Reading Non-fiction Books Can Be Very Helpful – here are a few reasons you must read nonfiction genre

Reading is helpful in various ways. To learn something new, understand something important, get an idea about an entirely new concept, and many other purposes meet results by reading books. While fictional works may satisfy our entertainment craving, reading non-fiction books can be an extremely helpful and enriching activity for a variety of reasons. In this article, we will explore how reading non-fiction books can help us. 

First of all, unlike fiction, non-fiction books provide a wealth of knowledge and information on a wide range of subjects. Whether you are interested in history, science, business, or any other topic, non-fiction books can help you learn more about it in a structured and comprehensive way. By reading non-fiction books, you can gain a deeper understanding of the world around you and expand your horizons. And mind it, we are not counting the academic books we study during school, college and university education. 




In addition to providing knowledge, non-fiction books can also help you develop various skills and abilities. For example, reading non-fiction books about history can help you enhance your critical thinking and analysis skills as you consider different perspectives and evaluate the accuracy and reliability of different sources. For instance, reading non-fiction books about science or technology can help you learn about the latest research and developments in these fields, which can be useful for your personal or professional growth. You can discuss the same with your friends and further your knowledge. 

Moreover, non-fiction books can also be a great source of inspiration and motivation. Many non-fiction books are written by individuals who have achieved great things in their lives, and reading about their experiences and insights can be a powerful way to motivate you to pursue your goals and dreams. Non-fiction books can also provide practical advice and tips on how to achieve success in various areas of life, whether it be in your career, relationships, or personal development. Yes, now you can think about a few bestselling titles in the self-help genre – Rich Dad, Poor Dad, 7 Habits, Think and Grow Rich, Freedom from the Known, and many others. 

And finally, non-fiction books can be a great way to broaden your perspective and understanding of different cultures and viewpoints. By reading non-fiction books written by authors from diverse backgrounds, you can gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the world and the people around you. You can read about the culture of the continents you have never explored – sitting in India, you can read something about the people of Australia or Japan. You can read about the ancient Greeks and Romans. And so on. 

To conclude, reading non-fiction books can be a very beneficial and enriching activity that can benefit you in numerous ways. Whether you are looking to learn something new, develop innovative skills, find inspiration, or simply broaden your perspective, non-fiction books can be a valuable resource that can help you achieve your goals. You can find some amazing non-fiction books by Indian authors here – best non-fiction books by Indian authors.

By Priya for The Book Blog




Literature student? You can be a good book critic (if you want)

I have been a book critic for more than 10 years now. In these long years of experience, I came across many authors, many kinds of books and many types of criticism from those authors. The experiences have always been varied. It did never feel like an easy task! However, it has been fun, fabulous, and always an addition to learning a new intellectual exercise. I love what I do. And I have a suggestion, if you have studied literature in college, you are an ideal candidate to be a measured book critic compared to those who read literature for fun. It is because you have the ability to study literature… do you get the catch?

I believe studying literature is different from reading it (for pleasure). Studying a work of literature allows us to learn many things by reading the work. However, reading for recreation or pleasure helps us regain our concentration and get ready for the job at hand. Reading is for weekends. Studying is for weekdays. If that helps you understand things in a better context.

In the beginning, students of literature in any language might find it difficult. Once they understand how to cope with the pressure, a whole new world opens up to them. Well, if you are still beginning and want to learn the best ways to sail across your syllabus, you can read this wonderful article to help you understand the nature of the course and also the best ways to deal with it. It is for English literature students only. (Anyone can take help and plan his or her journey.)

How to Study English Literature?

Now, coming back to the business of criticism. It is always wise to use one’s abilities to make a living. Literature students can understand the work in a smaller as well as a broader context. That also helps understand the significance of work for the time being and assume its place in the future when the taste for the time changes. For example, critics like Dr Jonson and Matthew Arnold often had it right when they appreciated or fixated on the works of their time (and also from the past). Arnold praises the works that have timelessness. Jonson does the same. In modern literature, nothing like timeless exists. Be it Hindi literature or English literature. Nevertheless, there are books that defy the current trends and try to settle for a while.

The job of a book critic is to identify the qualities in a book and bring them out to the readers who want to understand the same. Also, at the same time, a critic is supposed to highlight the shortcomings and put them in front of the readers (and authors). Having the positives and negatives about literary works may help a reader make an informed choice, and also help the authors understand the areas they need to improve. Ideally, this is what a book critic must do. However, having a literary background makes things easier. Noting down the prose and cons, understanding the aesthetic set-up, identifying the qualities in characters, comprehending the motifs, and simply understanding the works of literature as a whole helps a person with a literature background (academically) to bring out the best possible critical essay (known as a book review). Others might hit a few and miss many.

I align my thoughts in this direction. What do you think? Is book criticism open to all? Or it is for those who are serious about it and understand literature a little better than those who casually read literature and suggest others the same? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I will surely respond.

By Chitra for The Book Blog

The Obvious Truth That is Hidden by Chethana – Book Review

I am very fond of self-help books. They occupy a large chunk of space on my bookshelf. The Obvious Truth that is Hidden by Chethana is an addition to my collection. It is a small book, yet brimful with life-changing thoughts, ideas and events. But, before I tell you more about this book and how did I find this book, let me explain to you first why I love reading self-help and motivational books more. Whenever melancholy embraces me in its warmth and hopelessness puts its hand on my eyes and obscures my vision, I instantly take out a self-help book or buy a new one and lose myself in its inspiration and hopefulness. These books are non-toxic and free medicine that gives me immediate relief. And this was the reason I picked up The Obvious Truth that is Hidden by Chethana. It changed my mood and filled me with new hopes and freshness and clear roads that were blocked by despair, fear and anxiety.

This title is a testimony to Chethana’s struggles, resistance, the spirit to fight things back and a hopeful vision that things would change for good (in the coming days). And her personal experiences have been turned into ideas, suggestions and opinions that would help the readers to learn more about their lives and the lives of those around them. This is a self-help book that actually helps you out. It does not dictate; it suggests and guides and questions and answers.

There are many things revealed in the book with the help of relevant, ancient, old and contemporary examples. The marshmallow example, the Krishna-Yashoda example, and many more like these are there in the book that will help the readers understand why patience and faith in life are essential, impatient and hurried people often lose more than they weigh during the analysis. The author has been vivid, scientific, rational and also religious and spiritual during her treatment of ideas and scenarios in the book. The Obvious Truth That is Hidden by Chethana is a book that takes into consideration different arguments and offers the readers a perspective that they can reject or accept or continue thinking more about. The book does not, in any way, harass or chide the readers for their knowledge or temperament. It acts friendly all the way to the end.

The explanation of mantras is there. The importance of Hindu practices is there. The way with or without Mantras is also there. The author, as I have reiterated many times, is friendly in her approach. She shares her experience and thoughts. She suggests and does not force her opinions or ideas. You have to pick the best ones that suit you. Also, the author has been very kind to reveal her sources of information whether it’s Wikipedia or any book or any philosopher of the bygone era. You will find the original sources of Chethana’s information wherever applicable.

An interesting book with something or everything for those who want to embark on a journey to know the internal being. It is a short, random and spontaneous collection of ideas and thoughts. You can read it and learn more. You can read it in pieces and learn even more. Yes, there might be a few instances where you might want more order and a systematic approach. Otherwise, the book is nicely written and for the first-time writer, it’s nothing short of an achievement.

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Review by Nidhi for The Book Blog

Ponder Awhile by Mohit Misra – Review

Ponder Awhile by Mohit Misra… Well, the poet is just suggesting we all must give some minutes to ponder. What? Ponder about what? That you will know this once you start reading this poetry collection. I read this book almost a week ago. As its title suggests, I actually immersed myself in the pool of thoughts to Ponder Awhile before I could write something about this book. This book left an ever-lasting impression on me. Mohit Misra’s short poems profess a narrative far beyond what actually exists on the page. His poems are like gravel thrown into a pool, ripples radiating outwards indefinitely, stirring everything they touch. It shook my soul. To an extent, it changed the way I perceive and think about things. This is one of those books that allows you to flit and fly from page to page; sink into the folds or fly back into your chair or bed. Mohit’s words were so soothing and constantly echoing in my ears even after a week.

