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My Top 5 Reads of 2O19

2O19 was a fun-filled, enthralling and an amazing year for me.

Without further ado, I’m going to take you on a journey of my top five reads of 2019, where I have felt a strong connection, especially with these books.

  1. The Binding by Bridget Collins

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Blurb as on Goodreads : 

Books are dangerous things in Collins’s alternate universe, a place vaguely reminiscent of 19th-century England. It’s a world in which people visit book binders to rid themselves of painful or treacherous memories. Once their stories have been told and are bound between the pages of a book, the slate is wiped clean and their memories lose the power to hurt or haunt them. After having suffered some sort of mental collapse and no longer able to keep up with his farm chores, Emmett Farmer is sent to the workshop of one such binder to live and work as her apprentice. Leaving behind home and family, Emmett slowly regains his health while learning the binding trade. He is forbidden to enter the locked room where books are stored, so he spends many months marbling end pages, tooling leather book covers, and gilding edges. But his curiosity is piqued by the people who come and go from the inner sanctum, and the arrival of the lordly Lucian Darnay, with whom he senses a connection, changes everything.

My take on this : 

Bridget Collins has created a mesmerizing experience for her readers by writing this amazing piece, which is utterly riveting from it’s very first page. I found myself completely immersed into the characterization, as they felt so real. A complete package of hopes & dreams, drama & mystery, pain & pleasure. This book is entirely compelling and irresistible.


      2. The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat 

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Blurb as on Goodreads :

Afghanistan, 1977. Kanishka Nurzada, the son of a leading carpet seller, falls in love with his friend Maihan, with whom he shares his first kiss at the age of sixteen. Their romance must be kept secret in a nation where the death penalty is meted out to those deemed to be kuni, a derogatory term for gay men. And when war comes to Afghanistan, it brings even greater challenges-and danger-for the two lovers.
From the cultural melting pot of Kabul to the horrors of an internment camp in Pakistan, Kanishka’s arduous journey finally takes him to the USA in the desperate search for a place to call home-and the fervent hope of reuniting with his beloved Maihan. But destiny seems to have different plans in store for him.
Intimate and powerful, The Carpet Weaver is a sweeping tale of a young gay man’s struggle to come of age and find love in the face of brutal persecution.

My take on this : 

I totally loved this book and it will definitely remain near my heart always. The book takes the readers on an arduous journey starting from the soothing and beautiful environment of Kabul, to the horrors of the internment camp in Haftballa and finally reaching its abode to the never sleeping cities of USA. The Carpet Weaver is a heart-melting tale of two young gay lovers finding their roads leading towards a happy life. Talking about the language and the fluency of the book, it was way more than superb.


      3. Girl in White Cotton by Avni Doshi 

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Blurb as on Goodreads : 

Antara has never understood her mother Tara’s decisions — walking out on her marriage to follow a guru, living on the streets like a beggar, shacking up with an unknown artist, rebelling against society’s expectations … But when Tara starts losing her memory, Antara searches for a way to make peace with their shared past, a past that haunts them both. As she relives her childhood in Pune in the 1980s, her Catholic boarding school days in the hills of Maharashtra, and her years as a young artist in Bombay, Antara comes up gainst her own fears and neuroses, realizing she might not be so different from Tara after all.

My take on this : 

It is a pure story which portrays the relationship of mother-daughter and it will take you to the interiors of their bond. After a failed marriage, Tara, finds solace in an Ashram and then she comes across Reza, an artist who leaves an everlasting mark on her soul. Bold writing of Doshi, have overpowered the smooth sadness and has given us a unique story line which definitely kept me hooked throughout.


    4. Fast Cheap & Viral by Aashish Chopra

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Blurb as on Goodreads : 

Aashish Chopra’s first viral video was shot with close to no budget and sparing equipment. Yet, today, his content has over 350 million views and industry masters universally agree that Aashish has cracked the viral code.

In Fast, Cheap and Viral, the ace marketer shares the secrets behind his success – all of them learnt and honed on his journey. This one-stop super-guide to viral video marketing gives you the low-down on:

HOW TO GRAB EYEBALLS in a sea of content;

HOW TO DRIVE ENGAGEMENT (because views can be bought, but engagement is earned);

WHY STORYTELLING BEATS PRODUCTION VALUE and behind-the-scenes tips and tricks;

HOW TO BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND and kill job insecurity.

For every student, entrepreneur, blogger, marketing manager or leader who dreams of reaching millions on a shoestring budget, this book is the definitive manual on sustainable viral success.

My take on this :

If you are a person like me who is very much inclined towards sales and marketing, then you would definitely be able to connect with this book. I totally agree with all the strategies given by Mr. Chopra in the novel. As the blurb itself says that if you are a blogger, you should for once give this book a try. From the very first page it will make you curious to know the secrets of making something viral and apply them. Therefore, a must recommended book.


     5. Snakes in the Meadows by Ayaz Kohli 

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Blurb as on Goodreads : 

Jammu and Kashmir, 1987. In the hilly village of pathri Aali, where legends appear true, Aslam and Ashwar, two young lovers, dream of marriage and of good things of life. But that is not to be. Unable to cope, Aslam leaves pathri Aali forever. Years later, as men migrate to Saudi Arabia for employment, pathri Aali is populated mostly by women and children. Soon they realize the mujahedeen, who guise themselves as their liberators, are the worst perpetrators, and misery seems inescapable. Ashwar refuses to be cowed down by this reign of terror and is determined not to let it devastate the once-peaceful village. The only one she can Bank on is Aslam—and she calls out to him across the distance of time and space, to return and live up to the legends of their village. Snakes in the meadows is a saga of the onset of militancy, and the suffering and the resilience of pir panjal—the ‘and’ of Jammu and Kashmir.

My take on this :

Ayaz Kohli’s debut novel have done its wonders. The way facts were blended with fiction was really mind-numbing. The writing style is so immersive that it will keep the reader riveted to the last page of the novel, it is a hard-hitting story and one will love it for sure. It was gripping and captivating. The characters were well developed with perspicuous language making it a fascinating narration. The title of the book is so justified and apt. One of my favorite reads of this year.

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QUESTION – What was your most anticipated read of 2019?

P.S – I hope everyone had a great 2019, and best wishes for new year 2020.

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