Yesterday we had a piece on why you should be reading Ram- The scion of Ikshvaku, the first book in the ‘Ram Chandra’ series by famous author Amish Tripathi. The Ram Chandra series is the second fastest-selling book series in the country, the first one being ‘Shiva Trilogy’ by the same author.
The first book- Ram, narrates the story of the birth of Prince Ram-the seventh Vishnu, his education, his training in warfare, his bond with his family, especially his brothers. The story takes you through the journey of Lord Ram till his marriage with Sita and their fourteen-year long exile in forests and abduction of Sita at the hands of Lanka King Raavan.
‘Sita- The warrior of Mithila’ is the second book in series and narrates the story of Sita, her birth, her education under Great Rishi Vishwamitra, her career as the Prime Minister of Mithila, her marriage to Prince Ram and followed by their exile in the forests where she was abducted by Lanka King Raavan.
Sita is a fairy princess and a fierce warrior. Her beauty lies in the fact that she is a headstrong intelligent woman who fears no one. Her courage and smartness is the reason why Mithila is abundant. She falls for Prince Ram when she gets to know the principles which he follows. She is mesmerized by his simplicity and righteous attitude. There are some other factors too which lead to their marriage which I will refrain from discussing as they are potential spoilers for those who haven’t read the book.
Amish’s women are very headstrong. They are not just the ‘love interests’ of the hero or a scenic addition to the story. They play strong roles and hold independent places in the plot. Sita is one such character.
‘Sati’ from ‘The Shiva Trilogy’ too is one such character. So after you are done with ‘Ram’ you can continue with ‘Sita-The warrior of Mithila’.
Anyone who has read ‘The Shiva Trilogy’ by Amish Tripathi would know the essence of Amish’s writing.
The Shiva Trilogy consisted of three books:
The Immortals of Meluha
The Secret of Nagas
The oath of Vayuputras
The series swept the Indian readers off their feet. It was something that no one could have ever imagined. And all credit goes to the crazy mind of Amish Tripathi. Amish came back with a bang with his new series. This was ‘The Ram Chandra’ series.
‘The Scion of Ishkvaku- Ram’ is the first book in the series. Unpopular opinion- The Ram Chandra series is better than the Shiva Trilogy. The first book narrates the story of ‘Ram’ the firstborn son of King Dashrath and the crown prince of Ayodhya. It narrates the story of how the seventh Avtar of Vishnu grew up, got his formal education at the hands of Guru Vashishtha and got married to the fairy princess (but no less than a fierce warrior) Sita.
His bond with his brothers, his equation with his father and his attitude towards Dharma have been explained in detail but in a very simple process. The book goes with the flow. Nothing seems extra or unnecessarily added and the story feels complete too.
His feelings for his wife Sita and the way he looked at the sacred bond of marriage are the highlights of the story. The book takes you through the journey of Ram till the abduction of Sita at the hands of Lanka King Raavan, which occurred during their fourteen-year exile.
If you have a thing for Indian history and want to read it from a different perspective, then go for the book. The best thing is that it has two sequel books to it so you will have plenty of stuff to read and would not feel hung to the story.
There is nothing better than a good mystery book and when it comes to murder mysteries, Agatha Cristie is considered as the queen. Agatha Cristie has written the world’s most famous murder mystery books.
One of her recurring characters is ‘Detective Hercule Poirot’. And one of the most iconic Hercule Poirot cases is of ‘Five Little Pigs’. The title seems to be a little offbeat but it all makes sense. The moment when the reader understands the context of the title is a pretty impressive one.
In this case, Hercule Poirot solves a murder that happened years ago. There’s no scene of the murder, no dead body or witnesses to help the Belgian detective. The only thing he has is a list of five suspects. A famous painter had died a few years ago and his wife took the blame and now their daughter wants to clear her mother’s name.
And it is up to our favourite detective to make sure that the real killer gets behind the bars and the dead wife’s name gets cleared. The book is a classic Agatha Cristie murder mystery. It is a sure shot page-turner and will never bore you.
Best in the case of a reading slump and it is a good choice for new readers too. Go give it a read!
Of course, all the readers must be wondering that they will finish all their pending books during this lockdown and this is the wisest thing to do. Cause Tup tap ghal pe leneka.
I will be bringing forth some of of my favourite books of all time which could lighten up your reading shenanigans. Our pick for today is Ashwin Sanghi’s ‘The Krishna Key’.
Reasons to pick up The Krishna Key
Ashwin Sanghi has often been called the Indian Dan Brown. Firstly he recreates mythology for the readers by spinning the wool of mystery along with it. There’s nothing better than a good mystery book to engage a reader with the storyline.
‘The Krishna Key’ is also written in this fashion. Sanghi has written about a character who has juxtaposed himself with the ancient predictions about ‘The Kalki Avtar’- The 10th and Final Avtar of Lord Vishnu. The character is on a killing spree and it is up to the protagonist ‘Saini’ who is a scholar in ancient history to stop these killings and save himself from the killer.
As the story developes a lot of authentic historical facts and figures come up as ‘Saini’ tries to solve the mystery. The book is very fast-paced. It is a page-turner and can surely get you to break your reading slump (if you are going through one).
It is a very satisfying book. The feeling a reader gets after finishing with it is no less than an achievement.
So, if you are looking for a book to read during this lockdown, ‘The Krishna Key’ by Ashwin Sanghi is just the book for you.
If you have been complaining about the lack of time for your reading shenanigans then this 21-day lockdown is just the thing that your reading habit needs.
Cause tup tap ghal pe leneka bahal nai jaane ka nai. You can follow a strict reading regime. Let me explain how:
Pick up a book: Pick up a book, anything that you like or have been waiting to read. There are millions of pdfs available online and also the books you would have already hoarded. Fiction or non-fiction, science-related, fantasy fiction, dystopia etc. It could be a spiritual book, religious literature, classic/modern or a self-help book. Just pick a book.
Find a reading nook: It will be better if you find yourself a reading nook. A place where electronic gadgets are not allowed unless you are not reading on a kindle or phone or you are listening to an audiobook. Get comfortable in your reading nook.
Tolerate the first 30 pages: Every book takes at least 30-50 pages to build up the storyline and you have to make sure that you tolerate the first 30 pages. This point is for the new readers who are still not habitual of finishing thick-ass books.
Re-read: There is no shame in re-reading a book. If you want to revise your Harry Potter series or Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or revisit the Shire with the Lord of the Rings series, it is up to you. Do not shame yourself.
Bookstagram! : You can create a Bookstagram account on Instagram. You can do book reviews, read-a-thons and show off your book collection. You can write fanfictions and click some really cool photos of your books and post them.
Read whatever you want: You do not have to shame yourself if you enjoy reading Twilight Saga or Vampire Diaries, do it if you want it. Reading is reading. Go through poems, Urdu Shayaris and short stories. Enjoying what you read is the main goal.
Read regional literature: We have a tressure like collection of regional literature. For a change, you could read Munshi Premchand (if you haven’t then please do), Mirza Ghalib, Jaun Elia, Sharat Chandra and any other writer you like.