5 March 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Wadiya Singh visits planet Sparkle by Annant Mittal (Book Review: 4.5*/5) !!!

1905th BLOG POST 

4th Book of 2021


Well, it has been quite some time that I got chance to go through my childhood books which I have kept it very neatly like some important assets of my life – the ones like Chandamama, Champak, Wisdom etc. But I miss those innocent books and even the innocence in me which made me love those beautiful stories. Haha! I have a 5-years old kid whom I have seen and observed since she was just 6 months old and therefore, I keep on gifting her something or the else on her birthdays. She recently had her 5th birthday and I thought of finally starting to gift her books rather than dresses and games. I found this very interesting book named “Wadiya Singh visits planet Sparkle” written by an 8-years old kid named Annant Mittal.

 

It was such a surprise knowing that an 8-year old can imagine such a beautiful story and even write it so perfectly that you won’t find any childishness or immaturity throughout the 35-odd pages. It is a short story which talks about the character named Wadiya Singh who is one among us on our Planet Earth but ends up meeting Zazoo, an alien who landed upon Earth from his planet Sparkle. It talks about how they end up becoming friends and share their respective lifestyles with each other. I liked how Annant has designed the story where he talks about many fantasy-related stuffs and even ends up describing another planet which is bit different from planet Earth. The way he has converted his imagination and thoughts into words is applaudable.

 

Through the story, the author has also tried to give some knowledge to his readers where there are few good words which the target audience of this book might not be familiar with. For the same, he has provided a separate list in the end of the book where the words and their respective meanings are enlisted for reference which one can read and learn and further use in their daily life. Along with this, he has very beautifully explained what is meant by galaxy, planets, asteroids and the concepts such as revolution and the impact of distance between the Sun and the respective planets.

 

Author has tried giving several social messages through his short story too – such as:

  • -        How healthy food needs to be adopted for healthy lifestyle
  • -       Why plastic bags should be completely boycotted from our planet to ensure environment-friendly life.
  • -      The need to have compassion towards animal and feel empathy and sympathy with them.
  • -      Treating the whole planet as our home and not littering anywhere we want.
  • -      The importance of planting trees and being associated with the nature as it is the source of all the lives of the planet.

 

Along with the story, with each section of it, author has included very beautiful artwork which makes it more exciting to read as we get to visualize through the illustrations, drawings and paintings how the world of Wadiya Singh and Zazoo is. I really appreciate the efforts made behind these artworks on every page. Author has also added certain puzzles and riddles in the end of the book which will make it very exciting for anyone to enjoy it after completing the book. Along with the book, you get a very cute stuffed toy which is given form of Zazoo. I must also appreciate Sonalika Publications for giving such a good publishing quality to this book which does more justice to the story and motivation of the author.

 

This book is a very cool pick for your kids or neighbours where children are between the age range of 4 to 9 years. They will surely love the magic this book has for them. I give this effort considering all the factors a good 4.5 stars out of 5. It deserves more but I want Annant to write more and better than this hence I am not giving him 0.5 stars which he rightly deserves.


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WRITING BUDDHA  



23 February 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

The Flawed Good Man by Sanskriti Singh (Book Review: 4.25*/5) !!!

1904th BLOG POST

3rd Book of 2021

As I had said in one of my previous year’s blog post that I need to read as many religious and historical epic books as possible in my lifetime – the process for which I wanted to initiate right from this year. I am lucky enough to find a very good book based on Mahabharat named “The Flawed Good Man” in the 2nd month of the year itself which is based on the life of Karna and his role in the biggest war ever fought on this planet. The book is written by an 18-years old writer, Sanskriti Singh. Yes, you read it right- Just 18 Years Old. This is completely unbelievable for me to accept that someone in their teen can write a book on our epics and do so much justice to it that it seems someone matured enough has written the story. And let me tell you, the book is not a short story but a full-fledged novel of 320 pages. Kudos to the authoress!

 

“The Flawed Good Man” talks about the life of Karna and what all he went through right before he took birth due to which he never got the respect he deserved and desired. He always struggled for his rights starting with right to education and regularly got humiliated in public for some or the other reasons. Being from an upper-class family, he was identified to be from the caste of Suta who had less privileges comparatively. Due to caste system quite prevalent during those days, he had to regularly prove himself at every step. Whenever I read about Mahabharat before this, it has been more inclined either towards the role of Krishna or Draupadi or Kunti or Arjun but this is the first time when I have read from the point of view of the most talked personality in the Mahabharat- Karna.

 

The narration is very simple, and author keeps it as basic as possible. Anyone who is even beginning with their reading journey will find it easy to grasp something as complex as historical epic. The vocabulary used is very convenient for one to keep enjoying the story rather than disturbing their reading cycle by picking up dictionary at regular intervals.

 

The chapters are short and very smartly divided which are either about Kunti’s character and struggle initially and then later talks about several major landmarks in Karna’s life and finally moves into the tangent where the chapters are even based on few other characters with whom Karna had some instances which defined his role further in the war and at times, changes his life for good or bad. These short chapters made the experience of reading more delighting and peaceful.

 

Along with talking about Karna’s life, author also keeps giving some philosophical inputs which at the age of 18 the way Sanskriti has spoken through her words sounds too matured, spiritual and insightful. I liked how she balanced the book with Karna’s tale, the role of other characters in his life and along with it, managed to add these concepts too which will help the readers understand the messages about Dharma, righteousness, promises, relationships, responsibilities etc. Sanskriti has just made me her fan with these knowledgeable pieces as I got to learn a lot.

 

I would like to specially mention few parts that mesmerized me as a reader:

-          Ramayan philosophy during Kunti’s swayamwar

-          Dharma Vyadh and Kaushik is a great chapter on many life lessons and how as society, we are doing wrong by discriminating people. The chapter also has lots of spiritual knowledge.

-          The funny conversations between Suyodhan, Ashwatthama and Karna.

-          Krishna’s entry in the book and his conversation with Karna on injustice met with him.

-          The whole Draupadi vastra haran scene which tells you how tough a woman can be even after being at her worst and weakest moment.

-          The relationship between Karna and Draupadi is written with maturity which I believe is very complex to handle.

-          The romantic chemistry between Karna and his second wife, Supriya, is also nicely handled.

-          The Kurukshetra scene

-          The climax of the book right from Karna’s realization that he is going to die till his death scene made me cry. And if an author does that with their writing, I believe nothing more is expected from a reader’s point of view.

 

Now, talking about the drawbacks of the book, well, from the writing perspective, there is nothing. But I am too angry with the quality of editing and publishing. There are more than 100 typos in the book along with mistakes made in the names of the character as well as grammatical errors. Even spelling mistakes has not been eliminated while proofreading. I am seriously surprised how could both- author and publisher end up missing so many mistakes and what made them publish it in such a hurry that could cost bad feedbacks for the book. Also, it terms of publishing quality, on many left-hand pages, the extreme right words have got blurred so reading even those pages are quite a pain.

 

Other than these points, the book is a very nice and informative read and I am glad I completed it on the day of Jaya Ekadashi and co-incidentally, even Bollywood has announced a movie on Karna today the dialogues and lyrics of which will be written by Kumar Vishwas. I give this book 4.25* out of 5. I had to reduce 0.5 stars due to the drawbacks I mentioned above. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in reading these stories in simple language.


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WRITING BUDDHA 



16 February 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

How unfair can LIFE be for few of us..

 1903rd BLOG POST

Just now read the Facebook post and saw the video posted by Sandeep Nahar before he hung himself to death. I am just shocked and surprised. I didn’t know him by name till this news started flashing in my feeds but I definitely remember him very well through the characters he played in Dhoni’s biopic and Kesari. While watching his video, the thought came into my mind about how he looks completely fine when he is talking even when he has been in stress from such a long time due to the toxic relationship of marriage he got himself trapped in. Now, anyone who must have met him recently thought that he’s completely fine and things are okay with him. Even he must not have showed the disappointment life is throwing at him right from when he wakes up till he sleeps in the night. But amidst all the chaos that kept happening in his life even when he was right, the best step he felt taking forward is leaving forever.

 

Do the people because of whom he took this ultimate step care about their behaviour which they could have improved when their family member was alive? I am sure they must be thinking about how to put the whole blame on him and show that how bad a husband he was. No one must be realizing that they have done something so terribly wrong which made a person take away his life. I am just numb at the moment and thinking how life becomes unfair to some who takes few decisions in their life thinking about others but not about themselves. I believe being selfish should be a priority now rather than thinking of becoming as selfless as possible and ruining your life for others. It is high time as individuals we should become selfish.

 

Even after we consider every damn factor while taking any decision or planning our day ahead, something or the else happens that takes away the zeal of living a great and inspiring life. People who are fed up of living such dual life where they are in trouble at one end whereas they need to pretend to be fine at another end finds ending their life a better deal than dealing with such dualities and unfairness. And I think for how long one can suffer 100s of tragedies that keeps hitting every now and then. When one discusses this with people around them, they are provided a suggestion that everyone has problems and it’s not that only you are going through it. But I have seen people who have faced only day-to-day small challenges and nothing major hitting their life ever. Hence, scaling everyone’s suffering on the same parameter is wrong. There are few with whom Universe does absolutely wrong and such souls are suffering what you and I can’t even predict.

 

 Calling anyone coward which even Sandeep mentioned in his FB post is completely wrong if someone doesn’t accept life in its challenging form. I don’t know what happens spiritually if someone dies by suicide but if there’s a way to end one’s suffering which is getting out of one’s ability to handle it, I think it’s better for that particular person. To correct, I am not endorsing this method of running away from life and its challenges at all. I am just saying the people who take this path are destined to leave all of us in this way. Death is inevitable which is going to happen someday. It must be God’s plan of giving you enough power to decide it for yourself when you want to get away with this phenomenon of life.

 

Life is not bed of roses for everyone. For some it is really difficult to even think of keeping their next step because every time they keep their feet down to take next step, they find 100s of thorns pricking into their soft skin. They still try to somehow walk ahead but when life is always showing the difficult and dangerous path for moving ahead, how long can someone walk like this? Only the people who go through this know about the pain they have to suffer at each and every step before they take this decision of holding themselves to the same spot or quitting this only way called Life for moving ahead. I believe taking away anyone’s life, even your own life, is a crime and one shouldn’t take this path at all but saying this, I also realize that because I have not experienced what these people have suffered, I can’t take judgment which has only one point of view which world believes to be right. I don’t think what world believes to be right is always right. We need to gain too many perspectives before deciding for someone else. For us, yes, we can always decide if we need to keep continuing on this hard path or join all these people who had to quit midway. Hope no one gets to suffer the way Sandeep Nahar and others had to suffer.

 

OM SHANTI!

 

WRITING BUDDHA