Kochery Shibu’s debut novel Men and Dreams In the Dhauladhar is a mesmerising tale. Set in the lesser Himalayan Ranges around the peaks in Dhauladhar, this book is a perfect companion on a wintry night to get cozy.
The plot majorly revolves around the lives of three individuals who in return somehow get intertwine with each their. It starts at a hydro power project in Himalayas where an engineer running from his past, after losing almost all of his family. Another individual, a Kashmiri boy displaced in his youth from his family, gets involve in terrorism and some how lands working as a labour at the Dam construction site. Lastly, a doctor with passion for classical dancing arrives at the construction site through the medium of love. Each of their story involves drama, passion, skeletons in their closet and extraordinary hardships and struggles of their lives. Like an eternal spectator, the Dhauladhar peaks watches as these beings risk their lives to full fill their dreams.
Publisher: Becomeshakespeare.com First edition (20 July 2015)
Cover Rating: 4/5
In a post-apocalyptic world, Earth is mostly covered by snow. A group of residents are traversing these frozen lands and being led by a man in search of his own father. The Diabolical army have always been one step ahead but are not the only concern of the group. Another major concern that exist is beating the nature in its own game.
My 2016 Reading Challenge hosted by Goodreads.com began with the start of this amazing year. This year, I challenged myself to read 150 books, incrementing the amount of books from last year’s challenge(2015) by 25. At first I wasn’t event sure that I’d be able to complete the challenge and then after doing a good start and reading a proper amount of books and then failing to find overcome the procrastination of not reading, I found myself in a fumbling three months back. I was behind in the challenge by almost a decade of books and was ready to give up. I am below par as not exceeding my limit of 150 books this year in contrast with the last year in which I exceeded by a good margin.
Other than reading books, I am passionate about football (for americans: it’s soccer) and there isn’t a year I do not find books to read and satisfy by obsessiveness of the game. Here are 5 books worth take a look:
Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich by Martí Perarnau
This a well written insight on football coaching genius.
My Rating 4 out of 5
The Nowhere Man by Michael Calvin
The book shines rays on the hidden world of one of the most important roles in the game of football, Scouts.
My Rating 4 out of 5
Another Bloody Saturday by Mat Guy
This is a book celebrating all that is great with the game of football, as seen through the eyes of clubs and fans rarely bothered by satellite television cameras and the riches of the elite game, a vibrant world of humour, warmth and friendship worth far more than all the wealth of the Premier League.
Reading is a fascinating activity but a very time consuming one. The time spent in reading books is though worth if you learn from the books you are reading. If you are not, leave it and better pick another. That’s the good thing about reading books. You are never out of options. So here are some books on the art of reading:
Last year, I did read some good books and a bit of great ones. My main aim to read as much diverse books, diverse being from different genre, and authors which I haven’t read before, was accomplished honourably. I did also read a few debut authors, which you can find me recommending in the ‘lists‘ posts before. The experience I gained from reading many different genres is like tasting every bowl of soup on the table yet the bowls keep on coming. There are many different flavours which I haven’t tasted before.
The habit of recording each and every book read on Goodreads is an amazing thing. Not only it motivates me to read more, but also keeps a full track of the days I managed to read them.
The current year, I will be challenging a bigger number to myself and with all the life’s daily anomalies it will be one task to conquer.
It’s winter and what will be better, if not be in Russia. At least Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 can take us there. Stalin’s Soviet Union, a paradise in books but not in reality. This thrilling novel is the first of Leo Demidov’s trilogy.
To know what an ultimate pleasure sometimes a book written at least a hundred years before, or more, is known only to those who read them. There is a reason why these books are still surviving, generations after generations. Thus, here are five classics book that I read this year and I think are worth taking a look again.
Middlemarch is George Eliot’smagnum opus. The 800 page novel, it took me almost 9 days to finish reading it. Eliot’s writing is witty and sublime. This book examines multiple themes such as the role of education in the lives of characters and how it affects them. And as Virginia Woolf said, “The magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.”
Macbeth by William Shakespeare is an intriguing tale.
My Rating 4 out of 5
The semiautobiographical Martin Edenis the most vital and original character Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame.