Happy Holi y'all! 🌼🌻🌺🏵️ Today I'm doing the #diversifivebooks tag by @thestackspod (swipe left to see). I recommend these books (except The Zen Pencils) for #femmemarch and #femmemarchfest .
🌺 A book that I loved before I joined #bookstagram : I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. It's such a powerful book and I was in awe of Malala after reading this. The kind of struggle she and her family went through just because they stood up for girls' education was abhorring. I highly recommend this one.
🌻A book I love by an author of a different ethnicity than me: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Now, when I read it at first, I was like, what did I just read? Actually, I didn't realise I loved it when I first read it. The thoughts related to this book didn't leave my head for a long time. The more I looked back on it, the more I liked it. I loved the multiple POVs in this book and the magical realism elements.
🌼A book I am excited to read by or about people of color: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (graphic novel). I have already read the novel and it's one of my top favorites. I am excited to read the graphic novel. The plot, narration, characters: everything is excellent!
🏵️ A book I love that I rarely see on #bookstagam : Zen Pencils by Aung Than (@zenpencils ). It's a collection of highly motivating comic strips and I go back to it time and again. It was gifted to me by a friend and it left a huge impact. The sketches are beautiful and so are the dialogues.
🌹A book from a genre I don't normally read but ended up loving it: The Liberation of Sita by Volga. It's such an amazing little book. I can't recommend it enough. So good! A must-read for those curious about the subject of feminism. Everyone should be curious about it and so everyone should read this one. There's one more book, The Fountainhead, in this category. It's one of my favorites and I became a fan of Ayn Rand and the concept of Objectivism after reading it.
Have you read any of these? How are you celebrating Holi? ✨
23 1519 hours ago
Since, the past few days I am not able to focus on my reading something or other is eating up my reading time.But in midst of everything I try to squeeze sometime for reading as it's like breathing for me, survival is impossible without it. How is your reading going on?
I would love to recommend few books which influenced me deeply be it satire or words of wisdom or moving tale of immigrants.The list is little long which will continue in few coming up posts.I would warn about When I hit you beforehand , do read it only if you have a strong heart and guts to digest lot of physical violence.
The book I would love if you read
1.Laburnum for my head by Temsula Ao: Beautiful simple stories based in hills capturing the essence of life.
2.Gurgaon Diaries by Debeshi Gooptu : A satirical take on the fast developing city and its residents.
3.The Queen of Jasmine Country by Sharanya Manivarnnan : A delectable treat for prose lovers featuring the young poetess Andal and her uparalled devotion for Lord Vishnu.
4.When I hit you by Meena Kandasamy : A tale based on real incident portraying the troubled marriage of protagonist, the feudalistic mindset of society and her rising from the ashes.
5.Life is what you make it by Preeti Shenoy: An inspiring tale of a young girl.
6.The Namesake by #JhumpaLahiri : A moving tale of immigrants couple who are trying to find their niche in a strange land.
: #qotd : What are your plans for the coming weekend?
I would try to complete both the books I am presently reading.
I got one of the best gift I could ever get on Holi.@bloomsburyindia sent the pretty review copy of Harley Quinn : Mad Love, the badass girl I absolutely adore.
8 5310 hours ago
#qotd : After reading any book/ watching any movie did you find any character to be similar as yours? Which character is it?
Well I was not participating in #femmemarchfest (initiated by my sister @theliquidsunset ) due to my exams, but I thought of reading at least one feminist book this month and luckily I selected this one. And trust me, this book is a must read for everyone.
Tired of the way women are treated even in the modern New York city, Jasmine and Chelsea start a women's rights club. They start posting essays and poems on their daily experiences online and soon they have gone viral. But the problem begins when their principal shuts there club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices to be heard. They will teach us to resolve like a girl, write like a girl and to rise like a girl. #bookstagram#booklover#feminist#watchusrise#books#readingbywomen#womanempowerment
4 4010 hours ago
"How had I ended up with these losers? I hated the words they used: inner child, self-care, intimacy, self-love. I was asking life advice, couched in the language of suicide, from a friend in a mental hospital. This was the direction my life had taken. I was like a cactus, a storer of water, and not a creature who naturally immersed in the water. I didn’t take things lightly. I hoarded." Melissa Broder, The Pisces. Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019.
