THE VANISHING HALF.

Author: Brit Bennett.

Genre: Contemporary family drama, historical fiction.

Triggerwarnings: racism, domestic violence, colourism.

Rating: 4⭐

Teenage light skinned black identical twins, Desiree and Stella Vigne, elope from a small town called Mallard in Louisiana. But soon after, Stella just vanishes leaving behind nothing but a note for Desiree. Years later, Desiree returns to Mallard with her dark skinned daughter Jude, while Stella continues to live hidden as a white woman with her white husband and their daughter, Kennedy, abandoning her own family. Their lives reach a full circle when their respective daughters come face to face unintentionally threatening to unveil the lie on which Stella has built the foundation of her new life.

This is one of the best recommendations I have received. While the theme of the book is colourism, racism and domestic violence, it also highlights the prejudice of colorism within the community. It was disturbing and empowering at the same time. It shows how the colour of the skin determines a lot of aspects in the lives of the people. It talks about the extent to which black and coloured people are shunned, that they don’t mind losing their own identity in order to be accepted. Characterization by the skin colour is prominent in the story to emphasize on the affects of racism. It hovers on the idea of bigotry, ethnicity, regret and a life based on a compulsive lie.

This book is a non- linear, multi- generational story of the Vigne twins. The characters are dynamic, raw, and show their grey side of survival. I was able to get into the flow of its smooth narration easily. There is an audiobook on YouTube that you can check out.

IN XANADU. A Quest

Author: William Dalrypmple.

Genre: Travelogue.

Rating:  4.5⭐

Xanadu, now Shangdu, is located in Inner Mongolia, northern China. It was the first capital and the summer capital of the Mongol Empire in the 1263. Xanadu was famous for its palaces, gardens and waterways and was Kublai Khan’s favourite summer palace.

Kublai Khan was the grandson of Genghis Khan and the founder of the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century China. He was the ruler of the Mongol Empire for 30 yrs. During his reign, Xanadu flourished, making it one of the richest kingdoms. After Kublai Khan’s death, however, Yuan Dynasty started to decline, thus changing the face of the once prosperous city to shambles. Xanadu was believed to be so beautiful, that ‘Xanadu’ term is still used as a metaphor for opulence or an idyllic place.

In 1270s Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, explorer and a writer travelled along the Silk Route with his father and his uncle and reached Xanadu where he served the court of Kublai Khan for 17 years. Though he was not the first European to reach China, Marco Polo was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. His travel book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. Author and his companions are one of the many who decided to retake this path once taken 7 centuries back. They started from Jerusalem to reach a tedious route with multiple ethenic diversities, landscapes and overcame diplomatic complications, struggled for basic comfort to finally reach Xanadu. This travelogue takes us through two timelines, 1270s and 1980s with the glimpse of the history compared to the present . He has collated his observations with that of Marco Polos, adding his own version about the aspects which were either not present or overlooked by the later.

It does take a moment to get into the book if you don’t know the background of the topic. I had to do my own research to understand the scene. Nevertheless, it improved my knowledge and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hilarious travelogue. It has its ups and downs but never a dull moment.

OF DAFFODILS AND STORMY DAYS.

Author: Temsuienla Jamir.

Genre: Fiction, drama.

Publication: The write order.

Rating: 4 ⭐

The ever so graceful Asteria, a theater actor at Querencia is a daughter and a sister. Rich, poised but with an overbearing attitude of superiority, she manages her daily life as a superstar. Behind her glamorous facade, she tries to hide her estranged relationship with her family. Thus, one stormy day, Asteria finds herself in a queer situation that makes her rethink her past conducts that she conveniently chose to ignore.

Captivating narration, theatrical prose with just right emotions, this contemporary drama will sweep you through the story smoothly. The characters are moulded perfectly to intensify the exact sentiments intended towards them. This is a short book and the protagonist has a powerful character. The builtup of the yesteryears with pigeon posts, horse carriages, the theatre art gives it a classic touch.

Asteria’s character has all shades. At some point I detested her deeply but the next moment she melted my heart. Thei family bond, though estranged, is knotted beautifully. This story comes with a moral applicable to anyone who has ignored their surroundings, blinding themselves in self- loath.

A good one time read that I will definitely recommend to those who like to read light relationship based novels.

The Sage

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sage is a really powerful and sacred herb used for spiritual cleansing and positivity. By the title itself we can conclude that the book must be either philosophical or spiritual.  It turns out to be a great book to put hands on.

It also encourages the idea of self love which is the key to everything.  If one is seeking love from other, then one must learn to love oneself and then only one can achieve love from others.

The storyline is promising and revolves around Nikhil. He is looking for the answer to all the questions that he has from the life.

