The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

‘History is a raw onion sandwich.’
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150 pages of brilliant literature. Plot is about relationships. Complexities of a relationship. Reactions to these complexities and then the consequences.
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Tony webster, leading a mediocre life, happily married and peacefully divorced with grandchildren. 40 years after his college life, he gets a death notice, and in this memory his life turns upside down.
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The story is beautifully structured with application of common sense with human behaviour.
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I found the end abrupt rather shocking. I am sad and distrubed.
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Happiness is all we want by Ashutosh Mishra

Blurb-

Today, we are leading our lives in mindless pursuit, unable even to articulate what we are pursuing. We are unhappy even after achieving what we desire. Happiness is all we want! suggests that the source of peace and happiness is within us, if we know the secret. The book’s objective is to help us unlock that secret and attain a high level of overall well-being in order to lead a happy and fulfilling life and be the healthiest we can be, mentally and physically. A wide variety of tools and techniques are explained in simple language. Many real life experiences of the author as well as other people are interspersed through the book.

Demystifying the spiritual aspect of wellbeing, this book integrates it with your life objectives. You can immensely improve not only the peace and happiness in your life but your beauty and appearance as well.

My views

A self help book dealing with confidence, loving yourself and happiness. The book is divided into physical, spiritual and mental well being.

The language is easy. The book has maintained practicality with life.

I found the book a bit draggy. I would have loved it if the book was to the point.

Nomad and His Rhymes by Aashiesh Agrawal

My views

‘Welcome home’

I have always loved poetry for the words and also for the author’s efforts.

Poetry is one of my favourite genres and i always look forward to it.

This book comprises of a roller coaster of 83 poems.

The book is a short read with 107 pages.

The chapters named-

1.Attraction

2. Loving

3. Breaking and Pining

4. Awakening

5. Longing

6. Waiting

7. Union

The poems have a depth and a vivid imagination of the author. All the images made by these poems have a beauty. Those dull words with pain has lots to say.

I congratulate the author for such great words and look forward to see his work prosper.

The Diary on the Fifth floor by Raisha Lalwani

Blurb

A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.
Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.
A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.
What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?

My views

Raisha’s debut novel starts with the protagonist visiting a Psychiatrist, Dr. Berry. The protagonist Savannah, didnt want to doctor to know about her, so she claimed to be Sairah, Savannah’s sister.

But Dr. Berry was a very experienced person, she instantly came to know about Savannah pretending to be Sairah.

Savannah was very anxious before visiting the doctor, as she didnt like to smell of the hospital. Dr. Berry’s chamber was situated on the fifth floor of the hospital. Savannah gives Dr. Berry her diary which has various dark secret written about her.

Hence, the title is apt for the book.

The diary was filled with sorrow and pain, it depicted her mental health. We have to read the further story to know more about what is written in the diary.

Plus points about the book-

1. Very well written. The description about the characters is great.

2. Great narration and easy language.

3. Relatable.

Only thing which I didnt like was that the book became draggy at some parts.

Overall, a highly recommended book with great narration and an interesting plot.

4/5

National Author’s Day

Every year, on November 1, people of America celebrate authors and their books, as NATIONAL AUTHOR’S DAY.

Sue Cole promoted this day in the remembrance of her Grandmother’s death in 1968.

This is Mrs. Cole’s way of appreciating Men and Women who built up the American literature.

And so can you by Dr. Roopleen

Blurb-

“And So Can You” is a very inspirational book written by Dr. Roopleen. This book contains the success stories of 17 renowned doctors namely Virendra Sarwal, Ashok Khurana, Lingam Vijaya, Muralidhar V. Pai, Krishna R. Murthy, Suresh K. Pandey, Jyotirmay Biswas, Barnali Das, Mahipal S. Sachdev, Praveen R. Murthy, Anita Panda, Jas Kohli, Dhanashree Ratra, Sarbjit Singh, Vidushi Sharma, Vinay R. Murthy and Sundaram Natarajan.
It’s indeed a must read for all those young hearts aspiring to become doctors and also the other people in general who think that all the doctors are corrupt and they don’t feel, because firstly doctors are humans too, and not every doctor is bad, they sacrifice their personal lives to give birth and rebirth to others lives.
Everyone knows that it takes a lot to become a good doctor, but what people think is that the big fat books are the only hurdles. But the truth is, the books are only a petty thing, the circumstances and plot twists of life is the real struggle.
In the book we get to read about seventeen different doctors who had their fair share of struggle and all went through equal ups and downs. Their lives offered them different types of barriers in the way to their goals but one thing is there that they all have in common-

My views

Stories of hardwork of a very important profession. Being a doctor I understand the behind the scenes of becoming a doctor. The hardwork, the struggles, the dedication a doctor puts in to save a life.

17 insipring stories, of doctors, their journey,their selfless behaviour towards each and every patient.

The languages is easy with many medical terminology. The takeaway messages are lovely and knowledgable.

3.5/5

I am also a human by Jasbir Singh

Blurb-

Zeenat is a transgender, but she is a ‘Human’ first. She is struggling to live a life like a normal human being, but she wasn’t aware of the society. Her parents sent her to an orphanage when she was just twelve years old. She spent her childhood at that orphanage. When she came to understand the different faces of the society, she realised that a few people on the other side are trying to kill her. She ran from the orphanage. She started working at Benz cafe, where she met Rajveer, a rich, handsome guy from Delhi. Her simplicity made him fall in love with her. She was running from him because she knew her destiny. She lost everyone whom she loved. A few people were against their friendship too. They were planning the worst things for her. Things got all the more worse for her in her life when they both met with an accident and she lost him, even before telling him about her feelings. She lost every reason to live. She tries to commit suicide many times, but failed. One fine day, when she opened her eyes, she found herself at the brothel.
But this is not the end of her story. She still has so many things to say.
Will she find another reason to live?
Will she run from the brothel?
Will she be able to achieve her aim?
Will she find answers to all her questions?

My views

A story of Zeenat, a transgender. The story revolves around her facing the society. Initally her parents sent her to an orphange. She was alone and faced the world alone.

She elopes to Delhi, where she works in a cafe and meets Rajveer, a decent kind hearted boy.

The book concentrates on equality and inacceptance by the society. The plot is connecting and relatable to daily life. Also, the characters are great.

The flow of the plot keeps the reader’s interest as it is quite gripping.

The author has done a wonderful job by taking up this topic and putting emphasis on a very delicate yet important topic of the society.

4/5