WHAT I READ IN AUGUST

August was a month of moderately good read in the term of units but in the terms of quality, I read some great books. Every book was insanely good and full of knowledge. Currently I’m reading a lot about Indian culture and these books helps me in different ways. Also I have been doing some research on Indian culture, mythology and different languages. So these books helped me a lot. So let’s start:

1.Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and Their Stories – Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and Their Stories by Devdutt Pattanaik and Mathew Rulli. If you want to know how the yoga postures has performed then this book is definitely not for you. This book is all about how the popular asanas are based on characters and personages from Indian mythology. A perfect retelling of the panoramic view of India’s mythology, philosophies and religions with beautiful illustrations.

Rating – 5/5

 

 

2.A Taste of Well-Being: Sadhguru’s Insights for Your Gastronomics – You guys must know how much I love to read different food habits and this book simply brings my choice of tastes into it. The book talks about different foods habits to healthy lifestyles with some delightful recipes. Although all the recipes are vegetarian recipes but altogether it’s a great source to be in healthy lifestyle. The recipes have been explained well, and are very much practical to make. Salads are a huge part of the book which are new, fresh, made up of different items and just delectable.

Rating – 5/5

 

 

3.বনলতা সেন (Banalata Sen) – বনলতা সেন by Jibanananda Das. If 

you are a Bengali or you can read Bengali then you should have this book in your shelf. This is a masterpiece of Bengali literature. I don’t want to explain much about this book, all you need to do is you have to feel this poem. The poem has a surreal yet artistic mish-mash of lines, colors, and consciousness that has taken place in a life-pleasing atmosphere which is meaningfully prepared with the wonderful arrangement of the cosmic elements. A wonderful piece of art.

Rating – 5/5

 

 

4.Everyday Ayurveda: Daily Habits That Can Change Your Life in a Day – Everyday Ayurveda: Daily Habits That Can Change Your Life in a Day by Bhaswati Bhattacharya. A book that explains how Indians already follow much of Ayurveda concepts in their every day life. Author magnificently explains how we can follow Ayurveda in our everyday life with simple changes, simple ingredients available at home. She has also provided scientific explanation for all the things explained in the book. A great book to know Ayurveda primarily.

Rating – 4/5

 

 

5.Meditations – Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. You people already know how much I’m inspired by Marcus Aurelius‘s philosophy and this book also didn’t disappoint me at all. The book moves into discussions over the temporary nature of things, relationships and feelings. Love the wisdom that runs through this book. It’s simple yet very effective one. Make the most of everything and everyone, of every situation that life throws your way because when they have passed, we may not get them again. Absolutely stunning book.

Rating – 4/5

 

 

6.শেষের কবিতা (Shesher Kobita) – শেষের কবিতা by Rabindranath Tagore. ‘Shesher Kobita’ translated as the ‘The last poem’ is a unique amalgamation of poetry with prose. A beautiful love story, through which Tagore brings forth his philosophy love, its bindings and liberation. The exchanges between Amit and Lavanya, through poetry, is magical, surreal and a blend of faith and realisation. A must read, re-read and treasure.

Rating – 5/5

 

 

7.Ladli Begum – Ladli Begum by Narayan Sanyal. A brilliant book. Ladli Begum is a very unfamiliar name considering the huge Mughal Empire. In fact, she would not have been a part of Mughal history if she had not been Nur Jahan’s own daughter. She is the daughter from Nurjahan’s first husband. Narayan Sanyal has written the book after doing so much research. Although it is a novel based on history and a perfectly readable book.

Rating – 5/5

 

 

8.Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From – Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From by Tony Joseph. A thoroughly  researched book laying out archeological and genetic evidence for the origins of people who live in India. It’s amazing that the ancient history of the subcontinent really was completely uncertain until the last five years, with 2014-2020 opening up a whole new world of understanding thanks to the sequencing of ancient DNA. The author has beautifully connected the threads of archeology, genetics, linguistics etc. to put forth an argument. He starts from the migration of Homo sapiens out of Africa 65,000 years ago. Subsequently, Zagrosian herders in Iran moved to India and mixed with the first Indians to build the famous Harappan civilization. The next major migration was that of ‘Aryans’ who mixed with the ‘Harappans,’ more so in North than South India. This is a must-read book if you are interested in the story of our human.

Rating – 5/5

 

 

These are the books I read in August. What did you read?

 
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