Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Chanakya's Chant - Ashwin Sanghi (Book)

Since I read the "Shiva Trilogy" by Amish - got hooked to this kindda books, After reading all of him - moved on to Ashwin Sanghi as he too have written quite a few related to Indian mythology. 
Now in comparison to Amish - Ashwin's pace is furios and this one like his first work (Rozabal Line) is no less then a perfect thriller - Imagine I finished it in flat two days (About 440+ pages). Chanakya has always remained one of my favorite characters from history - the king maker and this one is written in two parallel plots - One the Original Chanakya and his story with a parallel track of a Pandit who has got the powers of Chanakya in modern time - How? you've got to read the book. The theory given by him as how to get that is amazing and once you read the book - you tend to actually believe it and calculate how to achieve it too wink emoticon.
Even otherwise - it works like a perfect thriller with so much going on at a break neck pace that its simply impossible to put it down. Am glad that I picked it up over a lazy weekend and finished it in a jiffy. Now moving on to his next work on the life of "Krishna" another of my favorite character from Indian mythology.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt (Book)

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Angela's Ashes

Highly inpired by "The Diary of a young girl", the miserable chilhood of Frank McCourt (Author) in his own words - starting from his 4th year till 19th. A very painful story of the whole family's struggles from America to Ireland and his journey back to States. It was a breeze of a read as excellently written - the way they speak is the way he has written it. It took me no time to finish this one - although it isnt half as good as Anne Frank's diary as that is out of this world - but still is pretty good in comarison. I wonder what is with these authors - what have they got against India that we are always shown in bad light - cant deny the references as they are actually true even today but it breaks my heart to read all that crap.

A good one time read though. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (Book)

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A Tale of Two Cities

Time and again - some books have proved that I am not cut out to read "Classics" - this one too was no different. As it came highly recommended by some of my close friends and shockingly it took me bloody 11 days to finish this one. You can imagine my plight - I was wondering is there something wrong with the book?? I mean Dickens? or is it me to who this didnt make any sense. Barring a very few pages on Lucie's love life and tragedy or Dr Mannette's part - almost nothing else worked. But as the tradition goes - Never left a book midways - I somehow finished it. I also believe that one shouldnt write off one writer based on one book read - so have picked up "Great Expectations" as my second read from Charles - that I am going to pick after I recover from this one ;)

I would love to know from others who have read this one recently as how did they like it?