Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review: ENGLISH BITES! My Fullproof English Learning Formula by Manish Gupta

Book Details. . .

Title: English Bites! My Fullproof English Learning Formula
Author: Manish Gupta
Genre: Self Help (English Improvement), Non Fiction
Publisher: Penguin (2012)
Pages: 344 Pages
Price: INR 125

Rating: 3.75/5

Book Review. . .

This review was done for The Tales Pensieve (TTP) under their reviewer program.

Are you one of those wandering souls longing to have proficiency in English language but the ghost of which continue to scare you away…then English Bites is the book for you. It is surely for all those who swear to have been smitten and bitten by English – smitten as being sincerely wanting to conquer the phobia of the language and bitten by being lost in the vicious circle of making an attempt  to overcome the phobia & becoming more intrigued by its manner. Before going further into the synopsis of the book, it would be worthwhile for me to make a confession…I was not really motivated to read this book as I have never found those self help books my cup of tea. But before choosing this book for review I had limited choices, as it was my 1st month as a Book Critic at TTP, so I opted for this one. But now I think, opting for this one was indeed a blessing in disguise.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Book Review: THE HOMING PIGEONS by Sid Bahri

Book Details. . .

Title: The Homing Pigeons
Author: Sid Bahri
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors (2013)
Pages: 328 Pages
Price: INR 98
Rating: 3.75/5

Book Synopsis. . .

The greatest irony of being in love is loving the right person at wrong time without confession; having the wrong person at right time again without confession and finally realizing the love for right person at right time with due confession.

The Homing Pigeons comes across as a heart touching story encompassing the aforesaid ironies of not so perfect love between the two imperfect souls – Aditya and Radhika. Love, at times, comes across as a puzzle to solve with the head and the heart voicing their opinion in different directions often making us commit acts we don’t want, landing us in the situation we don’t foresee.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

~ Nearer My God to Thee, Nearer to Thee. . . ~

My initial experience of this magical hymn dates back to the release of original soundtrack of the movie Titanic by James Horner which is often considered as the last piece of music played by the musicians on the Titanic. However, did the band actually played this song before the final plunge of Titanic, still remains an uncertain fact, the reality of which (perhaps) lay buried inside the heart of the ocean. At that point of time it was nothing more than a compilation of fewer musical notes rendered just perfectly on a violin making it an apt example of musical brilliance to soothe and relax your mind & soul. In fact, it dint even occurred to me that there can be something more to this magical piece which, just like the above fact (whether the hymn was actually played last on Titanic) remained buried deep inside my heap of ignorance. It was just few days’ back the realization unearthed upon me that this is actually a hymn whose verses turned out to be even more soulful than the music itself.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Book Review: SWAMI AND FRIENDS by R K Narayan

Book Details. . .

Title: Swami and Friends
Author: R K Narayan
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Productivity And Quality Publishing (Originally published in 1935 by Hamish Hamilton)
Pages: 184 Pages
Price: INR 63
Rating: 5/5

Book Synopsis. . .

The relevance of Swami and Friends in the history of Indian literature stands in synonymous with the position of R K Narayan. The novel which got published sometime in 1935, actually sprouted from author’s imagination in the autumn of 1930 when during celebration of vijayadashmi, he visualized the first glimpse of his fictional world, Malgudi. The first novel of the literary genius provides the backdrop for all his later works by introducing the world of Malgudi to the readers. Later did he knew and realized, that this fictional creation of his would change the course of Indian literature paving its way amongst the who’s who of world literary geniuses. It all started with a glimpse of a Railway Station in his mental imagery, followed by secondary Albert Mission school, Market Road, the River Sarayu, its typical inhabitants & lo and behold, Malgudi was born!!

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