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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.