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A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Walk to Remember is a romance novel written by Nicolas Sparks. The protagonist, Landon Carter, narrates the flashback story of his senior year in the late 1950s at Beaufort High in Beaufort, North Carolina, when he first discovers the power of love.

Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan both attend Beaufort High but are worlds apart.  Jamie is the minister’s daughter, studies hard, and is shy.  Landon, on the other hand, is the bad boy and does not mind living on the edge despite the trouble he might land in.  As these two unexpectedly fall in love, they are also unexpectedly torn apart as tragedy strikes.  Nevertheless, their time together is filled with instances of small miracles and of making each other’s dreams come true.  Landon is drastically changed by Jamie as he fulfills Jamie’s wish list. The book ends with the author telling the readers that he now believes in miracles.

Even though I have read and re-read this book, to this day I haven’t been able to understand what that line meant. Maybe it’s true what they say, some things are better left unsaid. This story is heart wrenching, tragic, and beautiful. I would recommend it any day.

Neha Navaneeth

II PCMB G

‘ಲೈಫ್ ಈಸ್ ಬ್ಯೂಟಿಫುಲ್’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿನಿಯಾದ ಪೂಜಾ.ಎನ್, ಜೋಗಿಯವರಲೈಫ್ ಈಸ್ ಬ್ಯೂಟಿಫುಲ್ಎಂಬ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರೆದ ಒಂದು ವಿಮರ್ಶೆಯು ಪ್ರೇರಣ ಸಂಘದ ಶ್ಲಾಘನೆಗೆ ಪಾತ್ರವಾಯಿತು. ಅವರು ಬರೆದ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆಯನ್ನು ಕೆಳಗೆ ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅವರ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಉನ್ನತ ಮಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೇರಲಿ ಹಾಗು ಶುಭವಾಗಲಿ ಎಂದು ಹಾರೈಸೋಣ.

ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಪುಸ್ತಕವನ್ನು ಓದಬೇಡಿಹೀಗೆಂದು ನಾನು ಹೇಳ್ತಿಲ್ಲ, ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಲೇಖಕರೇ ಮುನ್ನುಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೀಗೆ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ‘ಅಂಥಾದ್ದೇನಿದೆ ಪುಸ್ತಕದಲ್ಲಿ ?ಎಂಬ ಕುತೂಹಲವನ್ನೂಓದಿಯೇ ನೋಡೋಣಎಂಬ ಹುಮ್ಮಸ್ಸನ್ನೂ ಓದುಗರಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸುವ ಬರಹಗಾರರಾದ ಜೋಗಿಯವರ ಕಲೆಯನ್ನು ಮೆಚ್ಚಲೇಬೇಕು.

