Thursday, April 22, 2021

Four Winds Of Love by Danny Caspi #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

Four Winds of Love by Danny Caspi is an interesting fiction. It revolves between the 1930s to 1990s. In fact, it is a story of various angles of human behaviours, feelings, and emotions. The story begins in 1932. Betty is at the centre stage of the story and about to start her journey in the third class car of a train. Betty, a blonde revolutionary, as Yanek, her friend calls her. While Betty's train is about to leave, she can see all the faces getting blurred by her tears. Her father, her sister Rosa, and her mother. All of them will be left behind along with her village and best friends with just a blast of the whistle of the train. Still, she is feeling a sense of excitement inside for the adventure she is about to encounter after this journey.

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All this is a result of the drama that began a day before. In fact, a few hours back, last night only. This is just the beginning of Four Winds of Love by Danny Caspi that comprises a lot of thrill and excitement. What makes Betty leave her village all of a sudden? Why is there a fear of her arrest by the police? Has she done a crime? Or there is some political agenda behind all this? In fact, Betty is not her actual name. This is the name with which her brother introduces her to her new landlady in Paris. Paris is the new place where she will have to settle down. As Betty. Madame Paulette Gréville is her landlady. And she calls her brother Doctor Gogol. Betty wonders because she knows her brother is not a doctor. Rather he is a civil engineer.

Four Winds of Love by Danny Caspi is a long journey beginning from Paris in 1932 and finally ending in Mishmar, Israel in 1995. It is a story of a woman. In fact, her real life. Her long journey containing joy, fear, pain, risks, vulnerabilities, and a lot more things pertaining to her life. 

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Kalpana: An Imagination by Yogita #BookChatter #BookReview #Books

Though Kalpana An Imagination is a debut entry by Yogita, it reflects quite a significant aspect of the author. She is a keen observant of life and around. In addition, she gives a lot of weightages to relationships in life and cares a lot for her family. Finally, she is bold enough to share the negatives and positives of life without fabricating them. These qualities like straightforwardness, reading life keenly as you move along, and a strong urge to express ensure to evolve her into a successful author soon. Kalpana An Imagination is a fictional autobiography. The story covers a period starting the author's childhood to teenage to youth. Despite writing is simple and straight, the reader will find an element of sincerity and courage that keeps flow and interest intact throughout. After every page, you will think what's coming next. That makes this 99-page book quite interesting.

The story of Kalpana An Imagination by Yogita forces you to go through the realities of life a young girl passes through during her childhood and travel towards adulthood. It also makes you think what happens inside the mind while passing through these stages. What looks simple to us might be quite a complex situation for a girl in those conditions. Because that is the stage of life where most of the pages in mind are blank and thus imprint long-lasting impressions of whatever happens in life. Every painting on a blank canvas the mind produces is a result of innocence and acceptance. Overall, the story of Kalpana An Imagination is very important to read by all teenagers, parents, teachers, and children to understand the turbulence in mind due to the environment, peers, and incidents.

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It will be interesting to understand why it becomes important for Kalpana, the lead character of Kalpana an Imagination by Yogita, to learn abusive language from her peers. In fact, it is also interesting to see how peers impact more than your parents in your thinking. As a matter of fact, while the parents create a base for their children, it is the external elements like peers, environmental situations, and day to day consequences that create building blocks on that base thus helping in gaining maturity of thoughts and ideas. Kalpana shows that nothing is impossible in life to achieve. All it requires is a sincere pool of efforts and hard work. Despite a number of lows and downs in Kalpana's life she never loses grip of hope and positivity. That, in fact, helps her keep moving in the right direction.

Actually, it is not necessary that you are always able to find or choose the right friends in life. But it is important to stay alert and awake to understand malicious intentions of those who are not right. On the other hand, misunderstandings do happen in life, but one needs to stay calm and wise during those moments to let the clouds of doubts get clear on their own. In addition, past incidents can change your perception about society and friends during that fragile phase of life. The book, Kalpana An Imagination, in fact, also talks about girl power and gender equality. There are a few important learnings in this book. First and foremost, never kill a child inside you in spite of whatever age you attain. Second, always stay positive and clear in mind. Third, cherish friendships and love. Fourth, respect everyone starting from you.

