Black Shoe

Idleness is the problem, I think.
‘Nothing’ is the problem.It erodes your brain.
Your brain getting eaten away by emptiness, by nothing but nothingness itself.
Music and books haven’t been helpful.
How great such emptiness can be?
-Yogesh Tak, ‘Black Shoe’.

If you can feel and identify yourself in these words, you know the exhaustion of a lonely life.

It’s a fictional story with a pinch of surrealism revolving around the lives of a revered conductor and a young gifted musician ‘Ron’, the secrets and loneliness of their respective life and the throughline “music”. Western classical music and melancholy are the motif here. The story runs a bit slow but the writing lures you to keep going. The story is in first person narration by the protagonist himself but each character is defined beautifully and their role solidifying as the story advances.

The book is filled with mournfulness and grief but the love for words and composition is what makes this book an excellent read. If you are a literature lover don’t miss this book, the author’s craft to observe the beauty of a petty surrounding and literary flair is evident in each page.

I haven’t read such brilliant writing in any contemporary novels I’ve read recently. Thank you so much for the copy.

Kuch Ankahe Alfaaz

कभी कभी हम जिसके बोहत करीब होते हैं उनकी हर बात जानने का मन नहीं करत, क्योंकि वो तो अपने ही है। जब मन करे वो बता देंगे और न बताए तो भी कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता और न ही पड़ना चहिये।
-Sushil Kumar Rana, ‘कुछ अनकहे अलफ़ाज़’।

‘Kuch Ankahe Alfaaz’ is a short and sweet love story of two college sweethearts who’ve never confessed their treasured love for each other. After many years they are reunited by faith and their unconfessed feelings reawakens
…but will they do it this time?

Their moments together is cherishable and the lyrics of the 90’s bollywood song blending with every plot makes reading this book a joy.
#readingfatima

If you are looking out for a light-headed romantic read in hindi go for it.

Stories Of Us

𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒐, 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒐 𝒊𝒏 𝒂 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒐𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆.
-𝑩𝒐𝒃𝒃𝒚 𝑺𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒅𝒆𝒗𝒂, ‘𝑺𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑼𝒔’.

A collection of short stories by the author narrating an array of wavering perception with respect to marriage, divorce, religiousbeliefs, enunchs, dwarfs, depression, GST, depression and many more issues

Simple and lucid narratives with each of them raising questions on are moral beliefs and ethicalness.

I liked the way the author has highlighted complex yet ordinary life and ordinary people’s issue in very few words with uncomplicated characters. What really didn’t work for me was the language but nevertheless it’s an admirable read.

A light and breezy read. The kind of book who makes a great travel companion.
𝑂ℎ 𝑓𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝐼’𝑚 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔😂😁

#readingfatima

The Rape Trial

“Everyone tells you to file a complaint if it really happened, but then look at the path to justice. It’s a long, nasty road. Most of the times, we don’t get there because the road doesn’t take into account the aftermath of rape. And frankly speaking, what happens if we do get there? Where’s the justice in having these rapist live in prison on our taxes?”
-Bidisha Ghosal, ‘The Rape Trial”.

International Womens Day is celebrated annually for over a century on globe to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s them was #EachforEqual to help forge a gender equal world. But do you really believe it is possible to build an equal world when the other half of the population is still leaving under daily threat and scrutiny to avoid ‘RAPE’ coz the society failed to provide justice and healing to the ones battered in its scars.
#readingfatima

This book is the story of many women who choose to take justice in their own hands coz the judiciary and legal investigators of India failed to provide even it’s most “Feeble Punishment” over the accused due to lack of evidence to prove the Rape, hence not only the woman in the book are believed that they were/could have been raped but rather the Rapist Walk Boastfully Free. The idea of justice thrown by the author might sound fictious but things like this are happening and would be the ultimate resort coz as the author says, a tipping point has been reached.

The book conveys some hard hitting information and points out at the loopholes in the judiciary which in all means is unfair towards the victim and liberal towards the rapist. How reboundly injurious and hurtful it is for the WOMEN when the courtroom, media and society provide the ‘benefit of the doubt’ to these MEN (in particular to this story) until not proven guilty. The entire fight to justice and honor becomes a shameful and scandalous affair for the victim just bcoz of this one thing and not to forget this isn’t about a month or day but decades.