ಬದುಕು ಸುಂದರ, ವಿಸ್ಮಯ, ನಿಗೂಢ, ಅಮೋಘ . . . ಹೀಗೆ ಹಲವಾರು ರಸಸ್ವಾದಗಳನ್ನೊಳಗೊಂಡ ಒಂದು ರುಚಿಕರವಾದ ಅಡುಗೆ. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪ್ಪು, ಹುಳಿ, ಖಾರ, ಕಹಿ ಇವೆಲ್ಲ ಇದ್ದರೇನೇ ಮೃಷ್ಠಾನ್ನ ಭೋಜನ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಎನಿಸುವುದು. ಇದನ್ನರಿಯದ ನಾವು ಎಷ್ಟೋ ಬಾರಿ ಜೀವನದ ಸಿಹಿ ಕ್ಷಣಗಳ ಸವಿ ಸವಿಯಲು ವಿಫಲರಾಗುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿಯೇ ಜೋಗಿಯವರು ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಮುಖಪುಟದಲ್ಲೇ ಜೀವನ ಸುಂದರವಾಗಿದೆ, ‘ಕಣ್ಣ್ ಬಿಟ್ಟ್ ನೋಡ್ರೀಎಂದು ಎಚ್ಚರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಪುಸ್ತಕವು ಗಂಟೆಗಟ್ಟಲೆ ಮೊಬೈಲು ಹಿಡಿದುಕೊಂಡು ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ನೋಡುತ್ತಾ ವಾಟ್ಸಪ್ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಇದಿಷ್ಟೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಲೋಕ ಎಂಬ ಭ್ರಮೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕುವವರಿಗಲ್ಲ. ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಇದರಾಚೆಗಿರುವ ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದ ಕುತೂಹಲಕಾರಿ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನರಿವ ಜಿಜ್ಞಾಸೆ ಉಳ್ಳವರಿಗೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಸಿರುವ ಭಾಷೆ ಸುಲಭವಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಕವಿ ನಮಗೆ ಹೇಳ ಬಯಸುವ ಒಳಾರ್ಥವನ್ನರಿಯಲು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ತರ್ಕಬದ್ಧವಾಗಿ ಯೋಚಿಸಲೇಬೇಕು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಲೇಖಕರು ಸಣ್ಣ ಸಣ್ಣ ಕಥೆಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ನಮಗೆ ಜೀವನದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಉಪದೇಶ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆಂದು ನೀವು ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ಅದು ತಪ್ಪು.ಇಡೀ ಪುಸ್ತಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಡುಕಿದರೂ ನಿಮ್ಮ ತಲೆಗೆ ಬರುವ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗೂ ನಿಖರವಾದ ಉತ್ತರ ಸಿಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ, ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಲೇಖಕರು ಕೇವಲ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ನಾವು ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಉತ್ತರವನ್ನು ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಿ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಅಂಕಗಳನ್ನು ಕೊಡುವುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನ.

ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕತೆ, ಪ್ರೀತಿಮದುವೆ, ನಂಬಿಕೆದ್ರೋಹ ಹೀಗೆ ಹಲವು ವಿಷಯಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಸಾಂಕೇತಿಕವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಸಿರುವ ಚರ್ಚೆಯ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಉದ್ದೇಶವನ್ನು ಅರಿತು ಬಾಳಿದರೆ ಹಾಗು ಬಾಳಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವು ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ತಂದರೆ ಬಹುಶಃ ಇಷ್ಟು ದಿನ ನಾವು ಬದುಕಿನತ್ತ ನೋಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಕೋನವನ್ನು ಬದಲಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ. “ಬೆಚ್ಚನಾ ಮನೆಯಾಗಿ ವೆಚ್ಚಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊನ್ನಾಗಿ, ಇಚ್ಛೆಯನರಿತು ನಡೆವ ಸತಿಯಿರಲು, ಸ್ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಕಿಚ್ಚು ಹಚ್ಚೆಂದ ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞಎಂಬ ಕವಿವಾಣಿಯಂತೆ ಎಲ್ಲೋ ಇರುವ ಸ್ವರ್ಗಲೋಕದ ಬೆನ್ನಟ್ಟಿ ಹೋಗುವ ಬದಲು ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಇರುವ ಭುವಿಯನ್ನು ಸ್ವರ್ಗವನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿ ಎಂಬ ಒಳಾರ್ಥವನ್ನೊಳಗೊಂಡ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ಮನಸ್ಸು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ವಿಶ್ರಾಂತಿಯನ್ನು ಬಯಸುವ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ಮೆತ್ತಗೆ ಓದಿ ಓಲೈಸಿ . . . .

ಪ್ರೇರಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ,

ಪೂಜಾ. ಎನ್.

2 CAMS K

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Princess is a novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was written in 1905. She was a British- American novelist and playwright. She was best known for three children’s novels:Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden. It is a revised and expanded version of Burnett’s 1888 short story entitled “Sara Crewe: or What happened at Miss Minchin’s”. The genre of the story is drama. This book was also converted into a movie. As it was written in 1905, the writing does not follow the smooth style of modern books, rather it is written in a very classic manner.

