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Ponniyin Selvan

Ponniyin Selvan

This is my recent obsession.  I heard a lot about this book, but just now got the opportunity to grab it and start reading.  This book has 6 parts and I am in the middle of Part No. 2.

Written in a fantastic manner – this books  keeps you on your toes with so much of vitality and suspense.  Vandiya Thevan, Arulmozhi Varman, Aadhitha Karikalan, Kunthavai…. Each character is brilliantly portrayed.   A ‘must-not-miss’ classic for everyone, who loves a a perfect mixture of history, romance and action.

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The English Teacher

One more of R.K.Narayan’s story based in Malgudi – his imaginary town somewhere in south India. I generally am a slow reader and generally take almost 10 days to complete a medium sized novel.
But from the time I started reading this book early this week, I could not help me put it down. I read it at all possible time that I could get.
This book is written in typical R.K.Narayan’s style – elegant but simple English, flow of story that seems like a river stream, explaning ordinary feelings and actions in an extraordinary fashion etc.
It all begins with Krishna, who is a English Teacher in a college. He has a strong connection with the college because he was a graduate from the same one. Initially Narayan brings out the bachelor-like life (I say bachelor-like because he is married with a kid, but staying away due to work). He is a man who is working as an english teacher, but not fully attached to his job. He feels that it is not the place where he ought to be. Feelings of his mind are beautifully depicted by Narayan.
He then decides to bring his wife Susila and kid Leela to Malgudi, as everyone advises him to join his wife and build up the family. Story explains the normal activities like looking for a rented house, adjusting the monthly budget to run the family, blissful nuances of married life etc. but the way they are brought out makes Narayan stand unique.
Towards the middle, the story turns heavy with the loss
of his wife. At this stage, the story is impeccably written and the pages of the book seem to be a mirror – reflecting the feelings of a man who has lost his dearest wife. Final section of the story turns a little philosopical, trying to bring out the relationship between Life, Death and Life after death. Though at first it sounds mystical, Narayan has neatly brought out the love that Krishna has for his wife and the power that this love has. The idea I like the most was – “Thoughts are just fulfillment of mind. In the material world, when you wish to have a nice dress on you, this thought gets fulfilled when you buy one and physically wear it. But in the spiritual world (or in the world after death as he brings out) the thought and fulfillment of minds – both are related to mind as there is no physical existence of material. So the thought and fulfillment are same in spiritual sense – both happens in the mind”. He also brings out the art of balancing of mind and the difficulty that is faced by a normal person when performing the same. Overall this book is a very nice mixture of bliss, heavy moments and some thought for our minds too.

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I am searching for peace all over the place
With an eagerness and desperation, that make me work apace
Nowhere I find any hint of peace
Violence has taken the earth on lease

I pray to God and yes, I have the wings
To search faster, with the speed that brings
But finding the peace is in vain
Leaving my heart full of pain

Finally I find a land of peace
Calm and peaceful, people living at ease
All directions filled with mirth
Oh God! I am not on earth!!!

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Make an instrument that fills your heart with joy
By using it sparsely, you are about to destroy
Tell me Lord…
You made me bright and intelligent
And sent me to a place which makes me dormant…

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