When I read Jhumpa Lahiri’s memoir, In Other Words, in which she shares her journey of learning Italian, it was as if she was echoing my deepest, darkest fears. With the themes she tackles throughout the book, of immigration, of even sexism and colorism, she brings so many relatable concepts to the fore. Because when you start learning a new language, you not only discover how the different parts of the world are different. You also learn more about yourself, the grit and determination that constitute you, what your actual goals are, what you want to do with life, where you want to be at any given moment in time, and why you want to do whatever it is you want to do.
Religion can be a tricky path to navigate, because the more you discover, the more you tend to become confused as to which is the right one. But there is no right one. Just one that you feel most comfortable and at home in, which helps you grow and makes you a better person as much as it pulls devotion out of you. So what do we do when we are this confused? Should we flit from religion to religion? Or should we randomly choose a religion based on how many tenets of it we like? Or can we get the best of all worlds?
Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar answers these questions in his second book, ‘Nectar of all World Religions’.
I had heard about this non-fiction book and that it was simply amazing but I had never heard of Henrietta Lacks before. When I hadn’t read this, I went, “What is this book?” And when I finished it, I went, “Why didn’t I know about Henrietta Lacks when the whole world knows about her now?”
Before I say anything else, let me get this out of the way: I’ve got a whole new level of admiration for Maria Sharapova now that I’ve read her autobiography!
“The ITF didn’t draw any attention to the fact that they were suddenly banning a supplement that was being legally used by millions of people. That was their mistake.”
Part 2 of my rant on the issues pointed out in the book, Sita Returns: Modern India Through Her Eyes by Charu Walikhanna.
Part 1 of my rant on the issues pointed out in the book, Sita Returns: Modern India Through Her Eyes by Charu Walikhanna.
The thing about today’s world is that it is lost in a haze of mindless competitions and artificial nourishments. What if we actually do something to rectify this situation? With this, too, there is a problem. We have the right intent to do something that will make our lives easier, but most importantly, as the author says in this book, the lives of those around us easier. Because isn’t that what a good life is all about? Keep your comforts but make sure they don’t cause any discomfort to those around you.
I bought Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods in March 2018 and read it in August 2018, which is a miracle, to be honest. I usually don’t get excited about nonfiction books. But somehow, A Walk in the Woods inexplicably pulled me towards it. Maybe because it is travel-related that I was so excited to start reading this book. It is saying something when just 2 pages in, I fell in awe with the man called Bill Bryson. In just one paragraph, he explains what the problem with the modern world is without actually putting a finger on it.
Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.
The author of this book, Happiness Is All We Want!, Ashutosh Mishra, approached me for an honest review in exchange for a review copy.
The title of the book, Happiness Is All We Want! is simple but true. Whatever we crave for in life, our basic thought process leads us to happiness, be it health, or wealth. There is no limit to what we want for ourselves. In that very breath, there is also the point that many-a-times, we tend to be people-pleasers and don’t pay proper attention to what our body, mind, and soul need.