Happy Spring Equinox!☀💐 The temperature's are soaring & it's unbearably hot!😲 I thought it's time for a #summerread 🏖 & continuing with my quest for #aksreviews#readingwomenin2019 I picked up this gorgeous book & oh boy!😱 I was in for a rollercoaster ride of a lifetime..🎢
📖Title- The Pisces 📖Author- Melissa Broder
📖Publisher- Bloomsbury 📖Format - Kindle Edition 📖Total number of pages-281
📖 Genre - Literary Erotica/Magical Realism/Dark Humour 📖The Pisces talks about existential crisis in a borderline nymphomaniac who has depression with suicidal tendencies (A woman with a mental illness, @thereadingwomen)..😬 Introducing Lucy, an unlikable protagonist is stuck with her thesis about gaps in Sappho's poetry & ends her relationship with her long-term boyfriend Jamie,whom she instantly craves back. She travels from Phoenix, Arizona to Venice,LA to deal with her heart break. She joins a group therapy of women who are trying to deal with their hypersexuality. She stays at her sister's glass beach house & ignores caring for the diabetic dog, Dominic. In her pursuit of sex, lust, love & happiness, she ends up with Theo, a Merman on the rocks! 😬 📖Rating - 4.8🌟/5
.The story is simultaneously fascinating & hilarious. I finished reading the book in 3 days & quite liked the unputdownable narrative which is brutal, raw & thought - provoking. But,mind you!😬 This book's not everyone's cup of tea coz it talks about some really sensitive mental health issues & it has sexually explicit content. Do pick it up if you want to read something really quirky..📚❤ #qotd - What is your zodiac sign? What does your horoscope for today read? / Any unlikable protagonists you have come come across while reading?
16 4510 hours ago
Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
"Searching for home" is a book about Indians who are living abroad.
The author has interviewed many people who have left their homes in India long ago because of unemployment and poverty. They left for America, Canada, Belgium, Italy, etc. They got good jobs and a good lifestyle, but despite everything, they miss their home.
The book has also shown their struggle to adapt in a new culture and to learn a new language.
So basically this book talks about how we always want to return to our home. No matter how beautiful or convenient life we get at any place in the world, but there is no better feeling than being at our home.
I dropped this book yesterday, but then I was too lazy to type a caption.🙈
Book 3 for #femmemarchfest #bookstagramindia#bookstagram#books#home#searchingforhome#bibliophile#booksonthedelhimetro#indianauthors#femaleauthors#femme
0 3310 hours ago
Q: How did writing a book on Qandeel come to you?
@topbastard : In July 2016, I remember staring at the television the day news of Qandeel’s murder broke, and feeling stunned. I didn’t want to let go of her story once again. The idea of this woman who had managed to fool all of us – her audience and the media – and who had created this persona that we had bought into wholesale took root. I admired her gumption and the courage it must have taken to create the persona that she did.
Then, in the hours and days after, it was terrible to see the reactions online from many Pakistanis who were very happy that she had been “punished” for behaving the way that she did. I saw acquaintances in my own social media feeds having arguments about whether what had happened was right or wrong, whether Qandeel “deserved” what had been done to her. “Offline”, many of the men and women I knew were condemning Qandeel’s death but then, in the next breath, following their statements with “… but if you think about it…” The reactions to Qandeel’s murder have revealed two very different answers to the question of what it means to be Pakistani, and more crucially, what it means to be a woman living in Pakistan today. I wanted to tell a story not just about Qandeel, but about that moment and that definition. I knew that this book wasn’t just about Qandeel, but about the kind of place that enabled her to become who she did, and the place that ultimately found that it could not tolerate her. "
It'll be a terrible mistake if I don't include Sanam's book The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch as part of #femmemarchfest . I had the honor of interviewing her last year, and have her talk about her writing journey, some writing advice for aspiring writers & the difficulties she faced while researching for the book. The link to the entire interview is in the bio! .
