Literature

August 2020 Reading wrap up…!!

Hi Folks! It’s been long since I last posted anything on my blog. But now I am here with my reading list of books that I finished in the last month. Though it’s quite late for a wrap-up but, well, here it is.

The books are a mix of genres and whatever that caught my fancy so they are not in any particular order.

3 of them were paperbacks:

  • 1. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

The book claims to be afairly take cum historical narrative. The author has given wings to her imagination in writing about the innermost feelings of her characters (including the titular character, Meherunnisa). It feels as of the author herself had witnessed the lives of these characters as some omnipresent power. And so the writing is par excellence.

The book describes the relationship, courting, and subsequent marriage of Salim (Padshah Jahangir) and Meherunnisa (Noor Jahan) and gives a detailed account of their lives separately. What makes the narrative different from the usual historical narratives is that it is a sort of fairy-tale romance narrative which the author uses to narrate their love story. So, no matter the reader is well aware of the outcome but the sheer pleasure of reading a romance narrative of real people makes the story larger than life.

I personally enjoyed the historical incidents more than the romance narrative which is a fictionalized version of the author because of the fact that I am a history buff. Read the book if you love historical narratives told as interesting stories (Qissey aur Kahaniya).

Ratings: 4 Stars

2. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

The most famous and highly read American classic published in 1960 and since then, the most widely translated book in many other languages is To Kill a Mocking Bird.

The book talks about the growing up of a bunch of kids in America who witness racism, faulty educational system, individuality and social disparity around them. The story revolves around racism basically wherein a black man is accused on the false charges of raping a white woman and is finally sentenced. The story moves the hearts of the readers with its various themes and speaks of inequality in America then.

The more I talk about it the less it would be. Read it for its relevance in the world we are living even today.

Ratings: 5 Stars

3. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

One of the books by a female Afghan author who poignantly gives us the true picture of the miserable and pathetic life of Afghan women and especially young Afghan girls forced into early (child) marriage and polygamy. The book gives a detailed account of two Afghan girls from two different times who fell victim to patriarchy and social atrocities by their own family members. The protagonist Rahima is dissuaded from going to school by his drug-addict father and is sold into marriage at the age of 13. The only life that she ever had lived freely as boys of her age was when she was converted into a bacha-posh , a tradition in Afghan of dressing up little girls as boys till they come ‘of-age’ or start to bleed monthly (a sign of their getting old enough to be married). The other character, Shekiba, who also was orphaned at a very young age, also falls victim to the atrocities of men and women around her. Both the women are bought and sold as cattle to men as per their needs.

The book interweaves the two narratives separated by a century and gives us an account of the ordeals they undergo before setting themselves free. But do they actually find freedom?

Rating : 5 Stars, undoubtedly!

The next two are my Kindle reads: both by Agatha Christie which you can download for free on your Kindle!!

4. The Million Dollar Bond Robbery by Agatha Christie

This one is a short story by Christie, the queen of mystery and crime. The narrative is short and quick to read with less number of characters and so lesser suspects! The story is about the bank Bonds stolen by someone from the suitcase locked securely! No tempering whatsoever with the suitcase is visible and the readers are intrigued as to how then the robbery took place? Poirot is as usual at his best in solving the puzzle remarkably.

Rating: 5 Star!

5. The Mystery of the Hunter’s Lodge by Agatha Christie

There is a murder happened at the Hunter’s Lodge and the family members present there all seem innocent then who was thr one who came unseen and killed the man of the house and ran away unscathed? Here comes Poirot and brings out the points and clues which no one saw except him, since he is the genius. I simply loved this one!

Rating: 5 Star!

The last one was an audio book. Yes. I love audio books also and it is fun to listen to stories sometimes just like the old days when we were kids.

6. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Nagozi Adichie

Adichie is a famous contemporary Nigerian author. This is a short story collection of 12 wherein the author has poignantly portrayed the civil unrest in Nigeria and the lives of women over there. She gives an account of women being subject to patriarchy and social stigma in her country and those who migrate to America face racism. So basically not only are they being oppressed in their host country by lack of law and order but they have little respite even after moving to America.

Rating: 4 Stars.

I have also posted the reviews of all these books and others that I keep reading on my instagram account. You can follow me there if you wish to.

If you need recommendations for good kindle books that are totally free, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.

Till then, Good Luck and TC.

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