The story is of a a Demi-God who is exiled to the Himalaya Mountains by Kubera, the God of Wealth, for one year. The exiled Demi-God leaves behind his new bride, pining his return. Feeling lonely, the Demi-God solicits a cloud to deliver a message of love to his waiting wife. He outlines for the cloud the route of his destination and all the perks along the way.
This story originates from India at the time of poet and playwright Kalidas, 4-c to 5-c. This rumination is considered one of his master pieces and a signature read of #IndianLiterature.
Fabulous trip to the golden age of Indian writing.
This book is a story of two birds. The older bird has a hot dog and little bird wants the said. The little bird tries to reason why the big bird should hand over the hot dog, to which the older bird quips they can share.
A very sweet Spanish book for young children and for those learning Spanish as a second (or third) language!
Esta libro sobre dos palomas. El paloma grande tiene una perro caliente que quiere la palomita. Las razones de la palomita que debería tener la perro caliente pero la paloma grande decide compartir!
Esto libro de Español es muy bueno para niños y para aquellos que aprenden Español como segundo (o tercer) idioma!
#SusannahCahalan has compiled a book based on a longitudinal study in which she studies the threshold the boundaries that surround a mental illness diagnosis.
In her book eight people feign mental illness, get admitted into a mental hospital with the goal to obtain discharge. Each subject feigned mental illness, meaning they had no existing mental illness prior to admission to the hospital. They were pretending
This book is so old the pages are beginning to change colours 🤦🏾♀️
Hanif Kureishi presents a man who spends a night contemplating whether or not to leave his wife and children. The pros. The cons. It’s a plainly argued case. He reasons why he should stay and why he has to go.
Whether he does or does not leave his family is for you to find out after purchasing this book. What I learned is the simple way men assess their lives, and how a mundane life can portend something far more sinister.
If you don’t have a handle on @narendramodi’s political high points this book is a great start.
The title lends to an analysis of the #NarendraModi, #BorisJohnson and #DonaldTrump triad. But the book falls short of bringing together their overlap, as it claims it would do.
Instead, the book focuses on Modi’s right-wing agenda and his redundant exclusionary policies from the beginning of his prime ministership and quickly from his Chief Minister of Gujarat days.
In the context of the #FarmersProtest and his abysmal handling of #Covid19 this book will add to his established inability to govern on behalf of a whole. Instead, his focus has been on a Hindu-first agenda.
This 58-page book is a Coles Notes- equivalent; it’s a quick read, and great for someone looking for a brief summary of Modi’s political stunts
I cannot say enough about #ChokherBali written by #RabindranathTagore, his Anglicized name for his Bengali name of #RabindranathThakur.
This book was composed in the early 1900s and written in the context of the newly enacted law of 1856 called The Hindu Widow Remarriage Act.
The British were in full reign of India and introduced this Act in the hope to modernize India.
This beautifully written novel begins with the marriage of Mahendra and Asha, a bride initially selected for Mahendra’s best friend called Bihari. Asha is a 15-year old bride who weds Mahendra a 22-year old doctor-in-training who took his bride primarily on his primal need to ‘have’ her.
Mahendra decides he wants to educate Asha, to give her an overall appeal. But she isn’t interested in her studies, nor is she welcome into domestic duty by her mother-in-law who had no hand in selecting this bride for her son.
One day Mahendra’s mother returns to her own village where she meets her choice of bride for her son called Binodini. To her horror she learns Binodini’s husband died quickly into her marriage. Since then Binodini has been living the life of a widow at the mere age of 16-years old.
Binodini is a different woman. She is educated, aware of domestic responsibility but not allowed by society to re-marry. Mahendra’s mother decides then that Binodini must come stay with her growing family, and under one roof come Mahendra, Binodini, Asha, and Mahendra’s mother.
Mahendra begins to take a liking to Binodini’s worldly knowledge, her quick wit, and her double speak. She appeals to his mind in the very way Asha appeals to his carnal needs.
Here begins Tagore’s exploration of treatment towards widows in then modern day of 1920s India.
This book is beyond recommendation. It is written on a classic yet contemporary theme unique in its form of storytelling and narration. Scenes are not developed, dialogue isn’t broken up to spoon feed the reader. Many times I had to go back and re-read a paragraph to see who was speaking or what was the scene change. It lends a snapshot of what society in India was like for women trapped in a life he did not choose
#AGoodWife is the first person account by @iamsamrazafar, a child bride who finds her own way in a land she did not willfully choose.
Zafar is wed to a man in Canada, forced to live amongst people whose language and customs she does not know. She births two children whose father thinks he has total and complete control of all their life decisions.
Here is where her story takes a heroic turn: Zafar wills that her daughters will not be subject to the life she was forced to undertake; that her daughters will not be led to believe that domestic duty triumphs education, and that marriage is the ultimate destination of teenage girls.
Zafar undertakes the prerequisites required for higher education: she completes her high school credentials, applies to the #UniversityOfToronto to secure her undergraduate and post graduate education. Today, Zafar is the single-parent to two beautiful teenage daughters and is the sitting Governor of the #UniversityOfToronto.
Her story is inspiring and illuminating. She chronicles her struggle as a straight-A student in Pakistan to a prop in her own home to bride shoppers, to an unwanted marriage, to live with in-laws that were suffocating (nicest words there are), to finally her escape from a life she did not choose.
It’s a poignant story that many first-generation immigrant daughters are likely to have heard within the confines of their own homes. The struggle for a better life that visible minority women live today comes on the back of woman like Zafar who sacrificed their lives so that first-generation kids, especially daughters, can enjoy their lives on their terms.
This book is a great punch-in-your-gut, girl-first book. Rachel Hollis spends her pages laying out a compelling case why woman of any age should forego the whim to please *insert any name* and succumb to the greater calling- to please you, to love yourself, to make yourself your first priority.
There are twenty chapters and each one addresses a lie a girl is fed during some time in her life: ‘I am not a good mom’, ‘I should be further along by now’, ‘I am bad at sex’, I am better than you’, ‘Something else will make me happy’, ‘I will never get past this’, ‘I am defined by my weight’. Once identified she spends the chapter breaking down the problem with this bias and why the reader needs to let go of this lie.
I find that reading her breakdown allows you to pause and reflect in a way that listening to someone speak does not afford.
#SherlockHolmes and #OscarWilde team up to resolve the murderous spree that has plagued #WhiteChapel in the late 1900s; the murderer who would later be coined #JackTheRipper.
The book is a fictional account written by #GylesBrandreth that weaves together how the two larger than life characters would have approached the brutal murder of five women that have been directly linked to Jack the Ripper. Of course his likely-victim list is longer than five, and over the course of history more than 100,000 people have been considered a suspect. This list includes Wilde who Brandreth has cleverly implicated into his narration.
Wonderful novel for historians, #Ripperologists, Wilde fans, #Sherlock fans, and mystery book readers.