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? .
Last year, the initial few months, all I saw on BG were pictures of The Cruel Prince and how everyone was going gaga over it. I wasn't particularly inclined and hence ignored it as just another over-hyped book. But one night, during a reading slump, I picked up my Kindle perusing the titles and came across this (yes, I did indeed buy the book despite not planning to read it: HOARDER ALERT) and...gave in. It turned out to be one of my favourite reads last year.
So here I am now, thinking how do I review the next one in the series—The Wicked King—without giving out spoilers because all I want to do is gush!
We are back in the High Court of Faeries and our beloved Jude, now a seneschal to the High King, is once again pulled in a too-familiar current of enemies and allies, and if you've read the previous book, you'd know she has more of the former. Fighting the battle of politics and crowns, she can't afford a second to let her guard down—every step must be calculated, without showing any fear or weakness. The only power she has—herself. The only person she can trust—herself.
While she cleverly managed to strike a deal with Cardan towards the end of the previous book where he vowed to act in accordance to her will for one year and a day and not one minute more, time is running out a little too swiftly. Managing too many things at the same time? What could possibly go wrong, right?
The author knows how to keep her audience encaptured, engaged, enthralled and entertained. With writing as descriptive and imagination as captivating as hers, I felt I was present on the island of faeiries. And misdirection? Holly Black? You bet. This book is a slippery slope and with one of the most fascinating—if not lovable—set of characters ever in a series. Drop everything and jump into this treacherous world of faeiries.
4 7812 hours ago
it's a women's history month dedicated to all with infinite number of powers.
I met so many powerful womens in my life and got to learn something from every women. I kept on asking my mom about her life and situations after all every women has her own story of achievement and bravery.
Though we all are the victims of this cruel society but crossing all the hurdles and live our life fully is the only remedy for survival ❤️ QOTD-do you like listening to stories that somehow can influence you?
Reading update- I've finished 'being Reshma I'm reading Very fast becoz festival will ruin my reading schedule 😪 and today I'm starting with BECOMING by Michelle obama .
I'm reading this for #whatisdelhifamreading prompt- a female centric book in march and also for @delhifambookclub
I'm sharing a short blurb of the book-
MICHELLE ROBINSON OBAMA
Served as the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.
A graduate of Princeton University and harward law school,Mrs. Obama started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin,where she met her future husband, Barack Obama.she later worked in the Chicago mayor's office,at the University of Chicago , and at the University of Chicago medical center. mrs.Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of public Allies,an organisation that prepares young people for careers in public service.
Becoming takes us through modest lowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham palace, through moment of heart stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals.in telling her story with honesty and boldness,she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?
Vilie, a lone hunter, sets off on a quest to find the dream river, 'the sleeping river' to find a mysterious 'heart stone's which grants unlimited power to the one who seizes it. His journey through the forest is not an easy one, with him facing many trials.
I loved this book for many reasons, the magical realism, the folklorish tone, the simple village life and myths and spirits. Kire unfolded the beauty of Nagaland (a state in North Eastern India) with each page through Vilie's journey. I loved the folklorish tone with undertones of magical realism.
Kire brought to life weretigers (part of Naga oral tradition) and malign widow spirits.
It mentally transported me to Nagaland. It was a beautiful book based in life in Nagaland. People's beliefs in spirits and the supernatural are abundant. The story sounded like a beautiful folktale which is passed from generation to generation.
The essence is very Naga in the true sense. Powerfully capturing the lives of village folk, it's a treasure trove of knowledge for people who are interested in knowing about native herbs and their uses.
This book is slow and leisurely in its pace, but it's enough to keep the reader engaged. I admit there were times when I felt like putting this book to my DNF pile, but my love for Easterine Kire is too stubborn to let it happen. I am glad I didn't give up on this book. Read it if you like magical realism, folklore tone and easy style of narration. Kire always wins me over with simple narration without being pompous and preachy.
