Anandmath was written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and was released in 1882, during the British rule in India. Vande Mataram, national song of India was introduced in this book and it is one of the reasons I picked this book.

It is loosely based on Sanyasis rebellion against Britishers in 18th century. The primary cause of rebellion was lives of people of Bengal became miserable because of paying heavy taxes to Britishers during famine. Many people lost their lives during famine.

It was hard to think that how much our ancestors has suffered to get the freedom. The book’s characters are fictional but incidents are real.

The book was banned by Britishers as they fear it will inspire Indians to fight for their rights. The ban was removed by Govt of India post independence.

Agha Khan Palace, Pune

Some interesting history is connected to the Agha khan palace but it is best known as the jail of Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and other freedom fighters. They were imprisoned here for two years from 1942 to 1944.  Kasturba Gandhi and Gandhiji’s secretary Mahadev Desai died at Agha Palace. There Samadhi were built at the corner of premises. Some ashes of Mahatma Gandhiji were brought to the Pune and placed near the samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi.

Kasturba Gandhi Died at Agha Khan Palace
Kasturba Gandhiji’s Samadhi

It is donated to Indian Government by Agha Khan IV in 1969. Now it is named as “Mahatma Gandhi Memorial”.

Roaming around palace itself is a great experience. There are five room in the palace and Mahatma Gandhiji’s and Kasturbaji’s statues are placed in most of them. Some handwritten letters by Gandhiji were also stick to the walls which made this place even more interesting.


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The book is written by Neil D’Silva in horror genre. It is a story of a girl named Meenakshi. Meenakshi or Meenu is seventh child of Renuka and Shantaram. They wanted seventh child as a boy but a girl child is born instead. They lived in a village of Maharashtra called Vatgaon .

Meenakshi life get changed when she turns 15. Her incredible beauty changes the behaviour of men when they are around her. She looks more mature than her age and this became the reason of worry for her parents when the prospective groom Harikumar came for her elder sister decided to marry her instead. In between, two boys got missing from the village. They blamed her and atmosphere of village became hostile for her.

Yakshini is a form of deity that lives inside Meenakshi. Yakshini was cursed to live inside a human body. This curse change the fate of everyone related to Meenu. Krita (another deity) come occasionally to rescue her from difficult situations.


Yakshini is a supernatural horror book. The theme of the book seems complicated but writer executed it very nicely. The writer has perfection in horror genre. The book is very interesting and I was hooked to it till the end. I like the first half of book very much and second half is also good but I do not like Meenakshi’s miseries so it is less appealing for me.

My favourite character is Harikumar. At the beginning, he seems like typical Indian men but gradually his true nature came into the picture. Meenakshi internal dilemma portrayed very well. Her character development is very good from a small town girl to city girl and then Yakshini’s taking over her senses.

The narration is also very good. I  I recommend this book.

About Author

Neil D’Silva is a famous for writing in horror genre. He belongs to Mumbai. He won the Delhi Literature Festival in 2015. His novel Maya’s New husband and Yakshini has been acquired for screen adaptations.

The review is done as a part of blog chatter review program. More details are available here

An Unsuitable Boy

This book is an autobiography of famous filmmaker Karan Johar, son of famous producer Yash Johar.

Being rich is a not key to happiness and money can’t buy everything. Karan’s started book with a very touching prologue.I like the chapters on his childhood very much. He mentioned how one incident changed his personality completely, from a introvert, less confident child to amiable popular student.

The chapters on his initial career as a filmmaker and on Dharma production are also very interesting. You will get to know some of inside film making facts.

I don’t like the comparison of Lagaan with K3G. Yes, they were released on the same year, may be K3G earned more than Lagaan but you can’t compare a magnificent movie like Lagaan with an average commercial movie like K3G.

I don’t like him as a person or as a filmmaker but after reading this book my views are neutral about him. Best thing about this book is his honesty.

If you are looking for any kind of gossip you will be disappointed, the image he has created for himself this sounds impossible but it is true. Overall it’s a nice and quick read.

