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Review: Foreign

Foreign Foreign by Sonora Jha
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The start was so good, a real page-turner in the beginning. But the story lost its charm in the mid. I felt the author tried to fit in quite a lot of drama, thereby, making the reader question the genuineness of the story of the protagonists. It didn’t quite seem plausible to me that anything and everything is happening to one family. And the ending also didn’t connect with me- it was as if the author wanted to somehow come to a conclusion, no matter how unreasonable it might come across. Even though the book touched upon a every important issue- the plight of the Indian farmers, yet it was a big disappointment.

However, there were some really nice quotes & shero-shayari in between. A couple of them I have penned down for you:

1. ‘Ghalib would say … her gaze upon me puts a glow on my face … and she assumes that this ailing man is well.’
(Unke dekhe se jo aa jati hai mung par raunak,
woh samajhte hain ki bimaar ka haal acha hai)

2. But she knows better than to fall into the trap of ‘belonging’. Just when you think you do, someone shows you that you don’t, or lets you go, or, worst of all, tells you you are free to leave. If rugs are so easy to pull from under your feet, it’s best not to stand on rugs at all.

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Book Review: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

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I was hooked right from the very first page of the book, like it was some kind of a spell. After such a long time, have I come across a book which soothes your mind and provides you solace, with its sweet love story written beautifully, almost magically by Jan-Philipp Sendker.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a love story, but not a clichéd love story, I assure you! The author has weaved the story in such an exquisite manner that the reader cannot help but wonder about the intense connection between the two lovers, the passion that they have for each other, the unconditional love that is there in their hearts. This book surely is a 5-star and I would like to classify it as “un-put-downable”.

Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

  1. But a confession, a disclosure, is worthless when it comes at the wrong moment. If it’s too early, it overwhelms us. We are not ready for it and can’t yet appreciate it. If it’s too late, the opportunity is lost. The mistrust and the disappointment are already too great; the door is already closed. In either case, the very thing that ought to foster intimacy just creates distance.

  2. We wish to be loved as we ourselves would love. Any other way makes as uncomfortable. We respond with doubt and suspicion. We misinterpret the signs. We do not understand the language. We accuse. We assert that the other person does not love us. But perhaps he merely loves us in some idiosyncratic way that we fail to recognize.

  3. And so there must be in life something like a catastrophic turning point,when the world as we know cease to exist. A moment that transforms us into a different person from one heartbeat to the next. The moment when a lover confess that there’s someone else and that he’s leaving .or the day we bury a father or mother or best friend . Or the moment when the doctor informs us of a malignant brain tumor.

P.S. I am so glad I picked up this book at the Book Fair last month. Icing on the cake? Got it at a 60% discount. 😉

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Review: Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Plot
“Before I Go to Sleep” is a thriller novel written by S.J. Watson. The story revolves around a woman who after a car accident becomes amnesiac. She wakes up every day not remembering the last 25 years of her life, which includes her marriage, her son, and her career as a writer. However, with the help of a doctor, she starts keeping a daily journal, which apart from helping her remember things, also makes her question the stories being told to her by her husband and she becomes determined to find out who she really is, what her life really is.

The Review:
I was expecting a lot from this book, basis the reviews I had read on Goodreads as well as on the back cover of the book. But alas, it did not live up to my expectations. I hardly found anything thrilling in the book and it surely was not a page-turner, according to me. I hate to put books down without finishing it, so I soldiered on till the end and the last 30 pages were the only pages which grabbed my attention. I admit the twist in the end was actually “woah” or “I-did-not-see-that-coming”. But overall, it was a book which could have been skipped!

Favorite Quotes:
1. “What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”

2. We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.”
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Review: Man’s Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The autobiography part was heart-wrenching. But the second and third parts of the book were based on pure psychiatry/ psychoanalysis/ logotherapy and most of the terms were difficult to comprehend. All in all, it was an eye-opener in many senses- how people behave when they feel that their suffering is not worthy, how they need a goal/ a meaning to be able to fight for survival, why humans hurt other humans, et al.
I am rating it 3 stars owing to its hard-to-understand psychiatric terms.

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Spot-On!

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Heya fellow bloggers and my readers!

I am currently reading ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ and like million other readers in the world, I share the same view that this book grabs your attention from the very first page. And I even found that powerful quote (which is going to be my all-time favorite quote now) on the first page itself! I wonder what the rest of the pages have in store for me! 😀

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Review: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a nice quick mystery to read. Very simple to understand. In the initial few pages, I felt like I was reading something similar to the TV show “Lost” as in both the stories, people are stranded on an island with murders taking place around them and these people are curious to resolve the mystery. But when I was halfway through, I realized it was nothing like “Lost”. I really liked the concept of relating a nursery rhyme with all the murders which were happening one by one. Nicely written, not at all complex. It’s a book which you would like to read when you are on a travel maybe, and can finish it in mere two days!

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Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day
Every Day by David Levithan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had high expectations from this book after reading the reviews on Goodreads, not to mention the interesting book cover and summary. But alas! I didn’t like it that much. I really didn’t feel there was any connection/ chemistry between A and Rhiannon. I am giving it two stars only for the awesome description of the regular family life that A misses. There are some awesome quotes that make one ponder over the kinda life one is living. As far as the love story of A and Rhiannon is concerned, there’s no spark, no chemistry, no true love from Rhiannon’s side, in my opinion. It is a very unexciting love story.

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Edward: Pleased to Meet You, Scarlett.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pleased to Meet You.”

The protagonists are:

Scarlett O’Hara- Gone with the Wind

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Edward Cullen – Twilight

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It’s 1861 and Edward is 100 years old. He is wandering around in Georgia in search of blood, animal’s blood. He is thirsty and disgruntled and lonely. He finds nothing and no one but just when he is about to turn back, he sees a girl, dressed in a long floral dress, working diligently on a plantation. That’s Scarlett. She is working on her plantation, Tara plantation, the only thing which is dear to her. She lives for that land, her own land which she has grown after working day and night. Never before had Edward seen such a beauty. He took no time to fall in love with her.

Edward: Excuse me. I am looking for Mr. Hamilton’s residence. If you can help me with the same, I would be very grateful.

Scarlett: I know no one named Hamilton. Now if you will please excuse me.

Edward: I see you are worried. Is there anything I can help you with?

Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee. Can’t you see I am working? Now go away and let me work.

Edward: I just offered to help you.

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Quote in Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

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Favorite Quote- The Time Keeper

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