Thursday, 24 December 2020

Somebody That I Used to Know By Preeti Shenoy

Preeti Shenoy has written life is what you make it, why we love the way we do and many more. She writes about real-life situations. India today calls her her 'the only woman in the highest-selling league since she has sold many copies of her novel.

 Though set in London it is about social norms in India. India has a lot of customs and traditions.

This book is about love. Society in India has unwritten laws about whom to love and whom not to love. Like older people loving younger people.

Akhil is seeing a therapist but is to open up. Slowly we come to know about Nithya . Who is this Nithya Who is this Nithya ?

 The setting is in London. Akhil Having lost his mother at an early age in India he comes to stay with his aunt in London. His mother died under conditions that Akhil is not sure of.

Joe and Akhil run a company. While taking a break from work Akil goes to India and falls in love with Nithya, his stepmother. Nithya is much young Akhil father. Nithya dies again under mysterious conditions.

I think I have said enough of the story. The writing is simple. There is an element of mystery since Nithya is not mentioned early. I felt this should not have been done since the title is somebody that used to know. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020


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Monday, 14 December 2020

The Gift by Alison Gaylin

The author is an Edgar Award winner If I Die Tonight. She has 11 novels to her credit.

When the novel starts we see Lyla McCord is at her London premiere of Desire of Annabeth. She gets a phone call that her daughter Fidelity has been Kidnapped. This leads to a chain of events that leads to her past.

Fidelity nanny had gone to school to pick her up. She was not there. The police suggest she might have run away. Lyla says she is just eight years old. With no ransom note for 4  days  it is a mystery where she has disappeared.

Nolan her husband tries to pacify Lyla.

They go to see a psychic called Carl. It seems he has images of lost people. Lyla has brought a t-shirt of Fidelity and He says who is Lisa. Lyla is hysterical after hearing the name and says she wants to go home.

Who is Lisa and has she kidnapped Fidelity ?

I liked this suspense novel. Since it is short I could finish it fast. Though I don't understand what the title means it makes an excellent read.

Friday, 11 December 2020

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer. He is noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

This novel was first published in 1886. In this novel, a case of split personality is shown. Here both the good side and the bad side of a person are exposed. The novel starts with a girl being beaten up. Dr hyde it seems has beaten up the girl.

Mr Utterson a lawyer has been asked by Mr Jykel to leave his money to Dr Hyde. To do this Utterson decides to investigate Dr Hyde. Could it be a case of a split personality. ?

Then there is Richard Enfield. He is the cousin of Utterson and tells about the incident of the girl being injured.

It may surprise some of you that Roberttb got the inspiration from a dream that he had. He got the inspiration of Mr Jekyll from William Brodie, an infamous city councillor turned burglary from his hometown of Edinburgh. Scotland.

This book tells us that we all have good qualities and bad qualities. This book further tells us that what happens when you try to use your bad side.

This book is one of the most read classics.

Friday, 4 December 2020

Beneth a blanket of snow by Arlene Lomazoff Marron

 I would call this book as inspirational. When everything is against you what  do you do. ?

Imagine a life so comfortable and peaceful. But everything goes wrong just by a knock at the door.Meredith and Jonathan are happily married. They live lavisaly. Suddenly Jonathan is accused of embezzlement and tax fraud. 

He is convicted and goes to jail. Meredith does not know what to do. She is jobless. Her friends stop talking to her. Life is bleak. It is then that Meredith rises to the occasion. Her parents come to stay with her. 

Getting a job at the Museum Meredith starts to work. 

Her friends who stopped talking to her also have problems. Chuck and Jaclyn are their nebhhouers . Jayclyn has had a affair and is not sure whether. She is not sure if Chase their son is theres' and is suffering not knowing.

Kelly and Andrew their neighbours are also in trouble . Andrew goes to jail for arson. While Meredith stays at her house to face the tv camera , kely goes to live at her parents house to avoid the camera . 

Meredith is an inspiration to anyone whohas problems to face and how to handle them . I will reccomed this book to everyone with problems and how to handle them.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

The greatest short story of Leo Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy.

 Leo Tolstoy has many note worthy books like war and peace. What I didn't know that he has written short stories as well. His story has humour with underlying political message in some of them.

This book is divided into seven parts. Part one has stories for children. He wrote them when he was trying to teach the peasant children.

Part two has stories that any person can read . The most famous one is what men live by. In this, an angel is sent by God to live among people I wonder why?

Part three has a fairy tale. Even adults enjoy those once in a while. But this is about militarism and commercialism.

Tolstoy for a long time had wanted to sell good works of pictorial and literary art. The fourth part is about this. Who doesn't like folk tales . These are Russian folk tales. In how much land does a man need? a peasant is seen as being greedy for land. This is part 5.

Part 6 have been adaptations from the French. But these have been modified . Tolstoy it seems was touched by the plight of the jews. There were massacres of the jews in keshineve and elsewhere in Russia. These form the 7th part.

If you like Tolstoy you will like these short stories.

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