Diverse your reading habits by reading this authors
Diverse your reading by reading this book!!
The white tiger
It is amazing. The moment you show cash, everyone knows your language"
Aravind Adiga, 2008
Balram Halwai, the narrator of the story, is a mystifying character. He talks about his journey from being a "halwai" who had a master, to being an entrepreneur of Bangalore. He unveils his dark, horrifying secrets along with the choices he made that made him who he was today. The book is a compilation of letters to Mr Gibao where he strikes a contrast between the urban and rural areas of India, calling them "light" and "darkness" metaphorically. He pinpoints corruption,caste system, financial gap,faulty education system and politics which have broken the spine of India and still continues to do so.
He talks about such important aspects of the society with such wit and humour that you will smirk at the hypocrisy that exists in our society. For a debut novel, Adiga's novel is phenomenal and an eye opener. The author's satirical way of writing will definitely make you feel anxious yet love the book. I am glad that I picked this up. The author's portrayal of India may be harsh but is definitely true. No doubt, the book won the "Man booker prize 2008" .
Definitely a must read.
The movie adaptation of the book will soon be available on netflix. I loved the trailer.
#qotd: Did you watch the trailer of The white tiger?
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
𝔹𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 :𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐚𝐤𝐞
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓 : 𝑱𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒑𝒂 𝒍𝒂𝒉𝒊𝒓𝒊
𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 : ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Ab𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 :
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒔𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒑𝒍𝒆 , 𝑨𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑨𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒎𝒂 , 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝑪𝒂𝒎𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒈𝒆 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅. 𝑨𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒎𝒂 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒅𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑪𝒂𝒍𝒄𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒂. 𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏, 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒊𝒓𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒐 𝑮𝒐𝒈𝒐𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑺𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒂 , 𝒅𝒆𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒖𝒑𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈.𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑮𝒐𝒈𝒐𝒍 ,𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒂𝒈𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒚.
I loved how the story started ,Ashima in her bengali attire, eating her rice krispies with onion , providing vivid details of her culture .I thought the story was set in Calcutta ,only to realise in the second para, that she lives in Cambridge with her husband . Ashoke, her husband is a Phd student in MIT , always busy in his studies and work. While Ashima longs for her native land , her own people and struggles to fit in the new city. She gives birth to Gogol , later renamed as Nikhil and Sonia . Nikhil was named by his father , after his favourite author Nicholai Gogol, who he feels is indebted to.
The story moves ahead with Gogol , his insecurities , his inability to understand his parents' love for their culture etc.
The author succeeds in drawing a detailed description of one 's individuality, culture and longing for their native land. The story highlights generation gap , Gogol's experiences in finding his real identity which he later feels , does not come from a name. He realises that he now yearns to be called by his former name Gogol .
The plot was interesting but I wished it had a strong ending. The language of the book is simple and very easy to understand. Overall it's a good read.
I loved it.
So what exactly is 'Ghachar Ghochar ? Don't worry I will break it down for you. Ghachar Ghochar means 'tangled beyond repair'. It means a colossal mess so closely entwined that it is almost impossible to fix it.
Short stories makes me want to cry . Because i don't want things to end. Or , to end so early , to be precise. They make me feel like a five year old kid wanting a second cone of ice cream (which of course is bad for his/her health) . Deep down i know that the beauty lies in ending. Exaggerating or stretching will rip off the essence of the story . At Least that's how I feel about them.
This book awakened that kid in me. My response throughout the story can be best described by the emotions one feels in a romantic relationship. You enjoy, love, smile. You share everything. You feel all breezy and in love. Then one day, you learn new things about them. You feel this will strengthen how you feel; you feel they are opening up to you. Well that may not be the case. You don't know what happens next. You are unaware of everything that will pop up in your way. And in a few minutes, you realise it was not what you expected. The image of the person you had doesn't match with who they are. Everything around you crumbles . You are awestruck with your mouth gasping for air. The reality unfolds.
Ghachar Gochar is the story of a middle class family who climbs the ladder of fame and money overnight. This, new known , possession turns them into people they find hard to relate to. Where did the wealth come from? To know , read the book🤩
The book has an essence of desi -ness