ashok k banker, book, book review, books, her fearful symmerty, nive lives, prince of ayodhya, ramanya, review, right shoe wrong fit, spirituality, varsha dixit, william dalrymple
Finally I do my long pending reviews… Feb was a month where I read a lot (ok Smitha we are not competing with u and neither with u smitha 😀 gosh do all smitha’s read so much or its only our two 😉 ) ok so I read about 6 books in 28 days which is good enough for me 😉 but I never got around doing any reviews for them… kept thinking of doing. There are about 5 drafts for these books in my folder and then I thought its high time I finish them and then publish as one single post… phew finally I hope this post sees the light of the day
Nine Lives by William Dalrymple
A book so unlike me, so unlike the books I usually read… I am usually not the one reading a lot of spiritual material or spiritually inspired books. So much so that when I read Eat Pray Love India’s part was what I liked the least but when someone gifted me this book I was forced tempted to read it and I am actually so glad I did. It showed me a new face to India. It made me think about the India I don’t know at all, a India I am so ignorant of its existent . The book as the name suggest is about nine lives… nine lives of nine Indian people who take up the spiritual path. I loved the way William captured their lives maintaining a fine balance between becoming preachy and stating the spiritual facts so well.
The characters here of course go extreme in their devotion their thinking clouded by their faith but yet they are happy or rather they are peaceful. The story about the dalit jailor and well digger who transforms himself to a God like status two months a year during Theyam (of which I knew nothing before reading this btw, I mean I knew there exists a dance like this but I didnt know the history)… a Buddhist monk who picks up a weapon to fight against China and then turns to making prayer flags, a Jain nun who gives up food slowly to embrace death.. the characters have been brought to paper beautifully.
According to me a very very good read
Book Nine Lives
Authors William Dalrymple
Price Rs 495/-
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The second book by the author who gave us the brilliant (atleast I loved it) Time Traveller’s Wife. So since it is out I have been wanting to read it but I have said this before that how on some books I suddenly become kanjoos 😀… (I am strange very strange sometimes) so when I saw this in the library I picked it up… As usual like her previous book this is a very very different book, a book about ghosts. I don’t even remember when was the last time I read a book about ghosts.
Its a story of two generation of twins – identical twins. The two main girls Julia and Valentina find themselves in the London apartment of their dead but still existent as a ghost Aunt whom they had never met all their lives because of some their moms didn’t want to keep the relation going between them for reasons that are not known to anyone.
When I started this book I was mighty excited about it, loved the author the subject was juicy enough – two set of twins, ghosts. Did the book stand up to the expectations – I would say mostly yes.The book deals with its subject pretty nicely and I think if I write anymore I would give in a lot for a review 😉
But all in all a book I recommend too… may be not as good as TTW but a decent read
Book Her Fearful Symmetry
Authors Audrey Niffenegger
Price Rs 570/-
Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K Banker
When I read The Pallace of Illusions it left me wondering why has this modernization of the Ramayan not yet done (yeah call me dumb I didn’t know about the existence of this one 😦 ) and after some research and talking to fellow readers I got to know about it this one and damn I am cursing myself of why I didn’t know of it before. WHY? Its a brilliant book, loved it from the starting to the end
The way Banker has dealt with the ancient text and almost converted it into a modern piece of sci-fi fiction but yet handled the sensitivities of us Indians for their scared texts is amazing.
I have always wondered (like him as he mentions in the preface of the book) that how do people of this generation read the Ramayana. I tried picking up an English translation long ago but its not just the language which is a binding in reading it, its the whole way its written, I never got around finishing that one and I think I have found my answer in Ashok Banker’s series.
A must read for everyone interested in Ramayana. I am surely picking up the next volume soon.
Book Prince of Ayodhya
Authors Ashok K Banker
Price Rs 570/-
Right Fit Wrong Shoe by Varsha Dixit
Aah after three nice books I do have a right to tell you about a bad one isnt it? 🙂 Ok not really bad but a okie tokie read (not a literature material basically)… I think its the one which tries to step into the desi chicklit category again only thing is doesn’t succeed as well as Zoya Factor. No actually let me change my mind here, this takes on making a new leauge.. Desi Mills and Boons 😉
Its a love story between Aditya and Nandini which are kids of a family which are really close to each other who fall in love and out of it and then like all good old romantic movies and books are back together.
The book is a fun ride I would admit and if you are into a fast pace time pass reading it won’t disappoint you and if u are a die hard 16 yr old romantic at heart u might even like it a lot :)…
Book Right Fit Wrong Shoe by
Authors Varsha Dixit
Price Rs 95/-
I liked Right Shoe Wrong Fit …. but I dont think I can read it again. Its a very Mills and Boon kind of book. Banker is simply awesome. Have the whole collection and go back to them often. I need to read Dalyrimple’s latest yet.
yeah its a very one timish fast read..
