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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Why are we still so passionate about 'Pride & Prejudice'?

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

A classic first published in 1813 portraying the 19th century British lifestyle and mindset, the book has a great hype being Britain’s favourite book and also provides a rich taste of that era mixed with perpetual issues of pride and prejudice prevailing in every society. The story revolves around the mediocre Bennet family of Longbourn in pursuit of securing some wealthy men, to support their family by getting one of the daughters married to one of them since their own estate is entailed. The Bennet family has five daughters with no son so the only concern of their mother, described as a little noisy and foolish lady, is to get her daughters married somehow. Jane, the eldest daughter is the prettiest, sweet and lovely daughter, regarded as a perfect woman by the society whereas Elizabeth the second eldest, protagonist of the story is an exceptionally intelligent, witty and talented girl. She is pretty quick in forming an opinion about everyone and way different than the rest of her sisters. She meets Fitzwilliam Darcy through the love of Jane, Charles Bingley. Initially she finds him really arrogant and proud but eventually the story unfolds in a really surprising manner for her.

Aurangzeb

Amazon.com: Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial  King (9781503602571): Truschke, Audrey: Books

This book is a pioneering study book on Aurangzeb, who is said to be India’s most controversial ruler. This is the whole account of Aurangzeb’s life. From his birth to his last days in Deccan, she has discussed every aspect and episode of his life very compactly. 

Aurangzeb, who was the 6th and last major ruler of the Mughal Empire, ruled for 49 years with a population of 150 million people. According to her, he extended the Mughal empire to its greatest extent, by subsuming most of the Indian subcontinent under single imperial power for the first time in human history. She also discussed how Aurangzeb rose to power in 1658 in the midst of a bloody war of succession that left all of his brother’s dad and his father imprisoned. 

The Color Purple

Alice Walker’s 1982 The Color Purple is one of the most controversial books written about African-American lives. It won a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, was also made into an internationally loved film by Steven Spielberg. The book narrates the story of Celie, a young black girl accustomed to poverty and sexual abuse. She’s separated from her children and beloved sister Nettie. It is not until she meets Shug, an independent mystical black woman, that Celie understands the meaning of womanhood and also learns to embrace it. The book takes you on a journey through Celie’s vision, about her gaining a self, and in that process, everybody else around her becoming more human.

Ecological imperialism: The biological expansion of Europe, c.900-1900A.D

This book is a path-breaking study of European imperialism. Alfred Crosby gave us a new perspective to think about the transfer of plants, animals, weeds, and diseases from Europe to the new world or America’s. He in this book highlighted the ecological side of imperialism and showed us how a change in Ecology helped Europeans to conquer the new world more effectively.

Tumbbad

Tumbbad is the story of Vinayak Rao (Sohum Shah), who had discovered the treasure of the Goddess of Prosperity. The myth is that the Goddess of Prosperity was known for unlimited gold and grains. It is believed that she gave birth to many gods, but her favorite child and the firstborn, Hastar who had stolen all the wealth from the goddess, was cursed by the goddess herself that the world would never know of his existence and he would starve all his life. Vinayak, his brother Sadashiv, his mother, and the local lord’s great grandmother lived in Tumbbad. The grandmother had been turned into a monster by Hastar when she tried to steal his wealth. The only way to make the grandmother sleep was to call Hastar’s name. After the death of the local lord, Vinayak’s mother decides that they leave Tumbbad and move to Pune. But while feeding the grandmother, Vinayak is attacked by her and is shackled to the wall. After a struggle, he remembers the name and yells ‘Hastar’ which stops the grandmother. Few years after moving to Pune, Vinayak doesn’t like living in poverty. So, he decides to uncover the hidden treasure and become rich. He goes back to his house in Tumbbad where he finds a tree rooting from the grandmother’s heart. After learning the secret, he sets fire to the house thus killing and freeing the grandmother from the curse. Since Hastar is cursed to be always hungry, Vinayak takes a dough doll filled with chunks of stones to give to Hastar. While Hastar is busy eating, Vinayak would steal coins from him and escape. Gradually he becomes rich and is blessed with a son, who he names Pandurang. Pandurang grows to become greedy and this costs him a big fortune. 

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations as the name suggests is the continuation of the Naruto Series. Well in one way that may be true as it continues right after the Final Fight between Naruto and Sasuke but in another way it is portrayed as a completely new show which can be enjoyed by viewers who have not experienced Naruto yet. It is however advisable to watch Naruto and Naruto Shippuden before you start Boruto: Naruto Next Generations for better understanding. So, starting with what this series is about for those who have not watched Naruto. For those who have it’s pretty much self-explanatory. It’s about a boy named Boruto who is the son of the Hidden Leaf Village’s leader also known as the ‘Hokage’ Naruto Uzumaki. The Hokage is always busy not giving enough time to his family due to work which makes Boruto hate his ‘stupid old man’. So, to get his attention, Boruto pulls silly pranks which was a lot similar to what Naruto himself did as a kid but for a completely different reason. As Boruto’s Journey unfolds on his path to becoming a Ninja, the hate relationship with his dad changes to that of admiration and respect.

Fight Club

“The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club.”

Mindset by Carol Dweck

 

The book talks about a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. Carol Dweck shows how every aspect of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. She dives deep into how to be more positive in specific, tangible detail. She offers new insights into her broadly embraced concept- the fixed and the growth mindset.


She believes that when one’s mindset is strong, their belief system also  becomes strong and if, belief system is strong, they develop a positive attitude. Positive attitude means that you will always be motivated and will focus on developing your skills which in turn increases your knowledge and gives you a good personality. Therefore, growth mindset helps develop good habits.


She talks about these 20 ways to have a growth mindset:

FIGHT CLUB


“The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club.” Ever wondered how life would have been if you had chosen the road not taken? Ever craved the wildness and wanted to do something adventurous and interesting? Something different from your boring mundane life? Wanted to live someone else’s life?

ALEX RIDER

The news of his uncle’s death came as a bolt out of blue. His only relative alive was killed in an accident. The police said that he did not wear his seat belt but Alex had never seen his uncle being so clumsy. He goes to investigate and finds a horrible truth about his uncle’s death and the secret about his MI6 life. After being caught, he is offered to work as a spy by none other than MI6. They tell him that his uncle trained him all his life for this moment.

This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India (1992)

This book is pioneering in the field of environmental research. It introduces a noble theoretical insight. The central argument of this book is that the standard Marxist “Mode of production” approach to Indian history is insufficient. The mode of production is not accurate to portray the ecological and social evolutionary history of South Asia. It complements the concept of mode of production with the concept of mode of resource use. For this purpose, it divides the utilization of resources into four economic groupings; Gathering, nomadic pastoralism, settled cultivation, and industry.

INTO THE WILD

“You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

ENOLA HOLMES

DIRECTOR: Harry Bradbeer

PRODUCER: Millie Bobby Brown

ACTORS: Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma and Helena Bonham Carter

GENRE: Mystery

“Now, where to begin?”

Enola Holmes is a Netflix original based on the novel of the same name by Nancy Springer. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the distribution rights of the film which were originally devised to be given to Warner Bros. were given to Netflix.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA

One’s high school years are a collection of instances in life that focus on self-image, relationships, beliefs, fears, triumphs, loves stories and everything that is you. John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, captures those feelings with honesty and heart. 

THE PILGRIMAGE

‘The ship is safest when it is in port but that is not what ships were built for’

With the bestselling philosophical and a phenomenal work of art THE ALCHEMIST, PAULO COELHO yet again brings into light a brilliant account of his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela with a quest to discover the ancient wisdom. 

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