Arundhati Roy's "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" is brilliant as long as it holds the fiction part together but is absolutely difficult to persevere when it switches to non-fiction mode, unfortunately which is in every chapter.
Over the past three months, my reading schedule had depleted due to multiple personal commitments. But, I still managed to read four books during the period. #4: "The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History" by Sanjeev Sanyal is a very interesting read. It provided insight into the evolution of landscape since the …
(#3 of 50) Ed Yong's "I Contain Multitudes" definitely changes the perspective towards nature and our interaction with it as you were pulled deeply into the microbial world. A definite read.
(#2 of 50) Gollapudi Maruti Rao’s “Saayankalamaindi” resurrects the nostalgia about the rural societies and makes a strong social commentary about the transformation that intimately tangled many social relations. It is a brilliant novel that needs much more self-analysis and deep dive into questioning our beliefs and practices narrated through the lives of excellent characters.
(#1 of 50) The attention to detail and the empathy for the lives that were stuck amid the battle for power of politicians/ stories makes the book a wonderful read. If only it was easy to plug in information from a third, fourth and some other sources, it would be a great historical compilation of Saint Malo.
50 Books and 18,078 Pages made me wander through the world of fantasy, pulled me back to harsh reality, taught me the skills that would be handy in the times of adversary and finally deeply understand myself as an individual, as a part of society and as a part of species.
Overall, Svetlana Alexievich makes you experience various emotions that the war-ridden Soviet nation common lived had to survive with. More than a century apart asks the same set of questions as she puts it “And the future seems to have stopped standing in its proper place. Our time comes to us second-hand”
Overall, “Frantulamgia” by Elena Ferrante is a deep dive into the thoughts of a writer who strongly believed in letting the words of paper do the talking for her unforgettable female characters. Not a traditional how-to guide for the craft of writing but a closer focused read which teaches enriching lessons.
Overall, “The Strangler Vine” by M J Carter- the first of three-book series “Blake and Avery” had enough content in it to be a very effective historical crime fiction novel based on infamous Thug crimes in Northen India. But, the book doesn’t keep up to its reputation of being compared to the likes of Sherlock Holmes and Fu Manchu. It is an absolute winner for historical narration but falls short of being an excellent detective thriller.
Overall, “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren is a very important book in the present times – a) for a person in science as it describes the virtues of a successful scientist, b) for a woman who aims to pursue her interests in her life against all the odds and with the joys of being a mother and c) for every one of us who miss the experience of connecting multiple generations of evolution just looking at the bark of a tree in your surroundings.