All The Bright Places – (Book Review)

I read this book because my girlfriend compelled me to, and it was in my bookshelf since last 3 years and I had no intention to read it any soon.

I’m not a fan of contemporary romance books, but I enjoyed this one, despite knowing the ending (Thanks to Nayab Iqtedar). I felt All the Bright Places was kind of realistic, it deals with so many issues like mental health, suicide and labels without sugar coating them.

The story is told from two point of views: Finch’s and Violet’s – two teenagers who need help to survive in this world.

Finch is constantly thinking of ways to kill himself. Violet is counting the days until she graduates and can leave Indiana behind. They know of each other but meet while both are standing on top of a bell tower contemplating to jump. As the novel progresses, you keep searching for signs of hope along the way. Finch gravitates towards Violet. He has an uncanny resolve to keep Violet steady and on track. What transpires is an unlikely pairing under very, very serious circumstances. Finch battles those demons from within day after day for Violet until he no longer has that tiny flicker of light.

Jennifer Niven did an amazing job showcasing all of this and I felt so deeply connected to the characters and their struggles.

This book isn’t for everyone. Trigger warnings for suicide, it is the type of story that ride you into action.

1984 – George Orwell – (book review)

1984, is a dystopian social science fiction novel by the English novelist George Orwell, It was published in June 1949. The story takes place in an imagined future, the year 1984, when much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, historical negationism, and propaganda.

This book managed to be both; fascinating and disturbing at the same time! Throughout the pages, I couldn’t comprehend how spot-on George Orwell was in his predictions. Many passages in this book were scary but also true; as for our world “today”.

Winston, the main character of the novel, lives in a country where individual thought is banned, where only the leader, “Big Brother” is allowed to deliberate and to decide. Rouse by his natural need for reflection and critical analysis, Winston finds it hard not to make use of his inborn talents. He starts questioning the wisdom of Big Brother and moves hopefully toward his own liberation. But in his struggle for liberation he stands alone.

Winston is smarter than many other citizens, but he is also discontent, paranoid, weak-willed and passive-aggressive. He’s not special in any way nor young, attractive or strong. He doesn’t find strength within himself, he doesn’t “save the world”. He tries, he fails. His fellow intellectuals have sold their inalienable right to think freely and a guise of physical well-being. Winston is the last man in Europe, the only human being who wants to use his independent mind.

Winston’s relationship with Julia was tender and a necessary escape from the reality. Unfortunately, their bond is established purely on physical attraction. He treats her like she’s a sex toy. He thought of her as someone with limited intelligence and had to be patiently told each detail that others could immediately comprehend.

Orwell’s novel is a study of every possible way a nation can be beaten down by its government: spiritually, physically, intellectually, by the media, torture, surveillance, and censorship, to the point where the state can manipulate reality at will.

One of the most interesting parts of the book is that of language. It shows how alteration of language can consequently alter thought and how for example the use of adjectives is crucial for being creative and able to use one’s imagination. Orwell also points out that the “simplification” of language affects the mind and its ability to think objectively.

Orwell is one of the smartest writers, reading this book is the best reading experience I’ve had.

She Chose me anyway!

She chose me like a book is chosen in a library.

I do not know if she chose me for the title, the spine, the cover, the typography or because of my location among other books.

I don’t know what kind of text I was for her.

To Kill A Mockingbird (book review)

3/5 stars ⭐

This will be a short review!

This book was published more than 60 years ago, has also been used as an educational book for countless young students.

The main problems represented in this book – Racism, disadvantage, rape, false accusation of rape, all of these are hateful and really should have never existed in the first place within our world and society. But unfortunately they do!

Story wise – the first half was a little difficult for me to get into. I was waiting and waiting for the events to start happening. The second half went much faster, especially because of the court room. If it wasn’t for some part in the first half that bored me, this would’ve received 5 stars. But if we talk about the message to be taken from this book, that was without a doubt an important one.

It was a good novel. But I started this book with expectations those were too high. I tried reading it so many times, but could not move ahead on many occasions.

There was no conflict in this book. There was nothing interesting that compels me to read more.

Recommended to Americans and people those are against the racism.

Haveli (Book review)

The book is set five years after the first book “Shababu: Daughter of the wind.” Now Shababu is the fourth wife of the wealthy landowner, who is 40 years older than her. Shabanu and her husband Rahim have a five years old daughter Mumtaz.
I found the description of rich, nurturing community of women most fascinating in this continuation of Shababu: Daughter of the wind. They lead such hard lives and yet found it possible to love, laugh and live. The community of wealthier women – those with leisure are cruel and hateful.
This is a strong novel that truly captured my interest. First the setting is vivid, so well described that I felt I was really there experiencing through my eyes.
This sequel to Shabanu has moments of heartbreak as well. As for the plot it resisted predictability and did not cave in to any happily ever after clichès just like Shabanu.
I loved everything about Haveli. The lyrical language, wisdom and the message to the readers who feel trapped seeing nothing but misery in their future.
I think my favorite theme of this book is the idea that we always have choices. Sometimes the choices aren’t easy, but we always have them.