I barely registered the rain or the fact that my dog had come and settled on the bed besides me as I read the book. I was lost in Kasauli. Ruchi Singh has a wonderful way of describing places that is more poetic than prose. I could see the mountains and the sun shining through the trees. I could smell the fresh air. As I said I was lost in the book from the first page itself.
The characters are portrayed brilliantly. I half expected them to come right out of the pages and talk to me. Not just Zayd and Ashima but all the supporting characters as well. Each one of them exhibits a plethora of emotions that you can relate to and empathise with.
Ashima is a single mom… no, she is a single daughter in law, a single bhabhi as well, and the sole bread earner. Her weariness, her loneliness, the conventions that bind and hold her back, Her helpless acceptance of her responsibilities , her anguish of not knowing the fate of her husband who is missing in action in the Kargil war, the endless waiting, the flickering of hope against hope, are what make Jugnu a book that is a class apart.
Zayd, having faced death in all its gruesomeness at an early age, is mature beyond his years. He fights with his demons and forges his own identity. Out on parole all he wants is peace but finds someone who steals his heart instead.
Ruchi has brought out the discrimination faced by Muslims in India in the book, but she deals with it in a very matter of fact manner. She doesn’t make a hue and cry about it. I liked the fact that she doesn’t get preachy yet brings home her point.
I think this one definitely deserves 5 stars.
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I really liked the concept of this book which is “to offer an integrated holistic approach” of wellness to teenagers. It covers all the three aspects of body mind and spirit. Each tip or ideas is covered in just a paragraph or two so it is not heavy reading for a generation that communicates through digital short cuts.
A lot of Neera’s ideas are really good. She talks about sex in a very matter of fact way and encourages responsible healthy relationships. She also offers affirmations at the end of each section.
The two things that struck a discordant note were that some of the ideas were repeated a couple of times. She has said the same thing in different ways.
Also the book is supposed to be for teens yet the illustrations show middle aged to old people.
But overall a good handbook for teens in today’s world.
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Paromita Goswami’s book, “Grow up, Messy!”is about a precocious five year old, Misry.
Misry is a little moppet who captures your heart with her jest for life and falling into trouble.
The book is set not in the world of today’s kids but at a time when owning a television was a huge event; a time when it was safe for a five year old girl to roam around the village by herself. It brought back all the memories of a childhood spent decades ago.
However, though the book is meant for kids, there are parts especially where the parents talk to each other which are too grown up for a 5 or 6 year old kid to understand.
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Being used to reviewing books that take at least a couple of hours to read, I was at a loss on how to review a book that took me hardly 10 minutes to read.
But then, as a writer and creative writing coach, I tried out a few of the prompts.
I must say, I am impressed. Shyamala has put together an array of prompts that range from everyday incidents to the bizarre. There were some prompts that made me go “Whaaaat? How on earth am I supposed to write on that?” But that was the challenge and it took me out of my comfort zone to push myself and really start thinking.
We also had fun in class, thinking up various endings for the same plot.
The author has obviously taken a lot of trouble to put together these news headlines from various sources.
A book worth buying for writers who are stuck for ideas or someone just starting out on the writing journey and needs direction.
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