Monday, 24 December 2018

Finding Arun by Marisha Pink

The book is about finding one's true identity'. Aaron"s mother dies. She is his adopted mother. While going through her things he finds a letter from his birth mother. Thus beings a tale of deception and betral for Aaron by his adopted mother.

Aaron had gone for volunteer work when his mother died, He still feels sorry about. India is the land of his birth. Thus he goes about finding his birth mother who stays in Puri (Eastern India). Puri is the home of Ratha Yatra, or the Festival of Chariots, when statues of the gods Jagannath  are paraded annually on vast chariots. It is found that his adopted mother has kept a dark secret. from him. The book describes exactly how india is. With all the traffic and people crowding at the railway station.

The author has excellent writing skills. The descriptions are fabulous . The culture and customs of India are given. You will get truly immersed in the exotic life of India, a world full of colors and depth.

The book is not boring like how self-discovery books tend to be. Good narration and clear style makes an inspiring read. This was her debut novel. This book is worth reading.

I was happy to get this book for free online.  

Saturday, 15 December 2018

the best of chinese cooking Hamlyn

This book has recipes from all over china.There are Cantonese and southern Chinese techniques which are involved. Here the dish has a sauce.The cooking of shanghai is spicier .They have chillies or tabasco in it.

Also earthenware pots are used. Dishes are made for the chinese new year .Some dim sum recipes are given . If you are not too familiar with chinese cooking .You can start with basic recipes section .
There is a chicken stock vegetable broth and fishballs.

The juices of lamb and beef bring water to the mouth. There is a lamb  stew , It has ginger and garlic which would be good in winter . For beef lovers there is Beef and mushroom Casserole or the sliced Beef with Satay sauce.

For the vegetarians there is a whole section of recipes. There is the crispy vegetarian roll. The diced mushroom with walnuts recipe sounds yummy with both clove and gralic to add to the flavour.  Many more recipes are give.

There are more than 30 recipes related to rice and noddles . It has both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. A unique dish is cold noodles with assorted meat. Recipes of macaroni are also there.

For people with a sweet tooth there is a sweet dishes section. It has exotic names like crystal date jam spirals. But the reciple is simple.

There are colourful photos given . After looking at the photos you will surely want to try a few. recipes.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Despite odds :Tales of choices by Rita Chhablan

These tales of choices are centred around certain women as they face their everyday lives. Kimudini Sapru has fought all alone to become a dancer. Some woman comes and tells her to go and see a doctor. Kimudin doesnot understand this . She goes to a doctor and finds she has brain tumour. How she handles it is amazing.

Kamala is a servant of ratna . Kamala husand beats her. Ratna husband has another woman . Shackled by traditions and customs imposed by society, it is intriguing to watch what life altering decisions they will make.

In another story a girl finds out that both her parents were banished from their village. She goes to their viiage to convince the grand parents to forgive them . This story is really touching.   

These stories show women issue that have been affecting woman for a longtime . These stories are touching to the heart. All these woman are victories despite all odds. 

In one story Vinay and Nisha are travelling in Himachal Pradesh ,  Nisha is scared as she looks out into bleak darkness. It is rainning.They see a person who says to help a pregnant  lady. Little do they know he is a ghost.This story is my favourite.

If you like women's stories these will intrigue you.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The Magicians by lev grossman

Quentin Coldwater is a senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real.

On first glance, the reader may be forgiven for thinking that this is simply another novel about gifted youngsters attending a school of magic, albeit aimed at a more mature audience. They would be mistaken. The author has taken all that is held dear in the fantasy genre, reverently (most of the time) tipping the hat to Rowling, Tolkien, Lewis, Le Guin and others, and shown it from a completely different and unique angle.

The Magicians is split into four books. Part one mainly deals with the discovery of the magical academy (called Brakebills and hidden to the none-gifted), and the subsequent training in the arts of magic. The second book deals with the difficulties faced by students when their education is over and they are faced with the stark reality that is working life and responsibility. In the third book the fantasy elements take full control as we enter the magical (more so) world of Fillory (think of a Tim Burton realised Narnia). By the beginning of the fourth and final book, the reader is completely hooked and Grossman delivers the final flourish .This book has been hard-pedalled as an adult Harry Potter and it is.

This book is  an adult Harry Potter  People compare it to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, and I can see the obvious influence of both - a boarding school for magicians and doorways to a secret world - 

So i would suggest reading the book yourself and decide what you would think of it.