Review: The Inability of Words by Harnidh Kaur.

“Every word you say has

been coloured by the pain

and injustices you’ve felt”

 

Harnidh Kaur says her journey with poetry began when she started writing angst-ridden teenage pieces to her mother. I have never read those pieces but I have read the outcome of the blood, sweat and sinew bundled up in this beautiful book. A poetess who claims that creativity is something you need to work upon every single day, released her first book- ‘The Inability of Words’,a must read, in July.

The book is draped in a beautiful cloth material with the title in golden. It is available in a variety of colors such as Green, Purple, Pink, Orange, Brown, Peach and a few more. Gone are the days when we were told not to judge a book by it’s cover. The cover,in my opinion, speaks a lot about the writer’s style, adding a little extra to the content and making the experience of reading a lot better.

The book is an amalgam of various things explored by the poetess throughout her life yet. The major themes I personally observed in the book were about Relationships and Life Lessons that we can only learn from experience.Love and Family also occupy a large chunk of the book making it beautifully relatable.

The poem ‘Halfways’ was a clear show of how Harnidh often sees things that others don’t. The beautiful imagery  painted in the poems( My favourite being Stained) is just enough to make you feel warm and fuzzy.

My personal favorites are  Gesture , Reorganizing , Doubt, Relativity, Halfways, Underwhelmed, Mediums, A letter to someone, Punctuation Bonfires, Retrouvailles ,Kintsukuroi, Cursive, Connections and Of Aunts.

Her goal is to make poetry sexy and relevant again and we hope to see more of her in the years to come.


Rated 5/5 on Goodreads.

 

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Gone Girl: Review. (No spoilers)

I read Gone Girl in the first week of August 2015 and realised that it was different from the stuff that I’ve read before. I purchased the book because it was already over-hyped having received the title of  ‘Thriller of the year’.

Gone girl written by Gillian Flynn is a thriller published back in 2012 but gained a lot of fame after it’s movie release. The story begins with Amy Dunne, our protagonist, disappearing on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary. The major suspect her husband claims that he isn’t responsible for it. However, others have some different things to say about their marriage.

The book has been divided into two parts. The first part of the book has been written from the perspective of both Amy and Nick Dunne, her husband. Nick talks about the present while Amy talks about the past through her daily journal entries showing a wide contrast.

The story encounters a variety of themes such as dishonesty, money problems, extra marital affairs making the reader question his/her own plans about marriage.

The book is known for it’s disappointing end which will make readers question what love really is all about. A confusing read. Gripping and breath taking.

The kind of book that you will either hate or love and will have to read on your own to form an opinion about.

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Bookist Pet Peeves.( part 1)

So here are my top 5 bookish pet peeves.

1. When the book cover has pictures of random people on it./Movie poster covers.

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2.When there are random stickers on the cover.

Who likes this? nobody! STOP RUINING MY COVERS! I don’t care if it’s thriller of the year.

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3. When the spine of a paperback cracks.

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4. When there’s no margin or very less margin space/tiny font.

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6. Terrible love triangles.

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Let me know some of yours.

Wonder by R J Palacio: Review. ( No spoilers)

Wonder by R J Palacio is a children’s book that has received several awards including the 2015 Mark Twain Award.

The story revolves around a ten year old boy named August who lives in New York City and has been homeschooled by his mother up until now. He suffers from a rare facial deformity which happens to draw people’s attention wherever he goes.The book has been written from various point of views,including his sister, his sister’s boyfriend, some of his classmates.

The book was inspired from a real life incident that took place in Palacio’s life where her son started crying seeing a kid born with a facial birth defect.

The story proceeds with describing of all the events that take place in the entire school year and August’s journey in a world that gives so much importance to what people look like. A simple and fast read. This book will give you an insight into what love really is and how a person’s looks do not determine the kind of person they are.

Gripping and a real eye opener teaching us that first impressions are not always correct. A must read. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review : Bombay Rains Bombay Girls.

Written by Dr. Anirban Bose who completed his MBBS in Mumbai and worked as assistant professor of Medicine at University of Rochester.

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Eighteen year old Adi does not realise the drastic changes that await him. Being from a small town he, as well as his parents are equally shocked to learn that he has qualified his medical entrance examination and will now be studying MBBS at Grant Medical College and JJ hospital.

Giving advices to people who are moving to big cities or foreign lands is a part of our tradition and the case is no different when it comes to Adi. While leaving for Bombay he is told to watch two things in Mumbai, Bombay Rains and Bombay girls.

On his arrival to the city, the author beautifully describes the way an outsider would usually percieve the city of Bombay. The hustle and bustle and flamboyance of the city mesmerizes every outsider in his first few months until one day he gets tired of the heat but is so emotionally attached to the city that he cannot imagine parting with it.

On his very first day in the city that waits for no one Adi is shown the real picture of the city’s ignorance and brutal ways. His father accompanies him to complete the formalities of the college admission and reminds him of the way one must lead life. Taking it all in and feeling each and every sentiment that comes along.

Thinking that admission to this renowned college was just a matter of luck he suffers a major inferiority complex.

Meeting friends, feeling betrayed in love,chosing what is wrong and right and knowing his morals leads him to discover a whole new path until the authorities in the college might be giving them some serious problems.

One thing leads to another but the company of his new she-friend and his unconditional affection for her keeps him going through these difficult times.

On facing loss of a dear one, Adi is compelled to unravel a journey that might cost him his life and career.

A sparkling and at times overly dramatic read.This book is for everyone who wants to know about Mumbai and it’s ways years back. For people who dream of standing in front of Nariman point and running with the city in any direction. A must read for aspiring medicos and people finding love in Mumbai.

I’d rate Bombay Rains Bombay Girls a 3 out of 5.

Bridget Jones’s diary: review.

Written by Helen Fielding and published in 1996, Bridget Jones’s diary continues to be one of the most read Chick lit book.

This Comedy revolves around Bridget, a thirty something single woman living in London. Bridget works in a publishing house and has a massive crush on Daniel who happens to be her boss. A series of chats comprising of flirting lead to a relationship and before Bridget even knows she faces the complexeties of real world relationships that a lot of women ( and men) face on a daily basis.

The book begins on a hilarious note stating Bridget’s new year resolutions which she struggles to follow. Her cigarette and alcohol addiction, her weight are some of the things she thinks she needs to work upon.

The book moves through relationships between Bridget and her parents who are facing difficulties in their marriage, Bridget’s mom and her friend who are constantly trying to set Bridget up with top notch, now divorced lawyer, Mark Darcy. Bridget’s friends occupy a special place in her life as she always turns to them for advice and they offer her their support at all times.

The writing style used by the author is Informal with some British slangs. The book also focusses on her over confident mother who pushes her to dress better and get to know her worth. As the year goes by, Bridget realises that first impressions are not always correct and unravels a whole new journey with her new job.

The book is not quite same as the movie and I’d recommend it to be watched after reading the book. Girls would enjoy and relate to the issues faced by Bridget and boys would be fascinated to learn the kind of stuff that goes on in a girl’s mind that they have probably never even thought of.

The book was winner of the ‘British book of the year’ in 1998 and I’d definitely recommend fellow readers to grab a copy and get to know the fabulous Bridget Jones.