Message in a Bottle

Message in a BottleSparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with nearly 80 million copies in print worldwide, in over 45 languages, including over 50 million copies in the United States alone, and his popularity continues to soar. Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son discovers it during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist. Inside is a letter that opens with, “My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, as I always do, but today is particularly hard because the ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together….” For Garrett, the message is the only way he knows to express his undying love for a woman he has lost. For Theresa, wary of romance since her husband shattered her trust, the message raises questions that intrigue her. Challenged by the mystery, and driven to find Garrett by emotions she does not fully understand, Theresa begins a search that takes her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation. Brought together either by chance or something more powerful, Theresa and Garrett’s lives come together in a tale that resonates with our deepest hopes for finding everlasting love. Shimmering with suspense and emotional intensity, Message in a Bottle takes readers on a hunt for the truth about a man and his memories,and about both the heartbreaking fragility and enormous strength of love. Discover the magic of Nicholas Sparks’s storytelling, here is an achingly lovely novel, that teaches one that, the choices that one makes  matter most.

Eram Shakeel

I PCMB A

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My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin RachelMy Cousin Rachel written by Daphne du Maurier the celebrated author of Rebecca in 1951 is a suspense thriller from the beginning to the end. The narrative of this story begins by the hero of this story, Philip Ashley. He is aged twenty-four and an heir to the estate with its riches at the age of twenty-five that will be left to him by his generous cousin Ambrose.

The story has a fairytale setting, until Ambrose’s health begins to fail. Doctors attending to him suggest a dose of the hot sun in Italy would do him a lot of good. Ambrose set sail from England to reach Italy, where he chances upon his long lost cousin Rachel.

Rachel is a widow living in Florence. Her husband a rich Italian noble has died under strange circumstances. Ambrose and Rachel take a liking to one another. They find that they both find they share the same hobbies, gardening, which is their favorite pastime. Before long Philip receives a letter from Ambrose saying that he has wed Rachel.

Soon after, Philip starts receiving disturbing letters from Ambrose that leave him worried and anxious. Ambrose believes that his wife is poisoning him. To find out the truth, he set sails for Italy, where he finds that he has arrived too late. Ambrose is dead and his wife Rachel has disappeared from the scene.

Convinced that Ambrose has been done to death, Phillip sets sail for England and at home, and soon he is shocked to receive a visit from Rachel. Soon, Philip is captivated by Rachel’s charming personality and he find that he is madly in love with her.

Discarding all caution to the winds, Philip goes to the bank on his twenty-fifth birthday, withdraws all the precious family heirlooms and jewels and presents them to Rachel with his cousin’s property and proposes to her blinded by the love that he feels towards her.

Shortly, Philip finds that he has the same disturbing symptoms that plagued his cousin Ambrose before his death. He falls down unconscious and is carried to his room, where he is nursed by Rachel for weeks until he finally recovers back his health. Rachel tells him that he was suffering from brain fever.

The book is written with full plots and counter-plots, where Philip suspects Rachel of infidelity. One fine day, Rachel takes a walk in his garden and before her arrival; Philip is surprised to receive a letter from the bank thanking Rachel for returning the precious jewels and souvenirs of the family. Philip is now in a state of confusion, thinking long and hard whether he is guilty of misjudging her intentions.

When the letter arrives, Rachel is taking a walk on the terraced garden in the estate, where she slips on a sunken bridge and falls to her death. Philip finds her lying down in a heap with a mass of broken bones and at the verge of her death, she looks up at him and calls him, ‘Ambrose’ before meeting her end.

Now, the author leaves the reader confused about the possible endings to this story. Did Ambrose meet a natural death, whether his suspicions of Rachel are well-founded, or based on wild imaginations and his letters to him the mad ramblings of a demented sick mind? If she was a gold-digger, why did Rachel return all the jewelry and other precious things to the bank, without working to consolidate the hold on the family’s estate? Why did she nurse Philip back to health if she was intent on murdering him?

