AN ENLIGHTENING EXPERIENCE

 

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BOOK: WISE AND OTHERWISE

AUTHOR: SUDHA MURTY

RATING: 4.5/5

I recently finished a magnificent and thought compelling book named WISE AND OTHERWISE written by Sudha Murty. WISE AND OTHERWISE is a collection of stories with which you easily connect at one of the other stage. This golden collection of fifty-one stories leave you spellbound as you unravel a new chapter of your own life with the turn of each page. To add to it, many of the chapters are personal experiences of the author and hence we too at some point of life have been directly or indirectly a part of such situations.

The most engrossing part of this book is the use of simple language which can be understood by readers belonging to all age groups. Words used in required amount leave a deep impact on a reader’s mind and soul and this book does exactly the same. All the stories are narrated in a simple format sans the use of any ostentatious colloquy. Each story has been controlled till two to three pages and hence you crave to read more and more of it. This has also helped to maintain the essence of the book.

Each story has its own unique beginning and ends with a very important message. Please do not be under the impression that each story has a sad ending. On the other hand, these stories are a bunch of mixed emotions and hence at times you cry, laugh, and get angry, feel obnoxious and a lot more. Many a times while reading through these stories you feel that you have been in similar situations or might fall in similar situations and thereby feel the warmth of each story.

Who says you need to have someone in an iron suit or a fancy set up to be tagged as a hero? That is the magic of this book for each hero in these stories is a human next door. In the hassles of life we fail to realize that people whom we see for a flick of a second and work silently are the true heroes. With the turn of each page you unravel a part of yourself as this book takes you on an alluring ride across India right from ultra metro cities to remote villages. Whether you are new to the world of reading or if you are an avid reader, this book is a must on your bookshelves.

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A TURBULENT YEARNING

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AUTHOR: JAY McINERNEY

RATING: 3.5/5

Another chapter into the trilogy as Jay Mcinerney brings to you the story of Russell and Corrine with a little touch of the uber Manhattan life. The book begins and ends at comparatively slow pace and has the same old cliched story of  two individuals trying to find a median through their troubled marriage and overcome the effects of a past love triangle. The earlier two versions of this book revolved around their enigmatic university affair and the wedding thereafter, while in this version as they have gradually moved into their fifties there are some highs and lows in their relationship not to forget the counterfeit high society shell they have created around themselves.

Talking about characters this book does not add a new lease of life to its characters but just otherwise drags it over with the repetitive story line and predictable plot twists. It provides you a faint idea as to what is going to happen next, thereby breaking the sharpness of the book. Introduction of characters, how their lives are entwined and where is the story headed are a few story angles which were amazingly explained in the earlier versions.

If you are too much of a emotional melodramatic serial watcher then this book is just the thing you need. The plot of the story is somewhat similar to a soap opera and reintroduces the characters with redundant influx. The story begins with Russell being and autarchical book publisher who is clinging onto that little thread of hope of saving himself before being doomed in his business. On the other side of the story is Corrine who has given up on a high-flying job to be a dedicated mother to her twins, mentally upset about her current societal status and making dreams of entering into a better world for herself and her family.

What acts as the crux breaker to this story is the regular ghost from the past with the entry of Corrine’s wealthy ex-lover coming with an agenda of bringing back the love of his life while the kids are on a totally different tangent. The more deeper you get into the story you might drop in some pages just to get to the end of the story. The first few chapters give you wholesome insights into what is going to happen further and how that will affect the characters. The story works more like a daily soap than a romantic novel.

Despite being a regular potboiler Mcinerney amazes you with his vision and takes you on a visual tour of the circadian Manhattan socialite circle, its standard of living, the characters getting entangled in the fictitious circle, its effect on their personal and professional life, the emotional turmoil and their attempts at saving this relationship. Read this book for the subtle narration of the story and the overall brogue construction. Definitely recommended for the one who loves taking things slow, is addicted to romance and is comfortable with having prior knowledge of what is going to happen next.