Here’s a guest post by a fellow reader Mansi Jain
I love reading for sure. But not more than my sister who manages to find time for books while raising her two bakemono but adorable babies. She has a great taste in books so when she raved about “Shade of Swords by M.J.Akbar”, I had to borrow it from her. IMHO, the best things a book can do for its readers is open their minds, make them ask questions, and aggressively seek out the answers.
Shade of Swords did all that for me, and more. By the time I had finished the book I had found out a lot about topics like Islam, Christianity, India and Jinnah. I’m now on a hunt for a good, in-depth biography on the Late leader.I recommend the book to all those who love reading and appreciate learning new things.
The next book I finished was “Battle for Bittora by Anuja Chauhan”. In its genre B4B is my favourite. The book made me fall in love with ZAK. And since I worked under Anuja for a few months, I could vividly picture Jinni, the lead character’s words, humor, even the “one choochi in, one choochi out” way of wearing a sari. The book is funny, cute and Anuja’s nailed the art of penning a Darcy-like leading man. Fun read. I wonder who’ll be cast in B4B – The movie.
Unlike the abovementioned I’m infinitely ashamed that I spent my hard-earned money on Lauren Conrad’s “La Candy”. Excerpts from the book misled me greatly. Since at that time, I had designs on that field, the optimist in me bought the book thinking that it would be give me real insight into the world of TV production. But the book turned out to be simple, self-indulgent, and unintelligent. My amateur but most important observation was that the story would have been better had been a novella instead of a novel. But what would I know; LC has written 3 NYT bestsellers while I have written a bunch of 30 second ads.
Right now I am in the middle of “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole and the other one lying next to me is “Women who run with Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Watch this space for their amateur reviews. And if you’ve read any of them, let me know what you think of them.
Mansi Jain’s Twitter BIO: Travel writer. Copywriter. Reformed workaholic who’s replaced that addiction with another one: for stories, be it on TV, books, in life or just in my head.