There is no beginning to this book, no end either. It starts on a random day and ends on another one, weaving an inexplicable beautiful story within the time. I just finished re-reading the book, and this time, I tried to appreciate the writing more than the story.
The story is set in a premise that’s not new, and yet, there’s novelty in the plot that’s replete with references from Norse mythology. The research that has gone behind this is praiseworthy, and the writer has painted a vivid picture from the POV of our protagonist
It is a Must Read for parents and children alike …which makes it for ALL. Trust me, you’d be enriched, if not, at least it will remind you of certain beautiful aspects which you already know yet tend to forget.
Every story had something to offer, to ponder about. It was a perfect amalgamation of tragedy, romance, comedy and poetry in words. The stories stay with you long after you have finished reading.
Motivating. Enlightening. The book has everything we need and answers to all that we seek. Through the stories, the author sent out several positive messages for us humans. The stories made me feel as if they are not different from us and vice versa.
It is early 1956 and the British Empire is crumbling. But for nine-year-old Ella, living with her parents at the British High Commission in Peshawar, Pakistan, the walls of class, snobbery and racism are still intact. Growing up is a lonely, painful experience, and Ella withdraws, recording the hypocrisy of adult behaviour in her diary, A History of Insects, where she hides a secret that could shatter the lives of the people around her.
The narration is unblemished and portrays the author’s efforts, to bring forth some mind-boggling facts. The story is bound to get you goosebumps and penetrate your skin. A gripping crime thriller that highlighted the dark facets of the Indian society.
The story is a wonderful blend of two worlds. The setting of one is in the Gupta dynasty, when the White Huns invaded India and the other is a modern-day setting. Both the narratives meet at a junction keeping the focus on the fictional story about the origin of chess, the Chaturanga.
Wonder is an excellent read, not just because it taught me how important it is to support the differently abled, but because it taught me that beauty is not about long hair or tanned skin. Beauty is something which is present inside, and radiates to the exterior of a person.
Anirban writes with a fantastic command over both language and the topic. The stories are meticulously researched. The book would have been a drab read but for the fact that Anirban peppers it with liberal doses of droll humour and sarcastic wit.
All these stories are true stories and one can identify how treacherous life can be for musicians who are upholding the age old traditions for sale for our posterity but get peanuts as return gifts.
Driftwood is a compilation of 12 short stories from a seaman’s life. The stories revolve around incidents on port, during the call to duty, the trials and tribulations seamen face, their fears, their hardships, etc.
Each character in the book has an individual voice. It is easily distinguishable from the others. Each character is introduced in a separate chapter in the book and that gives a reader ample time to identify with the character.
The entire book is done in black and white. The illustrations, by Ashween Kaur, too are minimalistic adding to the bleakness and simplicity of the poems. The clean lines add value to the written words.