Much like Dan Brown, Ashwin Sanghi weaves his intricate web of story lines along actual historical events and real places. Not only is the book entertaining, if you like history as a subject it is also quite informative. Ashwin Sanghi in that respect is the brown Brown! I chanced upon Ashwin Sanghi through sheer serendipity. The first time I heard of this author was when someone forcefully thrust a copy of The Krishna Key, his latest novel, in my hand. In my head I was like, “Dude I have too many books to read already.” The book then consequently went from dressing table to book shelf, when finally one day I was too lazy to get up and grab a book to read, and this was the only one I could pick without moving. The second time, I was having a reader’s block, and couldn’t really get myself to commit to any book (is this only me, or does this happen to other normal people too?). Someone at the book club gave me a copy …
Just the other day I surprised myself by randomly humming the tune of a long forgotten ad. Not only was I humming it, I actually managed to remember the entire jingle.
I promised myself to do a book review every month. To talk about some poignant pearls of wisdom that I have discovered on my journey through the literary adventures I have embarked upon. Then this happened!
‘A long walk to freedom’ is Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. Life was bleak and I needed inspiration. So I went online and started to read all the great things all the great people in the world have said (albeit in the quote format). While I was engrossed in this quick fix to greatness, I chanced upon the following quote: “There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.”
“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief The book revolves around Nazi Germany mostly between the years 1933-1945, with Jews and Hitler being the central theme. Unlike the many books written about that era and the misery of the Jews, this book narrows in on the degradation for an entire generation. It expresses the hardships not just of the Jews but also the Germans, the communist, among others. The story stoically narrated by Death itself will touch your heart at every point. There are tears in the Book, both in the tragedy of death and the misery of survival.
I remember when I was a kid, buying a new watch came with a prerequisite- does it glow in the dark? So when someone said they were reading a book where the book-cover glows in the dark, IT HAD TO BE READ!
Someone suggested I watch ‘Fault in our stars’, for a change of perspective. Instead I watched the movie to be reminded of something I believed in but had forgotten about.
Can I call myself an avid reader?