The Lost symbol By Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol

The Lost symbol is a perfect example of ‘How to end a really nice plot in worst possible way’. Storyline started very well at one point of time It was difficult to put down the book but towards the end it felt like completely waste of time.

Story starts when Robert Langdon receives a call from his friend Peter Solomon’s assistant regarding a lecture in US Capitol building. Once he is in Capitol building he finds out that invitation is not from his friend but from his friend’s kidnapper. Afterwards Peter’s severed hand is found at the centre of Capitol Rotunda.

It raises more questions than answers when CIA director Inoue Sato appears at the same time in US Capitol building. Peter had given Robert a capstone of Pyramid and Robert feels it’s his responsibility to keep its secret safe but there is a tattooed kidnapper who wants to uncover secret of Masonic Pyramid. There are interesting references to melancholia I and Masonic society and their secrets, in fact whole book revolves around Masonic secrets. Katherine Solomon who is Peter Solomon’s sister, helps Robert in his quest to save his friend & keep Masonic secrets safe but her character is not as effective as Sophia and Vittoria as in his previous novels.

And once story comes closer to its end it becomes very slow and boring.

कोसला – भालचंद्र नेमाडे [Kosla- Bhalchandra Nemade]


बऱ्याच  इंग्रजी कादंबर्या, ग्रंथ वगैरे वाचल्या नंतर एकादी मराठी कादंबरी वाचावी असा विचार चालू होता, पण नक्की कोणती वाचावी हे पक्के होत नव्हते. काही वर्ष्यांपुर्वी ‘कोसला’ या कादंबरीचे अर्धवट ध्वनिमुद्रण मी ऐकले होते आणि ते खूपच भन्नाट वाटले होते म्हणून मी ;कोसला’ वाचायचे नक्की केले.

कोसालाची सुरवात खूपच मजेशीर आहे उदाहरणार्थ,वगैरे,आता हे नवीनच आणि आणि हे भलतच अश्या मस्त वाक्यांनी धमाल उडवली आहे. जर तुम्ही  पुण्यात शिकला असाल आणि तुमच्या वर्गात बाहेत गावाकडून आलेली मुले असतील तर मग हि कादंबरी तुम्हाला खूपच जवळची वाटेल. कोसला हि कथा आहे १९६० च्या पिढीतील पांडुरंग सांगवीकर या तरुणाची, हे त्याच आत्मचरित्रच आहे असा म्हटले तरी चालेल. पांडू/पंड्या हा एका खेड्यातून पुण्यामध्ये शिकायला येतो. शहरातील गोष्टी, शहरातील लोकांचे वागणे इत्यादी बद्दलचे त्याचे निरीक्षण आणि त्याचे याच्या वरचेभाष्य खूपचमजेशीर आहेत.

 अभ्यासाची वेळापत्रक करण्याचे त्याचे प्रयत्न, कॉलेजच्या कार्यक्रमांमध्ये भाग घेण्याच्या उठाठेवी, काही अंगलट आलेले प्रयत्न, होस्टेल, वेताळ टेकडी आणि टेकडी वरील यांच्या भटकन्त्य, सिगारेट,चहा, कॉलेजच्या  मुली, पुण्यातले नमुने मित्र आणि विद्वान प्रोफेसर लोक इत्यादिमुळे पुस्तक कधी अर्धे संपते ते काळात पण नाही. काही प्रसंग खूप मजेशीर आहेत पण खूप काही सांगून जातात. माझा सगळ्यात आवडता भाग म्हणजे पांडुरंग आणि सुरेश यांच्या मधील बोलणे. प्रत्येक गोष्टीची व्याख्या करताना त्यांनी  विडंबन मस्त केले आहे.

पुस्तकाच्या कल्पना आणि मांडणीला तोड नाही. पुस्तकाच्या शेवटचा काही भाग मात्र अनावश्यक आणि थोडा कंटाळवाणा वाटतो. पुस्तकाच्या शेवटाबद्दल मात्र मला काहीच तक्रार नाही. एकूणच आजही  पुण्यात शिकायला येणाऱ्या प्रत्येकाने कोसला वाचलेच पाहिजे .

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

This is first of its kind of book that I read (India under British rule from British author). I wont say it was awesome book but it wasn’t bad either.

Best thing about this book is it shows social structure of India under British rule and relation between British and Indian people as well as between India people of different class and religion.

Plot is based in small India city called Chandrapore and it circles around Dr. Aziz, Mr. fielding, Miss Quested, Mrs. Moore and to some extent Mr Heaslop & Prof. Godbole.

Miss quested accuses Dr. Aziz of something and it creates a big uproar in Chandrapore. Though Mr. fielding in British he sticks with Dr. Aziz. Due to this Mr. Fielding is thought as traitor in British circle. After the case is over Mr. Fielding speaks for Miss Qusted as well and After some interesting turns of event even Dr. Aziz and his circle also starts doubting Mr. fielding.

Mr. Fielding character stands out in this novel, he is don’t fear to speak for what he believes in.

One should read this book if he/she wants to know more about India under British rule in 1920s or 30s.

