Bookish Witch

Conversations by Rajeev Nanda

Blurb (as on Amazon):

The heartfelt chronicle of a man talking to himself…As the reader listens in, he feels reconnected to his own inner conversation.” ~ Arthur Melzer, author of The Natural Goodness of Man “…an introspective collection of stories that treat philosophy literarily and literature philosophically.” ~ Shikha Dalmia, award-winning columnist for Reason Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times “There is much delight for the discerning reader in Conversations.” ~Dr. H. V. Rangachar, author of The Hill Temple and Tarageleya Harata “…should be on the must-read list of any connoisseur of fine literature.” ~Jogindra Wadehra, physics professor, Wayne State University “An easy read that makes you think hard.” ~ Vijaya Swaminath, adjunct faculty, Asian College of Journalism in Chennai “A tour de force of realism wedded to elegant prose and lyrical poetry.” ~Allen Mendonca, consulting editor, 080 magazine and explocity.com Conversations presents a series of discussions between ordinary individuals about the risks they have taken and the prices they have paid. Each story follows a theme relevant to anyone who has experienced long life or death, dreams or futility, love or broken relationships. You will emerge from this book with a fresh perspective about the questions you struggle with every day.

Pages: 230

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories/Poetry

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 132.16 INR/$7.99
  • Paperback (available on Amazon.com at a cheaper rate): $10.99

My rating: 4.6/5

A potpourri of thought-provoking stories and poems, that make us look at the grey shade of life and relationships. Each story is an eye-opener, and each conversation within it, makes us understand the complexities of emotions, expectations, and life in general.

What I liked about the book:

  • The stories are all unconventional and most have an open end. This not only makes the book different but adds its own charm too.
  • Without being preachy or degrading, the stories manage to school us while holding a mirror to our judgy characters and even mock our thinking as a society.
  • The conversations between the characters are the true protagonists of this book. They range from stirring, to reflective, to perceptive and even moving at times.
  • The stories manage to capture essential and often mundane snippets of an individual’s life. But the thing that touches a reader the most is how this is done with a seemingly new perspective that drives readers to think. It makes us reflect on the countless things or emotions we experience in our day-to-day life.
  • The reading of most of these stories not only helps us understand human behavior on a better level, but it even helps our confidence by assisting and advising us to believe in ourselves.
  • All the poems and stories in the book were extremely engrossing and had eons of knowledge and guidance that we can learn from, the one which touched a nerve and would be my favorite amongst all of them would be TÊTE-À-TÊTE

What I did not like about the book:

  • Though the stories blended well with philosophy, sometimes the concentration of many multiple viewpoints and philosophies outweighed the root story.
  • In most of the stories, we see the women characters being victims or somewhat fascinating characters. While this might work for mass readers, I thought this became a repetitive theme. It would have been nice to see men portrayed in a different light than what has been stereotyped and accepted.

Quotable quotes:

  • It is easier to whine and sulk at everything that goes wrong with you or blame the world around you for your misfortunes.
  • If you really feel sorry for yourself, make it short and get over it fast because life is too short to waste on petty matters.
  • Being lucky is a perspective.
  • It’s not life that changes but your perception of it.
  • Change is constant and inevitavble; the only choice you have is whether you or the world around you should change. There will always be a difference between what is and what ought to be.
  • I have all these fires raging inside me,

of love and lust, Of hate and trust

But, all I need is one flame of serenity.

  • Passionate you are in a world that’s apathetic! 

Colour blind you are in a world estranged by race! 

Atheist, you are in a world full of gods and deities! 

Perfectionist, you are in a world full of mediocrity!

  • I have a million reasons to exist,

But, all I need is a passion to feel alive.

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