i think i am going to end up owing the complete collection too…
Her fearful summary ..seems to be most interesting..surely pick this up soon 🙂
It seems u will soon beat smitha and smita’s record…. 🙂
do let me know if u like it rashmi
LOL their record is a tad too difficult to make
Oh ho … u r on a roll! I so want to do this .. hv 3 reviews still in drafts. I hv a starting trouble when it comes to book reviews somehw lol 😆
Nice to see u hv liked all of them .. well, almost … 2.5 is nt bad too rt? Lemme go get the first two nw 😀
i used to have that trouble too swaram take ur hesitation off and do one then it will start flowing… read a lot of reviews and get ideas
hope to see some from u soon
Took less than a month after u said this no 😛 Thanks Mons 😉
Goofy Mumma said:
How do you find the time monu, and without a maid, and Oju not yet in school yet at that. So with cooking, blogging, oju, outings, you also managae so many books. Wow!Please share your secrets!
i cant sleep without reading for about an hour whatever time it is gm… (unless ofcourse if i am drunk 😉 ) and this was when the maid was there in feb darling… the reading is slow now only 2 this month till now 😦
nice nice!! 😀
Thank you for the reviews… will pick up the “her fearful symmetry” and the chicklit for sure!!
hope u like them too pixie
YOU are great lady….How on earth do you manage so much…..reading 6 books in less than a month and a post on them too…totally awesome!
So your blog is not just me online recipe book , but also my reading guide 🙂
Let me see which one i can get first.
BTW, which are the two other books that you read? you have reviewed 4 here..
OOPS…yes read about those already. Thanks
i read that crappy cyrus brocha book that i read and then dork by sidin (i have linked parul’s review there) u can read all the books i read in my reading corner page
u are a darling bharti 🙂
Currently reading Palace of illusions so I will check out the Prince of Ayodhya.
let me know if u like it reema
thank you for the review. shall check out Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K Banker
hope u like it magiceye
i so can’t read a book…….never had that kind of patience in me…..once i did pick up ….The Alchemist and started reading….first thing….it took me more than a couple of week to finish it …..and then i didn’t even like………..i think i’m unable to understand books………
though i’m very good with movies…….and always wish that all the good movies shld be made into movies…..
aaah I know some people like that but me I cant be without reading books, feel so incomplete
Oh…I liked Time Traveller’s Wife too. Will pick up this book soon
oh yeah do pick it up I have a feeling u will like it
lol @ Smita’s 😀 Sigh!! I have sooo many books to review! Hoping tp put them up soon 😛
Nine Lives!! Hmmmm you know in Eat Pray Love it was the Indian portion which i had most diffuclty in reading!!! I don’t think I would enjoy antoher book with spiritual flavor.
As far Her Fearful is concerned I have given exactly same rating 😀 (my review is here http://books-life-n-more.blogspot.com/2009/11/time-to-justify-name-of-my-blog.html)
As far as Ramayan is concerned even I had known of its existence after reading Palace of Illusions 😀 btw do you know that Ramayana by Ashok Banker is a series of 6 books? A fren is reading and loving them all!!!
As far as Indian Lit is concerned now I have read so many of them that now I pick up after checking out the publisher..hehehe I can write a piost on it…in fact lemme write a post on it 😀
I am looking forward to that post and the reviews too smitha 🙂
yeah yeah i know the second volume is lying at my bed side in to be read along with 10 more books sigh
niice reads! we just opened a box we hadnt opened for FOUR years which had M’s old books. so no buying new ones till finish reading those!! bah!
Indian Homemaker said:
I did not even know about the Banker series!! This and Dalrymple I need to buy and read soon 🙂
I love Ashok Banker’s Ramayana…it’s like Harry Potter crossed with the original Ramayana…even to the extent of thirsting for the next in the series and feeling withdrawal symptoms afetr the last book is done! Enjoy the next 5 books! They are expensive relatively tho’, but totally worth buying! I also just finished Vertigo by Banker…quite riveting too and a nice glimpse into life in working-class Bombay in the 80s.
Nalini Hebbar said:
lucky you…I have to pick up books only when I go to a city…don’t get any here…used to read so much but now its a treat I give myself once in 2-3 months…sad eh?
Giri Vijayakumar said:
6 books in 28 days.. wow! Nice reviews.
Best regards, Giri
Havent read the Ashok Banker books though have seen them many times at the book stores but not picked em up!
I have also wanted to do book reviews and made my first post with a partial review on 2 States at http://buzzzstop.blogspot.com/2010/04/2-states-book-launch-book-review.html
Nice blog. Glad I saw it – the theme and colors are nice and pleasing and you have a good number of book reviews up here. Shall check them out in due course.
Hey, am not sure if this comes in your kind of reading, but was wondering if you can suggest some good book on Mahabharat, Ramayan…trying to avoid the eager writers here…but want something which is close to real and with out much exaggeration…hope you are getting what am trying to convey. Thanks.
Really nice to see you’ve rated some Indian author books higher than well loved foreign books!
Nice review post… maybe I’ll check out some of these the next time I am at a bookstore. 😀
I will try them. the first one seems good.
Nice, simple and easy to understand reviews!!
BTW my friends and I write here http://aswethinkis.wordpress.com/. Sundays are reserved for guest writers.
Please go through the blog and if feel interested, let me know if you want to write a book review for us? Actually topic is of your choice.
Let me know what you think
I am curious about the Fearful symmetry too. Will read that for sure. Ghosts and mystery. Thats a fun one.
Anupam karn (@karnanupam) said:
Gr8 reviews! would go through Her Fearful Symmetry for a change:)