Question: Slow paced or fast paced books? Also wishing you all a very Happy Holi ♥️ Holi is a festival of colors, the last of the winter festivals in India. #femmemarchfest#femmemarch
40 22615 hours ago
“I wanted to be a religious leader when I was young and now I just reside in my house and try not to be too unhappy. I have a friend living with me, which makes it easier..” •
I am almost done with Jane Bowles’ extremely weird, shady, funny novel. The characters are so excruciatingly unpredictable, they constantly want to be not-themselves. It is deceptive from the first page, Bowles’ lures you in with her lucid prose but adeptly subverts this simplicity through her characters. They are neither simple nor direct. They are the opposite of everything that you expect them to be or do. Have you read?
Animals were seen returning to Chernobyl area now and on this happy hopeful note I started reading Chernobyl prayer. But it turned not all what I expected. ....Chernobyl prayer is a collection of monologues of ordinary people in and around Belarus affected by the most disastrous nuclear tragedy that happened on April 1986. ...The author, a journalist provide a real bone chilling oral accounts of the survivors of the disaster.The accounts of fireman & servicemen who had to go in first were the most chilling.I guess hero is a small word to describe them. The aftermath of what they had to deal with cant be helped by the medals they got. ....What punched me in the gut was the normalcy with which the people were reacting. As they were evacuated, they made notes to personal coming to clean up asking them to take care. Most of them even came back. It was their home where else would they go. Everything was contaminated & had to be destroyed. Even breast milk was radioactive...Seemed stranger than fiction, a truly post apocalyptic world.
.... Each monologue had something more to say. Newborn taking all radiation, Pets killed, people excluded, kids talking about death, even relatives not taking people in & Cancer in all forms all these are told to us in brave voices of the survivors. ....Chernobyl coincided with the fall of communism & how people started thinking of God & religion. This became the icon of what was wrong in Soviet Union & played a part in independence of Ukraine. ...This is one of horrific depressing yet utterly moving book I have ever read. I had to stop reading at times to take in all those emotions. I want all to read this to know how a disaster like that wipe off a whole town and a whole generation. No medal no certificate can ever show what human endurance can actually do.
Reading of women authors is so enriching ❤❤ #femmemarch#femmemarchfest#bookaddict#bookhoarder#bookstagram#bookish#booksofinstagram#bookreview#bookmagic#books 📚 #bookdiscovery#bookaholics#bibliophile#bookclassics#booksbooksbooks#booklife#booklove#ilovereading#ilovebooks#chernobylprayer#nonfictionbooks#booksintranslation#svetlanaalexievich#bibliomania
Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas, the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on.
But what is immigration today? A question of life or death - fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege?
And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?
From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the Indian diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.
#qotd : If you were an author and had a chance to retell a fairy tale, which one would it be and why?
Beauty and the beast is one of my favourite fairytales as it reaffirms the belief that beauty lies within 🤗. So I was excited to read A curse so dark and lonely which was a modern retelling of this fairytale. I have extremely mixed feelings towards the book. I am not able to make up my mind whether I liked it or not 🤷🤔. So here goes my list of pros and cons of the book
Things I liked:
1. A strong heroine( Harper) who can definitely kick some ass
2. Fast paced, crisp writing which kept me gripped
3. The friendship between Harper and Grey, the beast's guard commander
Things I did not like:
1. The love story between Harper (Beauty) and Rhen (Beast) was a little sudden and abrupt
2. I dint understand how Rhen's subjects were still bowing to him despite him neglecting his kingdom for several years 🙄
3. Grey's loyalty to Rhen despite him being a prick at times
I would rate the book a 3.25/5. I would definitely borrow the sequel due to the interesting reveal in the end. I am curious as to how the author takes the plot forward.
This was my second book for the #femmemarchfest by @theliquidsunset
Happy US Pub Day to Candice Carty-Williams’ book baby: Queenie 👑 !
As soon as I found out that Queenie 👑was written by an author of Jamaican heritage I knew I had to read it! The lovely people at @orionbooks were kind enough to send this copy all the way to Jamaica 🇯🇲 and I am so grateful! Now here she sits amid some Caribbean foliage, warming herself in the sun ☀️ .
