Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts

Monday, March 11, 2013

#1Books are.....

" An good book is like a tattoo. "
                                           - Me
A book is a collection of ideas that make some coherent sense, created by the imagination of an individual who has experienced a life that draws inspiration from a pool that you may or may not have ever laid eyes upon. For me, the more contrasting a point of view / an idea / the story from what I can relate to in my daily ordinary life, the longer it stays with me. I may not agree with the opinions, but they get seared into my conscience and I feel myself pondering (could also be daydreaming) longer upon them. Who wants to read a book that is exactly about what you do all day or on a regular basis? 
                       Perhaps, this may be the reason I am drawn more to fiction and the fantasy genre in particular. They stay with me longer and the more contrasting their ideas, the more difficult to shake off their aura. The Castle, Catch 22, My Name is Red, LOTR are some of those. Comparatively, The Sidney Sheldons and the Ludlums are slowly fading. 
                       Over time, I have become more choosy with what I read. I rely heavily on the reviews or opinions of the Internet Junta now, compared to a decade ago, when I would read through hieroglyphics if I couldn't get anything else. As inspiring a good book can be, a book can also turn to bile .. if you are not careful. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Review : The Rozabal Line

It's been a long time since I had taken up a work by an Indian author. Chetan Bhagat has scarred me. An involuntary twitch passes over my face every time I recall the absurdity that was " One night @ the call center ". So despite a conscious effort to not read any Indian works of fiction, Ashwin Sanghi's name appearing again and again on my screen, made me visit the nearest bookstore and take up "The Rozabal Line".

The book packs a plot that brings together history, conspiracy theories and religion across time. Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Atheism, Vatican, Al Qaeda, Illuminati, Opus Dei, Mossad, R&AW, CIA all come together in this book and across time. Despite the volume of different theories that he has brought together, the author has managed admirably to fit all the pieces together well. Yet, the book falls flat on the story when it comes to the protagonist's part. It almost seemed as if the author was more passionate about all the historical events and organisations and talking about them more than the base upon which he made them rest. Comparisons to Dan Brown's work is to be expected. However, the author has brought up new ideas and events regarding Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism that Dan Brown's work didn't include and hence, TRL feels richer in these areas.
Also, the style is that of a non linear narrative. You dip in and out of various points of time in history, which makes you dazed and provides you with no orientation as to where the story is heading. I consider it as a plus point.
It makes for an exciting read. While it lasts.