Saturday, 24 March 2018

Book Review : Solitude and other obsessions By - Various

About The Book - We are a species fueled by obsessions. Every human achievement, and every infamy, is the result of an obsession that tormented, possessed and consumed. This is a selection of poetry about solitude and other obsessions that have distracted, driven, destroyed and / or defined us. Spanning genres, styles, emotions, time & place, these works by a collective of 5 poets are a glimpse into the obsessions that have become us. 

My View - The book , Solitude and other obsessions is a collection of poems by five poets - 

Uma Sudhindra 

Binod Panda 

Trupti Kalamdani 

Dr. Shruti Arabatti 

Saurin Desai 

The book was send for review and I hadn't read the blurb before laying my hands on the book so, yes it was a surprise. My personal favorite are three people - Trupti Kalamdani, Dr. Shruti Arabatti and Saurin Desai. I liked almost every poem written by them. Since it is a poetry book it is not a cup of tea for everyone. It is a collection of varied poems since it is a mix of 5 poets.

Overall I will rate it a 2 out of 5 as I didn't find it very captivating to hold one or to make one revisit it, revel in it. The poems are neither extraordinarily impactfull nor totally out of the box to set one on imaginary trail. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

April A2Z Blogging Challenge : Theme reveal 2018

April A2Z Blogging Challenge 2018 being the third year that I am participating and to tell you the truth this one challenge is so addictive.

I am a lazy personal blogger who likes to write stories - fiction to be specific. I do 26 posts in this month and maybe 6 other posts in the entire year. So since past two years April A2Z is like my yearly blog dose done in a month....haha. Of course, I am trying to change this, from this year by being more regular at blogging - Resolutions you see ;)

So after thinking on a theme for this year since past 6 months I decided to change it to something else on 10th March. Sounds silly but that's the way it's always been with me. I think something and do something else.

So the theme that I will now start working on is "Dessert driven love anecdotes". I am no big poet but I like to write rhyming lines and so this is the theme for the year 2018. Some sweet lines by people who love sweets and so see sweets everywhere around.

Some naughty,
some cute,
some funny
some a bit true
Do read on you can always use it to woo :)

Monday, 5 March 2018

Book Review : The Irony of Happy Muharram By - Syed Amjad Ali

The book - The irony of Happy Muharram, was sent to me for a review by the publishing house. Just going by the title I was intrigued as I perceived it to be a documentary revolving around Muharram and the perceptions people carry around the same. But the book explores more.

"Aap Muslim ho, lagta toh nahin, ek dum hamari tarah Hain".

Book Blurb - What does it mean to be an Indian Muslim in today's day and age? If you have ever wondered about the answer to this question then this is the book for you. Find the answer to all those questions you have always wanted to ask about Muslim marriages, divorce and many other issues; but be prepared for the fact that the average Indian muslim is just like everyone else. The main attempt of the book is to highlight, with the help of humour, that India is a huge country with many different communities and just as each community has its own customs and rituals so do Muslims but this does not in any way lessen any aspect of their Indian identity. A light hearted look at serious issues.

My View - The irony of Happy Muharram is a light hearted book. It talks about the life of a modern day Indian Muslim. India is an educated society and we go all about discrimination and racism but seldom realize how often we do it. The author quite subtly reveals the little things that happen on a daily basis which makes him realize the way people view Muslims.

The little anecdotes shared show how careless and at times insensitively we humans behave where things unknown to us are concerned. The author talks about the mystery surrounding Muslim living, marriage and divorce. He even illustrates how things and perceptions hurt them yet at the end they know that the doer never had any such intentions.

For me this book revealed how biased and insensitive I, tend to behave at times. We all talk about being liberal and broad minded yet carry some ingrained perceptions about sections of society. The book was informative on various stands and for me it did change a part of my view point.

I will rate it a 3.5 on 5 as I think it would have been great if it was more elaborative.

Still I'll definitely recommend every educated person to read and spread what the author had as a base feeling while penning this book. People let's be more human and sensitive of every culture and custom not just curious cats.