My full review for Queenie 👑 is imminent but what I can tell you so far is that she is one interesting lady. Love her or hate her, she is a woman maneuvering some relatable situations in her own way. You may want to shake her, you may ask yourself why she doesn’t have better friends (like yourself) or you may have a “that’s true” moment. Whatever your experience is, I beg you to give her a chance to see what unravels.
Yesterday, Candice posted a tweet, about how someone in her life told her she would not amount to anything past her graduation pic. I felt that... in my soul. I won’t expand on that but I think we need to adapt a culture of lifting each other up. So for what it’s worth, I want to say we are super proud of you over here. Your book is a pretty big deal on a global scale and you’re doing what you’re doing with your proud Jamaican stamp on. Enjoy this moment! We look forward to celebrating so many more with you in the future.
Also my thanks to @orionbooks for sending this very hard to get ARC to someone with not the greatest social media presence (working on it 😬) but who fit the book’s demographic. Just thought I had to say that in light of everything *waves hands*
Follow this space for my official review of Queenie 👑which will be available before the UK release (April 2019). Have a great day and let me know if you will be reading Queenie as well!
4 7419 March, 2019
I am half way through this brilliant book - Remnants of a Separation by Aanchal Malhotra and there is no better way than starting this post with a huge thanks to the author and publisher.
The darker side of Indian Independence - Partition is detailed through material memories.
Memory Begins where History Ends - it is quoted; true for Partition, a word so heavy, a past so strenuous, hard to forget, even more so to recall for those who witnessed it. However, the author elicits powerful descriptions of Partition through objects, some banal, some regal that people carried with them when they fled their homes, crossed a border in what constitued what is termed an 'unholy' rush.
To break apart, one conjures up a hundred reasons; to stay together, so hard to even find a single pretext, this is applicable for families and Nations as well. So what beautifully stood out in the opening chapter - Heirlooms of Y.P.Vij is how four brothers from four different occupations stayed together through all hard times before partition, in different cities - Lahore, Amritsar and Delhi and always stay/ed together in a joint family.
A brilliant narrative of how an arduous past moulded a comfortable present comes to light in 'The Kitchenware of Balraj Bahri'. Resilience, steadfastness, not mulling over past but only looking for means of self sustenance to build a decent present and future are sincere lessons learnt, also the symbiotic relation between Independent India's Dilli and the many refugees who poured into it is beautifully explained in here.
The stone plaque of Mian Fiaz Rabbani and the Khaas Daan of Nargis Khatun are narratives that tell more about partition times - insanity in air, hunger for violence, circumstances blamed more than people themselves. 'The photographs of Nazeer Adhami' stands a testimony to how the author has presented accounts from such tumultuous times impartially. 'The hopeful heart of Nazmuddin Khan' is my favourite, an account of a man who teaches what patriotism is even without uttering the word once.
Crevasses, folds and contours of objects; sepia toned photographs from a painful era gone by have much more to reveal.. I am in love with this book.
It’s been a privilege to have the opportunity to address to a huge audience at the ICAI Dubai chapter on Nutrition for the International Women’s month for Strong Women Strong World #womenwhoinspire
International Women’s Day celebrations by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Dubai chapter #strongwomenstrongworld
Importance of healthy diet @mitunds, why social audit is vital for businesses, how you go on to become a badminton champion in a wheelchair @bhartigehani and run a wheelchair friendly salon in Mumbai @honeylullasalon. The most poignant and powerful story was narrated by CA Nurani Subramanian Sundar - how his wife CA Visalakshy works, volunteers and looks after their special child .... Indeed it takes a special kind of courage to meet these challenges with aplomb, and then share these with a hall full of people. 💪🏼
These are stories of courage and compassion, grit and determination. Respect 🏆
What an astounding and insightful book. I don’t think I could ever get enough of this book. I mean it’s going to force you to think about all that time when you were not kind enough to someone, intentionally or unintentionally.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a marvelous story about a boy named August who doesn’t have a normal face but he is the smartest kid around with a strong will and a great sense of humor. It’s a story about a little bit of his childhood and what he goes through when he starts 5th grade at Beecher Prep.
