Travel the world with books
Being locked up during a pandemic can be really frustrating. And I chose books as an escape. Books make me free and give me wings. So I have decided to take you on a journey in the land of books. We will visit various countries and explore them with our imaginations.
And the mountains echoed : Afghanistan
𝑵𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓 : 𝑲𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝑯𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒊
𝑮𝒆𝒏𝒓𝒆 : 𝑭𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤:
The book revolves around the relationship of a brother and a sister; Abdullah and Pari, their tragic separation and how the universe conspires them to meet at last. Along with them, the book also pinpoints various characters entangled loosely with them.
One thing that I loved about the book is , every character has a story of their own;their struggles which makes the book more interesting.
Abdullah,being a child himself, was more a mother to his sister Pari . When Pari was adopted by Wahadatis, he was devastated yet he accepted his fate. This made me realise to accept the situation no matter how hard it may be.
His father Saboor, step mother Parwana and all the other characters have their own stories of guilts and burdens ,which are equally tragic and heart touching in the single book. So that's a plus point.
Along with the storyline, the authors play and trick people with the history of Afghanistan , freedom struggle , and hardships during those times. When the story takes a leap, the scenario of the country after freedom is vividly shown.
The book is bombarded with agony , emotions, love and struggle in every corner. Storytelling is on point and keeps the reader glued. The language is simple ; anyone can read it. All in all, Husseini and his writings do wonders.
Set in Guwahati, 'Undertow' is a tragic tale of love, loss , guilt , fragmented families and everything that comes into existence in between.The story highlights conservational beliefs -that -still -exists -in- the - society and the rifle that it creates ; scarring them for lives.
Loya, the daughter of Rukmini (assamese) and Alex (read: different religion let alone caste) ; out of nowhere, ends up at the door of the Yellow house; a house that abandoned her mother years ago. She finally meets the sole member of the house, Mr. Torun Goswami; battling guilt and his ego in the last days of his life.
On the other side, Loya seeks to find answers to the atrocities committed by her grandparents on the mother daughter duo; the only way to vanish or atleast satisfy her long suppressed anger.Her perseverance and adamant nature eventually gave a tough time to Arun's long buried grief and guilt and everything was tailing towards rightfulness when an unexpected incident broke out. Will Arun forgive Rukmini? Will they overcome their conservative beliefs ?
The book vividly portrays the beauty of my evergreen Assam; the hills and its people, the majestic Brahmaputra and every landscape mentioned in the book that still exists today. The mention of Jhal muri, Masor tenga and assamese cuisine made me instantly crave for it. And how can I forget the pumped up pride one feels with the mention of 'jOi aai axom'. Ah, what a bliss this book was💕
Along with the amazing story, and all the assamese references ; the brilliancy of author's writing is just the cherry on the cake
Americanah : Nigeria
𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝖻𝗈𝗈𝗄 𝗂𝗌 𝖺 𝗌𝗍𝗈𝗋𝗒 𝗈𝖿 𝖼𝗁𝗂𝗅𝖽𝗁𝗈𝗈𝖽 𝗅𝗈𝗏𝖾 𝖻𝗂𝗋𝖽𝗌 𝗈𝖿 𝖭𝗂𝗀𝖾𝗋𝗂𝖺 , 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗂𝗋 𝗃𝗈𝗎𝗋𝗇𝖾𝗒 𝗍𝗈 𝗍𝗐𝗈 𝖽𝗂𝖿𝖿𝖾𝗋𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗉𝗅𝖺𝖼𝖾𝗌 -𝖠𝗆𝖾𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖤𝗇𝗀𝗅𝖺𝗇𝖽 . 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝗌𝗍𝗈𝗋𝗒 𝖾𝗇𝖼𝗈𝗆𝗉𝖺𝗌𝗌𝖾𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝗋𝖾𝖾 𝖼𝗈𝗇𝗍𝗂𝗇𝖾𝗇𝗍𝗌 𝗉𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗒𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖽𝗂𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗌𝗂𝗍𝗒 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗏𝖺𝗋𝗂𝖺𝗇𝖼𝖾 𝖺𝗅𝗈𝗇𝗀 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁 𝖼𝗎𝗅𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖺𝗅 𝗋𝖺𝖼𝗂𝗌𝗆, 𝗂𝖽𝖾𝗇𝗍𝗂𝗍𝗒 𝗅𝗈𝗌𝗌 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗅𝗈𝗇𝖾𝗅𝗂𝗇𝖾𝗌𝗌.
