Monday, February 28, 2011

Must Read Books .......... Part 11

101.     Book Name: “Aelgar”
Language: Marathi
Author: Shri. Na. Pendase
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 132
Cost: 120 Rs.
Publisher: Majestic Prakashan
First Published in India: July 1949

102.      Book Name: “The Murder on The Links”
Language: English
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Novel, Mystery
Pages: 319
Publisher: Harper Collins
First Published: 1923

103.      Book Name: “The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ”
Language: English
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: Novel
Pages: 245
Cost: 499/-
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Edition: 2010

104.      Book Name: “Romerajya 1 – Amsterdam Te Rome”
Language: Marathi
Author: Meena Prabhu
Genre: Travel Diaries
Pages: 343
Cost: 300/-
Publisher: Mauj Prakashan
First Edition: 1st May 2009

105.      Book Name: “The Curse of The Goddess”
Originally in: Bengali
Author: Satyajit Ray
Translated in English by: Gopa Mazumdar
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Cost: 99 Rs.
Publisher: A Puffin Original
First Published: 2003

106.      Book Name: “Gatha Irani”
Language: Marathi
Author: Meena Prabhu
Genre: Travel Diaries
Pages: 374
Cost: 300 Rs.
Publisher: Mauj Prakashan Gruh
First Published: 6th April 2008

107.      Book Name: “Kosla”
Language: Marathi
Author: Bhalachandra Nemade
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 265
Cost: 225 Rs.
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
First Published: 1963

108.      Book Name: “Romerajya 2 – Naples Te Venice”
Language: Marathi
Author: Meena Prabhu
Genre: Travel Diaries
Pages: 327
Cost: 300 Rs.
Publisher: Mauj Prakashan Gruh
First Published: 2nd May 2009

109.      Book Name: “Draksh Aani Rudraksh”
Language: Marathi
Author: Subhash Bhende
Genre: Humor
Pages: 136
Cost: 25 Rs.
Publisher: Shrividya Prakashan
First Published: 15th August 1983

110.            Book Name: “The Sunset Club”
Language: English
Author: Khushwant Singh
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 218
Cost: 399 Rs.
Publisher: Penguin Viking
First Published: 2010

Monday, February 21, 2011



Author: Anand Yadav
Genre: Fiction
Language: Marathi
Pages: 190
Cost: 140 Rs.
Publisher: Mehta Publishing House
First Published: October 1980
“NATRANG” authored by Anand Yadav was published in 1980 but the story of ‘Guna’ protagonist in “NATRANG” came into limelight only after when movie based on the book released in 2010. There is hardly any Marathi speaking person who has not seen this movie or do not know about the movie. It was very good movie, excellent direction and acting performances. The music of movie was loved by people of all ages. It won every award that year. But I think music overpowered the story of the film a bit. So I decided to get hold of the book and read it.
Book is worth reading even after you had seen the movie. Movies are much larger and lot easier medium to tell a story or portray someone. But in a novel, only accessory to tell a story is words. And Anand Yadav did amazing job. He created “Guna” who felt like a real person and we could feel his pain and anguish. We could explore “Guna’s” world without any visual assistance. You could easily visualize it yourself. So I like to read the story more than watching movie.
It is a Must Read Book. If I have to rate this book I will give it 9 out of 10.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quotes from book "CHANGUNA"

Quotes from Book “CHANGUNA”

1.      “dovaapaoXaa dOvaalaa ek maa~aa jaasta Aaho.”

Author: Aacharya Atre
Book: CHANGUNA (1954)

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Beauty of These Present Things


Author: Avtar Singh
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Pages: 239
Cost: 250 Rs.
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Published: 2000

The Beauty of These Present Things is a first novel from Avtar Singh. Novel is portrayal of young aspiring writer’s life in contemporary Mumbai. The book is sarcasm which is enduring quality of aspiring Indian youngsters.
An editor in a publishing firm Katie try to track down aspiring young writer Arjun because she has some time in her hand on her visit to Mumbai. Arjun had sent her some short stories and she sensed promise in him so she decides to meet him. In the process of tracking down Arjun she meets some people who are Arjun’s friends or he knows them. And she surprised to know that Arjun had used all these people as characters in the short stories he sent her. His stories were based on these people lives and characters weren’t fictional but real and interacting with her. So she $is increasingly drawn into Arjun’s world. She finds him more and more interesting, and eager to meet him. Meanwhile, Arjun, unaware that Katie is looking for him, pursues his daily routine. As usual he is working as a real-estate agent.
This is the story of just one day —19 May 1999. Filling 239 pages exploring just one day is amazing. Book is simple and free flowing; it is neither idealistic nor cynic. If I have to rate this book I will give it 6 out of 10.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Quotes from Book "SHANTARAM"

Quotes from Book “SHANTARAM”

1.      “While I was chained to a wall & being tortured. I realized, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was free; free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them.”

2.      “The great principles & the noble virtues are all very well, in the long run of history; but from one day to the next it’s money that keeps us going.”

3.      “Civilization after all, is defined by what we forbid more than what we permit.”

4.      “When you judge the power that is in a person you must judge their capacities as both friends and enemy.”

5.      “Never let anyone know what you’re thinking; but always know what others thinks of you.”

6.      “I think the future is like anything else that’s important, it has to be earned.”

7.      “In the beginning we feared everything – animals, the weather, the trees, the night sky – everything except each other. Now we fear each other & almost nothing else.”

8.      “The real trick in life is to want nothing and to succeed in getting it.”

9.      “A lot of the bad stuff in the world wasn’t really that bad until someone tried to change it.”

10.  “If fate doesn’t make you laugh, then you just don’t get the joke.”

11.  “Sometimes the lion must roar, just to remind the horse of his fear.”

12.  “The truth is that there are no good men or bad men. It is the deeds that have goodness or badness in them. There are good deeds and bad deeds. Men are just men – it is what they do or refuse to do, that links them to good and evil.”

13.  “Justice is judgment that is both fair and forgiving; justice is not done until everyone is satisfied.”

14.  “Poverty and Pride are devoted blood brothers until one always and inevitably kills the other.”

15.  “Fate always gives you two chances, the one you should take and the one you do.”

16.  “There is no man and no place without war, the only thing we can do is choose a side and fight.”

17.  “Luck is what happens to you when fate gets tired of waiting.”

Author: Gregory David Roberts