Nikhil is traveling back to India and while traveling he thinks about his childhood,  his friend,  krishna, and his good days.  Just like every other person, he too has problems in his life and even though trying hard, he just could not end up in positivity. He ends up pointing out every theory he learnt as a child.

Revolving around these issues, slowly he realizes his worth and awakens spiritually.

It was a relatable read as we all face these proin our life but how we deal with them is the thing that matters the most.

We can either deal with them positively and sort the things or deal with them with more stress and negativity and end up making the scenario more miserable.
Overall i loved this book and everyone should read this book definitely.

Signposts

Book : signpost
Format-paperback

There are 100 quotes in this book which are mindblowing.
The first page it self starts with
“You cannot create a quote. You have to live through a situation to pour your experience  into one “

I just loved this statement.
We just can’t create quotes which are really impactful .
And this book contain many quotes which are very awesome .
Main themes of the quotes are very nice like dealing with life, love .
There are also some emotional quotes .
These quotes boost up if we feel low and feel emotional some way .
All the quotes are relatable . I got inspired by some quotes.
Really need to appreciate author for this great work.
All the quotes are understand and we can understand it upto depth.

Best book for quotes

The cover is really astonishing .
And design of the cover is superb cool. Quotes are easily understandable .
I would like to recommend this book to everyone .
Highly recommended, happy reading

Destined to be yours By Komal Tayade

This is the story of friendship, love and loss.

I loved the way how author has weaved the story and depicted the message of moving on after the occurrence of catastrophe in life through this contemporary romance novel.

This is the love story of Vivaan and Samira.
On the first day of college, the moment Vivaan saw Samira he started liking her. It was love at first sight for him. Soon, Samira begin to like Vivaan. Their love started blooming with each passing day.

Vivaan proposed Samira for marriage. Just when everything was going perfect, a tragedy befalls Vivaan. Samira is depressed due to Vivaan’s death.

What plans does destiny has for Samira?

How will Samira move on?

Overall, it is a heart-warming and inspiring read.

The title and cover is apt for the book.

My favourite quotes from the book are as follows:

Some things will break your heart but fix your vision.

Some journeys take you far from where you come from, but closer to where you belong.

We never know whom we are going to stay with and who is destined to be a part of our life.

I recommend this book to everyone.

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Warming bloom

The book is a collection of 50 poems where
Ten topics have been merged into five poems each.

The book discusses about several environmental issues that we are facing in current era like global warming, disasters, etc.
This book is relatable and connecting as we all are facing such issues.

It is indeed need of the hour.   It will at least make the readers aware about the concerns. 
This book deserves reading and in my opinion everyone should read this.

The language is simple  and comprehensive with excellent  vocabulary.  The cover and title is very beautiful.  Highly recommended.

Wrath of Kaal – Review

Wrath of Kaal is an extraordinary thriller. This is such an awesome book which voice out for the innocent lives of dogs. This is totally unique because the Author has made it into a gripping thriller.

Rating – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Kabir our protogonist is such a passionate animal lover. He is a professor but also works for the wellness of dogs. The story starts with strange and emotional circumstances happening around him. His friends and family has issues and one by one he ends up with mystery. He finds himself totally locked. This is where he tries to dot and plot. Will he be able to get to truth ? He had only one thing ” How far would you go to protect the ones you love “. Meanwhile there were couple of murders. The police were left clueless until they get a letter from Kaal. Who is that? Why were they killed?This book is definitely a great treat to all animal lovers. It is filled with emotions, relations, mystery, shocking reaveal and a precious message.There was that enlightening vision, that all animals are not just pets, they are one of the spices living with us. Thereby we got to respect them. They deserve all care and respect like our loved ones. It was a hearttouching read. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Is Divine Energy: The Secret Of The Limitless Immanent Valur by Vipin Gupta

Is Divine Energy: The Secret Of The Limitless Immanent Valur by Vipin Gupta is a peaceful and divine self help book. As the name claims, the book is absolutely insightful and impacting.
The title of the book is so beautiful and  energetic. 
The book has six chapters in total and further, we would find subtitles in those chapters.
Divine mindset isn’t something that is meant only for monks and saints  but it is an energy that makes us productive, positive and confident  to achieve success. 
Author has not only wrote the content according to spirituality and spiritualism but has also explained vividly by the help of science.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it inspired me a lot too.
I must appreciate the efforts of the author in so much of research work while writing this book.
I will definitely implement the good things discussed in the book into my life.  
The language is beautiful and flowing. 
This book is a sure recommendable read but the high level of mature content, it is not suitable fir teenagers or beginners. Overall a deep and thoughtful read.

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