Friday, April 10, 2009

Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown.

This time while browsing through categories in my online library , I decided to pick a book from one category which I visit very rarely. Since it is exam time also, I wanted something very light. I thought of picking something from the children's section at first, then changed my mind and picked something from the category "chick lit".The title 'Legally Blonde' was vaguely familiar, may be because it has been made into a movie.

Elle Woods, the blonde, gets the blow of her life when Warner, her boyfriend for three years, dumps her exactly when she expected him to propose. The reason - He is going to study law at Stanford and he thinks she is not "serious" enough. After all she is only a blonde. But Elle is not someone to accept defeat. She also manages to enroll herself as a law student at Stanford. And thus she arrives at Stanford, with her fashionable designer wardrobe, her perfect made up look and her chihuahua, amidst the ambitious, power dressed law school students. And Warner is there too, with his fiancee Sarah. Even after being the laughing stock of the entire law school from the very first day, Elle is determined to prove herself to Warner. She is going to show him that she can also do whatever his "serious" fiancee is capable of doing, and that too without losing her identity in the process.

The hurdles faced by Elle were many. But finally she is able to establish herself, when she wins the case she is working on as an intern. And Warner.. ,yes! he is ready to come back to her. But now it is Elle's turn to decide, and may be Sarah's too.

Good for light reading, Enjoyable( but don't bother to use your brains). 3 out of 5.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Randamoozham -(=Second turn) by M. T. Vasudevan Nair

In this masterpiece, M.T, the famous Malayalam writer, is "reading between the lines of Mahabharatha and expanding the pregnant silence." This is the story of Bhima, the second Pandava.

Here the epic is told, not as the story of supernatural heroes, but as the story of ordinary human beings. Even Krishna is not attributed with divinity, but seen in a different light. In the narrative, Bhima dismisses many events like his encounter with Hanuman while going for 'kalyanasougandhikam', defeating a whole army single handedly, breaking a rock when he was a small kid etc as exaggerations of story tellers. Even the scene where Krishna saves Droupadi while Dusshassan tries to humiliate her is missing. Yudhishtar is portrayed as a coward and a gambler . In more than one place, the book gives stress on the fact that women were considered destined to suffer, be it Gandhari, who married Dhritharashtrar without knowing about his blindness, Kunthi ,who married Pandu but was forced to conceive sons from others or Draupadi who was forced to marry the five brothers.
Bhima , who gets only second turn everywhere, is given a human light by the author and seeing the second Pandava as an ordinary human being who was forced to sail through many a oceans of tears, is touching.

An excellent work, 4 out of 5.