Cane River

Cane RiverCane River by Lalita Tademy is an indepth look into slavery and Creole culture in Louisiana. The author chronicles four generations and enlightens the readers of the lives of slave women pre, during and post civil war. All these women were so strong, brave and above all, practical! This is also a story of mixing of races and its repercussions. Next time, I go to Louisiana these stories will come to my mind when I see the faces of locals over there. Thank you Mr. Abraham Lincoln for the “The Emancipation Proclamation”!

The prevalent human thinking of fairer skin is better than a dark one seems to be inherent in most cultures. This is a shame! I wish we could learn by now that dark is beautiful as is night. I wish we can learn that dark skin doesn’t make you inferior in any respect whatsoever. It makes me feel so happy and proud that our President is an African American! We have indeed come a long way! We don’t have slaves in India but the way some servants, untouchables and poor people were treated was no better. It’s a shame that Indians, who are mostly brown skinned, when it comes to choosing a wife, the fairer skin is always more beautiful to us. It is with a shame that I share that when my family visited America for the first time in late 1980s, I noticed that if an African American would pass us, we would clutch the handbags tightly as if the person has higher probability of being a thief just because he/she is dark skinned. I kept thinking about all these while reading this book.

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography

It took me a long time to finish this book, Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Benjamin P. Thomas. I am so glad that I finally know a little bit about the Great President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Shri Mataji has always praised him as he was a realized soul. So, I was very curious about his life. He seems to be a very average person with a humble beginning. He was self educated, a great speaker, ambitious and a hard worker.

It seems like God chose him to be the President. And, when he sat in the throne as a President, it seems to me that he actually evolved as a compassionate human being with trust in people and in God. Emancipation Proclamation seems to be a vision that was directed by the great Power above us as even he couldn’t have imagined that this would put America in the path of Greatness. It is inspiring how he could be detached and devoid of any ego whatsoever. He chose people in high posts if they were good neglecting the fact that they were against him. By being so detached and forgiving, he won many hearts of so-called enemies. That’s impressive.

Black Boy (P.S.)

A Black Boy (P.S.)Black Boy (P.S.) by Richard Wright is a book that I couldn’t put down until I finished reading it. The most amazing part for me was how Richard had developed wisdom, discretion and self esteem despite of his very tough childhood.

Richard rose above his circumstances and made himself better off. That’s inspiring. This book gave me a new insight into the issues of the slavery and communism in the United States. Anyone who is interested in African American history must read this book.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s CabinUncle Tom's Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe is a classic indeed. It’s a touching story about slavery that will bring tears to your eyes. There’s so much to learn from this story but there’s one quote that touched my heart, “it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm.”

When I read about Topsy’s character, I wondered how to make her behave well. I imagined that if it would be my task to make a lady out of Topsy, I would give up. Then, I was impressed by the way Evangeline handled the matter and made such a difference to Topsy. I learnt a great deal from this incident.