Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes

Jodi Picoult is an American author. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Nineteen Minutes is Picoult’s first book to debut at #1 in the New York Times Best Seller list.

Nineteen Minutes revolves around Peter Houghton, a victim of bullying, who takes his revenge through a school-shooting. This book highlights what it means to be different in our society and how the way you deal with challenges speaks volumes about your past. Right through the book, time shifts from the events before, during, and after the shooting. The author vividly describes Peter and his relationship with different people, especially his former best friend Josie Cormier. Peter is shattered when Josie decides to stop associating herself with him and hangs out with the shallow, popular crowd instead. After an endless struggle with the bullies, not to mention, an identity crisis, Peter decides to shoot the whole school down. When he is confronted, he says the disturbing words “They started it.”

Various subplots keep this fast-paced novel very intriguing and in the end, Picoult manages to tie all the loose strings together in a commendable manner. The author also does an excellent job of playing devil’s advocate for all the characters and this story is one that impacts the reader and changes your perception regarding people. Having truly enjoyed the nature of the plot and the author’s writing style, I would definitely recommend Nineteen Minutes as a book worth reading.

Sanjana Rajasekar


Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire

Inspiration comes in various ways. To read a book and be inspired by it is really a wonderful feeling. I have had the pleasure of being inspired by a few such books and one of them was written by the man whom I have had the opportunity of seeing him twice and he was the eleventh President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The book ‘Wings of Fire’ is a part of Dr. APJ Abdul kalam’s autobiography.

APJ Abdul Kalam is one of India’s most distinguished scientists. He served as the 11th President of India, between 2002 and 2007 and was fondly referred to as “The People’s President”. He has honorary doctorates from over thirty universities and is the recipient of the country’s three highest civilian awards – the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna.

The book is a journey through Dr Kalam’s leadership, through his hardships, through the life of the man who inspired the nation. It shows a different perspective of things, one that we don’t usually see. The book has a lot of things that can be quoted, but I choose to share this one…

“He who knows others is learned, but the wise one is the one who knows himself. Learning without wisdom is of no use.”

I chose this particular quote because it tells me to look into understanding the person I am too, and not just look to understand others.

Another excerpt that looks into life was…

“The trouble is that we often merely analyse life instead of dealing with it. People dissect their failures for causes and effects, but seldom deal with them and gain experience to master them and thereby avoid their recurrence. This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.”

I have also got bogged down by failures rather than dealing with it. I guess that has stopped me from growing at least a little bit. Maybe I failed for a reason, and that opportunity is still there. I think it’s about time I started to search for that opportunity now.

The book is inspiring, and I recommend it to all students to read and get encouraged to stay motivated.

Shreya Bhansali