MOMENTOUSNESS OF BOOKS

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. This statement by George R.R. Martin truely justifies the importance of books in today’s scenario. They say that ”when you open a book , you open a new world. I believe that everyone would agree with this statement as books have become inevitable to mankind.I myself have seen the noteworthiness of books at a rise. To some newspaper is their first thing they read as soon as they get up in the morning and to some reading a book is their first priority when they get up and last thing before they sleep. A book to them is like a bestfriend who will never walk away from them and is never a failing companion.

Books have been there for centuries and without them the knowledge of our past ancestors, the information of the cultures and the civilizations would have been impossible. I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book as they are uniquely portable magic. To many it relates to their characters or situations while to some books take them to a different world and very comfortably changes their mindset.

Books have become important as they are the source of knowledge and wisdom which helps the person, advice them and shows the path in darkness to light. Books play an essential role in an individual’s life. They demand nothing and in return gives you immense joy. They tone up your intellectual taste and make a person’s outlook broad. They console when a person is depressed and encourage when a person is defeated.

Well-read man is a person who is loved and praised by all. He is a store house of information. He knows something of everything and can be a really good talker as well.

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy books and that’s kind of a same thing. What can earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book and a cup of coffee. So just grab a book and good luck for your new journey in a new world of imagination.

By Prarthna Grover 

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REVIEW “The Secret Life of Bees”by Sue Monk Kidd

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Set in the troublesome times of the 1960 Civil Rights Movement is the troublesome story of Lily Owens.  After the death of her mother she is raised by the black housemaid Rosaleen on her dad’s peach farm. Whilst Rosaleen tries to bring love and happiness into Lily’s life her dad, whom she only calls T.Ray because “he’s not much of a Daddy figure” resents, ignores and abuses her.

A series of events leads the fourteen years old Lily to run away together with Rosaleen.  The only thing Lily has from her Mother are two silk gloves, a picture of her and a mysterious picture of a black Mary that seems to be coming from Tiburon, South Carolina. Led by this picture the two set out to Tiburon and find the black Mary on a honey label which shows them the way to the pink beekeepers house.August and her sisters June and May. They take Lily and Rosaleen in and in this safe place Lily finally starts to flower.Finds friends, love and worth.

Which seems to good to be true. And somehow it is, considered, that a young white girl lives with three black sisters in a time where racial discrimination is daily business and runaway daughters are most likely searched for.

The author Sue Monk Kidd somehow manages to combine these two sides in one humorous and poetic novel. Her style of writing is clear and somewhat lighthearted even though the subject is not. Still the book isn’t missing a true meaning. Mostly delivered through the conversations with August in the book it talks about forgiveness, oneself and others and ultimately about love.

Wiyanna Markowis

Review: “My Sisters Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

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“I understand, you were invisible too” is not something you want to hear a thirteen years old girl say about parent- children relationships. But that is exactly how Anna Fitzgerald feels. Invisible. Her older sister Kate suffers from a rare form of Leukemia and Anna’s fetus was carefully selected to match her older sister, so that she could donate the blood of her umbilical cord. Or better, so that her parents could donate her umbilical cord. Now thirteen years later Anna has not only donated her umbilical cord but bone marrow, Lymphocytes, blood, tissue and is supposed to donate her kidney, but she doesn’t want to, so she goes to court.

The book follows this legal process over two weeks. As Jodi Picoult writes the book from different perspectives, we not only hear Anna’s inner Voice but also that of her Mother who fights like a lion to keep Kate alive and suffers from the circumstance that she herself is not able to provide what Kate needs. We get to meet Brian, Anna’s father who is lost between what is right and what is wrong, what is morally, what ethically correct. A firefighter at home and in his Job. We meet Jesse, Kate’s and Anna’s older brother who struggles to find his own place. He is neither the one who needs saving nor is he the savior so who is he in this family? We get to meet Anna’s attorney and some more characters.

Through this style of writing Jodi Picoult manages to show the complexity of this family drama. She shows that no matter who is talking and how different the opinions are, in his way everyone is somewhat right and tries to do his best.

During the conversations in the book it becomes clear that behind every obvious explanation lay many hidden reasons. Reasons that are sometimes so unexpected, that they leave the reader surprised. As does the ending of the book which is so extraordinary I wouldn’t believe anyone who  says he had guessed it from the beginning.

 

Wiyanna Markowis

Review “Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn’t read “Eat, Pray, Love” (by the way: what are you doing with your life if you have not yet read “Eat, Pray, Love?)

