Dance Like a Man by Mahesh Dattani | Review

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Name: Dance Like a Man


Author: Mahesh Dattani


Genre: Drama/Play


Pages: 75 pages


Format: Paperback


Publishing Details: 1st January 2006 by Penguin Books


Summary: Jairaj Parekh and his wife Ratna, aging Bharatnatyam dancers, are engaged in finding a substitute mridangam player to accompany their daughter Lata at her performance at a high-profile dance festival. Lata, in the meantime, nervously awaits the meeting between her parents and Viswas, the young man she wishes to marry. When the four meet, and in the conversations and discussions that follow, the fissures in the relationship between Jairaj and Ratna begin to explode into high-strung battles which lead back to their own youth and the tragedy that lies at the heart of their discord. The younger couple have their own issues to contend with: the obvious mismatch between the two sets of parents, the arguments over Lata’s career as a dancer after marriage and most unsettling of all, Lata’s attempt to balance her parents’ ambition with her own needs and desires. A brilliant study of human relationships and weaknesses framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion, Dance Like a Man has been hailed as one of the best works of the dramatic imagination in recent times.


Review: This play may seem very drab in the beginning but there are gems of conflict, repression, dedication, feminism, patriarchy, the love for art, prostitution, politics and much more underlying it.
The characters have different voices and opinions. They view the events unfolding in their own perspective.
Ratna, the mother has been through much grief in the past. But what stays prominent is the jealousy she harbors towards the success of her only daughter, wishing fruitlessly that she had the fame that her daughter was getting.
She not only loses something very important to her blinded by the need for fame, she also feels the same pull now. Its difficult being a mother as well as trying to make a name for yourself in that year in India. Even today, its something that not many achieve. Feminism creeps into the story without making an entrance.
Jairaj, the father has lost his will and desire to dance after the fateful events. Even so, unlike Ratna he is proud of his daughter and all that she has achieved. His relationship with his own father has molded him into the ever-supporting father and even though he hates his old man, he can’t help but remember him.
Lata, the daughter is walking down the path that her parents once set on, and then laid out for her to go on. She’s a strong independent woman who does nor back down from her opinions even if her fiance or anyone else for that matter objects to it.
Viswas played a small role. So no thoughts for him.
Overall, a great play.


Rating:  4

Drool-Worthy Covers #8

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


Note: This book looks perfection! Its expected to be published on 7th June 2016. Is anyone flipping out yet? 


The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.
As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.
When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.
A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.


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January Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’m gonna be showing you all the books I read in the month of January! Enjoy 😀


1. My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Date Started: 21-12-2014

Date Finished: 02-01-2015

My Rating: 4

Review: I enjoyed some of the stories, but hated a few as well. To know individual scores I gave to each book click here


2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Date Started: 02-01-2015

Date Finished: 05-01-2015

My Rating: 5

Review: I loved this book. Full review here.


3. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

Date Started: 26-12-2014

Date Finished: 07-01-2015

My Rating:  4

Review: Cannot wait for the movie! Full review here.


4. Skeleton Key by Andi Watson

Date Started: 14-1-2015

Date Finished: 14-01-2015

My Rating:  2

Review: Click here for the ‘very’ short review.


5. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Date Started: 15-1-2015

Date Finished: 15-01-2015

My Rating: 5

Review: I ADORE this book! Click here for my thoughts on this amazing graphic novel! 


6. Chasing Shadows by Ashley Townsend

Date Started: 08-1-2015

Date Finished: 16-01-2015

My Rating: 5

Review: I love this book and I am so happy Ashley sent it my way! Click here for more!


7. Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Date Started: 16-1-2015

Date Finished: 20-01-2015

My Rating: 4

Review: Adorable quick read. Click here to know more.


8. Mind Games by Kiersten White

Date Started: 29-1-2015

Date Finished: 30-01-2015

My Rating: 3 

Review: Very quick interesting read. I had issues of course, but the full review can be found here.


What books did you read this month? What are your thoughts on the books I read? Let me know! I’d love to talk more about them.


Also, since I have terms from tomorrow, I won’t possibly be posting till the 7th. So yeah, wish me luck!

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Teaser Tuesday #2

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! So I decided why not include this feature on my blog? It’s fun! If you want to do the same just do the following:

• Grab your current read.
• Open to a random page.
• Share “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers: 

“I thought that exile meant you had to leave your country and you could go anywhere–somewhere in the sun, a tropical island, say, or America. But exile doesn’t mean that; it means you are banished to a specific place, and guess what, that place isn’t in the sun and is no paradise, it’s not even America. It’s some cold, miserable place like Siberia, where you don’t know anyone and you can barely survive. It’s another prison.”

Half Bad, by Sally Green

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Chasing Shadows by Ashley Townsend

Title:

Chasing Shadows

Author:

Ashley Townsend

Published:

September 2014

Stand Alone/Series:

Rising Shadows #2

Pages:

400 pages

Format:

Paperback

Genre:

Fantasy/Historic Fiction/Time-Travel

Why I read it:

Ashley sent me the book for an honest review, and I’m glad she did.

