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Can a woman ever win? What tips the balance between a man’s and a woman’s mistakes? What is the difference between being flawed and unreasonable?
Read on to know how Divakaruni instigates these questions in her bestselling novel.
As an avid reader, I have always been biased to books over movies. Still every now and then, an adaptation stands out apart from its source text, if not for the same degree of impact then for the novelty. Right from the start of the film, the audience can sense a certain freedom in a way that is relatable to the modern era. I for one attributed it to how the viewer is made to follow Jo around the city from a dismal room to a New York bar and dashing across streets in her radical independence. This change in setting provides the perfect opportunity for the filmmaker to break away from the traditional demarcation of a conservative society like a breath of fresh air.
Narrated by Chughtai from a child’s perspective, the story is purely suggestive yet deeply meaningful. The candid testimony is sparked by her trademark witty descriptions, lending the story an essence of acknowledgement curtained by innocent language.
Through the incidents that take place in Begum Jaan’s house, Chughtai breathes life into the much known but far less understood concepts of sexuality and lesbianism.
‘It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine.’
Haruki Murakami; Kafka On The Shore
‘Love of God…is not always the same as Love of good.’
Hermann Hesse; Narcissus & Goldmund
‘To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking’
Agnes De Mille
Once you set on Picoult’s journey of introspection, it’s hard to stop. My Sister’s Keeper, a powerful page turner, is one of many such journeys by this award-winning American author. Through an emphatic expression of her characters, Jodi Picoult sets the mood for a deep self reflection that you’re slowly drawn into through a smoothContinue reading “Book Review : My Sister’s Keeper”
It is said that no two people ever read the same book; this beautiful variety of thought is exactly what gives new dimensions to old anecdotes. Thus, it becomes integral in today’s world to promote an aesthetic mindset, a certain openness to uninhibited expression.