Being grown up on Enid Blytons, I never understood the fan following of Harry Potter books until my daughter started reading these books. It takes the children in a magical fantasy world which is intriguing to a young mind.The central character in the series is Harry Potter, an English boy who lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin – the Dursleys – who discovers, at the age of eleven, that he is a wizard, though he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as Muggles. The wizarding world exists parallel to the Muggle world, albeit hidden and in secrecy. His magical ability is inborn and children with such abilities are invited to attend exclusive magic schools that teach the necessary skills to succeed in the wizarding world.Harry becomes a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a wizarding academy in Scotland and it is here where most of the events in the series take place. As Harry develops through his adolescence, he learns to overcome the problems that face him: magical, social and emotional, including ordinary teenage challenges such as friendships, infatuation, romantic relationships, schoolwork and exams, anxiety, depression, stress, and the greater test of preparing himself for the confrontation, that lies ahead, in wizarding Britain’s increasingly-violent second wizarding war.
In 1990, Rowling was on a crowded train from Manchester to London when the idea for Harry suddenly “fell into her head”. Rowling gives an account of the experience on her website saying:
“I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.”
Rowling completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1995 and the manuscript was sent off to several prospective agents. The second agent she tried, Christopher Little, offered to represent her and sent the manuscript to Bloomsbury.
J.K. Rowling with her wonderful writing has been able to capture a child’s imagination.
“So often, it’s the simplest acts of courage that touch the lives of others. Sudha Murty-through the exceptional work of the Infosys Foundation as well as through her own youth, family life and travels-encounters many … And she tells them here in her characteristically clear-eyed, warm-hearted way. She talks candidly about the meaningful impact of her work in the devadasi community, her trials and tribulations as the only female student in her engineering college and the unexpected and inspiring consequences of her father’s kindness. From the quiet joy of discovering the reach of Indian cinema and the origins of Indian vegetables to the shallowness of judging others based on appearances, these are everyday struggles and victories, large and small. Unmasking both the beauty and ugliness of human nature, each of the real-life stories in this collection is reflective of a life lived with grace.
Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.
Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over three lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan???s Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006.
A heart-warming tale of courage and conviction from India’s biggest-selling woman author
Two decades ago, when Sudha Murty approached a group of devadasis for the first time, determined to make a difference to their lives, they threw a chappal at her.
Undeterred, she went back, telling herself she must talk to the devadasis about the dangers of AIDS. This time, they threw tomatoes.
But she refused to give up. The Infosys Foundation worked hard to make the devadasis self-reliant, to help educate their children, and to rid the label of the social stigma that had become attached to it. Today, there are no temple prostitutes left in the state of Karnataka.
This is the powerful, inspirational story of that change initiative that has transformed thousands of lives.
This book has got wonderful reviews and is worth reading.I’m going to pick up my copy….
I often used to think is too late to discover oneself, till I saw this movie called Julie and Julia. So, I was watching this movie called Julie and Julia. It’s about this American lady Julia Child moves to Paris with her diplomat husband and she asks the same question, “Is it too late to discover oneself?” And here she learns the French cuisine .In the school where she ‘s learning she discovers that this is a male dominated profession as all her classmates are male. But that doesn’t deter her. Rather she becomes a pioneer in introducing French cooking to America.
Julia Child was born on 15th August 1912 in United States of America. She moved to Paris in the year 1948 and was there till 1954. During her stay in Paris she immensely enjoys the French cuisine. So,she decides that while she’s there she learns French cooking herself. She enrols herself in the famous ‘Le Cordon Bleu’ cooking school. With her determination to learn she proves to her counter parts that nothing can deter her from learning the French cuisine.
She starts teaching in 1951. And here she writes the book’Mastering the art of French Cooking ‘ which becomes a bestseller.
She returns to USA and she gets to do television shows on cooking,’The French Chef, Julia Child: Bon appe’tit, Julia Child & Company, Dinnerat Julia’s, Cooking with Master Chefs,Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, Baking with Julia, Julia Child & JacquesPe’pin Cooking at home. As the television shows in 1960s were unedited and live her various blunders would appear on the television, which made her so real to American housewives. Always in her pearls and well dressed with her many mistakes and corrections she introduced ‘Art of French Cooking ‘ to America. Julia Child became a household name. She wrote various books like Mastering the art of French Cooking, The French Chef Cook Book, Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom, The Way to Cook, My Life in France, From Julia Child’s Kitchen and many more.
In 1981, she founded The American Institute of Wine and Food. Julia Child ‘s kitchen from her to show is displayed in National Museum of America. Julia Child died on 13 th August,2004 and leaving behind her legacy in the form of ‘The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts.’
Impressive life of an ordinary woman who turns into a legend.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol.1
Domestic Violence is something that we consider synonymous to the uneducated people. But it happens every where, it is a vicious web from which it is difficult to come out of. There is a lack of self esteem on the part of the victim. Fear created in the mind of the victim so that she doesn’t have the courage to get out of it. The victim is isolated from her family and friends so that she isn’t able to run away from the clutches of her oppressor.
Some very good books written by authors like Rashmi Anand, KC Bernard, A Paris, Tehmina Durrani, Lundy Bancroft, Jane Corey, Sherry Lewis etc.
Most people have the question why does she stay with him? You will get your answers from the book ” Should I Stay or go” by Lundy Bancroft. It’s a vicious cycle which makes it difficult for a woman to escape. Most people say that stay for the sake of your children, the book “Trauma and Survivor Syndrome ” by Sherry Lewis will give you an insight to it. KC Barnard, RashmiAnand, Tehmina Durrani are themselves been victim of domestic abuse.
Some of the books that are an eye opener to domestic abuse are listed below :
Behind Closed Doors
Love by Deception: A harrowing true story of love and betrayal.
My Feudal Lord
Room 103: Nanakpura Thana
Trauma & Survivor Syndrome: Effects on Children Who Witness Domestic Violence
My Husband’s Wife
Behind Closed Doors
I am currently reading this book. In this book Alex Haley traces back his ancestry through six generations as slaves, freedmen, farmers and blacksmith, lawyers and architects . Back in Africa he discovered 16 year old young boy named Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who was taken away from his homeland and brought to the slave markets of New World, who held the key to Haley’s deep and distant past.
This book won Alex Haley a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
This book opens ones eyes to the horrors of slavery and how each generation struggled to survive. It gives us an insight to the tribal life of Africa and how each member of the tribe was assigned duties in an organised way. This book helps us to understand that each and every race needs to be respected.
Much time and energy has been spent accusing Haley of plagiarizing various aspects of Roots. Personally, I think that to dwell on this criticism is to totally miss the significance of the novel, which told for the first time a story that had remained largely unknown to white audiences in America and Britain. Whether fact, fiction or “faction”, Roots opened the eyes of western audiences to the oppression of their black brothers and sisters, and encouraged second and third-generation immigrants to take pride in, and ownership of, their cultural heritage. As an Indian I always fail to understand that were and are racially discriminated by the Europeans ( the white race) and still certain sections of our society is still so racist. It really is disturbing to see racism.
Dan Brown is an american author of thriller fiction in 2003 he wrote The Da Vinci Code . His books usually features keys, symbols, codes, consiparcy theories.
Some of his books are listed below:
Angels & Demons
The Da Vinci Code
The Lost Symbol
Robert Langdon is the main character and the books are set in a 24 hour period.The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)Also available on kindle.
His 4 th novel The Da Vinci Code was on top of the best sellers list in 2003.
This book earned him an income of US $250 million