I read 'To kill a mockingbird' by Harper Lee in 2015. I don't know what to me so long to actually get to this book but I'm glad I read this one. Scout is probably one of my favourite girl child character that I have read. I loved how she challenged things how she spoke her mind out and just followed atticus I loved how she did not differentiate between people no she had her own shortcomings which I think is acceptable as a child but her antics were something to marvel. If you haven't read this book yet, I would suggest you to go pick it immediately and give it a read. I was amazed by how the topic was brought about by the writer ,considering that it was written way back in the 60s and how much I could relate to it. It influenced me and at the end of the book I was left with a lot of thoughts for many days. I would like to thank the writer for writing this one. This is always going to be among my top 10 must read books in your lifetime. I would love to reread this again and again. . #qotd : One book that you could reread infinite number of times. .
Prompt : Favorite girl child character @crosswordbookstores #wereadwomen#tokillamockingbird#harperlee#FemmeMarchFest#femmemarch
8 5219 March, 2019
Have you read this classic by Bapsi Sidhwa? It was published as Ice Candy Man (and later also titled Cracking India). One of the best and most neutral books written about the partition of India and Pakistan.
Mira Nair made into a feature film titled Earth 1947 starring Amir Khan and Nandita Das, which is also brilliant.
This story is told from the perspective of a young parsee girl who suffers from polio. It’s based in the 1940s and encompasses the violence of partition era India. Graphic and stark in her depictions, this is easily one of the most heart breaking books I’ve read up to date.
17 8519 March, 2019
This book, like Toni Morrison's other works, shattered my heart into smithereens. Yup, that may be an exaggeration but there's really no other way to put it. At its core, it explores the assertion of racial beauty and especially how it affects the psyche of the most delicate members of society―the children. This novel tells the story of Pecola, "a little black girl who wanted to rise up out of the pit of her blackness and see the world with blue eyes." ·
Although my childhood was way too different compared to Pecola's, at one point in my life I also wished I had blue eyes and blonde hair so I would be more beautiful and therefore more likeable, which I learned later on to be toxic colonial mentality. Growing up, I was surrounded by people whose ideals of beauty are heavily westernized―that having fair skin is beautiful, that blue/green/gray eyes are more attractive than black-brown Asian eyes. But I've already come to terms that my Asianness will never fit the eurocentric beauty standards and that my Asianness doesn't make me less likeable; I'd tell my younger self just that if I could go back in time.
They say that it takes a village to raise a child. If none of these standards exist in our society today, perhaps there will be no child that would feel as alienated and insecure as Pecola, wishing to change a part of themselves for the sake of conformity, because frankly everybody is beautiful regardless of race, skin color, etc.
Hey there! I'm so focused on Women Who Run With Wolves for my #femmemarchfest reading. What are you reading today? 📚
1 5919 March, 2019
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"Discussions about rape tend to be irrational, and sometimes outright bizarre."
Plot Synopsis: Writing from the viewpoint of a survivor, writer, counsellor and activist, and drawing on three decades of grappling with the issue personally and professionally and her work with hundreds of survivors, Sohaila Abdulali looks at what we-women, men, politicians, teachers, writers, sex workers, feminists, sages, mansplainers, victims and families-think about rape and what we say. She also explores what we don't say.
The book might be a painful read for a lot of people, especially since the author uses her own personal story along with anecdotes of multiple individuals who have crossed her path. Lucid and articulate, it very deftly points out the problems in our existing conversations around rape and abuse while also providing ways in which the dialogue can become more understanding, compassionate and nuanced. Consent, and all its forms, lie at the heart of the book and Abdulali patiently maps out why it is of the utmost importance.
The book also has wonderful sections on feminism, and intersectionality, which are crucial to our times. She points out the inhumane nature of rape while still maintaining the humanness of the rapist, making the act even more cruel. And the best part is - the book does all this without the use of incomprehensible academic jargon. It is a must read for everyone who wishes to comprehend the complexity involved in talking about rape. I was actually speechless when I finished this book back in January in preparation for the author's session at JLF.
