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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: The Sialkot Saga

The Sialkot Saga
The Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s the first time I am not certain whether I liked any book or not. Usually, it’s either “a hit” or “a flop”, “A great book” or “A poorly written book”. Clear black and white. But with The Sialkot Saga, well, I am utterly inconclusive.

OK, let me try explaining what I thought about this 560 pages long book.

The Sialkot Saga is a story of two protagonists who are born into two different families, and brought up in different cultures as they belong to different religious backgrounds. However, both of them are as intelligent, shrewd, strong, and courageous as one another.

Throughout the story, I was going through only one thought “How can anything and everything happen in the lives of these two people?” From World Trade Center attack, the Taj attack, the Harshad Mehta scam, to murders, deaths, same same lovers, infidelity et cetera et cetera. It seemed like the writer was trying to put each and every major incident in the world of history into the lives of his protagonists, which came across as unrealistic to me.

The parts where they con others, make fool of them are interesting, clever and funny. The BEST PART is the epilogue- superbly written.

Well, I would end the review by saying that the book did not live up to my expectations. I would rate it 3 stars.

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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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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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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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Isn’t it so true?

Isn't it so true?

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True That!

True That!

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QUOTE!

This is so true. Following the footsteps!

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