July month was not a great reading month for me as there was so many family occasions and as a result I only read 5 books. But I’m happy because all the books are worth reading. Although most of the books are in Bengali language but I hope you may get the translated books.
In today’s post I’m going to share all those 5 books which I read in July:
1.Gora – The famous book of Rabindranath Tagore. I have read this book earlier when I was in 11th standard but I felt like reading it again. So I picked this up and started reading this book. Gora has always been acclaimed as a monumental work in the history of Bengali fiction. This is a story which reflects the social, political and religious scene in Bengal at the turn of the century. It has intense nationalism and revival of ancient Hinduism and at the same time a liberal western thought. The story is a strong reflection of self-searching, a bonding of two friends, Gora and Binoy, some resolutions, conflicts, self discovery and a strong woman character, Anandamoyee. You can easily get this translated.
2.Krishna Charitra by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay – What do you feel when you get a book of your favourite genre from your favourite author? That was the feeling when I came to know about this book. I got this as a reference from another book and discovered this as a perfect read. Krishna Charitra is a famous Bengali classic where Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay endeavours to discover God Sri Krishna as a real person, behind centuries of myths and legends. This book is written in 1886 and considered as the first instance where the character of Krishna has studied from a reasonable and questioning perspective. This book was highly criticised by the different people of different class which includes Rabindranath Tagore as well. He wanted to uphold Sri Krishna as not just a mythological figure but an ideal Indian character, whom other Indians could look up to and facts about Indian mythology.
3.Gilgamesh – This book is from Bangladesh based author Hayat Mahmud. The epic of Gilgamesh has been considered as the world’s oldest epic and story. The main concept about this book is on finding of immortality of mortal humans. The story is precisely written but full of neatly described, full of inspiring and charming stories, heroical description of the King, glamours kingdom and women. If you love to read this type of books then it will impress you well.
4.Food Path – This book has written by Pushpesh Pant and Huma Mohsin. I have always been into food books lately and reading this book is perfectly fascinating. I always love to cook, read and research on ancient foods and food habits. This book is just that and simply much more than a cookbook. It is a piece of ethnographic research that revolves around food as it is encountered along the Grand Trank Road. The recipes are genuine with nice incorporation of local images. I just bought this book for the author, Pushpesh Pant, Padma Shri and noted Indian academic, food critic and historian. India Cookbook, is another must for Indian food lovers.
5.Marcus Aurelius er Atmachinta – This book is based on the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus who was Emperor of the Roman Empire from 161 to his death in 180. He was the last of the “Five Good Emperors” and is also considered one of the important Stoic philosophers. He has faced with a series of invasions from German tribes, and by conflicts with the Parthian Empire in the east. The book was edited by Jatindranath Tagore in 1911. A deeply thoughtful with positive approach is the skeleton of the book which comes with spiritual wisdom and passion for a simple yet meaningful life.
These are the books what I read in July. Share yours. 🙂
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