Kalpana An Imagination is, in fact, a journey while tackling life-consequences, in a sincere manner. There will be friends in life who breach your trust, but then that's what life is. Take a learning and move ahead. Finding a right partner who steals away your depressing moments and covers up your setbacks is important. An important question that comes to my mind after finishing this book is why trust from a girl invites lust from a boy? Well, the story is not yet complete. You will have to wait for the next book in the serial to launch to read further about Kalpana and her life journey. I find a glimpse of Amrita Pritam in this author's writing. But it is too early to suggest. The cover image goes well with the story. 

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Touches of Grace by Haim Dahan #BookReview #Books #BookChatter

Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel by Haim Dahan is the author's personal experience that is quite relevant to young and adolescent children in Israel. That is the reason the author is keen to share it with them. It is about sad and painful socioeconomic conditions that create a deep impact in the life of children even after they grow up. During its 69 years of existence, the country had made tremendous progress. There are so many startups and technology advancements happening there that makes the other parts of the world envious. So much so that the whole world calls Israel as "Startup Nation". But still poverty and deprivation is a wound on the society that keeps haunting the whole country now and then. But the same amount of progress could not happen in the field of education and equality. That is quite a painful state.

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There are huge voids and gaps in the society in Israel that make t one of the countries with huge inequality levels in the western part of the world. In fact, these wide social gaps are causing serious risks to the Jews or Zionism. The self-centric selfish behaviour of the society is not letting it create a sense of social solidarity and responsibility towards the needy and deserving sections of the society. Haim Dahan in Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel calls Israel a country running away from its social obligations. My views are like this. This is not only the condition of Israel, In fact, it is happening in every country of the world barring one of a few. There are only a few countries that are serious towards this cause. Rest either lack resources, or the will to take initiatives in that direction.

As a matter of fact, there are two parties responsible for the uplift of the needy section of the society. Firstly, it should be on government's top agenda. Secondly, the higher segment of society should take the onus. Like in Touches of Grace by Haim Dahan, the author is able to become a high-tech entrepreneur because of an act of kindness or generosity. In fact, that blow in his life was strong enough to transform him completely. There are seven chapters in this 294 pages book. In fact, all the chapters are magnificent in terms of knowledge and direction. Each chapter has a couple of parts or sub-chapters. The titles of chapters and sub-chapters are quite crisp, hard-hitting and directly indicative of seeking a tremendous improvement in the society to achieve these goals. Like, the chapter 7 indicates that before checking anything else, we need to check ourselves.

Because if a checking mechanism is there, a measuring mechanism automatically evolves out of it. And a strong measuring mechanism is capable to manage any kind of organization. The most important factor of life is that improvement never ends. That is the ending key point in Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel by Haim Dahan. A continuous craving for improvement is a must for any individual, society, organization, or nation. That will help in lowering the gaps of inequality thus bringing everyone closer to each other. The book talks complete sense and makes it possible to follow it practically. 

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A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy #BookReview #Books #BookChatter @preetishenoy

A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy is a story of eternal and selfless love on one hand. And on the other hand, it is about selfishness. It is also about values and relationships. The story revolves around three generations of a family. But above all, it is the style of writing that's mesmerizing. The flow of the story is magical yet simply touches the heart. It depicts two kinds of people. The first kind of people care about relations, follow societal bindings and discipline, and live with values and moral. On the other hand, the second kind of people has only money and success as their top priority for which they can do anything. The book is like a mirror that lets you introspect what category you fall in. In fact, all the characters look like people we find in real life.