Few excerpt from the book

“Actually, there was a lot conflict and consideration in kuch kuch hota hai.
Rani is writing eight letters to her daughter. What did she write in the first three letters? Gagagoogoo?
And how did she know Kajol was going to be free and available. I’m envious to conviction I had in 1997 when I wrote it because today that conviction got too logical.”

Khullam Khulla

This book is an autobiography of actor “Rishi kapoor” as title suggest the book is “khullam khulla” he made many open revelations about him and people related to his life. It is a nice attempt by actor. Initial chapters are really good specially on “Raj kapoor”. He discussed about his father’s affair with the leading actresses and his alcohol problem which was a bold step.

The book got me hooked except few chapters in the mid. He talked about everyone even all music director and singers also who gave his onscreen voice. To my surprise he talked more about Amitabh Bachchan” than his son. I agree that it would be difficult for him (a romantic hero) to survive in action era. He said, “Amitabh was an action hero in the era of action films. As such writers gave him the lion’s share and he had the author backed roles in almost all the films.”

In conclusion, the book is good for light read. You will get the chance to look inside a actor’s life, to witness his depression and his success.

Rating – 3.6

Price – ₹ 600 (quite high and not justified )

Writer – Rishi Kapoor along with Meena Iyer

Shun the Pseudo Liberalism

These days our Indian society (specially Indians on social media) can be divided into 3 groups

1. Liberals – Basic definition of a liberal is a open minded person who supports democracy, secularism, freedom of speech etc thoughts but in India this definition is now changed. A person who oppose all decision of BJP govt and use ill words against our PM are liberals.

2. Nationalist – A person who is loyal to one’s nation is called Nationalist. In India this definition is also changed to one who support Mr. Modi’s ideas, but I think few true nationalist still exist in our country.

3. Blind supporters – An example can define this category, few days ago when “Unnao case” was came into light. A BJP MLA was accused in this case. Few BJP supporters became so aggressive that they started using foul language and giving irrelevant examples. These people instead of forcing the govt to punish the accuse they are supporting him. These people are called blind supporters.

Recent comment of Sonam Kapoor on BBC created a buzz in social media. She was upset about Indian govt decision to boycott any kind of relationship with Pakistan. She said, “I want Neerja to be released in Pakistan”. The people like Sonam Kapoor are called “Psuedo Liberal” or “Anti- Nationalist” they always see one side of coin and never understand the ground reality. These kind of people are blaming current govt to divide the country but most religion oriented comments are coming from them. You will get the proof in subsequent picture.

What is the meaning of above picture. I am ashamed that you people belong to my country. You don’t deserve India and to be called Indian please leave this country.

It’s okay to disagree with govt decision as this is a democratic country and everyone has freedom of speech but supporting India’s enemy in the name of liberalism is wrong. Opposing the decision of govt when it is in favour of nation is wrong and supporting someone blindly is also wrong.

This post written for Indispire topic :

Time to revisit nationalism, patriotism, chauvinism, and anti-nationalism in the garb of freedom of speech

Interesting Facts

I am sharing few interesting facts learned from an app called “Psychological Facts” :

1. Hurt is often mistaken for anger 85% of the time, a person isn’t actually mad at you but instead,disappointed.

2. People tend to be more emotionally open and confess things during late night conversation via texts.

3. Never make a decision when you are angry, never make a promise when you are happy.

4. When people say “you’ve changed ” there’s a 95% chance that you just stopped acting the way they wanted you to.

5. Do you know that, facial symmetry is considered as a sign of beauty and attraction around the world?

6. To all the lefties like me – August 13th is “Left-Hander’s Day” Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience every day in a world designed for right-handers.

7. Left-handedness runs in families. Lefties in the British royal family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William. ( I Agree)

8. You can’t read in a dream because reading and dreaming are functions of different sides of the brain, which don’t cooperate while dreams.

9. Most of Introverts hates phone calls as they lead to unnecessary conversation. Hence prefers to text as they are good at writing.

10. Learning new things changes your brain and increase your intelligence—even if you’re older.

11. Infatuation is when you find somebody who is absolutely perfect.Love is when you realize that they aren’t and it doesn’t matter.