Book Review – ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown

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The latest Dan Brown thriller, with the dearest of the masses Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist, as the protagonist has touched the new summits of perfection in fiction-writing.

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

The story revolves around a series of unfortunate events taking a grip over Robert Langdon, who wakes one day in an oblivious state of mind to discover that his life at stake. The novel is a tribute, for me, to Dante Alighieri, one of the pioneers in poetry, bewitched by whose magnum opus The Divine Comedy, the antagonist Bertrand Zobrist, portrayed as the avant garde of transhumanism, decides to take an evil turn for curbing the population explosion.

Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose.

Like they say, ‘there’s a fine line between insanity and genius’; Zobrist imbibes in himself the Dante, who went in his masterpiece’s Inferno through hell for the purging of soul…for the good of all and above all!

Fast-paced, compelling and the one that will make you stick to it till you turn the last page and end with a sigh, the sigh that will replay the unprecedented journey you have through ancient Venice back to the times of Dante Alighieri himself. A 5-starrer. One hell of a journey to cherish 😉 In fact, I have started on The Divine Comedy as well, the epic 14000+ lines of poetry!!!

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Down a Dreamer’s Lane

come…walk with me
down a dreamer’s lane
up beyond you see
through the eyes of soul
the eyes the world shuns

come…walk with me…

to the treasure lying within
you traveled miles for gold
the elixir of life, waiting
‘come to me…behold’

to the seed you once sowed
good, bad…its you
germinates fruit…you reap
through and through and through

to the distant star that dims
waits for your glory to shine
a speck of thought it needs
your star will be mine

to the drooping flowers you see
the sunset of your life
arrives the crack of dawn
the tree of hope shelters thee

look down, you perish
look beyond, you stand
to pursue a search abandoned
to keep a fire within
the fire that lights a way
the way a dreamer dreams

the dream down a lane

the lane I search thee

come…walk with me…

Book Review – ‘The Lowland’ by Jhumpa Lahiri

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One among the nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2013, although bearing the brunt of hard luck when it came to winning the prize, yet it portrays beautifully the post-colonial India of the 1960s when the then Calcutta was incinerating in the flames of the Naxalite movement.

The story is of two brothers Subhash and Udayan bound together since childhood by the string of love, but which starts to strain when Udayan, the younger one, jumps into the Naxalite movement and abets fellow naxalites in what turns out to be the destiny-shaper for the two brothers. The elder one, Subhash, goes to US to pursue higher studies, leaving his brother and parents amidst the grim circumstances that spring up in Calcutta. The story is of a woman’s fight with oneself to discover her dreams and her very shades of demeanor that till then remained under the veil of an oblivious existence. The story puts the flow of intense emotions into the veins of the reader.

In a nutshell, its a 4-starrer for me. A lover of English literature should definitely give the novel a place in his book-shelf 🙂

The Lone Companion

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the two ways,
the two journeys,
imprinting on the thread of time
so delicately, so intricately

one, through the past
through the mire of thoughts
through the future
through the endless apprehensions
through the times I’ve lived
dead in the world through the same times…
other, through the visage
through what is seen
yet what is not
through what is revealed
veiled but remains
the inner chaos pacified
all but a vain…

through the thick, thin through I’ve emerged
into a field, extends beyond my cognition
the frontiers I know not
the seeable I see not
the murky my conscience
the fathomable I reach not
only you I see, see me in you
my lonesome companion
transcending the cognitive
entering the physical
to the world you carry
my only harbinger
lest I be dead
in me you live
I live in you

my only hope…be with me
my precious tears…I…

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Book Review – ‘An Uncertain Glory’ by Amartya Sen & Jean Dreze

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A keen and comprehensive study of the current economic and social status of India, Nobel laureate Mr. Amartya Sen along with renowned economist Mr. Jean Dreze have illustrated with such finesse the canvas of Indian development.

‘India has been climbing up the ladder of per capita income while slipping down the slope of social indicators.’

Comparing India with two of the most human deprived regions i.e., South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, India doesn’t stand at a much farther position on several social indicators. In fact, based on gross national income per capita , India is just above 15 most poorest countries outside sub-Saharan Africa. India needs to go a long way down the road of development.

‘Corruption has become such an endemic feature of the Indian administration and commercial life that in some parts of the country nothing moves in the intended direction unless the palm of the deliverer is greased.’

The big setback to the growth of Indian societies is the widespread disparities feasting on the ignorance of people. Caste, religion, language, etc., which were to keep us united, are now used as weapon by the malefactors of the society to play their cards and turn the fortunes of us. Another deficiency in the Indian working systems is the absence of accountability. It is when our representatives in the democracy as well as the incumbents at levels of decentralization aren’t answerable to us or to the apex institutions of governance that the roots of corruption start spreading. By the time we gain senses, the tree of corruption has taken a grotesque shape and we can do nothing but savor its fruits where we needed to condemn it at a primal stage.

All in all, the book puts the very facets of Indian governance and societies to the scrutiny of the citizens and this makes it a 5-starrer for me. Every person who wants to get acquainted with the same should grab a copy and savor the journey down the 287 pages of realization. 🙂

The Lone Companion

the two ways,
the two journeys,
imprinting on the thread of time
so delicately, so intricately

one, through the past
through the mire of thoughts
through the future
through the endless apprehensions
through the times I’ve lived
dead in the world through the same times…
other, through the visage
through what is seen
yet what is not
through what is revealed
veiled but remains
the inner chaos pacified
all but a vain…

through the thick, thin through I’ve emerged
into a field, extends beyond my cognition
the frontiers I know not
the seeable I see not
the murky my conscience
the fathomable I reach not
only you I see, see me in you
my lonesome companion
transcending the cognitive
entering the physical
to the world you carry
my only harbinger
lest I be dead
in me you live
I live in you

my only hope…be with me
my precious tears…I be with you.