Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bhagat Singh and his Legend (ed) J.S. Grewal

Bhagat Singh is perhaps India's best known revolutionary. For long, he was just seen as a man with a gun in his hand but now slowly people are awakening to the fact that he was a voracious reader and an intelligent thinker who thought deep about the ailments that plagued Indian society.

This book is an anthology of essays regarding various viewpoints on/ of Bhagat Singh. The section that I liked best was where his portrayal in different literatures of India viz. Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, and Punjabi is detailed. Now if only I can find translations of the Gujarati and Marathi texts....


First Line: This book consists of four segments.

Pub. Details: ,Patiala: World Punjabi Centre, 2008.

Pages: 280

Source: CL 52709 

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Bhagwati Charan Vohra and his wife Durga  were compatriots of Bhagat Singh. Lovingly called Bhai and Bhabhi, they were a comfortably-off couple who still left all the comforts and jumped into the Indian freedom struggle. While Bhagwati died a gruesome death when the bomb that he was testing accidentally went off, Durga continued the struggle even in free India. This book is not so much a biography as a collection of extracts from other books and anecdotes and recollections. It is worth a read but the couple deserve something much better.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


" I have learnt from experience that when a book makes a sensation it is just as well to wait a year before you read it. It is astonishing how many books then you need not read at all."

W. Somerset Maugham: The Voice of the Turtle

Wish I had read this advice before reading all those books on international- bestseller lists.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mount TBR Check-In

It is time for the first check-in of 2016 as we climb the mountains of books, purchased before this year.

Well, I have taken a small step towards conquering those mountains, having read Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch. And my fave character of that book (to ans a ques asked by Bev @My Reader's Block) was the eponymous heroine Mildred. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Much before Harry Potter, there was a young witch names Mildred Hubble who attended Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. She was a misfit because she could not ride her broom properly and was afraid of the dark. But when the need arrived, she rose to the occasion and saved her school.

This was my intro to Jill Murphy's highly successful series. Liked it but it doesn't have a character at par with my favourite Potions professor.

Ethereal 2016 Reading Challenge

Last year, I had great fun reading for the Ethereal 2015 Challenge hosted @ RIEDEL FASCINATION. This year, I am signing up for its 2016 version. My goal remains the same: Intution which means I'll be reading 5-10 books for the challenge.

I love how our hostess describes the challenge:

... “Ethereal” is a home for everything under the sun that goes beyond the black & white.  If you are among the millions reading about haunted houses, psychics, witches and endless variety of serious literature:  healing, dreams, miracles;  I invite you to our group.  We leave nothing out, even those darned vampires.  Fantasy is otherwordly and children’s literature has magical animals.  Clergywomen and clergymen heroes suit our spectrum too.
All we need is a spark of mysticism or spirituality.  I hope you will join my warm, friendly circle.

 Interested? Details are here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

23rd March: In Remembrance

Today is the day when India lost three of her most glorious sons: Sukhdev, Bhagat Singh, and Rajguru. They died so that India could be free and today India repays them by calling a budding politician, notable only for certain speeches that he has made recently, Bhagat Singh!

I would rather read a book than pay attention to such political dirt. And so Understanding Bhagat Singh, a collection of essays by noted scholar Prof. Chaman Lal which makes accessible Bhagat Singh to the lay man. I had problems with some of the views of the author but overall liked the book.