So who’s ready for this year? Not me, but hey we can’t stop time so we’ve just got to roll with it. Which is why I decided to start my year doing the things I love like re-watching TVD, listening to songs I love and most importantly buying the books I’ve wanted for a long time.
Disclaimer: I am a sucker for classics so most of the books you’ll see here are classics. Okay now let’s talk about the books I’ve purchased. I haven’t read any of the books but I’ll brief y’all about it.
First is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. So I watch this Youtuber named Linh Troung and every time she makes a video on books she always recommends this book which explains this purchase. This book won The Pulitzer Prize and is highly recommended by The Times, Daily Mail, etc. The Namesake is about Gogol, an Indian boy living with his family in America. He isn’t fond of his name and his inherited culture which is why he leaves to live far from his parents and in order to find himself as an individual being only to find that his identity depends on much more than his name.
Next is a classic by Charlotte Bronte, no its not Jane Eyre, its Shirley. I loved Jane Eyre which made me discover the other works of Bronte. Shirley is Bronte’s second novel after Jane Eyre. It is set among the cloth mills and the latter part of the Napoleonic Wars. Its also a war between love and money among Robert, Caroline and Shirley.
The third book I purchased is No Guns at my Son’s Funeral by Paro Anand. It won the Bal Sahitya Puruskar and was an IBBY honour list member in 2006. This book focuses on the lives of Kashmiri people. How young Aftab gets carried away by the militants living in Kashmir trying to get things back to normal. He is brainwashed by their cause and fails to distinguish between the right and wrong. Though set against the militancy in Kashmir, this novel could belong anywhere in today’s world where violence is just a breath away. I am currently reading this book and it is spectacular.
Next is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. This is another classic about the life of a thirteen year old girl. It is a memoir of a young girl (Anne Frank) caught in the middle of one of the most horrific periods of human history. It is set in the Second World War. Anne started writing in her diary without the intention of recording the experiences of the Jews in hiding. She expresses herself in the most honest and candid times revealing everything that her family and she herself had to go through those difficult times.
Next we have Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer. So we have one of Jeffrey Archer’s short story in our school curriculum and personally I don’t like it at all. Maybe its because I have to study it which is why I’ve grown to hate it but our English teacher, whom I also hate, keeps telling us how good his works are. So I found this book interesting because its about how these twin brothers were separated at birth and their journey to finally meeting each other under not-so-good circumstances.
I also bought Kadambari by Bana. I have always read classics by foreign writers and never have I read a classic by an Indian author, which is why I bought this book. It is a love story of Kadambari, a Gandharva princess and Chandrapida, a prince, later a moon God. What excited me the most about this book is that there is a parrot narrator. Also Bana is among the three most important prose writers in classical Sanskrit among Kalidasa and Dandin.
And that’s all the books I bought this year so far. I hope you enjoyed todays ramblings and stay tuned for a detailed review of each book as and when I finish reading them. Bye!