Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved CountryCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton is a window to apartheid South Africa. African English is so cute. I enjoyed reading it. It seems that the words come straight from the heart of Paton. The story is beautiful although sad.

India was ruled by British. Hence, it was interesting to compare. It’s amazing to see that even if India and Africa are far away from each other with respect to distance, it is quite close with respect to the basic values of their respective cultures. Also, if someone’s looking for a novel that’s easy and quick to read then this is the one.

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Two months ago I became a mother. It was the joyous event of my life. I didn’t know that I was capable of loving someone so much. My heart melts whenever I look at my son’s face. During this momentous period of my life it was enchanting to read “I Don’t Know How She Does ItI Don't Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson. She discloses the complexity of a mother trying to balance between family life and a full-time high profile career. The point is that it’s not possible.

I enjoyed the humor of Kate Reddy. There were so many times when I laughed aloud while reading. This book will be my gift to my friends who think that a full-time career will make them a fulfilled person and staying at home to look after the children is a waste. I feel that moms should work but not at the expense of neglecting children.

The Kite Runner

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini gave me a taste of Afghani culture and history. So much so, that I am tempted to read more about Afghanistan. It is a thrilling, easy-to-read novel that touched my heart. After reading first few pages I just couldn’t stop reading.

It was scary to read about the cruelty of Taliban. I can’t fathom how is it possible for these people to be so cruel. In the back of my mind I kept comparing Afghani culture with that of Indian. It was really amazing to find similarities and as a result I could relate to quite a few aspects of Afghani culture as portrayed in the story. I am looking forward to Hosseini’s next novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns“.

Illusions

IllusionsIllusions” by Richard Bach is a guide to life. I have read it at least three times so far and each time I read it I learn more. There is so much wisdom in this book that it warrants multiple readings. The most important message to me was the meaning of miracle and how we pay so much attention to miracles and are so awed by miracles that we do not pay attention to the message of the Messiah performing the miracles.

The author shows us through a Messiah’s eyes that how frustrating and difficult it can be to teach humans the true meaning of life. Another important message of the book is to believe in ourselves. My favorite quote from the book is “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”