The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young GirlThe Diary of a Young Girl is an awe-inspiring and heart rendering true-life story of a Jewish girl-Anne Frank, and the horrors she experienced during the Second World War. It is a touching and poignant recollection of the dark history of the Second World War.

A brief summary of this true-life story starts with the Nazis occupying Holland in 1942.A thirteen year old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were disclosed to the Gestapo, the Franks and the Van Daans lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe”, as Anne called it, of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever present threat of discovery and death.

Because of the emotion and danger portrayed in this journal, I feel that it would be best understood by students in the adolescent phase. The vivid portraits so colorfully and artfully depicted in this journal would help these students to understand the trauma and electrifying fear that some people undergo, and the immense bravado they display to overcome it.

This would help the students realize how much more better their lives are- rather than hiding behind tinted windows with a handful of cutlery and black bread to eat, with impending doom all around you, unable to scream, and no one to trust.

A lot of students tend to undermine the worth of their existence, believing that most others are superior to them, thus losing their self confidence and developing an inferiority complex. It is solely for this reason that I feel that this life experience, depicted in the book- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank so that they would understand that not only they have undergone hardships of the same nature.

Aishwarya J

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The Eighteenth Emergency

The Eighteenth EmergencyThis book is a reader’s treat. The characters given by the author (Betsy) are very refreshing. The author’s imagination about the eighteen emergencies is remarkable.

Betsy Byars is also quiet a humourist. Her imagination about the mouse and comparing everyone with something and the description of the seventeen emergencies are done in a delightful funny way.

The author has used the language boldly. She has linked many present situations of the mouse with his old ones which are highly dramatic.

The climax of the story conveys an inspiring message that “when there are no ways to get through an emergency we have to take the hardest path to get through that emergency”, which quiet is inspiring.

Friends, I enjoyed reading this book and I suggest that each one of should read and get inspired.

Ashwin Kumar K

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Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with MorrieMitch Albom works as a newspaper columnist and a broadcaster and serves on numerous charitable boards. Currently living with his wife, Janine in Michigan, Mitch Albom is the author of the international bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, as well as of six other books.

Tuesdays with Morrie, a 1997 memoir by American writer Mitch Albom, teaches us that no matter what people say about us, we should know who we are. Their blame shouldn’t be able to injure us, nor can their praise elevate us. We are what we are; nothing anyone says can change that.

Everyone needs a wise, passionate and understanding somebody to help them see the world as a simple, yet profound place. For Mitch Albom, it was Morrie Shwartz, his college professor. As the years went by, he lost track of his mentor; insights faded, the world seemed colder, many questions haunted and were left unanswered, many a leaf left unturned. Mitch happened to watch some news regarding his mentor and rushed immediately to meet his old professor who was now suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease, a terminal, brutal, unforgiving illness of the neurological system. All that Morrie had previously taught Mitch about life was forgotten and now, when they meet, both start afresh as Morrie has so much more to offer, and Mitch, so much more to learn. The book is filled with Morrie’s contributions. Its simplicity extends to the fact that the only things emphasized on are: an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson.

Mitch flies every Tuesday to learn lessons of life from Morrie, where they discuss concepts like family, emotions, love, forgiveness, death, and so on. Morrie suffers from immense pain and has reached the ultimate level of dependency where “someone has to wipe his ass”. In spite of knowing death isn’t far off, the epitome of his happiness, satisfaction and humour is reached. He considers himself lucky to have had the time to say goodbye to his near and dear ones.

Morrie’s and Mitch’s conversations canvas acceptance, communication, love, values, openness, and happiness. If everyone lived each day like it was their last, the world wouldn’t be that bad a place to live in. Morrie wanted to ‘make a difference’ and he sure did by emphasizing the relevance to make every day and every second count. Probably, the only con in this book is the repetition of the importance of life in every chapter.

Mitch’s and Morrie’s rekindled relationship has touched millions of hearts by sharing their experiences. Death is something extremely difficult to accept, our own or of someone we know, but the message conveyed and purpose achieved in that one, short life of the person is what counts. Self-actualization is what makes a world of a difference.

I would definitely recommend this book to be read. It is really life’s greatest lesson if you’re put in such a situation, you never know. So, make a difference and make each day count, like it was your last!

Akshada Krishnan

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