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Sunday, 31 March 2019

BOOK REVIEW: ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE

Before starting, I would love to stir something else. Books deflowered me but every book I read doesn’t give me the power to differentiate it, you know every book has not got suaveness to magnetize your soul. The words sexy or beautiful are for books and girls. They deserve it. They deserve to capture your mind. Every time when you started to read a new book it gives you storage in the mind where you can pile up your imagination you could possibly think of.
Last week I started re-reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig for the third time. The book was published in the mid-70s and soon after the publication, the book became best-selling. I love the way Mr. Pirsig define human life as a more dimensional way. In the book, you never heard philosophical thinking that enables you to dust off your brain. It is a simple story of motorcycle riding across America with author’s son Chris, who died after the publication of this book at the age of 22. Four hundred- and eighteen-pages book killed my whole weekdays. Robert believes that we need to change our process of seeing things to get the right ideas of our surrounding. At first, the book starts with a distinctive motorcycle riding with one couple, and he tells the beauty of riding.

Mr. Prisig wrote: “In a car, you are always in a compartment and because you are used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more to you are a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a form.”
The above quote teaches you how to think and live a life beyond the self-trickiness. Self-trickiness is the word for how you deceive yourself to ignore your own reality to witness your circle. First, you need to get out of that circle and just look inside’s ugliness to avoid wrong things happening with us. It is obvious the manuscript was rejected by more than one-hundred-twenty publishers.
Author debates on classical and romantic thinking. He believes that we must find out intrinsic beauty to understand the outlook of life. You may think I must be pompous because I used to say that I make a good distance from self-help books, but it is not the book which stretches you the pathetic way to live or, better yet, thinks of life. It is the most powerful book written about how human should imagine life ahead along with technological advancement. This attractive piece of unforgettable narration of a motorcycle trip with his son Chris is the technique of seeing the unseen roadside.
The first thing I loved about this book, is that it is full of thoughtfulness and philosophy on a spiritual theme. Second, I admire the audacity of the writer not being hurried to tell his story in a forceful manner. The story flows on its way like you sit under the lukewarm waterfall. It hits your mind slowly and profoundly. The novel has many dangerous philosophical ideas which are quite hard to digest in one reading unless you are a hideous reader of philosophical kind of stuffs.
Robert Pirsig writes about conflict of vision of reality which is the main source of Quality. The book itself subtitled An Inquiry into Values. My feeling is that this book is more appropriate in our current time hence we are losing our consciousness to see real Quality, which Mr. Pirsig is trying to state in his novel. If you read this book, again and again, you will understand how we are down our grip from Quality. The book certainly provides you with many ideas that will give you incendiary spasm in your brain for a long-lasting time.

I am listing my own top ten books to read from a few years back and this book falls in number seven. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance deepens your thoughts and maintain your soul to lead Quality life. A writer trying to explain romantic versus classical thinking. He is trying to make a distinction between these two arguments. Well, what makes you classical or romantic thinkers? One simple example of romantic personality is the children; they have access to see reality more openly than the adult. The main theme is that you can have pleasure in every notion as a key to lead a life towards Quality.
The book starts with a character, author himself and his son, and one Sutherland couple. The author loves to ride his bike and love to maintenance his motorcycle himself. On the other hand, the couple doesn’t want to maintain the motorcycle where the author starts questioning himself of why they don’t want to maintain their motorcycle in which you find pleasure. After that book gets deeper and deeper. You are definitely to immerse yourself in riding and his bottomless thoughts.

