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I loved reading this book. The author has recounted his experiences and wisdom gained through his interactions with a wide spectrum of people from all walks of life. The range from his kid's school founder to an encounter with Mother Teresa, while he was a school kid, to a chartered accountant, a real estate developer, his various colleagues... the list goes on and on.
What I really liked was that he analysed and fitted people into six broad categories. My favourite chapter was: Keeping Happy.
It is a good read and I would recommend it. There is always something that we can learn from others.
I really liked the manner in which the author, Lakshmi Menon dealt with the complexities of a second marriage. The main characters in the book, Pavithra and Venu agree to marry, hoping that their daughters (each of them have a daughter from a previous marriage) will find a loving mother and father. They decide to keep this a platonic marriage as they are unable to forget their past happily married lives. Venu's wife is an invalid and it is at her insistence that he is getting married again, whereas Pavithra has tragically lost her previous husband.
The nuances of an Indian setting are described in intricate detail, right from the behaviour of pesky neighbours who don't welcome Pavithra, mainly because she has a child of her own and they feel she will be a typical 'evil' stepmother to Indu. The character of Vasanthi - a neighbour, who is childless and fears that she will now not be able to bestow love and affection on Indu, who now has a 'step-mother' and does her best to poison the child's mind is well dealt with.
Complex human emotions are well narrated, be it Venu taking to alcohol and harassing Pavithra at her work place, not because he now earns more than him, but because he has fallen in love with her and needs her and does not want to continue a platonic marriage - which was the original intent. Pavithra's realisation that she too has begun to love Venu is dealt with, with great gentleness. It is Pavithra's kindness towards Venu's first wife that stands out in the story. The ending had an unexpected twist. This book is definitely not your usual love story, but one which deals with the realities of a remarriage, its complexities and the bonds that develop. It is an interesting book dealing with an unusual setting.
I love travel books and I have always wanted to visit Turkey, so this book was just perfect for me. What made it much more appealing is that each chapter begins with a quote from Rumi (which fits the content of that chapter). The book captures the experiences of Rachel a Chinese-American residing in a small US town, who actually wants to visit Mexico on a student exchange program, so that she can brush up on her Spanish which she hopes to take up as a subject in University. However, fate has something else in store for her and she finds herself winging it to Turkey.
The beautiful descriptions of the Turkish setting and the Turkish culture made me realise how similar our own Indian culture is. Families have a say in relationships, marriages are a huge affair and are arranged marriages or those blessed by the elders, the Mehendi ceremony exists with some differences, fathers are overprotective…. I can go on and on.
Through her journey, Rachel does help her host sister Aylin to brush up on her English (This was the objective of the student exchange program), but in turn, not only does she pick up a few Turkish words, but learns the meaning of true friendship and experiences love for the first time. It is a well written, descriptive book, which captures the beauty of Turkey, its culture and also the sensitivities of human emotions.
It was so wonderful to read about how Salim Ali became India's famous ornithologist, it all began when he was a little boy and noticed that a sparrow (or what looked like a sparrow) had a yellow throat.
The author has vividly described his childhood in Mumbai, his overseas stay, viz: in Burma and Germany, his long tenure with the Bombay Natural History Society and the great professors who guided him.
Salim Ali's wit and humor also shine through. He talks about his stay at a government guest house. There, the guests were divided into first class guests and second class guests. Only when you reached the breakfast table would you know how the 'State' had choosen to classify you. Mercifully, Salim Ali's breakfast consisted of two eggs and two toasts (given to first class guests). At least the government had got something right!!!
Today, one may not find sparrows' in one's backyard, but this book sure made me put on my shoes, grab a pair of binoculars and visit open areas where I could indulge in birding.
If you love bird-watching, this book is a MUST READ.
This book is one of the very best in the series. The big story of course here, is Mati's surgery, once they reach the star-station Satamia. Mati has come a long way from being a slave to a pilot of a deep space response ship, yet she has to struggle to come to terms with being operated upon by the best surgeon who happens to be a giant insect. Her past fears also hold her back and the purple spirit being has to link her thoughts with Rini's. Mati survives the surgery, learns to trust, learns to accept others who are different from her. Actually the entire crew learns a lot on this star station, including acceptance of others different from themselves. Four of them also have to be physically transformed into almost extinct reptiles and are able to find this species a safer planet to live on. It is an exciting book and the messages are deeper than that of a plain science fiction novel. I enjoyed reading the entire series and this book is one of the best.
For an amateur birdwatcher or wildlife enthusiast, this product is a good fit. I've taken it on a recent field trip and found the small size and light weight to be a huge asset. At its current price it is a good purchase.
I found the smell to be overpowering and bitter. I just used it once and then was forced to throw away the bar of soap. I just couldn't stand it. If they could just make the smell less overpowering, I am sure it would be a great soap for use during the monsoon season.
I loved Khadi's Lemon soap though.
I had purchased this for gifting it to someone. While the leather has a good finish, the handle is a bit tacky - I had excepted the handle to be of a better quality. At the current discounted price it was fine, but not otherwise.
The packaging was very good and I do appreciate this.
It is a good phone, with large keys - useful for senior citizens to use easily. But unfortunately it has no caller ID which I was expecting it to have. FlipKart's delivery was prompt and efficient as always.
A lovely fragrance, a few drops can add that extra element to any prayer room. It can be used in a diffuser or just sprinkled around, for instance on rose petals or a few drops on a flower arrangement - can also work wonders.