“The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of the silence. It was my own silence.”, says Sylvia Plath in the first book I am ever reading in my life. I am 13 and can relate to her in a way no 13-year-old should be able to. I sip my chai and smirk. You beautifully, beautifully tragic woman I think to myself. And just like that, it is on a Wednesday in the summer that I become a reader.Continue reading “7 Life Virtues Reading Taught Me.”
Every now and then, you pick up a book that is outside your reading comfort zone. For me, it was A Year of Wednesdays by Sonia Bahl. I’ll admit that I am not particularly a fan of contemporary Indian writers because somehow they can’t seem to think of anything outside the circle of love. But amidst my pre-established bias and impulsive decisions, I decided to give this book a shot.Continue reading ““If you can’t be illogically good, uncomfortably good, if you can’t be loyal when no one is looking…what’s the point?” | My Thoughts on A Year of Wednesdays by Sonia Bahl”
Continued from Part 1.
So, after I finished reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Alborn, I was out of my reading slump. And that was the time when I was going to pick up the book I had long been wanting to read from an author I have loved.Continue reading “A Slow Reading Year | My First 10 Reads of 2019 | Part 2”
The year that began with a lot of enthusiasm and hopes turned into a year where my reading was forced to the backseat. A lot was, and is, going on in my life and caught up in all of that, I couldn’t grab my hands on as many books as I had thought.
But, I am proud of everything I have done. With half the year gone, I managed to read 10 books amidst battling my depression, managing (and eventually leaving) work, and redefining emotional boundaries in my life. Achievement? Achievement.Continue reading “A Slow Reading Year | My First 10 Reads of 2019 | Part 1.”
It was in 2017 that I gave myself a reading challenge for the first time in my life. I challenged myself to read 50 books and I managed to read, very successfully, 53. Then followed 20188 where I increased the number of books to 60 but by the time December came, I halted at 54. On January 1st, 2019, I challenged myself again to read 60 books but I clearly do not see that happening.Continue reading “A Slow Reading Year | A Lot Else Happening”
When I was approached to review this book, the one thing that I was intrigued by was the title of the book. As I progressed in reading it, I was impressed by the reason behind the name of the book.
The book is, as I understand, a collection of what the author understands to be his best works from his blog by the same name. The book is divided into 5 sections covering aspects of Contemplative Philosophies, Romance, Personal, Silence, and Poetry.
Aqson is one of those books that I both wanted to read because it spoke about a war between God and Lucifer and not wanted to read because it was set in Indian politics. But my mind convinced me to give it a shot. And I am glad that I did.
The book is a fantasy-fiction plotted against the backdrop of games of power being played between God and the Devil. The game begins in Athens in the year 1998 and carries us straight to 2018. The two teams—Team God and Team Devil—have decided to play for 30 years and win the seat of the Prime Minister of India.
Set in the year 2050, Hell! No Saints in Paradise is the story of Ismael who, as a result of what appear to be, highly absurd series of events is sent on a journey of spiritual discovery in modern-day Pakistan.
For a book that was my first in the urban literature genre, Hell! No Saints in Paradise did not disappoint me.
Now that you’ve seen my last video for 2017 Reading Year in Review, its time to talk books. The books in this category are books that I picked up randomly–on a friend’s recommendation, following an intuition, or simply because of their name–but I have enjoyed them thoroughly. And I wouldn’t mind recommending these books to readers out there! Continue reading “2017 Reading Year in Review | Episode 5 | Books that were Random.”