Friday, 29 March 2019

BOOK REVIEW: HIPPIE BY PAULO COELHO

My wife knows that I love past centuries and the stories of the past era and if she finds anything interesting, she buys it as a gift. I am talking about books. She bought 'Hippie' by Paulo Coelho a couple of months ago. 
I have always been fascinated by Hippie stories. I have read all of his books, yet I am not a feisty fan of him. Some of his works are just a typical story. Alchemist was not mind-blowing but had a charming story, I was compelled by his narration. 
Here it is, Hippie, I had gone through halfway to the semi-autographical novel and stopped reading further. Why am I labelling it’s a semi-autobiographical? It’s because I lost interest in POV; it’s written in third person, limited narration, which does not literally seem to fit in the story as we used to label as an autobiography for this kind of genre. Maybe Paulo didn’t want to be egoistic on his writing, right? How do we believe him that he is narrating his own adventitious journey, which he embarked from Amsterdam to Kathmandu? That did make no sense to his writing calling himself as another person! If he was trying to be redeemable for his humiliation then he should have chosen another name for the protagonist, it really gave me head desk. It feels like he was peeking from outside into his own world and was struggling to get in. 
I have gone more than through halfway because, all the same, the story was set in my country’s capital, but he pulled me down and throw away from his book. 
In the writing, POV is the most important tool that determines how a writer can express himself to the reader. The first person is the widely used point of view to tell a story and as far as I believe it is the most honest way to tell your story. I find a bit tricky to use third person omniscient, but it is my best one. Paulo used third person limited, albeit we know that he is telling his own story. Here, the reader will have to struggle to find writer’s perspective if he is well known and all, the reader will get confused because his unconscious psyche always works behind the writer’s reputation, parse it is the fact. As we know that third person POV hinders to express feelings, emotions and rational realities, but anyway the best example of this genre is Harry Porter and Sorcerer’s Stone where we can get the best writing using the third person. 
All the same, younger version of Paulo didn’t attract me, though I haven’t finished the story, but I reckon the exposition is too much I must skip paragraph now and then. Maybe I am a bad reader. Maybe the writer hesitated to express his feeling through YOUNG Paulo which I was expecting to read. The conflict was whether it was memoir or fiction? If it was a fiction it lacked pertinent advancement in story. Reader must struggle and set aside autobiography side to perceive the scenario of Mr. young Paulo because, in this case, we know the author well.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck


I have always been trying hard to make a good distance from this kind of ‘training the mind, self-help shit; but almost after two years of abandoning the idea of not giving the fuck for such book, I succumbed to this flamboyant orange-cover with some bold abusive word. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is a Mark Manson’s second book following the other book; Models: Attract Women Through Honesty. 
It doesn’t hit on your face right hard, this book doesn’t give you any philosophical logic of life at all, but people are always transcending towards values of life or better living concept. No individual can teach us how to live or behave with others, but it is, factually, innate in all peoples. 

The title is fucking attractive and the book has a full of sympathetic ideas of how to live life well or better yet, Mark Manson’s way is; not giving a fuck for anything.  
I had to take a break from prodigious writing and pour over myself to Mark’s ‘a counterintuitive approach to living a good life’. Mark’s musing droplets are worthless. One big mistake in not going to the thrift store is you must buy the-hype-to-go books. Simply the subtle art of not giving a fuck has been just a hype or one brick in the pile of self-development book, you aren’t going to get anything new except poor lesson or fable. The book has swamped with a lot of mindfulness, being positiveness, wellbeing, welfare, and comfort. Mark’s text is near to the Stoicism, coined by Zeno Citium, which helps to develop personal’s ethics by dropping off the desire for pleasure or fear of pain. 

Here I would love to add similar thought by Chanakya: (also known as Kautilya, c. 350-275 BCE, was an Indian statesman and philosopher) Not controlling the senses is the road to adversity and sorrow.  Conquering the senses is the road to prosperity and happiness. Choose either of the two which you like; that is your decision.
In my opinion, such a book gives us more uncomfortable rather than a respectable feeling because when people started reading such a thing they will think their life is full of negativity, but negativity doesn’t exist. Now a day’s social media and most of the web is flooded with inspirational quotes which have just a flowery text. I know he writes candidly about our daily situation, but it won’t work in rational life. Mark Manson should read ancient Hinduism or Buddhist text of philosophy, it has more humble and realistic approach to give the lesson, or we can take Sartre or Camus, they have far better than Mark's arrogant speech. 
My friends, if you really stretch your hand to get self-help books, then you have a real problem, big problem. I have never built my test for this kind of bullshit because I never gave a good fuck for constructiveness, but my mind had played a little game with myself this time, the book’s bright color and very big screaming letters, and of course a big fuck gave me a bad repercussion and I bought this unsubtle art of writing. 
In fact, control over the mind is a tricky job. Mark is trying to create a miracle mind, which left me with a contemptuous smile.

