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Tryst With Paradise Once Again

Article 370 is history and with that, the paradise that was bleeding since ages sees a new dawn. The state has suffered a lot due to the militant insurgency, but now new hopes and aspirations have generated among the people of India.

I happened to visit Kashmir in 2014 and it mesmerised me with its charm and beauty. However, I am not a resident of the region and can only talk about my experience as a tourist to the place.

They say books are a person’s best friend. So, here’s a list of few books based on Kashmir that will help you know the pain and struggle the people of Jammu and Kashmir had to face.

Prem Purana by Usha Narayanan – Book Review

Synopsis:

Stories of love and extraordinary devotion
No one is untouched by love, not even devas (gods) and asuras (demons), kings and nymphs. And when they face life’s unexpected tribulations, their love also undergoes trials. Read how Ganesha took myriad forms to please Riddhi, Siddhi and Buddhi, how Ravana shared an unbreakable bond with his true love, Mandodari and how Nal and Damayanti’s relationship was tested till nothing remained.
Tormented by passion, wracked by betrayal, torn by the agony of separation, love in its many splendored forms is the origin of these incredibly endearing stories of Prem Purana.

The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta – Book Review

Synopsis:

Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.

While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.

The Class by Erich Segal – Book Review

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From world-renowned author Erich Segal comes a powerful and moving saga of five extraordinary members of the Harvard class of 1958 and the women with whom their lives are intertwined. Their explosive story begins in a time of innocence and spans a turbulent quarter century, culminating in their dramatic twenty-five reunion at which they confront their classmates–and the balance sheet of their own lives. Always at the center; amid the passion, laughter, and glory, stands Harvard–the symbol of who they are and who they will be. They were a generation who made the rules–then broke them–whose glittering successes, heartfelt tragedies, and unbridled ambitions would stun the world.

Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna – Book Review

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Almost everyone has a similar family story in India and this is what Mrs Funnybones or rather Twinkle Khanna pokes fun at. The husband who’s the “man of the house”, the crazy mothers in law, friends and of course the constant jibes at her weight make it an intriguing read. Everything comes together to leave the reader cackling away in laughter.

Shatranj Ke Khiladi by Munshi Premchand – Book Review

शतरंज के खिलाड़ी मुंशी प्रेमचंद द्वारा लिखित एक लघुकथा है जिसमे एक बार फिर उन्होंने पाठकों के समक्ष समाज का एक आइना प्रस्तुत किया है। इस पुस्तक में १९ स्वी सदी के अवध के उस पक्ष का चित्रण किया गया है जब नवाबों से लेकर आम नागरिक तक  विलासिता में लीन थे। शासन विभाग में, साहित्य क्षेत्र में, सामाजिक अवस्था में, कला कौशल में, उद्योग धंधों में, आहार व्यवहार में सर्वत्र विलासिता व्याप्त हो रही थी। जीवन के प्रत्येक विभाग में आमोद प्रमोद का वास था। सभी की आँखों में विलासिता का मद छाया हुआ था। संसार में क्या हो रहा है, इसकी किसी को ख़बर न थी। बटेर लड़ रहे हैं। तीतरों की लड़ाई के लिए पाली बदली  जा रही है। कहीं चौसर बिछी हुई है; पौ-बारह का शोर मचा हुआ है। कहीं शतरंज का घोर संग्राम छिड़ा हुआ है। और इसी विलासिता के मद में अंधी लखनऊ नगरी देख ही नहीं पाई कब अंग्रजों ने अवध पर कब्जा कर लिया।

Selected Stories by W.W. Jacobs – Book Review

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The Masterpieces of World Fiction series brings together the best-loved short stories by the great masters of the genre – from Chekov and Maupassant, Kipling and Wilde, to O. Henry and Saki and Tolstoy and Conrad. Thoughtfully compiled by the bestselling author Terry O’ Brien, this series is a great way for readers to revisit old favourites and for introducing literary masterpieces to newer, younger readers.

Jorasanko by Aruna Chakravarty


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‘Jorasanko Thakurbari’ is Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house which has now been converted into a museum dedicated to his life and works. Built in 1785, the Jorasanko Thakur Bari is spread over 35000 square meters. Today the building houses Rabindra Bharati University, inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on Gurudev’s birth centenary, 8 May 1962. Rabindranath Tagore was born and breathed his last in Jorasanko Thakurbari. The museum has three galleries dedicated to Tagore, members of his family and the Bengal Renaissance. The galleries provide glimpses of intimate family photographs, live size portraits and Kavi Guru’s evolution as a poet & philosopher.

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – Book Review

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A retelling of the timeless Indian epic, the Mahabharata with a modern twist The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half-history, half-myth, and wholly magical; narrated by Panchali, the wife of the five Pandava brothers, we are finally given a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata Tracing Panchali’s life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and Panchali’s secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. The Palace of Illusions is a deeply human novel about a woman born into a man’s world, a world of warriors, gods and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

Anamika by Soorina Desai – Book Review

Synopsis:

Life perhaps has no story to tell. This book is about birth, a search for an identity, intense emotion, illusion, disillusion,acceptance, death and a personal definition of eternity. All pieced together for us to look back and see that we managed because we survived from moment to moment.

Even an ordinary life has one extraordinary chapter of love in it. This is Anamika’s tale of a pure but forbidden love, set in newly independent India, an era when romance had a different meaning and the language of romance had a different allure. Perhaps the content of this book is for everybody who has been ruled by the heart, lost a lover without losing love, asked questions to God but found answers within, and embraced life knowing it can be enjoyed only in small doses.