he be able to be as powerful as the real Chanakya? Will the politics of India see a change?

Aah, Chanakya has always fascinated me. And fiction based on him, worth reading.

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