I have two words left. Don’t try.

I give fucking 1 star out of 5.


Sunday, 1 July 2018

BOOK REVIEW: A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

Let me put on this way; this novel is most cherished by American readers. Obviously, it is not the story of the tree itself. But, Betty Smith used the tree as a literary device, a symbol of Francie Nolan, a beautiful and brave girl who grows in paved soil in Brooklyn.
Betty Smith was born in 1896. She is best known for her novel a tree grows in Brooklyn (Published in 1943), which was immediate bestselling and considerably most prominent work of the 20th centuries. She is also the author of Maggie-Now (1958), Joy In The Morning (1963) and Tomorrow Will Be Better (1947). 

In this novel, insofar Betty Smith successfully imbued her characters with subtle words and feelings. Francie Nolan grew near Williamsburg and Greenpoint. At that time there was huge poverty between the two-great flux of immigrants, the Irish, German, Italian, Jews and the East European. Francie is second generation American. Her father was an Irish and mother was Austrian. Smith wrote every incident truthfully, so it is poignant and moving in every way. This uplifting story has a unique way to catch up the then time of Francie. I have never been to Brooklyn, but I really liked the way Smith describes the city itself. It is so lively, dynamic and heartwarming.  

I can read this story again and again. I reckon that it has a very slow pace of writing, but the way she described the day to day life of Brooklyn is mesmerizing. She is into it, emotionally attached to the street, she had grown up. 

I am not going to write about the story, but it has the power to envelop you. Francie is smart, astute, agile girl who loves reading.

          “The world was hers for the reading.”  She said.

It really gives you a lukewarm repercussion after reading this novel. Somewhere Smith writes this way:

“Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry... have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”

The main theme of the book is the class and poverty I in a society where Francie lives. In most of the pages, Smith writes about the struggle of the family to survive. Francie’s grandmother tells her daughter, Kattie, to let her children read every night before bed, it means they believe education is the only way to get rid of the poverty.

Without water and sun and even proper soil, a tree in the title grows in tenement districts, it symbolizes hardship in someone’s life.





 I give this book 5 stars out of five.








Friday, 29 June 2018

Book Review: La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes

One anonymous author pulled the trigger on such a high. It's magic. It’s known as the first picaresque novel from history and this one is the influential work of modern literature ‘La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes.' This novella was published in Spain in 1554, in Spanish literature of the golden age, by an unknown author in the form of the first-person narrator.  



This is the tale of one poor boy from the little village of Spain who gives extremely influential to the western literature. Writer dragged his sufferance and beautifully splashed them into the pages. I read the whole novella straight through, not because of its short size, but because it has a life on it. The author and the character are still unknown to us, but the work is widely known to the world. You will be amazed when you come to know that Cervantes and the other renowned authors trail their story on it. Everyone gets inspiration from this work.



This is the story of Lazaro da Tormes, her mother calls him Lazarillo, which means little Lazaro which is written in the first person. The story is significant soever we can't put away until you finished it.

The novella starts with “well! Your honor must know…” that means narrator going to express the truth of his life. He tells everything about his life which was pathetic and clumsy.

“How many there are in the world who run from others because they do not see themselves in them,” the narrator tells his inferiority to your Excellency. 



Many critics believe that picaresque genre started from this novella. Generally, picaresque is an anti-hero who grows on the wrong side of the society. It follows the path of realism and this novella is the example of the first picaresque adopted writing. At that time the popular theme was knighted, heroic characters and noble man, but this one has a poor boy who struggled to live with deception and crime. The writer’s intention is to unveil the hypocrisy of that Spanish time. This writing was banned at that time of publication.



In the first chapter ‘parentage of Lazaro and the reason for his surname’ writer tried to foreshadow his deprived life ahead. He was born on the bank of the Tormes river from where he gets his surname. The whole novella divided into seven chapters, each chapter devoted to one master of the protagonist. He is an anti-hero. He is not a good human, yet he is mysteriously profound. His willingness to survive depends on various deceptions, and trickery.



Another popular example of the picaresque novel is Mark Twain's The Adventure of Huckleberry Fin, Voltaire’s Candide.

5 stars out of 5