Great Expectations

Great Expectations“I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.”

The line is taken from the book “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. Being a great novelist, his work is world famous, ranging from Oliver Twist, to the fascinating book like Great Expectations. He was considered one of the best writers during the Victorian era, considering his realistic main characters.

“Great Expectations” revolves around the life story of Pip (Philip Pirrip). His life as child is not that pleasant, due to his parents’ early death and the caretaker being his shrewd sister. He manages to survive his childhood by clinging on to his parents’ graveyard and his brother-in –law, Joe. Then his life takes a new course when he meets a convict in the graveyard who threatens to kill him if he does not help him. Out of fear he helps him out. Later he is acquainted with Miss Havisham, a sadist woman who was left at the altar in her youth and her life possession being her adopted daughter Estella. Pip is forced to play with Estella while Miss Havisham enjoys Pip’s growing affection for Estella and Estella’s ignorance towards him. Time passes by; Pip does not forget about Estella, he goes to the city to find a decent job. He meets new people and evolves as a person. At some point his life takes a drastic turn, he is acquainted with cruel truths which would either destroy or shape his life. He realizes that he closely connected to the convict. In this process he discovers his true self, his own set of priorities and love of his life. What I personally like about this book is how Pip evolves from a timid, scared child in the graveyard to a gentleman. I would recommend this book for people, even though it has a little Victorian English; it’s worth spending you time on this novel.

Rachana Pawar



The Alchemist

The AlchemistThe Alchemist is a novel written by Paulo Coelho. It was first published in 1988 in Portuguese. It was published in English in 1993. The Alchemist is a bestseller worldwide and setting a world record for most translated book by a living author.

The Alchemist follows the journey of a shepherd from Andalusia. While sleeping near a sycamore tree Santiago had a recurring dream about a treasure near the pyramids of Egypt. Believing in this dream he decides to travel to Egypt to find it. During his journey he finds an old man, Melchizedek who tells him about the good and bad omens. And along his way he also meets an Englishman who accompanies him through the Sahara desert.  Fatima, a beautiful Arabian woman who he falls in love with and he also asks her to marry him. Then, Santiago encounters a lone alchemist who lends his knowledge and teaches him about personal legends. He also points Santiago to the direction to his quest.

The book ends with a message that one should find their destiny and never give up on their dream.  And when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true. This book is a must-read for its inspirational story.




I have a Dream

I Have a DreamRashmi Bansal is a Writer and Entrepreneur. She has authored five novels and all the five are bestselling novels. She is a fabulous inspirational speaker as well as a writer. Her books give the youth a new way to see life, the better way of seeing life. Her books have also been translated into many other languages. Her third book ‘I have a Dream’ is about Social Entrepreneurs was released in June 2011.

The book ‘I have a Dream’ is the story of 20 idealists who think and act like entrepreneurs. They are committed to different causes. But they have one thing in common that principles of management can and must be used to achieve a greater common goal leading to the benefit of our society. These short stories have made me understand one think very clearly, as quoted in the book: “Change starts with one person, and that could be someone next door, someone like you.” Inspiration comes from each and every page of the book. It taught me the biggest lesson in life without hard work nothing can be achieved successfully. You can buy success with money but can’t earn respect without hard work and dedication towards your goal. As said rightly by some great thinkers “NO PAIN, NO GAIN”. Reading this book broadened my horizon and gave me brighter outlook on things. Chapter by chapter a new story unfurled before my eyes like a rainbow each time. This book is awe-inspiring and a must read for every inspiring Entrepreneur.

Gahana G Hiremath



P.S. I Love You

P S I Love YouBefore embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed her degree in journalism and media studies. P S I Love You is her first novel, one of the biggest selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller.

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates, but not Holly and Gerry. They both knew each other from their childhood. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other’s life.

They used to find happiness in every little thing and also argued for every little thing, but at the end they both could not help them from talking with each other in spite of the argument they had.

Until then, when an unthinkable incidence happened, Gerry had brain tumor. Holly was heartbroken she could not imagine herself without Gerry. She used to cry every night, but later consoled herself.

Gerry’s death devastated Holly. She used to always be at home alone does not want to communicate with anyone. Until that day when she found those letters that Gerry had written it for her. He had written it for every month, the letters had something to say which was guiding her and to move forward in her life and to face difficult situation. At the end of each letter he wrote “P.S.I Love You.”

With the help of her friends and family she started to laugh, singing, dancing and being brave than ever before. She realized that life is full of living, but it always helps when there is an angle watching over you.

On the whole I would like to tell that this is one of the best books I have read. This book was a mixture of emotions. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me sad. I loved every bit of it!

Jyothi Malu