The author Bidisha Ghosal is recipient of several journalism awards and this is her debut novel. The book is a fiction with lot of relatable facts written in clear language. I just wish the book was a bit short and description like appearances of character, their snack time and interiors were kept to bare minimum.

Also without fail check out THE CRIMINAL LAW (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2018, to further amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Indian Evidence Act, 1872, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Protection of Children from
Sexual Offences Act(POSCO), 2012.

https://www.google.com/url?q=http://164.100.47.4/BillsTexts/RSBillTexts/asintroduced/crimnal-E-12719.pdf&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjDrpaPlrboAhW64zgGHaECAj4QFjAHegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw0azBNd-ylTwtN_To6qviXy

Legitimacy Of Power

The Security Council is a political organ controlled by the permanent five (China,    France, Russian Federation, UK and US) and has frequently failed in its task of maintaining international peace and security in disputes in which they are involved. The exercise of the veto or it’s threat has been enough to keep the Security Council from coming to the rescue of the small countries invaded by the permanent five or their allies.
-Dilip Sinha, ‘Legitimacy of Power’

Reading this book and discussing it with ‘thereaderstribe’ has been one of my most amazing experience. Thank you tribe I would have missed picking such an important, informative book where the author has highlighted the real cause   that hampers the idea of worldpeace and pragmatic conclusion between warring nations. And most importunate why few countries continue to be superpower or are emerging as global power.

The permanancy of the five countries around the horse-shoe table since 1946 and their sui generesis, unchecked unchallenged right to exercise the veto power is the focal point of the book. This  council is one of the 6 organs of United Nations , the only International Body that can take or authorize the use of military force against any country and the power possessed by the five to veto any substantive resolution.

Now why should people like you and me read a book about UNSC , World Politics and Foreign Policy …if you are curious soul like me who wonders why the UN created a collective defense for World Peace after Second World War but couldn’t ( Vietnam War, Arab-Israeli War , NATO Bombing,  Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan ) and is still unable to stop bloodshed (US-British invasion of Iraq, Civil watr in Syria and Yemen) read this book…if you are curious to know why India doesn’t have a vetopower despite being largest population and democracy read what the author Dilip Sinha (former Indian Diplomat and Ambassador to UN) conveys.

Legitimacy Of Power

The Security Council is a political organ controlled by the permanent five (China,    France, Russian Federation, UK and US) and has frequently failed in its task of maintaining international peace and security in disputes in which they are involved. The exercise of the veto or it’s threat has been enough to keep the Security Council from coming to the rescue of the small countries invaded by the permanent five or their allies.
-Dilip Sinha, ‘Legitimacy of Power’

Reading this book and discussing it with ‘thereaderstribe’ has been one of my most amazing experience. Thank you tribe I would have missed picking such an important, informative book where the author has highlighted the real cause   that hampers the idea of worldpeace and pragmatic conclusion between warring nations. And most importunate why few countries continue to be superpower or are emerging as global power.

The permanancy of the five countries around the horse-shoe table since 1946 and their sui generesis, unchecked unchallenged right to exercise the veto power is the focal point of the book. This  council is one of the 6 organs of United Nations , the only International Body that can take or authorize the use of military force against any country and the power possessed by the five to veto any substantive resolution.

Now why should people like you and me read a book about UNSC , World Politics and Foreign Policy …if you are curious soul like me who wonders why the UN created a collective defense for World Peace after Second World War but couldn’t ( Vietnam War, Arab-Israeli War , NATO Bombing,  Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan ) and is still unable to stop bloodshed (US-British invasion of Iraq, Civil watr in Syria and Yemen) read this book…if you are curious to know why India doesn’t have a vetopower despite being largest population and democracy read what the author Dilip Sinha (former Indian Diplomat and Ambassador to UN) conveys.

FEAR OF GOD

‘DID THE SYSTEM CREATE FEAR OF GOD?
DID THE SYSTEM DESTROY FEAR OF GOD?’
– Vadhan, ‘Fear of God’.