This story is about a young girl who migrates from India to London for pursuing a good career. She is very much attached to her dad as she lost her mother at a young age. Her father Captain Crewe treats her like a princess and also wishes that everyone else treatsher same. She joins in Miss Minchin Girls Boarding School. Sara is very intelligent, caring, helpful, and a very loving person by nature, she was treated like a princess in her school just because of her money. Captain Crewe ensured that she had the best of clothes, furniture, toys, accessories, etc. She also had a doll named “Emily” whom she treated like her sister. But after a few days when her father passed away she was treated like a slave by Miss Minchin. Many nights she had to starve with hunger. Sara very well quoted that “Whatever comes, cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I was dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one of all the time when no one knows it”. She never wished anything for herself.  Once she also helped an Indian who was Captain Crewe’s friend. He came in search of Sara for giving away the successful “Diamond mines” project money which they actually thought was unsuccessful.  Now Miss Minchin regretted for treating Sara in a harsh way. Sara again lived like a princess and never forgot her friends who were with here when she was actually feeling lonely.

The best thing about this book is that it is not only based on one theme rather it is based on several themes like isolation, friendship, jealously, courage, suffering, poverty, and finally transformation. It also teaches that even when life is not going the way we like it, we should still treat others the way we want to be treated. All in all, I would definitely suggest this to anyone who needs something inspiring or hopeful to read.

Sindhu Reddy

I PCMB C

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Given the current situation around the world, in recent years, dystopian fiction has become quite popular. They present terrifying alternate realities as possible futures for mankind, exploring just how easily a dystopian society can form. Huxley’s Brave New World takes the readers to one such future society controlled by genetic technology and the tranquillising drug soma. Huxley saw it as a dystopia; whereas, the contemporary reader might not.

There is complete freedom, no illness, no distress, no neurosis, no art, and above everything, no mothers. All babies are hatched, graded and grow up content, mind-controlled, happily accepting their position in society. Alphas are tall, bright and beautiful and are in charge of everything while the epsilons, short and plain, clean up after. Others have their place in between.

Bernard the protagonist, is an Alpha, but “something went wrong with the mix”, so he is shorter, more nervous and wilful than he ought to be; almost unhappy. He manages to convince an attractive co-worker to go with him on a vacation to visit a “savage” reservation where American Indians continue to live traditionally apart from the civilised world. When Bernard finds a young “half breed” named John among the Indians, he brings him back to England where John becomes a celebrity as a curiosity. John experiences extreme culture shock and is horrified with many of the sacrifices civilisation has made in order to create a stable society. However, John, dubbed “Mr. Savage” by the press, finds it impossible to convince civilised people that his ideas have any merit.

The most fascinating aspect of Brave New World is how many of Huxley’s imagined projections have actually come into existence or have very strong parallels to our present world. This includes test tube babies, the rise of rampant consumerism, the rise of multinational corporations that threaten to dominate world politics, the focus on instant gratification, the increasing reliance on mood altering drugs, etc. I personally feel that everyone should take the time to be exposed to the ideas in this book in order to get an idea of how far our current world has come along on the path to Huxley’s future.

Arun Kenath
Department of Physics

THE GIRL BEFORE

imagesThe Girl Before by JP Delaney is one of the most talked about psychological thrillers of the year, first published in the USA in 2017 by Ballantine Books. The book is written from the point of view of two women, Jane and Emma, who need a fresh start and chance upon the best rental opportunity ever. The book is being adapted into a movie by the Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard for the Universal Studios.

Both women, during different time frames live at One Folgate Street, a high-tech, ultra-minimalist house designed by Edward Monkford, a well established architect who is a bit of a control freak. In exchange for the affordable rent, the architect requires you to follow about a hundred rules. Jane, in the present begins her life in the new house and starts a relationship with Edward. She learns about the tragic death of another woman, Emma, who used to live in the same house. Some believe that Emma was murdered while others believe that she committed suicide. Jane sets out to find out what kind of a person Emma was and how she died. She meets Emma’s ex-boyfriend, Simon Wakefield, who believes she was murdered by Edward Monkford. She refuses to believe this and digs deeper to find out that Emma was not everything people believed her to be. She finds a number of people who may be connected to Emma’s death. Each person she meets has a different version of the story to tell.  As she struggles with her own past, One Folgate Street’s past threatens to consume her. She realizes that after moving into One Folgate Street, she has started living the exact same life that Emma once did. The real question is whether the house she considered a safe haven is actually safe or if she will meet the same fate as the girl before.