At the ending of “Eat, Pray, Love” We see Liz slowly falling in love with her brazilian lover Felipe. We meet them again at Dallas Airport in the United States where Felipe is refused to enter the country ever again unless they manage to get a more secure visa, which means a fiancée visa followed by a marriage. For the both of them who vowed never to marry again this is just a little bit problematic but as Liz puts it she loves Felipe so much she “would even marry” him. What a romantic proposal…

As Felipe has no business whatsoever without being allowed into the U.S. and they don’t want to separate they set out to spend their waiting time in different countries in Asia in the hope, that their financial resources will last long enough. Whilst Felipe just tries (and struggles) to get comfortable in their new situation Liz tries (and struggles) to get to know everything about marriage to find a way to be happy about their “sentence to wed”. She takes us along on that journey humorously discussing the different aspects about marriage, how it changed over time and still is different depending on which corner of the world you visit. What the book misses in description of the places they visit is compensated with insightful revelations about matrimony.

No matter if you are already married, planning on getting married or never want anything to do with this business at all, this book will make you laugh and see many “natural” perceptions  you might have about the subject of holy matrimony in a completely different light. It is definitely worth a read!

Wiyanna Markowis

REVIEW “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo

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Some people don’t like reading old dusty classic books. Some people don’t like reading very long books. Well, the book “Les Miserables” is both of these things and still I would recommend you to read it. The book follows (admittedly with some detours) the life of Jean Valjean. A man who was convicted to galley “service” for stealing a loaf of bread.

After finishing his sentence and being out on parole he realizes bitterly, that even though he served his sentence for society he always will be convicted. The book follows him on his journey through the Paris and France of the beginning of the 19th century as he tries to turn his life towards the good.

This search for good plays out over more than one thousand pages. The author deliberately decides to leave the main storyline several times in such a way that the book becomes more like a long walk in a park than a thrilling rollercoaster ride, a phenomenon that lacks in many of the modern day novels. He slows down the pace of everyday life and reveals that even though the book was written more than 150 years ago many of aspects are still true today. Victour Hugos book “Les Miserables” has been called the conscience of the 19th century. And he can also be called the conscience of the 21th century for that matter.  In his work he shows, that there is a higher moral than the social standards and laws of the moment. Good and bad can not always be rightfully decided in front of a court. And how judgment can be true for eternity.

Maybe we should take this point of view on some of the things that happen in today’s day and age… How will our, nowadays ‘accepted’ and ‘right’ actions, be judged upon in 150 years when our self centered reasons no longer matter and the only thing that is remembered are the consequences of our actions.

Wiyanna Markowis

Book Review- ‘SOLD’ by Patricia McCormick

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Lakshmi  is a thirteen years old “hill girl” from a small mountain village in rural Nepal. She lives together with her mother, stepfather, a small goat and a small baby brother in a hut that can not protect them from the rain. Nonetheless she and her mother excel at finding the simple pleasures in live even if the step father gambles away all their money every night… A bad man is better than no man. After a especially rainy monsoon that washed away all of the family’s crops Lakshmi’s stepfather tells her that she’ll have to go to the city and find a job as a maid to support the family. With the picture of gaining enough money to buy a tin roof Lakshmi willingly agrees and is thankful that she can help her Ama.

What she doesn’t know is, that her new Auntie Bimla never intended to find her a job as a maid. Instead she brings young Lakshmi to happiness house in India. Lakshmi faces an unbelievable fate: she has been sold into child prostitution.

Patricia McCormick who worked together with Amnesty International and Survivors themselves manages to write a nearly poetic book about a traumatic experience. The book is written in Lakshmi’s voice as she writes down daily what happens. How she is treated, used and betrayed but also how she finds friends and laughter and in the end a ray of hope.

This book raises awareness for a fate that happens to young girls every day. Sexual trafficking is not some made up horror but day to day reality. And through reading the book and being aware of this violation of human rights is the first step to change. As Eli Weisel said, ”Let us remember: what hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.”

 

Wiyanna Markowis

Inner Engineering- A Yogi’s Guide to Joy- SADHGURU

When I Lost My Sense

Then I was a man

I only went up the Hill

As I had time to kill

But kill I did all that was

Me and Mine

With Me and Mine gone

Lost all my will and skill

Here I am, an empty vessel

Enslaved to the Divine Will

and infinite skill

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The latest book  Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru is a revolutionary book that caters to readers from all parts of the world with a path to achieving absolute well-being through the classical science of yoga.

In this book, the visionary, mystic and yogi Sadhguru distills his own experiences with spirituality and yoga and introduces the transformational concept of Inner Engineering.

Sadhguru tells the story of his own awakening, from a boy with an affinity for the natural world, to a young daredevil who crossed the Indian continent on his motorcycle. He relates the moment of his enlightenment on a mountaintop in southern India, from which he emerged radically changed.

Developed by him over several years, this powerful practice serves to align the mind and the body with energies around and within, creating a world of limitless power and possibilities.

Inner Engineering is your own software for joy and well-being.