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It is easy to become practical and heartless like Jairaj and Shaila but difficult to become thoughtful and sensible like Gopal Shanker, Ayan, Velu, Nithya, and Rohini. There, you find two extremes of personalities and characters. A Hundred Little Flames is about hope and faith. In all, there are 40 chapters and 360 pages. There are four sections - Thekke Madom, Gopal Shanker, Rohini, and A Hundred Little Flames. There are important takeaways for every generation in this beautiful fiction. Ayan loses his first job without any fault of his. He has to leave his job in a multinational company on a bad note and a label that restricts him getting another job despite having good quantification. For a change, life takes him to a small village in Kerala to stay with his grandfather Gopal Shanker. And that becomes a point of a big transformation in his life.

A Hundred Little Flames Is Simple Yet Powerful. In fact, he comes to know so many facts and truths about his own family members there. And there is one more person he gets to know through his grandfather who becomes the most important person in his life and his biggest inspiration. Nobody is right or wrong in this story. It is all about circumstances and situations that impact our lives in a big way. There are some excellent lines in this book A Hundred Little Flames that I would like to share here:

Many times, things have a way of sorting themselves out. We just need to be patient. P79

We all try too hard to do the right thing and stay in control. Once in a way, we should just let go and see what it takes. P96

Things are only as expensive as the value you place on them. P244

Memories are best packed up and put away in boxes. P246

Finer things in life take time. But once you get them, they are yours forever to treasure. Just like true friendship and true love. P331

The problem of the present generation is that they are not willing to give time to a relationship. They should allow it to breathe. To grow. They should nurture it. Above all, they should be patient. P339

Life is full of surprises. We do things which we never thought we would. P345

When those we love, die, they live on inside us. P360

And then there is A Hundred Little Flames that you discover on p93. Dancing. Creating a mesmerizing sight. Overall, a nice story by Preeti Shenoy. 

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Kuch Woh Pal by Subrat Saurabh #BookReview #Books #BookChatter @ChickenBiryanii

Kuch Woh Pal by Subrat Saurabh is a sincere debut effort by the author in poetry genre. This collection of 51 poems in 73 pages though pours Subrat's heart out in expressing his feelings and suffering, but there is a lot of scope of polishing his talent in this regard. In fact, it takes some different kind of energy to enhance your writing skills and expressing your ideas in a better way. But if the zeal stays intact, anybody can achieve it with key ingredients like practice, discipline, and introspect. The fire within works faster and better than any push from outside. Many poems start in a very promising manner but soon lose track thus resulting in the reader losing interest. At times, you might feel reading a poem from the Sunday magazine entertainment section of a newspaper. Or it might appear like a poem from a school magazine.

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Maturity level brings a right kind of gripping and intensity in poetry. If that is missing, it may lose track in creating a factor of curiosity in the reader's mind. Poetry is a softer side of writing. That is why taking care of fragility is more important in it. Sometimes writing a review becomes difficult especially for a book having a unidirectional approach and not much of depth in writing. Very few pages, lack of versatility, no rhythm, lack of energy, and immature level of expression are some shortfalls in Kuch Woh Pal by Subrat Saurabh. It looks like a bouquet of flowers but which are dull and colourless probably in lack of a perfect curator. Despite having an urge to express, the expression itself loses track repeatedly.

Maturity is something that is very important in writing. If there is a flow, it creates continuity. Continuity creates a connection with its readers. And that further creates interest. This is extensively missing in Kuch Woh Pal by Subrat Saurabh. I could not find those elements of connecting, continuity, and flow. It looks like a collection of a beginner in the field. A deeper level of thoughts, introspection, and intensity is missing. There is too much to echo of similar kind of thoughts, feeling, and ideas. Poetry, in particular, has to be fewer words and more expression with a good amount of warmth and comfort. It is something that comes from the heart in a powerful manner and connects to the mind and heart of the reader with the same impact. Now, that doesn't mean author's failure.

