July 21, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns

So little does the world knows about Afghanistan, and our view is solely based words/pictures from a few sources. Most of the times we forget that there are ordinary people like us living there, who are now suffering more after US help then they were before. And yet, no one is raising a finger. 

'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is a story about a little girl, who was an illegitimate child of a rich man. However, his father never accepted her, and instead, sold her to an Old man in Kabul to send her away. It talks about all the tortures she goes through while trying to be a wife to an old drunkard. It a beautiful story about the real sufferings in the country, and why the world should have been united against its rulers. There must a lot of similar books from the region, and I would love to read a few of them. 

July 5, 2008

Life Otherwise

Life apart from the job has been quite good recently. Have been watching almost every new bollywood release, and have been reading a lot of good books as well. Apart from the weather and traveling, have got quite comfortable living in Mumbai.

Recently finished the book 'Life of Pi'. The book starts off with a family in Pondichery who looks after a zoo. Then they decide to move to Canada, and boards a ship. The ship sinks in the pacific ocean, and a small boy named 'Pi Patel' is the sole survivor. The book is about this boys journey in his lifeboat through the vast Pacific Ocean. The book is very similar to 'The Old Man and the Sea', only much more detailed.

Overall, a good read, though I should warn that the story is very slow, and hence may not interest the fans of Jeffery Archers of the world.