Book Reviews

Author: Anita Roy, Publisher: Dorling
Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 128, ISBN 978-0-2412-7101-8, Rs 399)

A lively read to ignite young minds, 100 Events that Made Indian History takes readers through India’s most incredible historical moments. Though not easy to zero in on 100 moments that shaped India’s history, Anita Roy has segregated the events into four parts – social firsts, battles and bust-ups, all change, and amazing achievements.

Written in a child-friendly way, the book informs but steers clear from being preachy. Beautiful illustrations support every achievement recorded in the book, and there’s not a single dull page. Every page clamours to better the last, with interesting information and attractive visuals. A must-have for every child!

Author: Keshav Aneel
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors, New
(Pp 154, ISBN 978-93-82665-73-1, Rs 175)

The book is a story of dreams, friendship, struggle and a will to make up for every loss with love by your side. The story revolves around two friends – Charlie and Edwin, who leave everything back in village for a new life in a city. While, Edwin is here to chase his dream of becoming an actor, Charlie is there to help his friend achieve his dream, until Charlie meets Aster, who is walking through instabilities of her own destiny. Intricately woven, the book will appeal to young readers!

Author: Ramapada Chowdhury
Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(Pp 118, ISBN 978-93-85285-44-8, Rs 295)

What happens when one comes faceto- face with the person you loved when you were young? It is sure to give sparks…but what happens next depends on individual to individual. Second Encounter is a story of Anupam and Anjali who meet after twenty years. This chance encounter turns their lives upside down as a lot has changed. They meet and speak freely and instant cheapest viagra soon realize that their love has remained constant over the years. All is well until they realize that Anupam’s teenage son has fallen for Anjali’s daughter.

Life is not simple, they realize. They ponder over the depth of their unspoken and unfulfilled love, their values and outlook towards life and other questions that go in their minds as they explore the myriad shades of love. Many readers will find a streak of their love life as well.

Author: Ankit Kumar
Publisher: Kalpaz Publications/Gyan Books Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 114, ISBN 978-93-5128-236-5, Rs 150)

Here’s a self-help book one can relate to. Written like a story, the book explores the ideas and methods which could help us to be the source of our creator’s smiles. These ideas and methods are simple and can be incorporated in our daily lives, making us reconnect with our creator and bring God’s love in our lives and overnight shipping of generic cialis make him our true guide and friend. Without being preachy, the book gives solutions to our day-to-day problems in an easy to understand format.

Author: Munshi Premchand, Screenplay: Gulzar
Publisher: The Lotus Collection, Roli Books, New Delhi; (ISBN 978-93-5194-105-7, Rs 795)

When we talk of Indian literature, we cannot fail to remember the writings of Munshi Premchand. Packaged beautifully, this two-book set is a treasure for all literature enthusiasts. The stories are realistic, focusing on the problems of the poor and urban middle class. Gulzar also needs no introduction. His screenplay has added charm to the whole script.

Written beautifully, these evergreen stories have come to life again. Set in a village in Uttar Pradesh, Godaan is the story of misfortunes of a poor farmer, who has his heart set on buying a cow but his life gets entangled in the web of debts and circumstances that never lets him come out of the throes of caste segregation and exploitation in an unequal society. Written more than eighty years ago, this classic adaptation by Gulzar is still relevant and brings to fore the fact that for the farmer or a labour in rural India, things are still the same.

The second book in the twin pack is a screenplay of Nirmala & Other Stories. Nirmala is about a young girl, who marries a widower. But, problem arises when the man sees his bride very friendly with his son, who is of the same age as her. All the stories are heart-warming and leave a lasting impression on the readers.