Picking up favourite books is like picking the body that you’d not like to loose.
Groucho Marx says outside of a dog, a book is a man’s friend and inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. The later part I agree, but Groucho, dogs bark and demand attention, books don’t demand they only compel.
Like Lloyd Alexander says we don’t need to have just one favourite. We keep adding favourites. Out favourite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at particular stage in our lives. And lives change. We have other favourites that give what we most at that particular time. We never lose the favourites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.
There are myths that can reveal, and can be broken there are Hero’s who can take us on their journey, letting us choose who we want to be. Fairy tale? Are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
Think of it, in a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing wisdom contained in all the books though your skin without opening them.
At the end of the day like Oscar Wilde put it, ïf one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all.”
Sign of the cross
Author Chris Kuzneski.
Genre: thriller, Christian mythology
An interesting fictional thriller, narrated in a comfortable pace. The author takes us through the Christian lore, and the politically savvy Roman Empire. He has used the available roman historic factors and academic debates to weave a thriller from Boston to Beijing, from Denmark to Libya while the action is cantered at the intersection in the catacombs of Orvieto. Where an archaeologist uncovers an ancient scroll dating back two thousand years. A scroll that holds the key to a dark and treacherous secret that could rock the very foundation of the church.
Chris Kuzneski focuses on story, action and history with a vague hint of romance making the book very interesting. Glad I discovered a new author in my favourite genre.
About the author. Chris Kuzneski is a New York Times best selling American author. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been published in more than 40 countries. Born sept.2nd 1969, in Indiana is the alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh. Catch him on http://www.chriskuzneski.com
When we do this with words we tend to be incoherent. One way of dealing with this is to cut out words and use precise and concise ones.
With regards to words we use a range of them—“twelve a clock in the noon”
“End result” and many more.
Quite a few words have lost their potency as they are over used.
We have lost the art of conversation. The best way to retrieve it is to spend time with families, our own and others. We pick up quaint words, precise words, beautiful words and not so beautiful words.
My daughters love spending time with the Kane family, introduced to us by Rick Riordan while I prefer the family at Blanding’s.
The chain is very simple, when we read sentences; we think sentences, when think sentences we write sentences, when we write sentences we speak sentences.
How about a challenge to try this one.
My rating: <a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/258771333″>2 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
If I had read the Immortals of Meluha first there was no way I would have bought the secret of the Naga’s or even bothered to read it.
The author traverses through a hypothesis that Shiva was a migrant from Tibet who performed great fete, he eventually got deified. Definitely an interesting possibility with parallel examples of Gandhi and Lady Di. He has retold popular legends to fit the story narration.
Despite of an interesting concept being fairly well written the lack certain knowledge which is taken for granted is missing. Yet the IIM Alumnus must have done his research courtesy Romila Thappar and Baushem?
Some areas where the errors are unpardonably glaring
• Until the Gupta period, women did not cover their upper body. This trend was seen in Kerala almost up to Ravi Varna. The concept of women covering the head is post Islamic which has transcended from the Middle Eastern women via Kashmir—ref. Raja Taragnini.
• Knowledge was decimated through oral traditions for a long time. The written manuscripts were the part of Brahman cal heritage.
• It was considered an ill-omen to travel at night so the question of your queen Veerini reading in a prhaara lamp is ridiculous.
• Kathak is again the re-invention of Natyashastra tradition post Islamic before that it was not called any dance form. It was nartana, nrtya, ekaharya, abhinaya whatever depending on the rendering. If you do want to call it a form it is TandavaLakshana—ref.Natyashastra.
• Printing again is in and around Gupta period.
• There were no concepts of windows as such, there were doors and Jaali’s Jaali’s let in air and light.—ref. Shilpa shastra.
It is a good read, a thriller inspired by Amara Chitra Katha, no more. Worth ONE read, on a long train journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author Amish Tripati is an IIM Alumnus, who has planned out a trilogy on Shiva. He intends following up the current novel with the secret of the Nagas.
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Author Rick Riordan
Publisher Puffin books
Genre Adventure-Roman Mythology
From Enid Blyton, one graduated to Nancy Drew and Hardy boys. But teenage adventures with a lot of Mythology thrown in.
Rick Riordan feeds an appetite whetted by JK Rowling, Equally enticing the book is enjoyable. The book requires a certain knowledge of Roman mythology. Instead of wizards and witches we have mortals or rather demi-gods with a Olympian parent and a mortal parent. The child is essentially without a magical abilities but taps on intrinsic strengths.
A thoroughly enjoyable book to relax with.
Definitely a safe book to leave tween and teenagers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick Riordon is an award-winning mystery writer. He has worked as middle-school teacher for 15yrs. He is now a full time author and lives in San Antonio with his family. The Lost Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles are the other series from this writer.
September 6th is read a book day.
For a bookworm like me it the ideal holiday. Rains outside, a warm cup of coffee, banana chips and books. Books could be PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie.
I remember Brigadier Cariappa from the bamboli army camp tell us when he learnt how to read how an amazing new world was discovered by him. Or like the poet Tennyson one travels the world through the eyes of the author. They are documents of a lifestyle, thought and philosophy of a generation.
My earliest memory of the romance with the books is my mother showing me some pictures. The first book I read was Enid Blytons “Famous five go on an adventure ” anyway it was a famous five with my older cousin initiating me to a world of whodunits.
Of course I had my share of Mills and Boons, Barbara Cartlands and Denise Robins. I even read a couple of Danielle Steel’s. Before discovering Zane Greys and the Sudden series.
When my kids came along I had subscribed to tinkle for my older daughter. The brat that she is, she would get me to narrate the story in Kannada, then my husband had to narrate it in Marathi. In our absence she would place all her dolls and narrate the stories to them. When my younger daughter was born the dolls were replaced by her. When she was 10yrs told my older daughter read and explained the autobiography of a Yogi to her younger sister who was 5yrs.
My younger daughter was more into autobiographies. Abdul Kalam and Vikram Sarabhai being her favourites. Now of course it is Harry Potter and the Twilight Series.
When my dad was in the terminal stage of his disease, mornings he would read the newspaper. Then my younger daughter would read him her favourite books and they were all the green dragons for 10 year olds. In the evening my three year old niece would read/share her picture books. He would look forward to these interactions with his grandchildren.
Books by Enid Blyton ruled our childhood; with what Katy did series Heidi or Little women series
While Enid Blyton glossed over the school values and growing up with sports and adventures. Self discovery it was kind of sexless. Make up was not acceptable, being Lady like was not shall we say cool?
The little woman series or the Katy did series were also about growing up, but in an American environment, the limitations of a lower middle class family, working to achieve ones ambition, and contributing to the family were all there.
When I looked at what my eight year old niece reads, it’s about makeup, dating, partying being cheer leaders I realize that the generations have change so have the people who create the value of the generation.
Children are no more left to agonized over a hockey match, they agonizing about fitting into peers, about having boyfriends and using lipsticks at the age of 12!