Dearest George

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This is perhaps my second read this year. I am really upset I haven’t read any good book so far (I know its too early to comment that). There is a very famous proverb “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But how often you don’t judge the book by its cover?? I was at a bookshop (Crossword) going through the books, shelf by shelf and I encountered a hardbound book wrapped in a plastic so that no one can see what’s written inside. The illustration on the book cover compelled me to buy it. Also, the name “Alicia Souza” was little familiar all thanks to Facebook. I have seen a few ads on Facebook about Alicia Souza. They sell nice stationary (I have not used it, but that’s how it looks like).

I was in a hurry to unwrap the book and start reading it. I sat in a coffee shop and started reading the book. This book is a light and quick read. One can finish the book in an hour or so. It’s Alicia’s gift to her husband who does not likes PDAs. The book is about an over expressive girl [wife] who is madly and deeply in love with a boy [husband]. It’s about their day to day life and their pets, a dog named Charles-Brown and a guinea pig named Henry Oats. The book is quite illustrative but lacks the context.

My rating:

2.5/5

Who Moved My Cheese?

“If you do not change, you can become extinct.”

This is a book by Dr Spencer Johnson, which talks about how to deal with the change in work and personal life. This book is short but an effective read. The story revolves around four characters Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw. Sniff and Scurry are mice where as, Hem and Haw are little people who consider themselves special and smart because they have brains.

The story takes an interesting turn when the cheese at a cheese station gets over and how the four characters deals with the change. The messages written by Haw on the wall are inspiring.

For some, this book may be just a story of these four characters but if you look closely it actually talks about the changes we see or sometimes overlook.

This is a self help book where the cheese represents the changes and four characters represents our way of coping with the changes.

Inspiring. Motivating. Self help.

My rating:

4.5/5

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Sita – Warrior of Mithilia

This book has been my slowest read thus far, it took me almost two months to finish. I was little skeptical to start this book as I am not a person who loves history. Regardless, I wanted to know about the character “Sita”, the Warrior. 

I have heard people say, that The Ram Chandra series should be read in order – Ram, Sita and Raavan. I would rather recommend that if you really want to know the depth of plot, you should actually start with The Shiva Trilogy and then jump to The Ram Chandra Series. I however, directly started with Sita. So lets begin with the review:

The book begins with a crucial juncture, Jatayu fighting for his life and Sita trying to save him from the Lankan army like a salient warrior from the bushes. 

The book gets really interesting as Sita comes to age. The stories of her Gurukul days, where, Sita slam-dunks a boy who lands in gurukul auralay (hospital), resulting in her getting trained in non-violence and impulse control training. And this only helps that now she, instead of hitting, shouted at the boy, which were enough to make him burst into tears. This made me laugh and I re-read it multiple times. 

I really liked the profound interactions that Sita had with her mother, Sunaina, a soul touching moment between a mother and her child. I felt that the life lessons taught by Sunaina(mother) are for everyone and not only Sita, especially the story about elephant. My personal favorite was the whispers Sunaina passed on to Sita “Society moves on, my child, Countries move on. Life moves on. As it should be.” 

The book slows down, when Sita starts her travel, to pursue training  to become “Vishnu”. But it again catches pace, when Ram enters her life in the swayamvar plotted by her, for her, how she tries to help Ram prepare for the swayamvar.  Ram being an ideal man, refuses to listen to Sita. 

The book also talks about, the various adventures of Ram and Sita, during their exile. It also brings in the famous festival of “Jalikattu”. 

The book ending is a real twisted tale of honesty and betrayal. I had to re-read the last page of the book to get over it.

My rating:

3.25/5

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