The poems in this collection are not related as such. However, when you read them, you will find a strong correlation between them. They look into the little things or issues of life of common people and present unique perspectives for you. For instance, we all strive to know the meaning of life and see(k) the truth; we all deal with confusion and reasons; we all have our definitions of God; love, friendship and relationships are the most important and inseparable parts of our lives; some days are like winning and some days are losing and so on. Mohit has covered all these aspects and combined them with his own experience which will provide you new insight to look into our lives.

Nevertheless, the subjects that the poems deal with are not only about being poetic. Mohit Misra, the author of Ponder Awhile, comes from a very unique religious background and turned out to be an atheist as life moved on for him. However, realisation and awakening came to him slowly. He experienced many things over many years. And this poetry collection is a result of the same – his experiences and his realisations. You may observe that the poems are very personal in nature. At the same time, we can all see glimpses of very common events, episodes, examples, experiences and emotions in those poems. That’s the beauty of this poetry collection.

Also, the poet has dealt with many spiritual and universal concepts in his poetry collection. He discusses religious messages, spiritual messages, secular messages, messages of light and so on. Mohit has tried his best to present to the world a thesis of peace, brotherhood, harmony and selfless living. He has chosen the lyrical form of the couplet to convey these thoughts and the form and the themes of the poems complement each other.

The height, depth, and expansive views these poems carry are impossible, to sum up here. They are simple and beautiful, dark and bright, contradictory and valid. And there are so many great lines in this poem. So quotable. It is extremely easy to read these poems. They are deep so far beyond my real understanding that I could study them for the rest of my life. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for real meaning in their lives and to anyone who is sick and tired of the usual thing. Grab a copy today and read these poems. Enjoy! Seek! All the best!

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Review by Abhinandan for The Book Blog

Maya, the blindfolded: her mistake? She trusted him by Prasad Bag – Book Review

Maya – the name signifies so much for so many people in India. However, here, we are discussing Prasad Bag’s debut novel Maya, the blindfolded… her mistake? She trusted him. The novel has a very unique title and it signifies very much the essence of the novel. It unfolds the mystery that awaits the readers… but not all of it. Prasad Bag’s writing has the prowess of keeping the readers’ interest intact except on occasions where you can feel it all going a little slow. Overall, the novel does demand critical scrutiny and that is what I am doing in this book review for The Book Blog.

The novel opens with a normal scenario. Readers meet a woman who is working for a reputed company that helps other companies encrypt their data. Maya, the protagonist, is good at her work. She has friends at work. She has someone who is not her friend (and not foe as well). Mrs Pinto – is someone who is always looking for opportunities to play down Maya for any reason.

Maya lives in the neighbourhood of an old widowed lady. In her influence, she starts believing that she sees ghosts and can talk to them. Bhagat, the ghost of a person who claims to be the landlord or the owner of the property, starts appearing around Maya and making her life miserable. This ghost angle plays a big role in the progress of the storyline. Readers will find horror elements playing a major role in the novel’s overall appeal. The author has managed to maintain the interference of the horror in the main murder mystery at a very moderate level that does not take away the thriller element.

The main murder mystery that the novel deals with is when Mrs Pinto is murdered by someone inside the office premises. The blame comes on Maya because she was present there when it supposedly happened. When all these episodes fall down on Maya, she also loses her memory because of an accident. So, the novel records not only the struggle of a young woman against her hallucinations or real interactions with ghosts but also her recovery from a situation in life where she almost lost everything! The novel can also be interpreted from this angle if someone cares to do it.

What happens in the novel? What is the reality of the ghost episodes? Why does the ghost of Mrs Pinto appear near Maya if Maya is her killer? The novel has built some interesting and exciting episodes of supernatural and thriller that readers will enjoy.

Critically, the novel goes one or two steps further from the usual thriller episodes we have been reading for a few years. Prasad Bag has walked beyond the conventional set-up of such novels and he has tried to offer something new to the readers with an amalgamation of imagination, realism, magical realism, horror, thriller and mystery. The language complements the contemporary set-up of the novel’s scenes and also keeps the novel within the reading range of teenagers, youths, and people who want to enjoy fiction rather than understand the nuances and critical aspects of it.