JP Delaney is pseudonym for an author who has previously written best-selling fictions under other names. He has done an excellent job writing from the perspective of two contrasting yet similar female protagonists. All the characters are very well defined and each one has his or her own story to tell.

One of the most interesting things about the book is that apart from the two female protagonists mentioned, the house, One Folgate Street, also plays a prominent role. The large empty spaces, the blank white walls, the dozen security measures and all those rules make you wonder what kind of a person could live in such a house. Such a place could either make you or break you. The book thus portrays how the place you live in plays a major role in what you become.

            As you flip through the pages, the book asks you questions which make you think about your own values and beliefs. It gives you scenarios and asks you to choose between one thing and another and not one of them is an easy choice to make. The book revolves around the truth and the lies told by the characters which keeps you guessing throughout.

The Girl Before is an absolutely brilliant piece of work with its interesting characters and mysterious plot. It is similar to Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train and is a must read for anyone who loves suspense and thrillers.  The book is unpredictable with the continuous twists and turns in the story and has you hooked until the very last words. This book is exactly what we readers call an ‘unputdownable book’ and is most definitely one of my top recommendations to all readers.

Anjali Binesh

II PCMB C

Go Set A Watchman

“The lord never sends you more than you can bear……”

                       -Uncle Jack

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This quote is taken from Harper Lee’s second book ‘Go Set a Watchman’, published by Harper Collins in United States in 2015. Harper Lee is one of the best novelist who is the first author to receive the Pulitzer Prize for her first book ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’in 1961. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the US and National medal of arts are some of the many awards Lee received.

Politics, racism, change, conscience, equality are some of the highlighted themes of this fiction which is a third person narrative and describes the disturbed situation among the dark and the white people during the mid-twentieth century. This book was written prior to Lee’s first book but was published as its sequel.

The story is set in Maycomb, Alabama where the protagonist, Jean Louise was born and brought up, but currently lives in New York. On her two week holiday to her hometown, she notices that things have changed and nothing seems to be like before. She is disgusted seeing the change in her dad (Atticus), her suitor (Henry) and her aunt about the notions they have for the dark coloured race. She also finds that her relation with Calpurnia her old dark maid has changed. The narrator suffers from an inner turmoil where she often recalls her childhood days when situations where different.

The narrator believes in equal rights for all and is angry with her family who are against the dark people, also considered as ‘the black plague’. The author highlights the complexity of history, law, human race and politics when one is forced to do something that he does not wish to. The ‘watchman’ is the view of the older Jean Louise which is different from that of her father’s. She is upset that her father, who is her idol and her best friend does not think the same way as she does. After a row with her father Jean meets her uncle, Uncle Jack who beautifully explains the philosophy of circumstances by giving some amazing examples. He explains that it’s not good to fasten our conscience with someone else’s as, if that happens and the opinions differ, it’s disheartening; and it is also necessary to keep in mind that our idols are just human beings and it is OK for them to have different ideas. These intriguing philosophical explanations gives a better understanding to human psychology, which also helped Jean understand her father’s and Henry’s decisions.

This story can be related to present day situations like: political disturbances, conflicts in families and friendship due to difference in opinions, empowering a particular group of people and many more.

This is an amazing book appropriate for teenagers and young adults, with a simple story about Jean Louise’s life and her relation with her family and the people of her hometown. The author’s opinion on racism is clearly expressed and what she thinks is definitely right but even what her dad is doing is justified and her final decision of understanding her father’s point of view to the situation is definitely agreeable.

Overall it is a good and interesting book and I would recommend others to read it.

I would like to end by quoting a set of meaningful words by Uncle Jack- “prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one…..they both begin when reason ends.”

Aditi Jain

II CAMS K