. @smridhinotsamridhi and I are currently buddyreading Cyber Sexy and I will begin Wizard and Glass tomorrow.
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Hold and behold another Tuesday of another week !!!! 😜😜 I had to start somewhere , and this is the best I could come up with !! 😇😇 March is proving to be really good , I am actually able to complete my #femmemarchfest & #femmemarch reads .
This book here always had my attention for its unique title.I had many plot lines in mind as to where it will lead. It turned out to be a murder mystery where two10 year old girls are caught up as well during their summer holidays.Adding a unique ability in the book is a concept called synthases which enables the person to see numbers ,music,days,alphabets as colors. This particular thing didn't work for me because it was confusing but justly proves the title of the book which is endearing at the end.
😇😇 I can put up this book under #readingnottrending
By @thebookelf_ 😇😇
Thank you to @destinobookstore
& @pretty_little_bibliophile for this book as part of one of their giveaways.
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
This book is an extended essay of Woolf's lecture on the topic 'Women and Fiction' at the Girton College in 1928. She starts out by explaining this assignment and wishes to visit the college library to find Thackeray's Esmond but is stopped at the door. She is told that ladies are only admitted to the library if accompanied by a fellow of the college
or furnished with a letter of introduction. She is not allowed inside because she is not a man. This sets the the context for the book. ~
"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction"
She explores how money and space are essential to create literature. She expresses solid support to women having a fixed income and a room of their own. She brings in a great analogy by imagining Shakespeare's equally talented twin sister and how her life is wasted because of the political and the cultural oppression of women in society back then. ~
"The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself."
She analyses some remarkable female writers who stood out despite the odds and also about the writers who tried and failed to make much of an impact. She claims Jane Austen is a clever writer and how she created her own style of writing and sentence formation without adopting men's style of writing. She also points out that just because men write about war and women writes about emotions and feelings, it is not right to measure and compare them because that is what a woman is exposed to inside her four walls.
"Intellectual freedom depends upon material things. Poetry depends upon intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor, not for two hundred years merely, but from the beginning of time."
I can go on and on and on about this book and nothing will do justice to this masterpiece of literary and feminist work. It is revolutionary in its way. I loved it.
9 3319 March, 2019
Author: Shravya Bhinder
Don’t we all, at some point of time, have that one-sided love which we desperately want to transform into a wholesome affair. Well, this is the same story. Raunak has these million thoughts and feelings in his mind that he wants to put forward to his love, Adhira. He tries from head to toe to get her to know his feelings.
The book started off with a neat paced narration while turned to be a rushed one afterward. The narration included the backstories to give a better understanding of the events of the present. The characters were built off well, seemingly real. The story is very relatable in various parts and keeps you indulged. Also, this is a head-over-heels types story, yet not cliched.
This is a light romantic ride that can be finished in a single sitting itself. The story takes you on an emotional roller coaster with all the love, trials, self-destructive incidents, struggles, and obstacles.
5 9319 March, 2019
Second book I read in #March2019 is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.
This book was so popular on #bookstagram when it just came out and now I understand why.
The story of “Homegoing” starts with two half sisters who almost didn’t know the existence of each other.
The first sister was Effia, a girl who was supposed to marry a guy who was in track to become the village chief. Effia didn’t get her period on time and through many conflicts, she ended up marrying a white British man who was in charge of slave trades.
The second sister was Esi. We first met Esi in the underground warehouse where the Brits stored their slaves before shipping them to America. We then learned about Esi’s life before being kidnapped and then sold to be a slave.
The story continues through 8 generations of Effia’s and Esi’s. Both families went through very different lives throughout slavery, segregation, police brutality, ancestors’ curses and many more. They did not know the existence of each other until the very end: the 8th generation of both families were actually in some kind of relationship.
The story is scary, concerning, heartbreaking.
But it is also a reminder, an entrance point for people who are curious about history and colonialism.
