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

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2016 Reading Goals

Better late than never!

I read 150 books in 2015, even though a lot were graphic novels. Since its my last year in college along with work, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read.

So I put my Goodreads Goal – 100 books.

I really want to finish a series per month, so 12 in total. If I don’t feel like continuing with the same, I might jump on to some other series. Here are the series I’ve chosen as of now:

  • Uglies (1/4 done)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire (hopefully) (1/5 done)
  • Eragon (1/4 done)
  • The Winner’s Curse (1/3 done)
  • The Infernal Devices (0/3 done)
  • Marked (re-read)
  • The Lunar Chronicles (1/5 done)
  • The Raven Boys Quartet (0/4 done)
  • The 5th wave (2/3 done)
  • Half Bad (0/3 done)
  • Daughter of smoke and bone (1/3 done)
  • Lux series (2/5 done)

I’d also like to read more Classics and Literary Fiction novels. I thought I’d do that with the next challenge, cause most of the books will include in both.

The Rory Gilmore Challenge

For those who don’t know what this is, the protagonist from Gilmore Girls is really into reading, and someone made a list of all the books mentioned or seen on the show. There are around 340 in total, but I picked out some I was interested in reading. I’d really like to read at least 15 out of the 25 I picked.

Ze List:

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

 

That’s all folks! What are your goals this new year?

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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!

2015 NEW RELEASES! BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

There are a ton of great books coming out in 2015 and so I decided to share the ones I’m anticipating the most! I absolutely adore the covers and 2015 is gonna be a great year in terms of books.

Just click on the books you wanna know about, and they will lead you straight to the goodreads page for the same. 🙂

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

  

And then we have a few with covers yet to be revealed so I’ve put up normal links for you guys. 😀

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han 

The Raven Cycle Quartet Book #4

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Fifth Wave Book #3

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

End Of Days by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days #3)

Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins (The Sweet Trilogy #4)

Six Of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Throne Of Glass Book #4 by Sarah J Maas 

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch

Bookishly Ever After by  Isabel Bandeira

Which books are you excited for? Which of the covers make you want to read the books desperately? Tell me and we will fangirl together aaah!

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Ashes To Ashes By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Title:

Ashes to Ashes

Author:

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Published:

Published September 16th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Stand Alone/Series:

Book #3 in the Burn for Burn trilogy

Pages:

390 pages

Format:

Kobo

Genre:

YA/Paranormal

Summary:

New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie’s death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn’t left with Reeve… If Kat had only stayed with Rennie… Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

Review:

Holy mother of god, this book was creepy. It took a paranormal turn in the plot and definitely got more exciting. The romance part was meh, didn’t enjoy it as much. The revenge just turned super serious and now two of the three girls are a target too. This book was very fast paced and super action packed. However, it was kind of predictable too.
But the writing was gorgeous and I read it in one sitting and was excited, so it wasn’t really that bad. Also, both the authors have a different style and so you catch on that the book is written by two different people, so that’s kind of cool.
The book in itself was not better than the other two, I think. For me, the first book was the best followed by the second and the third book in a tie.
*le rant begins* I was not satisfied with the ending at all, cause my OTP sunk and it irritated me to death. Ugh. I did get annoyed because of the cover change. Why change the design for the last book in a trilogy? Idiots.
*rant over*

Quotes:

*sorry for the lack of quotes in this one, I didn’t highlight any while reading cause I was on a roll and this one is the only one I found on goodreads*

“Years from now this will be what I remember when I remember my spring break senior year. It will be this moment right here. The smell of chlorine on his skin. The way the sun dips slow into the water before it disappears. The first time I ever told a boy I loved him.”

Rating:

4