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1.) A Tale Of Two Cities
George Woodcock proposes that this story was written at a point of crisis in Charles Dickens's life. The three main characters become projections of Dickens himself. The title suggests the basic dichotomy on which the novel rests: the choice between changing society and changing oneself.
2.) The Blue Umbrella
The Blue Umbrella tells the story of the little girl, Binya, and her beautiful blue umbrella.
Binya exchanged the claw pendant of her lucky leopard for a blue umbrella. She had been smitten from the day she had seen it. Binya took the umbrella with her wherever she went.
A jealous old shopkeeper named Ram Bharosa, decided to own the blue umbrella by any means. The umbrella had faded to pale blue and develops patches in many places, but still many in the village were envious of Binya’s valued possession.
The Blue Umbrella can be read by both children and adults. This story conveys a subtle moral lesson.
3.) Malgudi Days
Established along the banks of river Sarayu, Malgudi is a typical south Indian village. Although the protagonists and plots differ greatly, ranging from the life of a 10-year old boy to a snake charmer, or from a postman to a vendor of pipes or a goat herder, the focus of the tales never shift from their fundamental motif. The quintessence of the books lies in the routine lives of ordinary people, quotidian issues among family members, sundry cultural inhibitions, and social taboos synchronous to the mid-nineties.
The first of the trilogy, Swami and Friends, is set in the pre-independence era and is about 10-year-old Swaminathan, best known to all as Swami. The novel centers around Swami’s interactions with his two closest friends, Mani and Rajam, their categorical antipathy towards academics, their desire to participate in pro-independence activities, and the like. Swami’s ridiculous thought processes, along with his naive ideals, and most of all his lovable character, make this book the best of the three.
The second, The Bachelor of Arts, spins around the indecisive but appealing Chandran, his misgivings about his objectives in life, the woman who has captured his heart, and whether his love for her is bona fide.
The third and last story is The English Teacher, a tale in which the chief characters are Jagan and his son Mali. This is perhaps the deepest of the trilogy in terms of emotions and maturity. It depicts the issues that arise between parents and children as a consequence of the generation gap that separates them.
Malgudi Days was published in 1943 by Indian Thought Publications and published abroad again in 1982. In his humorous but graceful style, R.K. Narayan puts together a collection of tales, which are great favorites even today. It was adapted to a television series in 1986 by Shankar Nag.
4.) The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost is a popular short story written by Oscar Wilde. It highlights the interesting contrasts between British and American cultures, by narrating the events that occur when a certain American family moves to England.
The story is set in Canterville Chase, an ancient English house that has all the requisite signs of appearing haunted. An American family of six, the Otis family, moves into the house despite being warned that the house is haunted.
None of the members of the Otis family believe in the presence of the ghost. However, they keep finding the increasing evidence of the ghost's presence. Despite that, the Otises refuse to believe that the house is haunted. From clanking chains to strange apparitions to bloodstains that keep reappearing, they take everything in their stride. They go about their life as usual, not frightened in the least. Only Virginia, the daughter of the Otis family, believes that the ghost exists.
The narrator of the story is none other than Sir Simon, the ghost himself. He is characterized by a colorful personality and complex emotions. His regular talks with Virginia about matters of life and death reveal the complexity of his feelings.
Placing the British and American cultures side by side, the book parodies conventional ghost stories and provides a satirical perspective on the American way of life.
The Canterville Ghost first appeared in The Court And Society Review magazine in February 1887. It has been adapted for film, theatre, and music.
This particular edition is a 2010 reprint by Pigeon Books.
About the Author
Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer, playwright, and poet.
His written works include The Picture Of Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband, The Soul Of Man Under Socialism, House Of Pomegranates, Lady Windermere's Fan, and The Ballad Of Reading Gaol.
Wilde was born as Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin and later at Magdalen College, Oxford, England. In a shocking twist of fate, Wilde went on to face bankruptcy and prison, both taking a severe toll on his health and spirit. He succumbed to cerebral meningitis on November 30, 1900. Numerous biographies based on Wilde's life have been written since his death.
5.) The Incredible Banker
The Incredible Banker is part of Subramanian’s Banker Trilogy and is yet another racy novel that adds some twists, turns, and somersaults to an otherwise commonplace corporate setting. Greater Boston Global Bank, or GB2, is an American bank in India run by CEO Mr. Ronald McCain. Everything runs fine in the bank until trouble knocks one day and suddenly GB2 is the hub of a major scandal. McCain is dragged out of his office to the RBI headquarters and is told, much to his shock, that the Governor would very much like to see him.
Something goes terribly wrong in GB2, and McCain has a lot of answering to do .
They say when trouble strikes, it takes a whole lot of people down with it. Deepak Sarup is another interesting character who is introduced at this point.
A captivating tale set in a corporate background, this novel comes alive as themes of deception, lies, adultery, avarice, and fraudulence set the plot moving on an unprecedented track, which takes us not only around the nation, but also far and wide to Singapore and even Chattisgarh.
Published on September 21, 2011, the book has garnered many positive reviews, much like its prequels, and has deemed the Banking Trilogy a hit. All three books have been instant bestsellers. It has met with critical and general success and established Ravi Subramanian as one of the most prolific writers of the nation.
About the Author
Ravi Subramanian has been an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and is a bestselling author.
Owing to his background in banking, all three of his fiction novels have been written in the backdrop of foreign banking. Other than The Incredible Banker, the other books are If God was a Banker and The Devil in Pinstripes. He has written one non-fiction book, which is titled I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari
Ravi Subramanian’s writing is engaging, fast-paced, and replete with twists and intrigue. He loves creating characters in his novel, and readers can find a wide array of personalities populating his books. Even though he consistently makes use of a lot of banking terminology, the enthralling plot and writing help in keeping the reader’s attention.
With a background in banking, he has had experience working with companies like Citibank, HSBC, and ANZ Grindlays. Subramanian writes columns for various newspapers and has his own personal column in The Economic Times. He currently presides as the CEO of NBFC and lives in Mumbai with his wife and daughter.