Thursday, July 14, 2011

Urban Shots

Rating - 3.5/5

A concoction of stories from different Indian writers is a treat you just can’t afford to miss. Urban shots reflects all that prevails in urban India, from the struggling poverty-stricken worker who strives to make ends meet for his family in a high expense city life overlooking the yearning for the glitz & glamour to the young highly-paid independent professional who works in a corporate driving powerful cars and sports the latest gadgets but is still unhappy when it comes to relationships. The short stories are individualistic and keep the reader awaiting for the next story till you finish all of them. My personal favourite Liberation was the most motivating story of all. I’ll recommend this book as a perfect time-killer especially when you are waiting somewhere or enjoy it on a cold rainy day with a cup of coffee and hot pakodas!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rating - 4.5/5
This wonderful novel has been one of the masterpieces of English literature that can never wither with time. It encompasses apartheid prevailing back in 30’s in USA, good parenting skills and the hypocrisy of the adults all blended into one; narrated with the innocence of a child. The witty humour and nonchalant one-liners keep you captivated till the end. The charm of the story sets from the description of a complicated society that lingers between its double standards of pretentious religious sentiments and intolerance towards non-whites by an eight year old girl Scout(Jean Louise Finch);who has her own world to discover along with her 13-year old brother Jem .Their exemplary single father (Atticus Finch) who is not just particular about raising his children with morals & ideals, but also is an embodiment of honesty, truth and integrity for the whole town of Maycomb. Atticus’s character stands tall through the test of time and the wrath of the people, who are piqued by his sense of humanity and his voice against the norms of a prejudiced society; but beneath all that mob fury their eyes fear his strength.
“Shoot all the bluejays you want,if you can hit them,but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird” ‘cause mockingbirds never annoy a soul except but to make music for everyone to enjoy. Mockingbird, the metaphor for the black man in the book (Tom Robinson) who is accused of raping a white girl, is the victim of the age old practised evil ‘racism’, that makes him guilty as charged solely because of the colour of his skin. In the midst of all irrationality, there still lied a ray of hope for people like Atticus Finch,(the defendant lawyer); who is willing to defy the majority despite threats and make his best attempts to save the ‘mockingbird’.
Watch out for the thrilling tryst of Scout with the mysterious Boo Radley, another gripping story along side.