What I admire the most is how Yaa Gyasi wrote the book. It is so well-planned that each chapter focuses on 1 character from 1 generation. When you move on to the next chapter, there’s a possibility of you not getting any closure about the character from previous chapter(s). This writing attitude is goal.
I would recommend this book to people who are descendants of colonisers, whose ancestors were colonised and who want to understand how colonialism can impact many generations.
It is a novel but I learned so much and I am extremely grateful.
This is my #currentread 'The legends of a start up guy' by Prachi Garg⠀@prachi1905
Thank you @srishtipub for this autographed copy of the book. ⠀
The blurb ⠀
Ganesha is br>Jovial, intelligent and the youngest in the family. A foodie by heart and laid back by nature, he always looked for ways to make life easier. Despite being born to the all-powerful Shiva and Parvati, with uncle Vishnu and aunts Lakshmi and Saraswati to back him at every point in life, he has to battle through many ups and downs to establish his individual identity, just like his accomplished brother, Skanda. Under layers of perfection, benevolence and br>Jovial extravaganza was a young boy battling to be found for who he really was. The legends of a start-up guy is a tale of someone who was born with a silver spoon and yet, decided to write his own destiny, on his own terms and to bring meaning to his existence out of the shadows of his lineage. It is the story of how an entrepreneur is born, the story of his challenges, and his actions to sail through them, carefully interwoven with stories from the Hindu mythology, to bring to the table the wisdom of the gods.⠀
I have started and already liking it....using the premise the author is also imparting many life lessons. ⠀
Follow on my Goodreads profile for the complete review in a few days⠀
Here's my massive wrap up for March!! I read a total of 11 books for #femmemarchfest !! Felt like I got my reading mojo back! All of them were wonderful and diverse reads!
Spot any favorites?
My favorites from this list were Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, Wonder and A house without windows ❤
How was your month reading wise?
Special thanks to Aritri @theliquidsunset for organising this bomb readathon ❤ I had so much fun.
Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls is a collection of two book series, that tells you awe-inspiring tales of women from all over the world with brilliant illustrations by FRANCESCA CAVALO and @elenafavilli. The best thing about this book is that it is a mix of some great well known personalities along with some comparatively less familiar women who have done their bit to change the world.
If you ever feel down and demotivated, you know which book to pick up next.
In other news, I'm so so overwhelmed seeing all the people taking part in #femmemarchfest and all the great books by women that are going to be read this month long. I keep on checking the tag to add more books to my never ending TBR.
#bookrecommendation - A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhatena. 💖
It's been a week since I read the book and I'm still not over it. Totally heartbroken and sad at the same time.
This book narrates the story of sixteen year old Zarin. A brilliant girl and a bad girl. A Girl who has been labelled so by everyone. A Girl who has voluntarily decided to be a bad girl. A Girl you should not be friends with. And this is the story of a girl Like That. And why is she like that? The author traces Zarin's story by giving her readers multiple characters' point of view about Zarin and how everything led to an uneventful day in Zarin's life. An expat from India, living in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah, Zarin knows little about her birth parents; knows little about her aunt and uncle who have adopted her reluctantly; does not know why her aunt hates her own sister, Zarin's mother, and beats her ruthlessly. With all these contempts and backlashes she faces in home, Zarin had decided to turn into a Girl Like That. A girl who smokes cigarettes and a girl who goes on dates and indulges in all those things that a girl 'should not.'
The only reason why I cannot just give this book a whole 5 star rating is because I'm still unsure where life in Saudi Arabia is as hard as it has been portrayed in the book. Quite a handful Goodreads reviews tells me that it is not as harsh as it is in the book.
This was my 2nd read for #femmemarchfest
And I recommend this to all. A detailed review is up on my blog (link in bio). 😊
PS, my father clicked this picture for me after my brother blatantly refused to do anything for me because I was irritating him. My father was so patient with me, fussing over the position of the book and he actually made sure the picture turned out perfectly. A big shout out to all the supportive fathers in the world. 💖💖💖💖
. #QOTD - who clicks your Instagram pictures where you are featured?
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