Summary:

Would you choose to entwine your fate with a hero of the past, even if it meant altering the future?
The murder of an ancient king spurs Sarah Matthews to travel back in time, putting her life in jeopardy as she races against the clock to solve a thousand-year-old mystery and pick up the pieces of her star-crossed romance. Her return to Serimone reveals that the kingdom is in upheaval and that the elusive Cadius has sinister plans for the throne. Unable to right the empire alone, Sarah reunites with Will, the love she left behind and the man beneath the Shadow’s hood. As they work together amidst lavish balls and explore the secret depths of the castle, they discover that the conspiracy runs deeper than they ever imagined. And when a counterfeit Shadow claims the life of someone close to her after a personal threat from Cadius himself, Sarah discovers that the price of questioning the new regime is a life.
Guilt-ridden and alone, she discovers comfort in her newfound friendship with Damien, a charming Spaniard who joins Sarah in her personal crusade for justice. But as she draws closer to his dark past and to the faceless killer in their midst, she realizes that the severed threads of time and the mystery surrounding Serimone Castle are unraveling rapidly, weaving new tapestries of devastation.
In this thrilling and deceptive sequel to “Rising Shadows,” Sarah is forced into harm’s way countless times as she races to solve the puzzle before it is too late and Serimone becomes nothing more than a faded memory of the past. . . And before Sarah becomes a permanent fixture in history.

Review:

I was provided with the book from the author, Ashley, who’s incredibly sweet, for an honest review.
Oh my god.. This book kept me awake at night wondering what will happen next!
I absolutely adored the characters, even the bad ones. Yes, even the bad ones because they were written so perfectly that I could not help but be emphatic about them. Although I kinda wish some characters like Cadius and Karen had been in the scenes more. The whole concept of time travel was just intriguing and made me want to know more. The world of Serimone was just what I expected it to be like. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be clad with snow.
The character development was as much as it was needed. Sarah, the protagonist, however could’ve been more inconspicuous and not this brazen when she knew it would lead to destruction in her life. But don’t we all do things we regret later?
I however, found that the language they used was normal, as in not like something people would talk like in the earlier era. But somehow it didn’t bother me at all.
I lost myself in the world, and I understand how difficult it must have been for Sarah to choose one world.
The ENDING! God! I wish I knew what happened to Will and Sarah. I do not know if there’s another book after this, if there is, I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival.

Rating:

5

#RYBSAT TBR Pile

For those who don’t know the #RYBSAT also known as the “Read your bookshelf a thon” started today, i.e the 16th. I’m planning on completing the following books:

Chasing Shadows by Ashley Townsend

I’m on page 270/400. I did read about 70 pages after midnight so I’m guessing that counts.

Half Bad by Sally Green

This book is about 380 pages long.

Can you keep a secret? by Sophie Kinsella

This book is about 365 pages long.

And last but definitely not the least,

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling

This is a re-read and I kinda wanted to cover a book each month, leaving time for books like the Game of Thrones enough time.

This book is about 223 pages long. I’m currently at page 50 though.

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So that’s it you guys! My total page count will be approximately 1220 pages in a week! Which books are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title:

Fangirl

Author:

Rainbow Rowell

Published:

September 10th 2013

Stand Alone/Series:

Stand Alone

Pages:

460

Format:

Paperback

Genre:

YA

Why I read it:

Cause I’m a fangirl too! 😀

Summary:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

Review:

I don’t know really, how to express my feelings about this book. It’s like one after the other I keep reading amazing books and get book hangovers so bad, its almost impossible to keep reading.

This coming of age book took me through phases I myself faced when I entered college. I write fan-fiction. I obsess over Harry Potter. I have a hard time fitting in the college criteria. It’s almost as if Rainbow Rowell decided to write my life!

Cath’s relation with her sister, her father and her mother is something which teaches us lessons if we do indeed pay attention to it. Levi, on the other hand is a perfect blend of caring, sweetness overload and if I may, extremely attractive.

The prospect of fanfiction and fiction in this book, brought back memories. People don’t consider fanfiction a part of fiction, but there are people who can write it better than the latter. The struggle is something no one can win against. College life can be really hard, but there will always be people who will push you and survive together.

This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel, and I’m already a huge fan!

Quotes: *Warning – there are a lot!*

Look at me – I’m a stock photo of a college student.”

“Why do we write fiction?” “To disappear.”

“This is why I can’t be with Levi. Because I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight – and Levi can’t even read.”

“Maybe Cath could climb into his bed like Goldilocks, and if he woke up, she’d just say ‘later’ and run away. Goldilocks plus Cinderella.”

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

“How do you not like the Internet? That’s like saying, ‘I don’t like things that are convenient. And easy. I don’t like having access to all of mankind’s recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don’t like light. And knowledge.”

“But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”

“There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.”

“When I’m writing my own stuff, it’s like swimming upstream. Or … falling down a cliff and grabbing at branches, trying to invent the branches as I fall.”

“Books don’t have intermissions either.”
“What do they have?”
“Endings.”  

Rating:

5