“The Kite Runner”

I was bored of reading novels having US president, or some big US corporation or some CIA agent turned killer but still having human side and then I came across the book “The Kite Runner”. I decided to read it without reading the review, only thing I knew is it’s a kind of good book and to tell you the truth it blew me completely.

This is now one of the best novels I ever read.

I have read many novels but none of these were irresistible as “The kite runner”. I started reading it like 20-30 pages few days and was planning to finish it in two weeks ( as I am in middle of CAT prep can’t offered to lose my focus 😉 ) but as I got into the story, I could not keep the book down and read last 80 % of novel in two days. This is first novel by “Khaled Hosseini”. He has written such an amazing story. The novel is amazing not only because of its plot by when you go on reading all the dots get connected in a way that no other novel I read did. (If you are into reading fiction you will understand what do I mean here..)

Well, it’s a story which happened in Afghanistan, Pakistan and America, it spans over four decades and covers Afghanistan under monarchy, soviet rule, Taliban and small part of time when America bombarded Afghanistan. It’s a story of two friends, at the beginning you may think its the same old story , two friends one rich other poor and all that stuff but just hang on, there is more to it than just that. The most amazing part of story is when one of the boys (I wont tell which one and why) backtrack his childhood city (?) of Kabul

The other reason why this novel stands out is because it makes you emotionally involve into the novel (P.S. I am not at all emotional person, you ask any of my friends. But while reading the Novel you feel it as if you are Amir….. I am resisting here to mentioned at least few details about plot and which part of novel I like the most…)

And if you are going to reading the this book don’t read any review or anything about it, trust me on this, as it may spoil some fun…..

Just get this book and start reading

To Kill a Mockingbird-Book Review

I was looking for the best books to read,  while going through BBC’s Top 100 and TIMEs All time 100 novels and few other best books to read list I found that few books are common in all of them and I believe these must be good to read. “To kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is one of the books which was recommended by almost all of the list.

One of the list published in UK said its a must read book and placed it ahead of Bible at number 1 spot and it was said that is one of the life changing book, I have seen lot of people talking about their life changing book but I as a matter of fact I  am yet to come across such a book, yes I have read lots of books and enjoyed reading them and those books might have impacted my nature is some way or other but I will not classify any of those books as life changing, so I thought to read this book and to see whats life changing is in there.

As I started reading this book I found its kind of humorous and funny to ready (I can relate to lot of things of my childhood to the thoughts and activities of Scout and Jem, Boo Radley part is the funniest 😉  )  Scout is the main character of the Novel and we see the southern US from her point of view in this book, Jem is her elder brother. I was done with 1/3rd of the book  still I did not find any life changing in it only it was fun to read because of Scouts & Jem. But as I continue to read there come some serious incidents but these are not explored more as this book is from the point of view of 8/9 year old girl. Though those incidents are not explored more but the way those have been looked are different and thought provoking.

This books has humorous side to it, it has tragedy and contradiction too but more that any of these its a great book to read.  Emotions of child and questions that they have about life and various incidences are noted by author is very particular manner. During the time of US  of which books is written people were condemning Germany for their hatred of Jews but making blind eye to their own partiality and condemnation of Blacks, little scouts gets confused because of this and was noted by author in superb manner.

Various stages that a boy and a girl goes through and their thinking while growing has been notes in Scout and Jem’s thoughts nicely.

At the end of the book you get the feeling of yes it was a nice book and it was worth reading and its worth recommending to others too but still I will not say “Its life changing book”. It must have been life changing may be in some older times when there was racial discrimination around people [ Particularly in US & UK]. While going though the articles on this book I came to know that lot of people choose to become lawyer because they were so impressed by Atticus ( Father of Scout and Jem who fought for a black man in a court ) and yes I agree to their respect for Atticus’s character who creates moral benchmarks for other.

The Little Price- Book review

*’The Little Price” is a book written by  French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Initialy written in french it got transalated in more than 190 languages and sold more than 200 million copies making it one of the best-selling books ever (Courtesy Wikipedia  🙂 ).

I came across this book while browsing through internet and it looked interesting to me so i downloaded pdf from internet to read this one. (Its available on this link ). Its something around 78 pages book and can be read in one sitting, but you need to spend more time to really understand what it means.  I read some portion of the book twice or even trice.

Book looks like a children’s book but i don’t believe so. The book tells much more than a simple story. It’s a story of a guy, when he was a child he liked drawing (Like mots of children ) but was discouraged by grown ups ( Like most of the grown ups 😉 ). that guy leaves his liking for drawing and takes up aviation as his career. when he grow up ( and become one of the grown ups )  while flying over Sahara desert , He crashes and then that is where he meet the little price and the real story begins here. I wont go into the plot and ruin your fun, all i can say is this books is worth reading and more than reading its worth thinking about. Author has mentioned lots of fasts about life and grown ups indirectly and very intelligently.

There is one line is the last chapter of this book

“Look up at the sky. Ask yourselves: is it yes or no? Has the sheep eaten the flower? And you will see how everything changes . . .”

It says a lot and you will understand what it says only when you read the book.