A stumbling on the first step doesn't prove lack of power. And, at times, it is important to learn the kind of gravity any good poetry contains by reading some world-class poets. As of now, most of the poems are monotonous and without a soul in it. Let us look at a poem by Subrat Saurabh in Kuch Woh Pal and understand what could have been better. You are now alone is the title of a poem on page 45. The beginning consisting of the first four lines itself is unimpressive. Otherwise, the title though sets a different kind of tone and perception in mind. But the moment you start reading the poem, it seems all the four lines have no sync with each other and neither with the title. The same is the case with most of the other poems. None, I would say, is exceptional in that regard. 

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Rudravan by Rahul Rajan #BookReview #Books #BookChatter

Rudravan by Rahul Rajan is about a purpose to live, a reason to exist. This is what Ravan was seeking throughout his life. In fact, Ravan is the lead character of this excellent book. Everything else revolves around him in one way or the other. As a matter of fact, the reason of Ram's existence seems to be Ravan itself. If Ravan was not into existence, there would have been no need for Vishnu to take birth as Ram on earth. The story is predominantly a war between light and dark. In fact, it reflects so many paradigms to ponder upon. It is about grief and rage. About war of honour and vengeance. About shifting scales of power under different circumstances. The writing is perfect, engrossing, well-researched, and well-crafted. It is all about a person's deeds, karma, thinking, actions, and favours. Everything between light and dark.

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Rudravan is like a long journey. A journey that once starts will not let you finish on your own will. You will have to be a part of this journey right until its end. That is what it is. Who says Gods don't play games? They do. And to all extents. But then it is the amount of fairness that matters. It is all about selfless motives and selfishness. In fact, it talks about Dharma and its entity. Whether it is relative or absolute? That is a point of discussion that keeps taking place between Ravan and Vibhishna. You will, in fact, be travelling between truths and myths. The book definitely takes you to a different level. A level where you introspect and intrigue a lot within and around. In fact, you start looking at things in only two perspectives - light and dark.

Rudravan presents the story of Ramayana in a much logical manner with a lot of research and facts. The things happening look more logical and satisfying. In fact, it will answer your so many questions about What, Why, and How for various things. Overall, Rudravan presents the story of Ram and Ravan in a very different perspective. I think it is a must-read for everyone to refresh the whole game quite differently. 

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The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal is about a hope. A hope that every true Indian is carrying since independence. This is about Clean India. A country without corruption, black marketing, and dirty politics. The book flows in a very crisp manner. This keeps you intact along with the storyline. The book has two parts Book 1 and Book 2. In fact, I would call it Volume 1 and Volume 2. Because Book 1 and Book 2 do not make independent books at all. There is a connection that binds them both into a proper flow of a single book. While Volume one builds the four main characters, Aditya, Varun, Salman, and Raghav. In fact, if every youth of our country transforms to any of these four patriots, the day of Corruption-free India will not remain a dream. Volume two is about execution and transformation.

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The story is intense and engrossing throughout. As a matter of fact, The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal is a story with a fire. A fire that we all are living within. We all dream of a strong India. In fact, we need a country of character, integrity, and determination. Somewhat similar to Naya Bharat that reflects in the book. I feel every single Indian must read it. Because the book not only carries a message, but it also provides you some sort of direction. The message is clear. If you want to see clean India, you have to be a part of the group of doers and not merely dreamers. As a matter of fact, the book also sets a direction right from ground level for anyone in real life.

The story of The Four Patriots revolves around its four lead characters who are from different streams of life. But all of them have a single mission. And the mission is to do good for the society and people of their country. All of them have a high level of integrity and determination to achieve their goals. They are a right combination of thinkers and doers. And a high level of intelligence. Probably that comes from within when you have crystal clear targets and goals.

I recommend The Four Patriots to everyone. It is important to feel the heat and fire. You will also like the logical sequences and closure of the story. Somebody from Bollywood would soon be paying attention to this book. And we might have an upcoming film some day with the same title - The Four Patriots. The title goes well with the story. 

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