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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE BELL JAR’ BY SYLVIA PLATH

'The Bell Jar', is a book every woman might agree with. Its strong and hard-hitting content deals with untold issues like mental health and illness faced by a woman and how they are enough to make or break her. This isn't a feminist book, but rather a true account of a woman's feelings, insecurities, prejudices… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE BELL JAR’ BY SYLVIA PLATH

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ BY HARPER LEE

With the increasing number of hate crimes based on race, colour and creed, this book is an in-your face revelation. It teaches you about empathy and consciousness, “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a ground breaking book as per me.  Subconsciously we’ve been fed what is right or wrong without any solid base and that trend… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ BY HARPER LEE

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS’ BY KHALED HOSSEINI

LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS’ BY KHALED HOSSEINI This is the second book of the author’s that I’ve included in the series of my 10 books with life lessons learnt and I’m confident after you read this blog you will surely grab a copy of this book and also the other books… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS’ BY KHALED HOSSEINI

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE PROPHET’ BY KAHLIL GIBRAN

This book caught my attention for its title and I purchased the book on impulse and I must say I have absolutely no regrets. For those who consider it to be a religious book based on its name, please do pick it up and give it a read as it covers spirituality and doesn’t propagate… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE PROPHET’ BY KAHLIL GIBRAN

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’ BY JANE AUSTEN

What do I even start to write about this book, like the saying “Naam hi kaafi hai” is enough? A classic, read by practically everyone across the globe, race, age, sex notwithstanding, I’m sure everyone has a soft corner for this book. Often touted as a feminist book, I beg to differ, I’d rather call… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’ BY JANE AUSTEN

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘KANE AND ABEL’ BY JEFFREY ARCHER

Written in 1979 by the famed and much-acclaimed author British Jeffrey Archer, this was a book I definitely had to read. As expected the book didn’t disappoint. The first in a trilogy, Kane and Abel, deals with nuances of human emotions spread across six decades so brilliantly.  Before I go on about my learning’s, a… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘KANE AND ABEL’ BY JEFFREY ARCHER

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘WINGS OF FIRE’ – A. P. J. ABDUL KALAM AND ARUN TIWARI

Like every proud Indian, our late former president Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam holds a special place in my heart. His humility and simplicity are much talked about even today and he is an example for many. I started following his journey much before he was our president in 2002. An aerospace engineer, who worked… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘WINGS OF FIRE’ – A. P. J. ABDUL KALAM AND ARUN TIWARI

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE KITE RUNNER BY KHALED HOSSEINI’

Like they say in SRK movies, “Pyaar Dosti Hai” and probably with all the accounts of undying friendship we see in innumerable movies, I had kinda formed an opinion on what friendship is or rather what it should be like. But Alas, I came upon this gem of a book and it totally shattered all… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE KITE RUNNER BY KHALED HOSSEINI’

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE ALCHEMIST’ BY PAULO COELHO

Continuing my journey of ‘LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM BOOKS’, I came upon this gem of a book THE ALCHEMIST written by Palo Coelho in 1988 when I was newly married in my late twenties.  This is one of the books that have a lasting and positive impact on you. I’m a fiction reader mostly and… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE ALCHEMIST’ BY PAULO COELHO

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE FOUNTAINHEAD’ BY AYN RAND

I was introduced to one of my favorite and go-to book THE FOUNTAINHEAD when I was in my teens. I’ve always been a polite and good natured person; some may even call me a people-pleaser as I prefer not involving myself in debates or difference of opinions by resorting to the saying “to each its… Continue reading LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM ‘THE FOUNTAINHEAD’ BY AYN RAND

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Zathura – Chris Van Allsburg (Movie: Zathura – Chris Van Allsburg)

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter ‘Z’, the book and movie I would like to write and review about is the all-time favourite children's sci-fi book ‘Zathura’ by the American author Chris Van Allsburg. The book was published in 2002. The movie made on the book that I will review is named, Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) directed by Jon Favreau.… Continue reading Zathura – Chris Van Allsburg (Movie: Zathura – Chris Van Allsburg)

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The ‘Y’earling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter ‘Y’, the book and movie I would like to write and review about is the all-time favourite literary classic ‘The Yearling’ by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The book was published in 1938 and it has also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. There are many interpretations made on the book, the movie I will review… Continue reading The ‘Y’earling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Xena-The Warrior Princess – RU Emerson

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'X', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is 'Xena-The Warrior Princess', which are a series of comic books by RU Emerson inspired by the character XENA. The comic books have been adapted many times for the screen, the series that was adapted from the book… Continue reading Xena-The Warrior Princess – RU Emerson

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White Nights – Fyodor Dostoevsky (Movie: Saawariya)

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'W', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is 'White Nights' by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. The book was published as a short story in 1848. The book has been adapted many times for the screen, the movie that was adapted from the book… Continue reading White Nights – Fyodor Dostoevsky (Movie: Saawariya)

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Voyage au Centre de la Terre – Jules Verne (Movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth)

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'V', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is the science adventure fantasy 'Voyage au Centre de la Terre' by Jules Verne. The book was published in 1864 in French and has been translated into English as 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' in 1871. There are many interpretations… Continue reading Voyage au Centre de la Terre – Jules Verne (Movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth)

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Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'U', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is the romantic comedy 'Under the Tuskan Sun' by Frances Mayes. It is her autobiographical novel. The book was published in 1996. It has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than 2 years and has… Continue reading Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes

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The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Hola! Today, 23-04-2021 is World Book Day 2021 and I'm thrilled and exalted to review one of my favourite books. My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'T', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is the soul-touching novel 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini. It is his debut novel.… Continue reading The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally (Movie: Schindler’s List)

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'S', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is the historical novel 'Schindler's Ark' by Australian Thomas Keneally. The book was published in 1982. It has won the Booker Prize. It was reissued in other countries as 'Schindler's List' and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1983. The… Continue reading Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally (Movie: Schindler’s List)

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Revolutionary Road – Richard Yate

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'R', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is 'Revolutionary Road' by American author Richard Yate. The book is also his debut book and was published in 1961. It has been listed amongst the 100 best English language books by TIME in 2005. The movie I will review… Continue reading Revolutionary Road – Richard Yate

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Q & A – Vikas Swarup (Movie: Slumdog Millionaire)

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'Q', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is 'Q & A' by an Indian Diplomat Vikas Swarup. The book was published in 2005 and has been translated into 43 languages. It has won South Africa's Boeke Prize in 2006 along with winning the Prix Grand Public in 2007… Continue reading Q & A – Vikas Swarup (Movie: Slumdog Millionaire)

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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'P', the book and movie I would like to write and review about is the all-time favourite literary classic 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. The book was published in 1813. There are many interpretations made on the book, the movie I will review is one of the same name, Pride… Continue reading Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx

My entry for the ongoing BlogChatterA2Z 2021 Challenge for the letter 'B', the book and movie I would like to write and review about are the much raved and acclaimed, 'Brokeback Mountain' by Annie Proulx. Originally written as a short story in 1997, its expanded version was published in 1999 and was also a finalist for… Continue reading Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx