Which books should I read to start with?

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This is the one question that bothers us the most as someone very new to reading. The list I am now giving you is a comprehensive one and will suck you right in the habit of reading.

I recommend you start with the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series consists of four novels, 5 books of 56 short stories. A great series to start with

You can also start with these great books :

  1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  2. And There were None by Agatha Christie
  3. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  5. One for the Money Janet Evanovich
  6. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  7. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carré
  8. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  9. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

…and remember this is just a beginning.

Open book

Open book with pages forming heart shape

As I look into your eyes I read through the pages.

I feel like I am reading.

Word by word, as I get lost in your eyes.

The beauty of your words overwhelms me.

The scars on your soft skin wrecks me, hurts me.

Going through the chapters of your such a fascinating story.

Each part feels like

I am reading the last chapter

My dear you are an open book

Yes you are an Open Book…

Book Review: A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie

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At the beginning of the story, a certain Rex Fortescue (a supposedly rich businessman, leader of his own firm) is sipping his tea in his office when he suffers a sudden and very tragic death. After the police examines the body more closely, they found a handful of rye in one of his pockets… and no one knows what it is supposed to mean. After our -witty and reckless- murderer strikes again, Miss Marple comes to the conclusion that – similarly to what we have read in And Then There Were None – they are dealing with a crime by rhyme.

“Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose.”

It’s been a long time since I’ve read any Agatha Christie and it’s easy to let one’s brain flow back into her story telling style. Her books do have a comforting familiarity. This was my first book from Miss Maple series. I picked up this book at random to read while traveling. This book was probably not as good as my three absolute favourites, but I would still recommend it to everyone who is looking for a good read.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it is not a long-drawnout story. This one is pretty straightforward as the murder happens in first chapter  itself and readers are sucked into this murder mystery. Investigation is already in full swing right after the second chapter or so, keeping us all in suspense and making us guess who might have done it, as Christie’s works tend to make us feel all the time.

This is the first Marple book I have read and I was disappointed to know that the most of the Investigation is done by the police and it’s Miss Marple who helps them with the missing piece of the puzzle. The ending for me was a great surprise – a very witty and cleverly done business and I suspected someone else all along, I have to admit. (who wasn’t completely innocent either, that’s true)

To sum up, it is a well written work and is hard to put down once the first victim dies. I am sure you wont be disappointed if you treat this as a standalone Agatha Christie’s novel and are happy to get along with the investigation with Inspector Neele you wont be disappointed.

Make sure to drop your comments. Your feedback matters

Agatha Christie fans also read:

Agatha Christie’s – And Then There Were None

The Monogram Murders – A Review

 

Hitler’s “Mein Kamph” Republished

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An academic edition of Mein Kampf is turning out to be a hit in Germany.

Adolf Hitler’s notorious manifesto is legally back on German bookshelves for the first time since the end of World War II, after the copyright to the book expired. The book is termed as one of the most dangerous text ever.
And it’s being published for the first time since the dictators death in 1945. However it won’t look like it did during The Third Reich. The new copies will be heavily annotated.
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The teachers in Germany are endorsing the publishing. The literal translation of ‘Mein Kamph’ is “my stuggle” and it outlines Hitler’s hate for the Jews and his plans for the world domination. The teachers want students to put the text into context.
One of them says:
I find it’s right to now publish an edition with scientific comments because this way something shadowy, a myth can be destroyed.” he also adds ” my experience as a citizen and a teacher is that something which is forbidden creates a lot of curiosity.
There is no single book surrounded by so many myths and received with so much disgust and fear. What’s your take on this? What do you feel? Feel free to convey your views.

Timeless interviews of Rafi Sahab

The other day on the radio I heard a brief interview of the late Md. Rafi and I was left wanting for more. I was confident I will get those on the internet hence I started digging….

1.  Interview by Biren Tripathi (Video Interview)

 

2. Interview in UK before his concert (Video Interview)

 

Interview by Raza Ali Abidi in UK in November 1977 (Audio)

 

Audio Interview by Subhash Vohra (BBC London 1979)

 

Enjoy and do share:)