𝖨𝖿𝖾𝗆𝖾𝗅𝗎 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖮𝖻𝗂𝗇𝗓𝖾 , 𝖺𝗅𝗐𝖺𝗒𝗌 𝖽𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗆𝗍 𝗈𝖿 𝖺 𝗅𝗂𝖿𝖾 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖶𝖾𝗌𝗍 . 𝖡𝗎𝗍 𝗐𝗁𝖾𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗒 𝖿𝗂𝗇𝖺𝗅𝗅𝗒 𝗀𝖾𝗍𝗌 𝗍𝗈 𝗅𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗂𝗋 𝖽𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗆𝗌 ,𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗒 𝖿𝖺𝖼𝖾𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗒.𝖣𝖾𝗌𝗉𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝖻𝖾𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗒 𝗀𝗈𝗈𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝖠𝖼𝖺𝖽𝖾𝗆𝗂𝖼𝗌, 𝖨𝖿𝖾𝗆𝖾𝗅𝗎 𝗌𝗍𝗋𝗎𝗀𝗀𝗅𝖾𝗌 𝖻𝖾𝗂𝗇𝗀 "𝖺 𝖻𝗅𝖺𝖼𝗄" 𝗂𝗇 𝖺 𝖿𝗈𝗋𝖾𝗂𝗀𝗇 𝗅𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗅𝖾 𝖮𝖻𝗂𝗇𝗓𝖾 𝗅𝗂𝗏𝖾𝗌 𝖺𝗌 𝖺𝗇 "𝖾𝗆𝗆𝗂𝗀𝗋𝖺𝗇𝗍" , 𝗊𝗎𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝗌𝗍𝖾𝖺𝖽𝗒 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗎𝗇𝖽𝖾𝗋𝗀𝗈𝖾𝗌 𝗏𝖺𝗋𝗂𝗈𝗎𝗌 𝗌𝗈𝗋𝗍 𝗈𝖿 𝖽𝗂𝗌𝖼𝗋𝗂𝗆𝗂𝗇𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇.
𝖨 𝖽𝗂𝗌𝗅𝗂𝗄𝖾𝖽 𝖨𝖿𝖾𝗆𝖾𝗅𝗎 𝗌𝗈𝗆𝖾𝗍𝗂𝗆𝖾𝗌 𝖻𝗎𝗍 𝗀𝗋𝖾𝗐 𝖿𝗈𝗇𝖽 𝗈𝖿 𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗈𝗉𝗂𝗇𝗂𝗈𝗇𝗌, 𝖻𝗅𝗈𝗀𝗌 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝖼𝗁 𝗍𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗌 𝗎𝗌 𝖺𝖻𝗈𝗎𝗍 𝗋𝖺𝖼𝗂𝗌𝗆 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗂𝗇𝗃𝗎𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁𝗈𝗎𝗍 𝖺𝖼𝗍𝗎𝖺𝗅𝗅𝗒 𝗉𝗋𝖾𝖺𝖼𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗂𝗍.
Imagine growing up in a country battling poverty, colonisation and war. Where peace and integrity are mere words. Fear gripped in every breath you take. Lost in a place with a compass with no proper direction, screaming your lungs out to be free.
Every step you take is uncertain. Your family can be killed any minute just because you belong to a particular community.
You stand there watching your house turn into ashes. Your heart oozes out pain until you can no longer breath.
Maybe that's how Sunja felt . Her lover ditched her when she was pregnant. And this changed her life. Later she was married to Isak and moved to Japan where her life took a turn for the worse. The book talks about various issues korean immigrants faced in Japan, sheer racism and struggle to make a living. The struggle for basic needs left a scar in my heart making me want to wipe out their identity and mark them as japanese but i could not. Noah tried. He ran away, took a japanese name,married a japanese woman but failed. His suicide made me weep and it took me two days to pen this. My hands are trembling. I wish I could change the story , make everything right,and bring Noah and Isak back. But I know I can't. Because Isak lied deep in the ground watching Sunja fight patiently until the end.
It is a multi generation family saga but Sunja , Isak and Noah have to be my favourite. The writing is slow paced but never makes you bored.
Home fire- britain
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠 : 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲
𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 : 𝗞𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗮 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗺𝘀𝗶𝗲
𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙡𝙨𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙝. 𝘿𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝💥
Home fire is the story of a british muslim family with pakistani origin. The book is about Isma, Aneeka and parvaiz- who were orphaned by the death of their mother, grandmother and abandoned jihadi father. The book portrays their life , the shame and fear that they grow up with. But one decision by Parvaiz, and everything around them changes. Their lives take a toil and eventually everything falls apart.
The book is divided into five parts depicting the character's individual point of view. The book is so well penned and the story telling keeps you hooked to the end. I loved Isma , so self sacrificing and calm . The sacrifices to be 'a mother ' to her twins. But keeping her as a supporting role made me angry. She deserved more. She deserved everything....
The book talks about pain. Humiliation and sacrifices. A tragedy that never ends. A feeling of loss. Loss of siblings you brought up as your own child. Warmth of a family without parents but still complete. I completed the book a few hours ago and how I am feeling cannot be put into words. So poignant and devastating.