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Review by Saurabh for The Book Blog

The Mystery Mountains by Aurijit Ganguli – Book Review

The Mystery Mountains by Aurijit Ganguli is a mysterious book, different from the common murder mystery novels. It is not a murder mystery, first of all. And secondly, it is a book that is fiction from its face, but its core contains the elements of a non-fiction book. Why did I say so? To present a detailed and authentic version, authors of non-fiction books go over the selected subjects with a fine-tooth comb before they write and publish their books. The theme demands so. However, do you know any author who does painstaking research for a fictional work? I guess the name of Ashwin Sanghi should come to your mind if you read Indian English fiction regularly! However, make room for one more name in this category of authors from India, Aurijit Ganguli. He has done quality research before his first book came, The Shambala Sutras. He has done the same before his second, the most recent, publication – The Mystery Mountains. Though the comparison between Ashwin Sanghi and Aurijit Ganguli might appear a bit bland to many who observe Indian English fiction, you should read Aurijit’s novels first. You will, then, surely agree with the enthusiasm.

The book has four prominent characters who drive the story and make it move forward at a steady pace to the end. The author has given them vivid backgrounds. Lisa is a chef, Arjun is a botanist and Marcos and Miguel are anthropologists and archaeologist. Where Arjun and Lisa are in their thirties, Miguel is a retired professor and Marcos happened to be his younger brother and still working with the University of Sydney, Australia. Each of them is thorough in their disciplines and together they make a perfect team to resolve a mystery designed for them. This vividity of characters brings distinct perspectives throughout the story. It is more like a movie where oddly paired characters are put together by the director and scriptwriters to offer the audience something new, different and entertaining. And, eventually, this combination of characters breaks the monotony that might create a hurdle in your exciting journey. I am sure, it wouldn’t be difficult for you to get along with Lisa, Arjuna, Miguel and Marcos as they are simple, knowledgeable and goal-oriented like many of us.

It is not one or two things in the novel that make it exciting. Aurijit Ganguli has discussed many things in this book that are usually uncommon because of lack of attention. I am glad that the author has genuinely thought about them and presented them before for us. You won’t be prying to know what happens with a character or two at the end like you might have done while reading contemporary thriller fiction. Here, The Mystery Mountains offers the readers a chance to know the antediluvian tribe living in the distant landscape, far from the city life. The novel also provides the readers with an opportunity to think about our existence from a few different perspectives that we could seldom have worked out on our own… well, that is why the world needs novelists from time to time! The storyline takes the readers to meet ‘Uros or Uru’ from the region of Lake Titicaca near Puno. Marcos and Miguel are descendants of this tribe. As we move in the story, the author has introduced some different and unique species of plants (at least I have heard about them for the first time) to give it an angle of Botany as Arjun is a botanist. The further layers of the novel reveal the Neanderthals, an extinct species or subspecies of archaic humans. Besides this, it talks about people with higher consciousness and Vaman Avtaar of Lord Vishnu. The book also draws the lines of connection between Indian history, mythology, and religious beliefs with the same in other parts of the world. With this, the author has involved the spiritual perspectives in the book in a manner that’s not conventional. Last but not the least, anthropology and archaeology are at the centre of the storyline.

Lastly, The Mystery Mountains draws its inspiration from high values of Mythology, Theology and Ecology. The author’s writing style, composition and narration style take a rather classical approach in describing every possible detail. The language is simple, coupled with a writing style that every reader can understand and enjoy. He believes readers should not only connect with the characters but with the context and content too. Although simple in style, the intriguing plot and sub-plots of the novel challenge readers to figure out ‘what it is’ and ‘how it is, using the clues the author drops in frequently before the story ends.

Moreover, the book tries not only to engage readers with the help of an intriguing story but also to connect them to the times they could not live in the past. Aurijit offers the readers a tour into the past through this book. It is amazingly awesome. I will recommend this book to the readers who seriously want to enjoy an excellent fiction book that offers entertainment and information together.

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Review by Devendra for The Book Blog