Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Currently Reading : Twilight in Delhi, The Breath of a Wok and The Man Eater of Malgudi

I was falling a little behind in reading in the past few months...and I am trying to compensate that by reading as much as I can now. Currently with all my speed and time, I can complete 3 books in one week. I am hoping that the speed will go up more. However, I managed to complete Twilight in Delhi, Man Eater of Malgudi and The breath of a Wok, in the last week. Lets get to the synopsis.

Twilight In Delhi by Ahmed Ali : The book describes the old Delhi in its worn out phase. When the Kings are gone, the pride is gone and gone are the days of shining Mughal Empire. The British have overtaken all the country and it seems the people are also rejoicing the British Raj. The writer portrays here the story of the family of Mir Nihal. Through his eyes we see the lost stories of Delhi and he also gives us a glimpse of what it used to be. Although the young generation is quite obsessed with the English society, they dressing style and everything else, its the older people who still find it hard to accept the truth and also despise them for killing their King and his family. It also had some instances where Ahmed Ali tells us the poignant stories of the surviving Mughal family. The novel gives us a fairly good image of the Muslim society, their behavior, their culture and their marriage, through their daily life, their adda during alchemy practice and fair and most importantly in pigeon flying. Twilight In Delhi is a beautiful book of the decaying and changing image of Delhi after India became a British colony.

The Breath of a Wok by Grace Young : The book has a large number of Chinese food recipes but I was drawn towards this book because of its widely intriguing description of Chinese cooking and the writer's breakdown on "wok", from the construction, production, seasoning and maintaining. If you like to cook Chinese, this book is like eavesdropping in their kitchen, where you can learn the secrets and also have a look at their ancient as well as modern techniques, where the writer dwells under criticism and gives his verdict.

The Man Eater of Malgudi by R.K.Narayanan : One of the most famous novel of R.K.Narayanan, where he took inspiration from the Hindu Mythology of Bhasmasura, who blesses with power from Indra, got destructive and with time was destroyed by himself, his own power. The Man Eater of Malgudi is the story of Natraj, a small printing press owner and his dwelling relationship with Vasu, a taxidermist, who took over his attic over the press and seizes to leave. Despite Natraj's feeble protest Vasu starts to bring dead animals into the attic and makes plan to kill the temple elephant. But one moring Vasu is discovered dead and Natarj becomes the prime suspect. This is another beautiful story from Narayanan, which is too goo to drop in the middle. 

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