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Book Review: Equations of a Being (A Being Who Gathered Moss) by Ashutosh Gupta

It is not necessary that a book should have a specific genre to draw your attention and interest. What about a book or novella written at free will with no inhibitions at all? Today, we have one such that book Equations of a Being (A Being Who Gathered Moss) by Ashutosh Gupta which is not only brimming with charm but also high on intensity and relevance.

Despite its randomness, the very first equation will hook and take you up till the last page. Here it goes: As long as I am writing, I am on the verge of a homecoming.
Through this book the author has tried to concern his attitude towards life, well it’s just not simple attitude, it is based on wisdom and experience that he seemed to have gathered over the years. Surprisingly, the author has called his thoughts and experiences ‘Equations’. Decoding the title means thoughts of a human being. Clearly, a human holds a diverse range of thoughts and impressions towards life, thus for this reason the book is aptly segmented into sixteen pa…

Book Review: Inkredia (Luwan of Brida) by Sarang Mahajan

Inkredia is an incredible fantasy novel. If you are into habit of reading fantasy novels like ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘The Hobbit’ you will not be surprised to realized that they transcend all frontiers i.e. fantasy novels are products of sheer imagination and innovation. Well, coming to Inkredia, as said above it is an incredible epic fantasy novel, will surely take you on a jaw-dropping, sinuous yet adventurous trip.

The novel is about Luwan, the protagonist of the book, a hilly village lad. He is in the occupation of collecting herbs from high, steep and tumultuous mountains. While performing his job he often braves the perilous uncertainty of serpentine mountains and their allied creatures with acute fierceness.
Well, his fate still awaits him. He lives in Brida – a small village atop a hill. Since he is an orphan, there is nothing much that he can possess, except a medallion and a red book given by his mother. To his company is Meg, his elder sister.
Lord Gruwak is a cruel tax …

Book Review: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

‘Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called Maria.’ Well, guys this is the opening statement of the book ‘Eleven Minutes’ by Paulo Coelho. The author says that this is a story of a prostitute called Maria from Brazil. Contrastingly, no one is born as a prostitute; well it is a story of a young girl who for the sake of love and material happiness gets into the nasty profession of prostitution.

Eleven Minutes introduces us to innocent Maria, who lives in a small town of Brazil. Well, despite this, she is full of aspirations and her very first dream, like most other girls in the world, is to have a beautiful husband, a seafront home, a few cute children, and of course all this should be in the total realms of being highly rich. She is a dreamer but also believes falling in love.
When she’s as young as a school girl, she fell in love with a shy boy from neighborhood. They couldn’t initiate initial conversation because of some pre-emptive hesitation. Well, Maria waits for him but to…

Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a modern fable about seeking one’s own destiny in this world written by God and kept stored in the Soul of the World. The protagonist of the book is Santiago, a young boy who lives in Andalusia somewhere in Spain. His parents wanted him to be a priest but he has chosen to be a shepherd so that he can travel to the far off places and see the world. With a flock of sheep, he roams in the regions of Spain and when the time comes, that is once in a year, he sells off the wool of the sheep to the merchants of the city.

He has learnt a lot from his sheep cattle. While sleeping in a ruined church under a Sycamore tree, one night he dreams about a treasure hidden in the pyramids of Egypt. To find out the treasure to lead a comfortable life becomes his personal legend. But he is yet to realize that personal legend. On the contrary, he does not know how to proceed, since he cannot believe a dream until he tests its veracity. Thus, in Tariffa he sees a gypsy wom…

Ruskin Bond Books: 30 Popular Books by Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond has been around the corner for over sixty years. You must have read his short stories in your school or seen his books in the bookstores near you. Known for simple and engaging tales, his stories often take us to the foothills of the Himalaya and there we get chance to peep in the lives of those simple people who remain at a distance from the lights of city life. For this reason, Ruskin Bond is a legendary writer, especially among children. So far, he has penned down over 500 stories in the form of short stories, novels, non-fiction and so on. If you love Ruskin Bond books and feel like to explore about his most popular or best books, then here we bring the long list for you. The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond It is a story of Binya and her obsession for her beautiful frilly umbrella. The story is staged against the foothills of the Himalaya – Garhwal. Binya is a fearless girl of around eleven or twelve – she often takes her cows (Neelu and Gori) out for grazing. One day she…

Book Review: Romi and the Wildfire by Ruskin Bond

Romi and the Wildfire is a beautifully written novella by Ruskin Bond which, at the first thought, delves deep into the problem of wildfire that causes havoc in the mountains. While reading this story, you will come to know how disasters like wildfire or forest fire takes a toll on the life of hilly people along with animals and birds. During wildfire in the mountains, people shift from one place to another but animals are rendered homeless and for this reason they come out in the open, in the territories of humans, and then it all imbalances the ecosystem.

