Here’s another book that I enjoyed reading: Madras on Rainy Days by Samina Ali. There are so many issues that were a shocker for me in this novel. I have never had a closer look into the Muslim family in India. I must say that it was surprising that how insecure some of them may feel in their own country. All the killings in the name of God and religion are unforgivable sin.
Another issue brought out in this novel that was a shocker for me was homosexuality in India. Also, it was surprising to see how subservient and naïve Layla was in spite of being brought up in America. I wonder if I would think of Layla being subservient and naïve when I was 20. Probably not!
Native Son by Richard Wright is a very interesting novel. It’s a story of Bigger Thomas – a very competent black boy raised right by his mother despite of extreme poverty during 1940’s in Chicago. Lack of opportunity and prejudice of being black makes him very weak in heart. He cannot rise above the vicious circle of self pity and insecurity and this is what makes him commit crimes. This book gave me a perspective of why and how abused people can get tangled in the clutches of violence and crime.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one of those books that I couldn’t put down until I finished it and also, it forced me to introspect. I live in Mississippi and so, this book gave me further insight about the background of this State. I am sure that if Hollywood makes a move of this book, it will be a hit.
Also, it forced me to think about the maid servants in India. I suspect that the treatment of maid servants in many of the households in India is no better even though it isn’t because of the skin color but just because they are poor. It will be very interesting if an author in India can duplicate the idea of Ms. Skeeter, i.e., collection of interviews of maid servants of the upper middle class and rich of India. I will definitely read that book especially because I grew up in a household where we do have maid-servants and I will be interested to find out their perspective. I wonder how I treated them.
I love the writing style of Richard Wright. A Father’s Law (P.S.) is an unfinished novel and that makes it so much more interesting as so many questions and scenarios are left for us to wonder about.
The psychology behind a murder is very interesting to me. Also, the father and son’s relationship is very interesting. It gives me an insight into the mind of the youth. I should read this novel again when my son is a teenager. It might help me be a more understanding mother. I am tempted to read other novels by Richard Wright.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky is a masterpiece. I’ve read a few books and seen a few movies that narrate beginning of Second World War story. So when I got this book from the library, I had a hunch about what to expect and was ready to be really depressed with the sad stories of this era.
I was stunned as this was completely different from whatever I have read or seen so far. It tells the story from such a different angle. It tells the story of ordinary French people belonging to different classes. It is sometimes sad and scary but it’s also funny and light spirited at the same time. I’ll never forget this novel.