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Books and more

I got tagged by Galadriel to list my favourite Books by Indian authors. Now, my disclaimer is that i really haven’t any favourites. No, not because I’m impartial and all that, but because i haven’t read too many. Out of the few i have, these are some i liked:

Salaam, Paris by Kavita Daswani ~ Random book picked from the library.

Best Of Laxman by R.K. Laxman ~ Ok, it’s technically not a novel. But i love it anyway. A collection of his masterpieces.

An Equal Music by Vikram Seth ~ A book i read ages ago. Have forgotten all about it, except the fact that i liked it.

Speedpost: Letters to My Children about Living, Loving, Caring and Coping with the World by Shobha De ~ I must be crazy to list this. But, as i found to my surprise, it exceeded my expectations (so what if they were low?).

Can’t really think of any others. Do want to read Maximum City though.

Tagging anyone else? Well, anyone who wants to …feel free. 🙂

It’s Magic it’s magic

Beware all ye die hard Harry potter fans, i am about to commit serious blasphemy here, so turn back now lest your eyes and ears shrivel as though targetted by a well-aimed hex…

All said and done, the last book of THE series is a serious let down. I think dear JK Rowling watched a good 2 or 3 heavy bollywood potboilers and at the end of it, her cup of feelings ran over into her pen. The 1 book does more campaigning and championing for the Bollywood cause than those rolling swiss alps or multicoloured dupattas or those simpering, doe-eyed heroines.You have the super-triumvirate in the book- pyar, wafaa, qurbani. Not to mention double-crossing, full fledged war, love triangles, soppy maudlin sentimentality, faith, loyalty, jealousy, remorse. At the backbone of which is the super-tried and tested good vs evil angle. And yeah…..there’s also good ol’ resurrection interspersed with drama unending to give the tv soaps a run for their froth.Also typical of the standard hindi movies is the bumping off of people without apparent cause  – 1st Ch, bump him off, 2nd Ch, two more, 3rd Ch oh, are they still alive? and so on(ok, maybe she had a point, to rid the tale of the dead-weight of characters which couldn’t lend more reason to the story), the narration of past history by antagonist to protagonist (or vice versa) before the climax. then there are bhoots and also a ‘bees saal baad’ scene, and the requisite number of people turning over a good leaf. And also plain old hero-giri….”sacrifice to save the world.”

In the end, you have a feeling of sitting through a fast-paced, action packed movie which doesnt bother to go slow for the viewers benefit, instead rushes through with the only intention of reaching the climax, letting its actions and stunts speak for themselves. which unfortunately, fall below the precedent set by the earlier books. Who cares if Ron can suddenly speak Parseltongue, or Harry can hurl out the Unforgivable curses with extreme proficiency, if it all helps in the end?

Rowling sadly, sadly disappoints in this most awaited of books. i just wish Hermione would rise up from the pages and cast a charm to erase what’s been written. There’s always a second chance, eh?

…one flew east, one flew west…

…One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Just finished reading this book (penned by Ken Kesey). And i have to say i have never read anything like it. It packs in a whammy, a punch to the guts etc etc. I can use a lot more hackneyed terms, but i still can’t exactly describe the effect its had on me. It is a story of a mental ward, its inmates and the world (which for them is restricted to the ward and the hospital), as seen through their eyes. It makes you realise there is so much we take for granted, seeking comfort in its very normality, and how it all appears to those with ‘different abilities’. How, in their opinion, they don’t think of themselves as lunatics. They just perceive things differently from how ‘normal and sane’ people do, which categorizes them immediately as crazies and loonies. And how, at the end of it, they do not worry about the conventional societal norms of black and white, and do just what they feel is right.

A book highly recommended by me. Go ahead and read it, it makes you step beyond your normal boundaries of thinking.