Showing posts from January, 2021

Kafka on the Shore- Book Review

Book Title: Kafka on the Shore Author: Haruki Murakami Translated by Philip Gabriel Publisher: Random House  (Penguin Vintage Books) My Rating: **** About the Author: Haruki Murakami is a  popular contemporary Japanese writer, who  studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo.  His writing is  heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. His books have been translated into more than 50 languages and many international honours and awards have also been conferred upon him. I'd read that Haruki Murakami's books are easily accessible yet profoundly complex. After reading 'Kafka on the Shore', I understand what that exactly means.  As a professionally trained commercial artist, I've learnt about 'Surrealism' as an art but I've never seen it applied to writing, in this fantastic a manner. Haruki Murakami is a magician as far as this book goes! The book progresses simultaneously in two parts- All the odd number chapters is in

Smörgåsbord of Musings- Book Review

  Book Title:  Smörgåsbord of Musings Author: Rathnakumar Raghunath Publishers: Goya Publishing My Rating: **** About the Author: Rathnakumar Raghunath  was born in 1988, in Chennai, India. While he was more inclined towards music as a child, as he grew older, he developed a passion for languages. In school, he wrote a couple of short stories and won the Camlin Young Author award for his work, 'It Happened One Night' Smörgåsbord of Musings- the book with the typographical cover in pretty colors is a classic example of how simplicity can be extremely beautiful and unforgettable. The title is  so intriguing! I was longing to read the author's musings ever since the day I heard another book reviewer read from the book. Smörgåsbord typically means a Scandinavian celebratory meal served in the buffet style. Here the author has indeed served us a sumptuous fare of the widest variety of thoughts,  poems, anecdotes and all expressed from the points of view of different people - men