HydRAW 2022 AprilReads

Write-ups and book reads of our members in April, 2022.

Drop in the number of books read by our members!! Perhaps we should attribute it to the hottest March and April that India had in 122 years!!!

Arun Kumar (on Teaching Happiness and Well-being in Schools) : This book is for educators. Well-being is the buzz word now. How the schools need to incorporate the well-being in the curriculum is the main aspect of the book. The author is an educator in UK and talks about how his school brought out changes.

Dhruva Nalla (on 1984) : It’s a dystopian fiction told through the eyes of Winston Smith. His angst is on the government rule. He writes in his dairy about the rules imposed on them by the government. Will Winston Smith fight against the government or will he blindly follow them? This forms the rest of the story. The author managed to create a sense of paranoia whether to trust people around you, the tension exists throughout the book. Various themes like surveillance, controlling people, manifestation of lies. It does remind you of North Korea where people are forced to believe what the government says.

(on Malice) : A detective’s quest on finding the true motive of the killer. It is a unique story where the killer is revealed in the first few pages itself and the remaining story is about finding the motive of the killer. The author uses simple language and a bullying theme to keep you hooked till the end.

Manohar Grandhi (on You Can Sleep Too) : This book is the story of an insomniac, how he messed uo his sleep patterns and brought havoc such that he tried every suggestion in the internet like cutting caffeine, special oil to cutting down screen time. The more he tried, the difficult it become to sleep. He struggled 10 years to sleep peacefully. He lost his job and got divorced because of bad sleep. He started a business as he had lost everything but then, as he was not rested well in the night lost a lot in business. Then he encountered CBTi and he did this program religiously for 3 months. His sleep got better and he found that he stopped sleeping pills, stopped anxiety etc. He is now coaching people in the U.K. on his version of CBTi.

Shavleen Kour (on I’m Not Here to Give a Speech) : It’s an amazing book. Marquez didn’t like to attend all these events but he attended anyway and gave very unique and interesting speeches.

Sanjay Churiwala (on Finding Awareness) : A friend of mine recommended the book to me. He felt that it was an eye opener and very helpful to him. I did not find it that interesting or helpful. Maybe, its a question of where we are in our life.

Arun Kumar

  • Tipu by Amirtharaj Christy Williams
  • Zero Day by S. Hussain Zaidi
  • Water Stories From Around the World edited by Radhika Menon
  • The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  • Gulgul in Sea-saw Gara by Ashok Rajagopalan
  • How to Stay Sane In an Age of Division by Elif Shafak
  • Passionate Readers by Pernille Ripp (audible)
  • Carnival of the Animals by Michael Morpurgo
  • Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Rajasekhara Charitramu by Kandukuri Vireshalingam
  • Teaching Happiness and Well-being in Schools by Ian Morris
  • The Great Rifasa by Rohini Nilekani

Dhruva Nalla

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Malice by Keigo Highashino

Manohar Grandhi

  • I Am Sleeping Now by Robert Martel.
  • You Can Sleep Too by Joseph Pannell
  • Sleep Well by Joseph Pannell
  • Sleep : 8 simple Steps For Better Rest by Stefan Trustworth

Harshitha M. R.

  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murthy

Shavleen Kour

  • Splendidly Red by Jain Raj
  • Strutting Lightbugs by Kalam Babu and Lavanya Nakuvarapa
  • I’m Not Here to Give a Speech by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Lavanya Nukavarapu

  • 1984 by George Orwell

Sanjay Churiwala

  • Finding Awareness by Amit Pagedar.

Mahboob Hussain

  • Malice by Keigo Higashino
  • Myth: A Very Short Introduction by Robert Segal



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