• Monday, February 02, 2015

Book Reviews

The Search Warrant

The Search Warrant

First, haven’t read a novella that sprang out of pure chance and curiosity as the Search Warrant, and second, it was read mainly because of its author - Patrick Modiano, recipient of 2014 Nobel Prize and no other reason. The story is simple but amusingly crafted. In December 1988 the author came across an old issue of the Paris Soir of December 1941. It was the headline in page 3 that mentioned the disappearance of a young Jewish girl called Dora Bruder, age 15, height 1.55m, oval-shaped face, and grey-brown eyes, donning a grey sports jacket with a maroon pullover, navy-blue skirt, a hat, and brown gym shoes. And the...

Retrospect

Retrospect

The collection of poems, named Retrospect peruses not only the writer’s thrive to create but speaks of his imagination and belief. His life and thoughts, according to him, was shown and shaped by no other than the late S.M. Sultan. However, a collection of 39 poems by Shams Monwar speaks of a dreamer who has picked up the pen for re-discovering himself and the reality that surrounds him. Shams the poet sketched reality of post – liberation Bangladesh through the opening poem Liberation. It’s packed with multiple messages complimented with a sharp tone of dissent and grief. It speaks of promises made by our leaders which they failed to deliver...

REMINISCENCES OF FOREIGN OFFICE MANDARINS

REMINISCENCES OF FOREIGN OFFICE MANDARINS

THIS is a first in Bangladesh.  A published anthology of the memoirs of 43 career diplomats of Bangladesh, that is.  As far as I am aware, a few career diplomats have composed their memoirs and gotten them published as individual efforts, including one that is almost as voluminous as the combined efforts of the 43 that have been compressed into this one omnibus.  And therein can be identified an immediate problem that accompanies Serving the Nation:  Reflections of Bangladesh Diplomats.  Because of the brevity and diversity of each of the articles, most hardly go beyond the anecdotal account, some quite lighthearted, leaving little room for in-depth analysis of events...

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Taking up C. G. Jung's book “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” was perfect in the bitter cold weather that we were passing in Massachusetts last week. For voracious readers like myself, it was like finding life with a new light by a great thinker. It is heavy reading and one needs to reflect on each piece of information thoroughly before moving onto the next. However, the book is a masterpiece when one wants insight into human nature. It makes you rediscover yourself and others around you. As one of world's greatest psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Carl Gustav Jung, (26 July, 1975- 6 June, 1961) has astounding facts about human nature. He was...

The Storyteller

The Storyteller

Jodi Picoult's “The Storyteller”, illustrates, once again, how sensitive and perceptive she is, and what a deep understanding of human nature she has. In this remarkable book,the psyche of different characters is delved into. THERE are several interesting stories in this book: there's Minka's story (a fantasy she had started writing as a young girl); there's the story of her life she's recounting to Sage, and there's Josef's story (also narrated to Sage). Sage Singer is a young Jewish girl with a facial scar (which she got in a car accident and because of which she has become a near-recluse). She is someone who feels that “Religion isn't in your DNA....