My Temporary Son By Timeri N. Murari

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A heart-wrenching memoir. Many people will find themselves teary-eyed  throughout the book, I myself could not help crying.

My Temporary Son narrates the story of an aged couple Tim & Maureen in Chennai, India, who temporarily shelter a sick and fragile orphan kid, named Bhima, undergoing a series of life-threatening surgeries in order to survive because he was born with his bladder outside the abdomen. Bhima was abandoned by his natural parents in an orphanage soon after his birth. The couple had played host to other orphaned children who moved on to adoptive parents abroad but Bhima was different as he brought much more to their lives taking complete possession of their hearts. Tim finds himself learning to be a father though he has never been comfortable with children. However, Tim and Maureen have to confront reality when Bhima’s adoptive parents arrive.

My Temporary Son shows the reality of the convoluted adoption process in India, the emotional turmoil attached to it, the terrible state of the orphaned children, indifference of the officials and of the public. An absolutely moving, simple and viciously honest account of emotions.

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True Believer By Nicholas Sparks

 

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Romantic fiction fans do not need a review to read Nicholas Sparks but True Believer is quite unlike The Notebook. I found it more romantic as it makes you want to fall in love or fall in love again.

Jeremy Marsh is an expert on discrediting the supernatural in his regular column in Scientific American, in short he is a sceptic. He is from New York and after his first appearance on national television, receives a letter from Boone Creek, North Carolina, about certain ghostly events in a cemetery. There he meets Lexie Darnell, an orphan who runs the town’s library and falls in love with her. According to Lexie, her future is in Boone Creek amidst the people she loves and though hesitant she is attracted to Jeremy but is afraid to admit. Jeremy Marsh ultimately makes a difficult choice between returning to the life he knows and doing something he’s never even attempted in his dream-take a leap of faith.

Taking chances and following your heart, that is what True Believer is all about.

That Calcutta…..those Bongs By Dipanwita Mukherjee

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Best for some light reading that your mind may seek after reading a serious literature or a really long book.

A collection of 21 short stories by Dipanwita Mukherjee, all about the Bengali society and cultural settings in Kolkata/Calcutta. There are extensive Bengali words/terms used in the stories throughout which are then explained at the end of the book. A nostalgic journey into the routine lives of people in Bengal and they go as far back as when Kolkata was still Calcutta.

The Bengalis or people familiar with the language will associate perfectly with the stories and terms but others may find it difficult to understand a lot of things.

Not Without My Daughter By Betty Mahmoody

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Extremely sad, terrifying, disturbing, tormenting, heart-wrenching, eye-opening, brave, strong, and at the same time filled with love and sacrifice, Not Without My Daughter is unputdownable until you know what happened next and after that and so on and so forth going on to the last chapter. You breathe a sigh of relief and become happy for Betty Mahmoody and Mahtob.

Not Without My Daughter is an account of Betty Mahmoody’s experiences during 1984–86. She left Alpena, Michigan to travel to Tehran with her husband and daughter for a short visit as promised by her husband. She and her daughter were held against their wills in Tehran after two weeks of their visit. Betty Mahmoody became a prisoner to an Islamic culture hostile to Americans, her husband’s family hostile to her, and an abusive husband. Her husband separated her from her daughter for weeks, assaulted her and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave. However, she eventually fled with her daughter with the help she received from many Iranians and covered 500 miles/800 km to escape to Turkey, mostly on foot.

Noone can understand what Betty Mahmoody felt while she was captured in Tehran and being separated from her daughter, but we can take a glimpse of it all in this autobiography. Despite several opportunities to leave Tehran without her daughter, which was more easy and convenient, Betty Mahmoody patiently waited and risked for the right time and right opportunity to leave with her daughter. Kudos to Betty Mahmoody and Mahtob!

One Hundred Years Of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Not one of the easier books to read as it is difficult to distinguish what is real and what is myth. It takes a bit of an effort to begin but once you are deep into the story you begin to like the world of fantasy that Marquez has built consisting of mythical heroes and supernatural elements.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude is the story of the town of Macondo in which live seven generations of the Buendia family. Jose Arcadio Buendia, and Ursula Iguaran, his wife and first cousin, leave Riohacha in Colombia to find a new and better life. During this journey, Jose Arcadio Buendia dreams of the town of Macondo and upon awakening he builds it at a riverside based on his dream and perceptions. Macondo, the city of mirrors and the magical world is destroyed by a hurricane ultimately.

The fabricated events and characters act as a metaphor for the colonisation of the future Colombia. Though the story is fictional in a fiction setting, it gives a great insight into and explain the true Colombian history.