The White Tiger

The White Tiger“A masterpiece” – The Times. The White Tiger is the winner of the “Man Booker Prize” of the year 2008. It anatomizes the fantastic cravings of the rich and the desperate struggles of the deprived.

Aravind Adiga, an Indian, studied at the Columbia and Oxford Universities astonishes the reader with good quality writing in his first novel which won him,The Man Booker Prize.This book was published by Harper Collins in India, 2008.

The whole story is in a form of letter from the narrator to the Chinese premier. The book describes the widening gap between the rich and the poor. It shows the emotion of loyalty turned into betrayal and revenge. The dark side of India has been described with elegance by the author.

Born in a poor village of India, Balram Halwai, is a unique character who is described as servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and finally as a murderer. The story depicts the constant struggle of the selfish nature of the character to make up his life. Through a hard journey he reaches a reputable status, after being lived as a less privileged in the society.The background of the character starts in a village and eventually moves on to the capital and finally he creates a reputation for himself in Bangalore. The transition has been depicted wonderfully. The character’s lifestyle and mannerism changes accordingly.

The book does not have an impressive outline but has a good quality of writing which meets up the reader’s expectation. The story is a one which leaves a mark in our mind. As it describes the economic discrimination and the pitiable situation of the poor, it is a hard to miss book.

Soorej T G

II CAMS K

 

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, LoveThe novel “Eat Pray Love ” written by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir that orbits around the journey of a women in her 30’s to Italy , India and Indonesia, to find peace and heal all the wounds that life had inflicted upon her over the years.

Elizabeth M. Gilbert, born on 18 July 1969 is a renowned American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist who is best known for her 2006 memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love .The novel was on the New York best seller list for about 88 weeks. This book was also made into a film in the year 2010. Gilbert’s first book Pilgrims, a collection of short stories, received the Pushcart Prize award and her other works have been nominated for a number of prestigious awards. She currently lives in New Jersey. This book was published by the Penguin group on February 16, 2006.

The author here speaks from a personal view point that gives a detailed account on how she finally discovers happiness and peace from her 1 year of travel. The story centres around the theme of self-recovery .The author has presented a beautiful picture of the 3 countries she travelled, that brought turning point in her life. Apart from her journey, she has also given us an insight about the culture, traditions and practices followed in these countries, the benefits of yoga etc.,making the novel very informative.

The author has put forth her views in an interesting way. The line -“I am the administrator of my own rescue” proves the fact that no matter how many ever psychologists and saints you may consult it is ultimately solitude, meditation and will power that will help one to emerge out of one’s  miseries. I totally agree with her in this regard. I am also in favour of her point that destiny alone is not responsible for all our miseries. By transforming oneself and keeping the mind under control one can easily enjoy happiness.

However it has taken this woman a world tour to regain her compose and renew her energy. This is not practical and affordable for everyone. According to me, all that a man requires to transform himself is the will to transform. By devoting sufficient time to meditate,we can bring about the change in our lives.

 

Deepika Satyadev

II CAMS K

 

 

The Oath of the Vayuputras

The Oath of the VayuputrasLike everything else in the world being a hero comes with a price of its own, and this is one of the most prevailing thoughts on every readers mind at the end of the book. The oath of Vayuputras is the final book to Shiva trilogy written by Amish Tripathi. The first two being – the immortals of Meluha and the secret of the Nagas.

The Shiva series as it is popularly known has generated a fan base so huge that it would make the likes of famous authors go green with envy. The series is published by Westland Press. After the release of the first two books in 2010 Amish had a responsibility now to match the expectations of his fans and we can all agree he delivered. The final book announced in 2011 and released in early 2013 and was one of the most awaited books for quite a while. This book written in a crisp style leaves you hungry for every next word. Also Amish’s eye for detail cannot be overlooked as it outlines to us the massive amount of research that must have been done to write a book of this detail.

