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Did you know that if it wasn’t for Ambedkar, you wouldn’t be able to eat and drink what you want to.

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MNCs enter the country, set up offices in cities like Bangalore and Gurgaon but do not contribute to the infrastructure. Instead they lead to chaos, pollution and traffic in cities.

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How ironic that I read this a few days after the whole Digital India buzz. This book was published in 2007. The politicians still don’t get it and the citizens are gullible enough to fall for this.

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I doubt these statistics have changed.

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Atleast BJP is consistent.

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Remember this news story published on the front pages 1-2 months back?

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The progress of a state should be judged by it’s sex ratio. Punjab and Gujarat would be at the bottom.

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Some people have taken Mahabharata quite seriously.

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This is very common in India and I detest it from the bottom of my heart.

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I just realized that in spite is not one word. No wonder it kept getting auto corrected. The title of the book is quite a handful. What was the author thinking?

This book by Edward Luce, who was a Bureau Chief at Financial Times’ New Delhi office was 4 years, tries to figure out why India is the way it is. Few months back, a non Indian said to me “Things will change in India. Other countries also faced their own struggles and managed to change themselves”. I wasn’t half as optimistic and said “India is different”. I didn’t know how to explain to her that India is very different from the West. This book helped me understand that.

The book was published in 2007 and it is scary how many things haven’t changed, instead they have become worse. Like, there is a whole chapter on cow and how the animal is revered by the Hindus. He also talks about why India is important to USA, what is the dynamic between China and India and how Pakistan is placed in the equation. There are lots of facts and figures which are mind boggling. The parts about Nehru’s policies and 5 year plans were a revelation for me because I had only read positive things about them. There is also a chapter on women and their repression in India.

I liked the author’s dry humor and tongue in cheek writing. But this book has it’s flaws. For one, it is too negative. There are some great things about the country but the author chooses to ignore them. Second, the last chapter has his suggestions on how India must change. He has no practical suggestions, they are more like “India should do this… it should do that”. If it was that easy, they would be done by now, wouldn’t they? I skipped the end because it was boring.

This is a must read and a good book even though Edward tends to judge Indians through dark tinted glasses and presents a morose picture. It is always good to know both sides of the picture.

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I came across Rupi Kaur on instagram and fell in love with her. Her poems and pictures are so beautiful. They draw you into a different world. So I was excited when I get to know that she has released her book called “Milk and Honey”. Even though I have read most of these poems on instagram, I had to buy it.

The book is divided into three parts- The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking and The Healing. Each part has a poem on that topic. The poems talk about love, breakups, child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, family, being a daughter, sex, rape, making love, being a woman in a patriarchal society, marriage etc etc. The poems are easy to read and understand. It is amazing how the simplest words strung together can make you feel so deeply. They are accompanied by illustrations by Rupi.

You need to read this book and follow Rupi on instagram. Whether you are a woman or a man, pick this up NOW.


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I cannot believe I have to write a review about this and call Twinkle Khanna a writer. I have tried reading her columns but always gave up 1/4th of the way. I think she tries to be funny. Funny people are just funny, they don’t plan to be funny or try to think up jokes to be funny. Not unless they are making a living out of it like a stand up comedian. I know this because I am sarcastic funny and I write funny blog posts sometimes. And I never have to make the effort. It comes naturally to me. Unlike Twinkle Khanna, in whose writing you can read how everything has been written to get you to laugh.

My crappy-books threshold is very low in bookstores and I ended up impulse buying this book last week. I threw it away from me after 12 pages. Why? Because Twinkle Khanna’s life is trivial. She is a star kid who was a terrible actress. She gave up acting as soon as she found a rich and successful guy to get married to. Sure, she is into interior designing but that is just a fancy title for “star wives” these days. All of them design interiors for their rich and famous friends- Susanne Khan, Gauri Khan… everyone. And now she is a terrible writer.

Some parts of the book are more pathetic instead of funny. There is nothing funny about Dimple Kapadia making her 18 year old daughter juice diet and sit in front of some machine to make her fairer. The first chapter is about Twinkle Khanna and her kids taking an auto to their house because they couldn’t contact their driver. How is that funny? Maybe celebs will find it funny but that is a common person’s normal life.

What is with calling Akshay Kumar “man of the house” and her son the “prodigal” son. I get it. You are trying to add humour but you cannot call them that in every sentence throughout the book. It is annoying. And “man of the house” is sexist. It implies that her husband is the decision maker and superior. Atleast that is the feeling it gave me.

If you have any brains, you will avoid this book. Seeing it on the bestseller list makes me want to kill someone. The publisher, maybe?


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I didn’t know much about Amy when I picked it up (go ahead, crucify me) but yet enjoyed reading it. This isn’t a usual autobiography but more like essays about her life. And a lot more fun than the recent books by Mindy Kaling or Kunal Nayyar. She talks about her experiences on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation and skips talking about her divorce which I think is very sensible.

I like Amy after reading this book. She writes matter-of-factly without overt emotions, exactly, the way I like it. There are many chapters on how to be a good person but it never sounds preachy or grating. I would recommend this book to everyone. I wanted to photograph so many parts and share them on the blog. So sensible and funny. Just the way I like women.

There are some parts where you realise that she is a celebrity even if she doesn’t sound like it. For example, there is a chapter on her insomnia and how she went to see a “sleep doctor” at a pricey centre where they make you go to sleep and track your sleep pattern.

I loved the book and am sure you will love it too.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Posted: October 25, 2015 in Amy Poehler, Author, Essays, Notes


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I agree. Writers will never tell you that writing is like any other job except it is lonelier. And there is nothing noble about writing for money. How is it any better than making an excel sheet? Writers really need to get off that high horse.

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If I pay 300-500 bucks to watch a celebrity onscreen they better look like they have made an effort. Don’t turn up looking like me. I can just look into the mirror for free.

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Being beautiful is not all it is made out to me.

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This is so true. Amy made me realise what a boon it is to be financially independent, living in a city you like, have a work life balance and be kids free. 30 is also the age when I speak my mind fearlessly. I don’t know how women have kids in their 20s. There is so much to do in your 20s.

 

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Everything ends. Everything.

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I think this is what has happened to me.

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Which is why I turn to social media. It is so much easier to connect over common things.

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We all are judging each other all the time instead of following “live and let live”.

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Misconceptions about sex.

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So important.

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Over the last 2 years, my career has taken a backseat. My goals are not job related. I don’t measure my success by the achievements at work. Career is a 9 to 6 job where I earn money to have a comfortable life. Nothing more, nothing less. I haven’t been happier. Whoever said you should earn money through what you love was obviously wrong.

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It is so important to like someone. There is no “love” without “like”.

 

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