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In the realm of enchantment – Salman Rushdie’s Enchantress of Florence

Infact, more than Qara Koz, who is supposed to be the central theme, or Enchantress, it is the wonderful characterization of Akbar that dominates and drives the story. Akbar, who enchants the reader in this tale with all his human follies, and royal grandeur, is ultimately enchanted by the power of a woman, even if imaginary. Continue reading

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Huxley’s Dystopian Prophetic Vision – Brave New World (as compared with Orwell’s 1984)

While a discrete reader may find more comparisons between the two works, what is more evident is that the books are two extreme ends of a futuristic world. The reality presented in dystopian literature is a backlash against some modern trends and contemporary tendencies in politics. George Orwell portrays the dangers of totalitarian regimes which show no respect for people’s individuality and freedom. Aldous Huxley satirizes consumerism and presents concerns about overuse of scientific research. Continue reading

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George Orwell’s prophetic novel – 1984

The book begins on the premise of constant fear and a nagging desire to rebel against a political system based largely on absolute power, control, and falsehood. The protagonist Winston Smith, is shown to live in the year 1984 where a political party, Ingsoc, lead by a figure called Big Brother, is controlling the lives, actions and even thoughts of the masses. Basic human faculties of free thought, debate, discussion, self-improvement, professional growth, and social upliftment is suppressed through mental conditioning by a political power that demands unconditional “love” and allegiance to Big Brother.

The book, which is a cult-fiction of sorts is not only prophetic but also invokes deep feelings of fear. 1984 is a novel in three parts, and my interpretation of these three parts can be summarized as follows:

Part I: Rebellion in thought against a prevailing system
Part II: Rebellion in action
Part III: Subjugation of the rebellion displaying the vulnerabilities of man in the face of a larger than life system of control and brainwash

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An “Almost Single” perspective by Advaita Kala

Well, there are two reasons to read this book – Firstly, for the humor in the writing, and secondly, for a sense of empathy for those who are single, and of sympathy from those who were once upon a time single. Continue reading

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Tagged: “To write five quotes from the books that I have read”

I have been tagged by Snigs to share five quotes from the books that I have read, and though I confess that I can fill pages and pages with “food for thought” from books, but I restrain myself to five (okay, six!) Continue reading

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The Taking – Not for keeps but can give you the creeps

As a firm believer in extraterrestrial life and that we will have visitors from another world, I didn’t like the “negative character” of the “Beings” in “The Taking” by Dean Koontz. The picture of the apocalypse was discomfiting. And yet … Continue reading

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A historical fiction that thrills: The Historian

Poignant in its expression of the father-daughter relationship; spine-chilling in the unveiling of the mysterious tale of the supernatural; breathtaking in its scenic description, and scholastic in the portrayal of history, customs, politics and the academic fraternity across global boundaries. Continue reading

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Sonali Mehta and the Art of Chaki Peesing

Had Sonali Mehta not found a publisher, the series of essays encompassing the myriad trials and tribulations of the “damsel-turned-dame” (rather, “dome” with reference to the ever-increasing girth of the married Indian woman), she could have very well created an absolutely hilarious blog. Continue reading

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A fugitive and a maverick: Shantaram

The bulky book is divided into five parts – the first two parts being the best of the four. There is a lot of laughter and fun in these two parts, courtesy the magic of characterization. Prabhaker, with his “solar smile” provides an amazing and often hilarious description of the Mumbai way of life, and introduces the author to a world of the Mumbai slum, and many friends, that he cherishes forever. Continue reading

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A “Bookish” Experience

It’s also interesting how my parents kept a keen watch on what I was reading. I remember this incident when my mother kept “Shobha De’s Snapshots” under lock and key in her almirah. I was perturbed and even angry with her for hiding a book from me, but years later when I finally read the book, I realized the need for guardianship at an impressionable age. Continue reading

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