This series revolves around Lord Shiva or the ‘Neelkanth’ as he is respectfully called and his battle against the evil behind the Somras. On his quest to save the world he is accompanied by his wife Sati and his sons Ganesh and Karthik.In the beginning of the book he comes across a secret that questions his understanding on the true evil. Shiva also realizes that the sagacious sage Maharishi Bhrigu is the root cause for all the evil. He gets to know that a friend who he thought was dead was still alive. This book set in ancient India consists mostly of the final war between the good and evil and every small victory, failure and hurdle that both sides come across. On a trip to the hidden kingdom of Ujjain Shiva gets to know that his uncle was not only an important Vasudev Pandit but also was against the use of the somras from the beginning. Shiva then takes the noxious Pashupathiastra from the vayuputhras on the promise that he will only use it to threaten Emperor Daksha, who is the king of Meluha and also the father of Sati. Along with the help of the Nagas, Branga, Vaishali, Kashi and the Vasudev pundits he announces war with Meluha if they do not stop the production and consumption of the somras. So what happens that makes Shiva go against his oath to the vayuputra council and remove any sign of Meluha’s very existence?

Although this book is entirely fictional it has this real life character attached to it. The loyalty seen by Parvateshvar to his motherland of Meluha is indeed remarkable. Shiva on his quest lost the most important thing to him. Having seen how Shiva rides over a number of challenges in the most effective ways like winning a war with nothing but his name among others has personally left a huge impression on me. This book is nothing short of a roller coaster ride for any reader. I do with all sincerity recommend this book for everyone.

Deepika Satyadev

II CAMS K

 

 

Mein Kampf (My Struggle)

Mein Kampf“Mein Kampf” is the phenomenal auto-biography of one of the greatest dictators the world has ever had, Adolf Hitler. The book serves as an inspiration to millions around the globe and reflects the life of suffering that young Adolf faced with his father being nothing but a regular clerk at a government office. Hitler narrates his experience throughout the deadliest of scenarios, from the death of his mother to starting a dominating political party with nothing but a penny in his pocket. Adolf Hitler was hated by many loved by a few once upon a time, but today he is regarded as “The phenomenon that changed the globe in the 1900s” and I would not dare to disagree.

The book is nothing but classic entertainment narrated by Hitler highlighting every moment of his life right from when he was born in “Braun au-on-the-Inn”. Tragedies have also been elaborated as he tells us how his forefathers suffered to put bread and butter on the family table. Hitler also tells us how he battled against his father and laid the fact in front of him that he wants to study art.

The part which I liked the most in this book is that Hitler discusses a lot of history that took place in both east and west Germany and how the wars with Britain, France and many other countries played a significant role in Hitler’s life to make him the “Patriotic Gun” that he was.

To conclude I would say nothing but illustrate how a normal German kid who wanted to study art and history turned out to be the most feared man of the 1900s. That man targets every young adult in the world right now through his auto-biography and tells them one thing right from the heart and soul, “He alone who owns the youth, owns the future”.

In his book he tells us nothing but to follow our dreams and to keep in mind that the patriotism he showed in the unification of Germany, is not even a fraction of what the youth today can do to bring about a revolution.

Munish Modi

II CAMS K

A Walk to Remember

A Walk to RememberA walk to remember by Nicholas Sparks is one of the best novels after “Message in a bottle”. The story begins with 40 year old Landon Carter reminiscing about his life when he was 17 years old and how that time of his life had changed life forever. He introduces the readers to a small town called Beaufort in North Carolina. Landon Carter had never dreamt of asking Jamie Sullivan to the dance or had never thought of asking her out on a date, but as time went by he realized that he had fallen in love with her. The revelation of the reason behind why Jamie Sullivan would not let people get close to her is written in the book.

 I certainly feel that this was one of the best love stories that I have ever read. It teaches us on how much faith we humans possess and also tells us that God has a plan for each one of us. That is what I have learned from reading this book; I recommend this book to all to read and get inspired that Good has a plan for every single person and none should think otherwise.

Jovita Jose

II CAMS ‘K’