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My Favourite Reads -June18

Posted: June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

This week’s choice for My Favorite Reads hosted by Alyce At Home With Books is Erich Segal’s Doctors.

This book is a favourite for many reasons. One of the main reasons being I identify with many aspects of the story as I am doctor myself. The medical school years portrayed by Segal bring back some really good memories. The struggles and dilemmas that form the central theme are the ones that every doctor goes through almost every other day. There is a euthanasia moral debate which is still the main agenda in many of the medical conferences. Then there is the story of friendship between Laura and Barney , the central characters who struggle to come to terms with the hardships of their profession along side handling really challenging personal lives.

Book summary from the back jacket:

Erich Segal sweeps us into the lives of the Harvard Medical School’s class of 1962.
His stunning novel reveals the making of doctors–what makes them tick, scheme, hurt . . . and love. From the crucible of med school’s merciless training through the demanding hours of internship and residency to the triumphs–and sometimes tragedies–beyond, “Doctors” brings to vivid life the men and women who seek to heal but who must first walk through fire. At the novel’s heart is the unforgettable relationship of Barney Livingston and Laura Castellano, childhood friends who separately find unsettling celebrity and unsatisfying love–until their friendship ripens into passion. Yet even their devotion to each other, even their medical gifts may not be enough to save the one life they treasure above all others. “Doctors” –heartbreaking, witty, inspiring, and utterly, grippingly real–is a vibrant portrait that culminates in a murder, a trial . . . and a miracle.

To an outsider its a view in to the turbulent lives of their healers and to the insiders its a recounting of the past experiences and a wake call that they need to take.

Here’s one of my favorite passage from the book:

‘Medical school provides the best substantiation for Charles Darwin’s Theory of natural selection.For here we see in its cruelest form the survival of the fittest. Not the smartest as one should expect. But the fittest to cope with the inhuman pressures, the demands made not only on the brain but on the psyche…………’

Its a gripping page turner all the way. Do read it ..

I have very often avoided reading award winning books. I used to think that those were meant for immensely intellectual sort of readers who can find the hidden meaning out of the lines which sometimes make no sense to a common person.I was so wrong.Really , really wrong. When I finished God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy I realised how prejudiced I had been about the reading choices. So I am plunging head on in to this Book Awards III Reading Challenge.

This Challenge being hosted at Book Awards Reading Challenge last for 5 months, from July 1 through December 1, 2009.

Rules :

  1. Read 5 books from 5 different awards during July 1, 2009 through December 1, 2009.
  2. Overlaps with other challenges are permitted.
  3. Choices don’t have to be posted right away, and lists may be changed at any time.
  4. ‘Award winners’ is loosely defined; make the challenge fit your needs.

Here’s my list ( though I might change one or two books depending on what’s available at my library)

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (World Fantasy Award 2006)

Beloved – Toni Morrison (Pulitzer Prize 1988)

Half Of A Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Orange Prize 2007)

Kaddish For A Child Not Born – Imre Kertesz (Nobel Prize 2002)

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh (Arthur C Clarke Award 1997)

My Weekly Loot

Posted: June 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

I spent the last 3 days in Delhi on vacation with my family ,though the temperature outside was 42 degree Celsius we were determined to make the best of this .We had a really great time seeing all the places of interest Qutub Minar , Red Fort , India Gate , Lotus Temple, Rajghat, CP and so many little markets in the bylanes selling the best types of trinkets and accessories from all over India. Due to all the hustle bustle of traveling and sight seeing I hardly had time to read any of the books I carried with me. At the end of the tour while we were waiting at the airport I decided to buy some more books (I know but I can’t stop myself when I see a book store :)) . Here are some books that I bought and I am really looking forward to reading.

Book: A Town Called Dehra
Author: Ruskin Bond
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 01-sep-2008
Publisher: Penguin Books India (penguin)
Number of Pages: 240

Book: Half Of A Yellow Sun
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2007
Publisher: Harper Collins Paper Back
Number of Pages: 448 pages

Book: Letter’s From A Father To His Daughter
Author: Jawaharlal Nehru
Binding: Plc
Publishing Date: 04-nov-2004
Publisher: Penguin Books India (puffin)
Number of Pages: 168

Book: The Music Room
Author: Namita Devidayal
Binding: Hardcover
Publishing Date: 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishers India
Number of Pages: 320

My Favorite Reads-June 11

Posted: June 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

My Favorite Reads meme started by Alyce At Home With Books lets us showcase a book that hasn’t been reviewed but has been read and enjoyed .My selection for today is a Jeffery Archer book .I am not sure if people have read it before but this always remained on my bookshelf as the reminder of a story that can keep you to the edge of your seat ,just by the novelty of its plot. This was my first Jeffery Archer book and I absolutely loved it and recommended it to all who would listen to me 🙂 (That was until I read Kane And Abel ) Even after reading all of Archer’s books I still haven’t lost the love I had for this one. The book I am talking about is “Not A Penny More ,Not A Penny Less

This was his first novel and a very critically acclaimed one, turned in to a TV series and a movie too. Though his list of bestsellers is long , this one according to me, holds the top spot [OK.. Kane And Abel ties with it for the first place :)]
Though his later day novels turned in to kind of similar concepts predictable twists and turns , his earlier works were really, really good. Archer knows how to hold the attention of the reader with right amount of surprises at the right time and its very clear in this one.

Coming to this book.

Summary from the back cover:
The conned: an Oxford don, a revered society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord. They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his life’s fortune to one man. The con: Harvey Metcalfe. A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted man.

With nothing left to lose four strangers are about to come together-each expert in their own field. Their plan: find Harvey, shadow him, trap him, and penny-for-penny, destroy him. From the luxurious casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes windows at Ascot to the bustling streets of Wall Street to fashionable London galleries, their own ingenious game has begun. It’s called revenge-and they were taught by a master..

My Views:
If a plot can be so good as to hold your attention up to the last page then its definitely worth reading. This book falls in to that category.You must be feeling I am glorifying it a little too much 🙂 When have finished reading it ,you will be saying the same. All the characters are well researched and there is hardly any opportunity to find flaws in the technicalities. Language is simple thus making it a easy read.Give it a try and tell me what you felt about this book.

Today I would like to post my Top Ten children’s classics. They were a very important part of my growing up years and have lots of beautiful memories attached to them. Though these were read mostly during my school days ,I have very often gone back to read them just to re live those moments.

1. Little Women

2. Anne Of Green Gables

3. Black Beauty

4. Gulliver’s Travels

5. A Little Princess

6. The Swiss Family Robinson

7. The Jungle Book

8. Heidi

9. David Copperfield

10.Tom Brown’s Schooldays

Have I missed any other book that could have made it on my list here.What’s your opinion ? I would really like to know.