A title that most, if not all of us will understand is definitely something that works in the favor of a book. A beautiful and quite soothing cover art adds to that. Raj Supe’s novel appealed to me firstly for these reasons, and that was why I picked it up, though the genre had made me a bit hesitant at first.
Fantasy as a genre is quite appealing. It takes us into a world that’s concocted by the author, with magic and magical creatures etc. It’s a wonderful way to get away from reality almost completely. To take Indian mythology and kind of mix it with life and make it into a fantasy novel, I felt that that novel would be interesting. It was the main reason I wanted to read the book The Secret Mantra by Chaitra KR.
‘That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.’
At times, there’s nothing more relaxing than traveling. The heart gets tired of seeing the same things over and over again, and wishes to explore the unseen, hear the unheard and experience something new. Someone who is stuck in the city for most days of the week may prefer to venture out of it, and seek the sounds of nature, or the calmness of a village. Of course, there are occasions where one would seek out the warmth and familiarity of an old, treasured memory.
Each genre has its own particular characteristics, I feel. A fantasy works best when magic is at the forefront and a mystery when it makes the reader interested to solve the crime along with the tale. The genre of horror works best when the words make the reader imagine the scene, rather than saying it directly. It is this that I look for when I take a horror genre book to read.
“You’ll live a hundred years.”
How many of us might have been told this when we walked into a room at the exact time as the people there were talking of us. I haven’t really thought about what I’d do if I live a hundred years, but only wished that the life I live be satisfactory. The last century has seen a lot of landmark events, some good some bad. People who have lived through that, been a part of that, their thoughts and stories are something to take note of. To compile such a set of stories is something as difficult as it is interesting. And through this book, that is exactly what Meera Shashidhara does. Continue reading “Book Review: Living to be a Hundred, by Meera Shashidhara”