Coming to the main story – it opens with Romi, a young boy of around eleven or twelve, who has come to another village to obtain some important medical pills for his ailing father. It is the same village where he comes every day for his school, since his own village is limited to primary grade.
It is already evening. Prem, his friend and also classmate, points to the jungle fire in the east. He insists Romi not to go through the j…

Book Review: Love among the Bookshelves by Ruskin Bond

If you ever wanted to know why we read books, then go nowhere and stick to this book. Let us take it a bit forward: people read books, especially literature and comics and biographies, for some or another reason. Only a handful of people get into books for the sake of pleasure. In case you are an ardent Ruskin Bond fan, by reading this book, you will get to know why he loved reading books and how those books influenced his life on the whole.

Every writer has to be a reader first and Ruskin was no exception to this proposition. Ruskin became a compulsive reader since an early age because he was born into that era when sources of distraction and entertainment were limited unlike today where we can sit before the TV set all day or browse the Internet untiringly all day and night.
To read and understand this book, first off you must know Ruskin’s history. Ruskin was born in 1933 in Kasuali of the British India. Since then he never came down to the plains – even today he stays in the hill…

Book Review: An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma

What is it like to have a bad father? Especially to a girl child? An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma is not what you think; rather it is a tale of an unimpressive father or man who doesn’t realize the difference between the passivity of a crime and fulfilling his unbridled carnal desires.

Akhil Sharma’s debut novel – An Obedient Father – takes us to the squalid streets of Delhi and to the time when the country was about to see a major upheaval in its political structure. The main character of the novel is Ram Karan, a lackluster human being. He works in the educational department of government in Delhi. Though he is a government employee but his main illegitimate job is to work as a moneyman for his boss Mr. Roshan Gupta. The duo set the political tension as the story advances from dimly-lit gloomy rooms to political arena.
He lives in a small flat with his widowed daughter Anita and granddaughter Asha. His wife Radha died some years ago and all his brothers live in a village named

Book Review: The Enemy by Pearl S. Buck

‘The Enemy’ is a long story by Pearl S. Buck. Since the setting of the story is of WW-II, in Japan, so it’s apparently a war-fiction story. However, one of the consistent themes of the story is humanity and the call of the duty.

Dr Sadao Hoki is a renowned surgeon of Japan. He lives near a coast with his family – though it is a war-time but he is happy and leading a luxurious life. Most of doctors and surgeons in Japan are with the troops due to the ongoing war. Dr Sadao is a terrific surgeon and he is so skillful that he can save any patient quite convincingly. For this reason, Dr Sadao is made to stay back, so that he can tend the ailing needs of the old army General, who was known for brutality in his youth.
One night Dr Sadao and his wife Hana find a white man being washed ashore. The man was badly wounded. He was hit by a bullet and later got injured by rocky shore. He was a man from the navy. Since Japan and America are at war, taking that man inside his home for treatment mean…

Book Review: The Beggar by Anton Chekhov

Can your advice change a beggar’s life? Well, this story – The Beggar by Anton Chekhov – is about a young man who by choice becomes a beggar but the good thing is that he comes out of it somehow. The story opens with the advocate Sergei in the market with his cook. A young beggar is asking for alms from him – the beggar is saying that he was a schoolteacher but lost his place there because of internal politics.

Sergei focuses on the beggar and catches his lie. Sergei had met this beggar earlier and that time the beggar posed himself as a student. When confronted, the beggar confesses to his lie and says that people wouldn’t believe him that he was a singer in Russian Choir but expelled from there for drunkenness. Sergei offers him work in his wood shed. The beggar out of shame and fake pride takes up the work. Because of drunkenness, he is staggering and reluctant for work. Olga, the cook, takes him to the wood shed and handles him a billet of wood for chopping. After the work, the b…

Book Review: Iswaran the Storyteller by R. K. Laxman

‘Iswaran the Storyteller’ is a short story written by R. K. Laxman. The story features two important characters: Mahendra and his cook Iswaran. Iswaran is an avid reader, thus he is also a great storyteller. He has a unique way of narrating incidents and anecdotes.

Mahendra works for a supervising firm. He is a junior supervisor there. His job is to move from one construction site to another, like coal mining, railway brides, office buildings and so on. Recently, he has been told to shift to a site where a chemical company is to be built. Because of a moving job, from one site to another, Mahendra has used to the ways of life and expects no good form of luxury in his life. He lives in shacks or small huts, well above all this he has a fixed cook with him always, and he is none other than Iswaran.
Iswaran is quite a talented person when it comes to finding vegetables and ingredients out of nowhere. Also, he is a wonderful cook. After Mahendra leaves for work, Iswaran cleans the living…