“Through the transient seek the eternal. There is no path to it, for it is the ever-present.”
There’s absolutely nothing to dislike about this book.
J Krishnamurti has been one of the greatest philosophers of his time and this book simply restates the fact. A collection of one of his most profound and impactful quotes, each page makes you think and reflect on your actions.
There are points I don’t hundred percent agree with – but that’s my thing to deal with. The way he states facts leaves lasting impressions.
The key point of the book is that we humans are inviting, are the reason of the real crisis.
Here are my key takeaways after reading this :
Always be on the lookout for truth. Truth is what matters.
Violence is never the right way.
Killing an ant just for the fun of it is as sick as killing a human for the fun of it.
Do not hesitate from straying off the well trodden path. Make a difference.
Introspect. What ever you are doing – does it matter? Why? Why not?
Kudos to this compilation! A book to have on your shelf.
Book : The Real Crisis by J Krishnamurti Number of pages : 41
3 reasons why you MUST pick up Get Off Your High Horse by Cynthia Terelst : ⠀ ⠀
It is a romance with heat. It has all the elements of a cosy winter read. It is a must have, a must read! I mean, it has lines like ‘Sebastian may be a conceited royal, but he sure could ride, whether his butt was in the saddle or not. I smiled, thinking about what Amanda would often say: ‘Frankie, that man has an arse anyone would be happy to grab’. As much as I hated to admit it, she was right. And it was just as good to look at. ‘
The title and the cover is super inviting and if that’s not enough, read it because I’m asking you to!
Crown Prince and an Australian farmgirl. What could they possibly have in common? Certainly not privilege, status or money. But there is a spark. Although, it’s hard to determine if it’s borne of interest or contempt. Could Frankie and Sebastian possibly have a future together?
When two opposites collide will their differences ignite a spark? Frankie and Sebastian live totally different lives. Lives that are entwined through polo, the sport of kings. How entangled will they become? Australian farmgirl, Frankie, has no interest in high society or the rich, arrogant riders she has to deal with, especially Sebastian. Her heart may be softening to his kindness and love of horses, but her brain won’t be convinced. She’s looking forward to her summer break on the farm, away from him……until her parents invite Sebastian to stay. Sebastian never felt comfortable in his role as the Crown Prince of Oleander. He’d rather spend his days working with horses, playing polo and being with Frankie, whose fiery spirit has set his heart aflame. But pressure from his mother, the Queen, to return to his royal duties is mounting. Everything he desires is in danger of being ripped away. Can Sebastian convince Frankie that his hopes and dreams aren’t so different from hers, or is he destined to return to a life he doesn’t want, alone?
Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored. She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.
Get off your High Horse comes out on 31st December. And looks like I’m gonna start the year with this one! ⠀ ⠀
I had finished reading it a few days ago but I couldn’t bring myself to write a just review!⠀
What is Kintsugi? Kintsugi, the art of mending broken pottery with gold and other precious metals. It is a reminder to the world that ‘broken things are beautiful too’. And this book is a personification ( or bookification) of this very word. ⠀
The Story ⠀ Haruko, Leela, Meena, Hajime, Prakash, Yuri- all starkly different characters. Some never met each other and yet impact each other’s lives in multiple ways. ⠀ ⠀ Set partly in Jaipur, partly in Japan, the book takes us through the lives of the aforementioned characters. They’re broken, devastated, shunned by life and yet they grow. Some heal and make life prettier, some decide to stoop lower. And each action is a lesson for the reader.⠀
Takeaways and opinions ⠀ The book was definitely more ‘character-driven’ than it was plot driven, and I love that! Conservative barriers were talked about in depth. Girls not being allowed to undertake the family trade, marriages being arranged between mere babies, exploring one’s sexuality are all topics spoken about in a beautiful way.⠀
The women and men were extremely well written, the customs and mindsets of the characters portrayed justly in every action and word of theirs. It wasn’t a mere coincidence that Leela’s mother was never named while Prakash’s response to Haruko was an ingrained Prejudice of sorts ( you’d know what I mean if you’ve read the book).
It’s no secret that I enjoy reading classics. I enjoy the detailed descriptions that help me immerse myself into the world of the characters. And this is precisely why I enjoyed Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar.
The book revolves around a hydro project in Dhauladhar. Rekha, a doctor turned dancer; Khusru, a Kashmiri boy split from his family turned terrorist turned a good man and Nanda, a victim of mob violence from Kerala, all end up as a part of the project.
I loved the ever changing point of views, it was executed beautifully. Khusru’s character arc was perfect. And Rekha was a true inspiration. The details were exquisite, the novel a joy to read. The technical aspects were accurate to the T (which is a rare feat in fiction) and the language was lucid.
I will never forgive Nanda for making me long for a ride up the Dhauladhar hills, for making me wish I was gazing at the snow covered peaks, throwing snow balls at my colleagues and not stuck up in a pandemic struck world sitting within walls of apparent safety.
I wished the book would have an epilogue, an explanation or a glimpse in the life of Rekha after the events subsided. There were a lot of questions left in my mind towards the end. I guess that’s what a good book does to you.