My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry.

Author: Fredrik Backman.

Genre: Contemporary fiction novel.

Elsa, an almost eight year old is a special child. Or as her Granny says “smarter than all those lunatics out together”. She has no friends, but her Granny who teaches her to be “all the different she wants”, coz only those who are different can change the world. So, before her Granny dies, she leaves for Elsa, a treasure hunt. She leaves a series of letters for Elsa to find and deliver apologising for the wrong she did.

Oh, how I loved this book! Everything about it is just wonderful. The story is about an extremely smart little girl, her crazy Granny and her fantastic fairytales, her parents and their respective partners, and a few demented neighbours. As Elsa goes around solving the treasure hunt she realises that there is so much about her Granny that she doesn’t know. As the story unfolds, the characters that are interwoven, blossom into a relatable neighbourhood drama.

I am a huge fan of Fredrik Backman’s books. With every book it gets better and better. His forte is people, relationships, society, surroundings and their reactions. Struggle of an extraordinary child, her difficult life in school as well as at home, her fight to cope loss is expressed beautifully.

Read this book! It is warm, mildly crazy, usually adorable, heartwarming as well as heartbreaking.

DESTINED DESIRES

There is no doubt that this book isn’t based on love, and moreover i do not like the cliché romance at all. But honestly this book is so unique in its own.
The lyrical narration and the character development was so good and made it worthy read. The emotions were so nicely penned and portrayed that not even a single time i felt that i should not read any further.
The storyline revolves around two college going students and their feelings that develops for each other. The story follows their actions, their feelings, and their point of view for the relationship.
Illustrations present at every page somehow modifies the reading experience of the readers.
The easy language and excellent narrative just adds to the beauty of this book. Along with great title, the cover has also been great and lovely.
A definite recommendation to every romance lover.




GOSSIPING WITH EMOTIONS

Unusual poetry


I love this book. It is not easy to write poems dedicated to particular emotions in a single collection, much less forty of them, but Sonal Maharana has done a tremendous job with it. My personal favourite is the poem on laziness (also titled Laziness, as all the poems are titled after a certain emotion) and I think it’s wonderfully written because of the word play and how well the poem flows. I also love the poems titled Fear and Curiosity, but once again, Laziness is my absolute favourite.

Klexos, this was honestly my favourite poem in this anthological collection by Sonal Maharana. Yes, there are many poems in the book and yes there are many more rare emotions brought anew through these poems. But why I love this particular one is because I had to look it up and when I did, the meaning just made me fall in love with it more. Klexos, the art of an undying past. Simply brilliant.

AS FAR AS THE SAFFRON FIELDS.

Author: Danesh Rana.

Genre: True crime. Pulwama Conspiracy investigation.

Kashmir is believed to derive it’s name from the sage Kashyap who, according to the legends settled people in the valley. Often called as “The paradise on Earth” for it’s unplausible beauty, Kashmir was once a hub for literature and aesthetic learning. Blessed by Buddhism, Shaivism, Hinduism, Islamic teachings and so many scholars it became a welcoming mother to all. During ,1947 Partition of India, Kashmir was handed over to the Indian provinces by the then ruler of Kashmir, Hari Singh. From that time, Kashmir has been a centre of conflict between India and Pakistan. It is said that till 1980s, amongst some minor unrest, people with multiple religions lived in harmony. But cracks in the form of terrorism started scarring the once tranquil valley. Thus started the evident separatist insurgency movement throughout Jammu Kashmir, instigating the youth to take up arms and join the cause of Azadi (freedom) or Liberation of Kashmir. Frequent incidents of terrorism, target killing, forceful conversion on religious ideas, stone pelting on the security forces, shooting of those who would oppose their cause, became a regular scene. In 2018, the central government scrapped ” Article 370″ and In 2019, Jammu & Kashmir was divided into two Union Territories of India. ( Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh respectively).

In the district of Pulwama, lies a small town Lethpora located on the banks of Jhelum where one can get finest saffron (kesar). On 14 February 2019 afternoon this town saw a bloodiest terrorist attack, that was not only heard in the 10 km radius but who’s aftermath was unrecognisable. This suicide attack killed 40 CRPF personnel, injured 35. Grieving kins of the Army personnel received empty boxes. Such was the impact that the strewn body parts along with the metal, plastic scattered everywhere leaving a bloody trail.

The book takes us around the Pulwama conspiracy, right from its inception to its execution and ultimately the death of the mastermind. The very mindset of romanticism of the terrorism amongst the youth who aspire for the power and glamour is baffling. The author tell us about the family background of the terrorists also and their role in this dastardly attack. This book is based on true crime, with appropriate references to each fact. What irked me little was the face of the terrorists on the cover! It disturbed me throughout.

A lot has been told in the book which gives us a clear idea of the tension brewing in the valley, role of the governments, the residents who see their young boys straying. The cross-border terrorism, a bitter truth is exposed nakedly with facts and references. Apart for the Pulwama attack, few other deadly bombings, shootouts have been stated. I loved this books narration. It is not subtle. Doesn’t shy away from telling the truth and the language is proficient and fluid.

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