The novel raises a host of other questions that will keep the reader trying to unravel the unique personality of Rachel and its superb story-line will haunt him for a long time to come, leaving him midway in the lurch, its ending built after the reader’s own imagination!

Rumaan Mecci

I HESP M

I too had a love story – Ravinder Singh

I too had a love storyI was gifted this book on my birthday. I love reading; it’s my hobby and my roadway to escape to a world which brings me immense joy. This book was quiet intriguing; I’m not much of a reader of books written by Indian authors, but there are always certain exceptions.

In this book, author beings the story with a blissful reunion of friends. It all begins when the author and his friends decide to think about life and their future. They have completed their studies, have worthy jobs and have a settled life; but they are missing a partner in life. This question of finding a partner for life, leads the author to go check out marital sites online. Doing this he finds the girl of his dreams, namely Khushi. They talk on phone all the time, they learn about each other and their love blooms with each passing day. He dreams of a beautiful future he would like to spend with her but not every dream comes true. Just like certain dreams his dream becomes a mere image, reason being that destiny had another plan for him.

It wouldn’t b a justice if I told you the whole story, would it? So I would like to let you all come across this book and find out yourself what the destiny has in mind for Ravin and Khushi. His book is a book of simplicity that will inspire you in every aspect.  His book is sure to keep you addicted till the end. The book is definitely worthy of your time!

Henna .B. Patel, II HEPP -N

 

The Three Mistakes of My Life, Chetan Bhagat

The Three Mistakes of My LifeChetan Bhagat is an author of five bestselling novels, he is seen as a youth icon more than an author. He always try to convey some message in his books. Three Mistakes of My Life is one such book in which the characters are young, ambitious, passionate and have the same moral, social and religious dilemmas as many of the young Indians have today.

The three main characters in this story are Govind a math teacher who has passion for account and business, Ishaan  for whom cricket is the element around which his life revolves and Omi a son of priest who is ready to do anything for his friends. Govind sets up a sports shop along with his friends in the temple’s premises. The shop prospers as Ishaan coaches young boys in cricket   and then he meets Ali a young boy with hyper reflex condition that makes him hit each ball for a six. So the three friends go in to the business together, and it works fairly well.. Govind is eventually coaxed in tutoring Ishaan’s 17 year old sister to help her prepare for exams. Naturally something more develops between them. Govind has great ambitions, but there are some forces that can overwhelm even the best laid plans. The triple whammy hits the three friends is a devastating earthquake hitting particularly close to home. This later led to widespread Hindu retaliation against Muslim led by Omi’s uncle. Omi saves Ali from his uncle and Ishaan finds out about Vidya and Govind. He betrays him. His mother convinces Ishaan to forgive Govind

Ishaan with his sister come to meet Govind in the hospital and they become friends again.

This book gives a clear picture about the consequences of communalism, and I feel that having a secular feeling is very important in an individual’s way of thinking, because one cannot always fight fire with fire.

 Shamanth

II HESP M  

Doctors by Erich Segal

Doctors, Erich SegalDoctors by Erich Segal, is the story of the 1962 batch of students who  studied in Harvard Medical School. It particularly traces the lives of Laura Castellano and Barney Livingston, who are childhood friends and aspire to become doctors. It showcases their life as children, their years of merciless training at the medical school and how they become successful doctors while their personal life is still at cross-roads. After a failed marriage and a string of failed relationships, Laura and Barney eventually realize their love for each other.

In this book Erich Segal describes in great detail, the difficulties faced by the students, not only in their professional lives but in their personal lives as well. The strengths and weaknesses of the students are highlighted. It exposes their struggles, hopes, ambitions; how they face their fears and overcome each obstacle in their lives. It also portrays their emotions, their interactions with the fellow students and how they cope with the prejudices of those times.

It is a compelling novel revealing the making of doctors and is a must read especially for aspirant doctors.

Lucky Surana, I PCMB C