What have we made of this world? Seems so clearly that we have corrupted it and did not stop only there; we moved on of the things and kept corrupting it as ever until we made our heavens regret – Hiroshima, Pearl Harbour, WW1, WW2, slavery, independence, politics, propaganda… so many names are there which can be called destruction safely and none of us should have any problems with that because we deserve to be called out! So many times, in so many books, so many authors have vented out their frustration about the worsening situation in the world and on some occasions, they have even warned us of the coming dangers – like always we do to the good advice, we shrouded ourselves with immunity and left unaffected. Books, truly, are the best companions a person can have. Do we really enjoy their company? Or we just flirt with them at times? The question is worthy to be posed because had we been enjoying the company of books, we could have been human beings!
I have been reading books about the degeneration of humanity in the recent days. Believe me, the world does not seem very good when I read the words written in those books – we have been acting like enemies to each other – brothers and the philosophy that once Vivekananda taught us have been forgotten long ago and we are ourselves to be blamed for that – no one else!
Eliot cried on the best of his voice but we did not care about the world war 1 and lo – we had another world war years later. Likewise, when Arnold told us that the Sea is unusually calm, we mistook it just for poetry while it was nothing lesser than the warning message to us all… many authors, on many occasions in many books, have tried to warn us of the upcoming dangers because of our actions but we just enjoy the books – we do not read them to get the message. And this is, just so sad!
Readers don’t want any excuses when it comes to reading books! I am also one of those readers who just read anything when doing nothing and recently, I had the opportunity of reading a number of sports biographies and autobiographies. I came across the books by and on many sportspersons including Sachin, Pele, Flintoff, Gerrard, Beckham, Kevin Pieterson and many others. And let me tell you, reading those books has given me deep insights into the lives of those iconic personalities of the sports. Continue reading “Reading Sports Biographies and Autobiographies”
Dear readers, hope you all had a good weekend. Today, I will share my personal experience with you. It’s about a week ago that I had this amazing experience. I was in a library I used to go in childhood. Of course, the choice of books and magazines changes with the age and mental growth. However, the reading tendency remains the same and we must know it. In childhood, I used to read the books by Lewis Caroll because they reflected more childish joys and adventures than anything at that time. When I had to read the same book during my graduation, the perspective changed and when I had to write a paper on the same book once again during my post graduation, the perspective changed dramatically! Continue reading “Books are never old!”
Reading the short stories by Anton Chekhov is always a good thing which any literature lover can do and I am very happy being doing that for some days now. Luckily, I got a portable edition of short stories along with some letters and plays by him. The short stories by Anton Chekhov always spread a different kind of aura which you might not bear if you don’t know how to endure literature to extract the maximum pleasure out of it at the end. Chekhov, very rightly, is a slow starter and remains slow for a long run and then finally, towards the end, gain some momentum which he ends well and thus making the readers feel an outburst of emotion when needed. Continue reading “Why You Must Read Anton Chekhov”
Another wonderful article that I have found today and it is recent – how to become a book reviewer. The article describes very well about the nuances of becoming a good and established book reviewer and make a name in the book industry. It is right as well, the book industry is getting bigger and broader every day. Many new authors are emerging as well as many new publishing houses are appearing day by day. With the ever increasing numbers, we also get to see a book market full of new titles. Which one to read and which one to ignore sometimes becomes a tough call that we have to take. In those cases, book reviewers come to our rescue and therefore, becoming one is always fascinating for me as well! Continue reading “Getting to read Afterlife thing – Second Chance by Sandeep Jatwa”
Book market in the world and also in the country, India, has changed a lot. Today, only publishing a book (mostly self) doesn’t prove to be sufficient for the authors and most of them only regret doing so. What is lacking? What do they miss? What I think is that they miss the opportunity to promote their book and also cannot find a reliable book marketing agency which can look after the online and offline promotion campaigns for them. How to recognise and find a good book promotion company? This is the elephant in the room for Indian authors as well as authors around the world. I will look into the same today. Continue reading “Authors and Book Promotions: Things to Learn”
What’s new in the field of literature in India? Well, this question certainly does not include the literature produced in other languages than English and that’s why I would rather rephrase it as – what’s new in the field of English literature in India? With the advert of online medium to promote literature, many new platforms have emerged and many older ones have been shown the way as well! Still, the deadly combination of online and offline platforms is doing very good to the upliftment of literature and literary interest. Continue reading “Internet and Literature: A marriage”
Modern novels aren’t as perfect as used to be in the Victorian or even in the early 20th century days. However, we cannot say that the entire writing fraternity has gone berzerk. There are some good authors who are crafting nicely-thought fiction with some sense and thing called ‘plot’. I am saying this because I have been following modern Indian fiction for years now. I have read classics extensively and also critically observed those literary pieces for their excessive(s) and lackings. Continue reading “The Good and the Nonsense Literature”
There might be a dozen explanations if I ask this question to a dozen heads serving as the mental transformer on the bodies of a dozen human beings. And I am sure that every next idea will be different from the previous one because we all think very differently… and this is a good thing; that’s what makes our world so diverse and a chaotic place to live in. But today, I will answer for myself. Continue reading “Why I Read Books?”