   We live in times where these questions are relevant but what do we really interpret when we say ‘Fear of God’.

    The book is a thorough thriller with vigilantes assassinating numbered elite sacrosanct in the most brutal and symbolic way. The reasons sited by the vigilant point towards punishing the corrupt and bringing the ‘Fear of God’ in the hearts and minds of corrupt maggots who have charred every institution of the country. But the tip to assasinate a war hero shows altered motives.

Are the heinous murder broadcast through social media justified?
Are the vigilantes a group of mad people or a group of highly intelligent ones with a vendetta?

The way each murder is executed is nerve-racking, the author has done wonderful ground research even the description of a spent cartridge is so detailed, it feels like reading an American cop drama. For me the comprehensive characterization of the Indian judiciary,   politicians, police, army, intelligence and the CBI was a clear winner. Like it’s a fictional story no doubt but the sketching of these parts felt real.
#readingfatima

A must read for people who love to read thrillers with lot of character and plot details. The language is something I love but some may find it over the edge.
Thank you @thereaderstribe for the recommendation and lots of love @treeshadebooks and @authorvadhan

Bittersweet

It feels so right.
I wanna fall in love again.
Leaving behind all the pain
I’m hoping for a little magic in my life.
I need a little magic in my life.
– Rajesh Konsam, ‘Bittersweet’.

   OMG I couldn’t have asked for a better read for the end of the year and starting my 2020 mumbling these beautiful lyrics. Starting from the first chapter itself I knew I’m gonna cherish this book for a lifetime (not bcoz I love poetry) but finally theirs a contemporary Indian author whose written such a delightful book about love, romance, heartbreak and youth dreams in profound English language. I’m a person who stays away from this genre but I was awestruck.

    It’s a story about a young boy caught up in the harsh memories of his past heartbreak. How over the years  the betrayal has taken a toll over his life, carreer and friendship. He eventually meets a girl who respects and understands his art, his work. Their individual journey through emotions and adulting. Not succumbing to the persuassion of the exes. Uneventful mishaps and everything one faces in their 20s.

    The short wisdom italicised by the author Rajesh Konsam throughout the book is a treat for the young souls. The author has done a splendid work despite being a debut novel….a light-hearted read which will leave you with bittersweet thoughts….for me it was like milk chocolate.
#readingfatima

You’re the prettiest form of pain
And I feel like I’m in chains.
No matter how hard I try to resist
All efforts go in vain
Because you’re the prettiest form of pain.
You’re the prettiest form of pain.
And that pain to me is bittersweet
A fair amount of pleasure in defeat.

-Rajesh Konsam, ‘Bittersweet’.

THE SPEAKING STONE

    Is Sanskrit the oldest Indian language or Tamil ???Well we can discuss it all day long and never come up with a correct answer.

Kasyaanchit chandraheenayaam nishaayam raatrih prakashate nirmanashaalinaa chetasaa susamsargena

This is my favorite line from the book but TBH I wasn’t really impressed by its English translation coz Nirmanah shalinaa chetasa is more than just a creative mind…yes I wasted a whole lot of time just to interpret this one verse.
But I couldn’t come up with something satisfying so I’m gonna nod with the author.

   ‘Speaking Stone’ is a historical fiction book with a mystery in its main plot. The author has done a lot of research be it about the places,  the language,  historical records, mythological Hindu God and Goddesses and described it beautifully. Even the brief description of Mumbai is so refreshing. Really impressive. The love portrayed between the characters is tender and kind. Something very rare to find these days in thriller books.

    What didn’t work for me was the length of the book plus some plots were very predictive. Throughout the book I couldn’t feel my heart pounding something I anticipate from a mystery book or maybe I was imagining Saikat as the next Ben Gates. The characters are just too sweet even the villains didn’t make me feel angry.

    The beauty and the serenity of the North-East India perplexed through this book makes it worth-reading. I really loved the book bcoz it reconnected me with a lost world of my own country.

    The author is also a columnist for The Speaking Tree so be ready to dive into the world of spirituality with a little of wisdom.

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