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

Before you start writing your English literature paper – keep these points in mind

Writing answers in examinations is an important aspect of anyone’s career. One has to impress the examiner in such a way that maximum marks are awarded for the answers attempted by the examinee. Failing to do so may result in lesser than expected marks or anything else other than what the examinee might be expecting. Well, this article is for those students who are studying English literature as their major. And this is a kind of heart-to-heart talk because I have also been a student of English literature for many years. So, what are the points that you can consider while attempting an answer in your English literature examination? Keep reading this article.

Plan the answer: An answer has, generally, three parts to it – it begins; it continues; it ends. That means, it should have a beginning, a development and a conclusion. All the parts should be connected and logically flowing in a direction, a direction that points to a convincing conclusion where the examiner must see what you began, explained and concluded.

Take care of the word limits: When you plan your answer, you should keep a note of the word limit that your question paper suggests. While a few always want to go beyond the specified limit of words, it does not bode well with the examiners any day. They want to see the answers well within the specified word limit and that also shows an examinee knows how to put his or her opinion within the rules of engagement. So, always keep your answers within the limit.

Keep quotes and references handy: If you are a versatile reader, it should be easy for you. Always remember the key points in a drama, a novel or a short story. For poems, do try and remember a few lines, important ones, that you can use in the answers when the time comes. Answers decorated with references and text from the specified work of literature always impress the examiners more than an answer written dry and plain. So, this part becomes important. Your memory should be supercharged with lines from the texts you have read.

If you want to understand the ideas to make your answers in English literature appropriate, subtle and mark-fetching, you should read opinions from the experts themselves. You can follow this link to understand the ways you can enhance your answer writing practices. Here it is: How to write answers in English literature

 

Always remember one thing, no expert can make you what you are. You can only read and learn from the opinions of others. At the end of the day, it is you who is going to attempt those answers in the examination hall. So, always read the primary text to understand it the best way. And then make sure you read the secondary texts to understand what other literary personalities think about a particular work or idea. That will help a lot and you can utilise it when it comes to validating your opinions and perspectives. All the best!

 

Chitra for The Book Blog

Read these Indian Authors if you are looking for different – a list

Indian literature has never disappointed me. Whenever I look for inspiration, excitement, perplexing philosophy and a feeling of oneness with characters and their predicaments, I am always, by instinct, drawn to the world of Indian literature, irrespective of language. Though I am very much interested in reading original literature written in various Indian languages, I can only read Hindi, English, Maithili and Sanskrit (to a moderate level) and for other languages, I have to use Hindi or English translation. And therefore, I will list 5 authors here… authors who originally write in English or Hindi, from India, and you will absolutely love them once you read their books, even if it’s only one! Are you ready? 

Ravi Ranjan Goswami: A more than simply talented, artistic and expressive author, Ravi Ranjan Goswami writes in Hindi and English. A graduate in science and worked as a customs officer, Ravi is retired and he lives in Ernakulam to ‘serve literature’ in his own words. The author has written over 20 books, in Hindi and English, and his latest book, The Ashta Yogis (Hindi & English) tells the tale of a Siddha Yogi, Vishnudev and his eight disciples prepared to avert a natural calamity in India. Ravi’s books are dedicated to Indian ethos and India – everything about it. He writes short stories, novels, novellas and does it in Hindi and English. His writings are, however, famous among Hindi readers and he is known to a wider audience as an established Hindi writer. Read him if you want to read entertaining and yet seriously written stories. You can get books by Ravi by visiting the Amazon link below:
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Gautam Rajrishi: Gautam Rajrishi is a serving Indian Army officer. However, in the circles of readers, literature lovers and literary enthusiasts, Gautam Rajrishi is known as a shayar, an Urdu poet and a fascinating storyteller. He has written three books, conventional ones, and an audiobook, the latest one, Janbaaz. Gautam is famous for his contemporary style, use of words and unconventional imagery in his poetry. Want to know more about his writings? What could be a better way than reading his books? You can get the works written by Gautam from Amazon India. Just click the link below to the Amazon website:
Buy books by Gautam – click here

Uma Vanka: Uma Vanka is a tech writer, a motivational speaker, a futuristic-science visionary and also an inspirational author who motivates the readers of young age to chase their goals as well as fixate their goals wisely. He has already published one book, I AM A ROCKSTAR and his second book, Future is BIG, is about to be published (earlier next year, 2022). You can read his bestselling debut book and learn about the life, goals in life, work-life balance, career, jobs and more. You can buy his book from Amazon by clicking the link below:
Buy the book by Uma Vanka – click here

Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev): Perhaps the only Saint or Yogi or Sadhu who can take on any question you throw at him, anytime and in any mood, Sadhguru is also a prolific author and you cannot skip his books if you love reason, science, spirituality and intellect. Sadhguru writes about life, death, vision, philosophy, science, Yoga, the human body and inner engineering, an idea and a concept developed by him. You can begin in the chronicle order or you can pick up any book from anywhere. You will certainly love his writings.
Buy books by Sadhguru – click here to buy from Amazon India 

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Yes, you may know him as the prime minister of India in the early 2000s or as a popular leader from Bharatiya Janta Party. However, if you are aware of literature in India, you must know that Vajpayee was a wonderful Hindi poet and he used to recite his poems in a wonderful manner, the heart-touching and flamboyant renderings of his poems excited the crowds. You can know more about the style, content and substance of his writings by reading books written by him. Get his books from Amazon India today and grace yourself with fiery nationalism, humanism, philosophy, religion and much more.
Buy books by Atal Bihari Vajpayee – click here 

I do hope that you will love this list of authors and you will surely find the works by them wonderful to read… if you like, do share this list with your friends and inspire them to read more and more. You can visit our website regularly for more content like this. Happy reading!

 

by Sarthak for The Book Blog

Do you still read on Kindle readers? Upgrade now – using a better tab is smart!

Reading is my favourite job. Not a pass time. And being a book blogger doesn’t only help me with my expenses but also allows me to read freely, without any pressure as well as on my personal preferences. However, what format do I have to read the most? Yes, you guessed it right. It’s the Kindle format books that I read the most and at times it might be a PDF, doc manuscript or even a web file. However, what do you use to read Kindle books? Many might ask me this question a thousand times and I would answer the same – a good quality tab with a quality screen. I don’t use any Kindle reader specifically made for reading books because Kindle readers suck! Costly, low quality, and, to be frank, useless beyond reading books. A good quality tab, on the other hand, is cost-effective, multifunctional and also highly useful beyond just reading books.

Why do I use a tab to read Ebooks and not Kindly paperwhite or any other readers?

I used a Kindle reader before and it did a good job back then. It was the most basic version but with limited memory and a very basic screen. However, once the book collection increased in size, I had to upgrade to a better version and I started using Kindle Paperwhite. It was good. However, only a book reader, after all, and in India, it almost costs 12,000 RS. You can read books when you are connected to the wifi connection or offline once the books are saved on your device. Want to do something else? You cannot. Want to read a PDF you received from an author? You cannot without a hard mind-perplexing game and modes and morphs. Well, I decided to buy a tab and used Lenovo tabs, Samsung tabs and even I-ball tabs in the early days. Right now, I am using a Samsung A7 tab and let me tell you, it has everything on max and it can compete with any version of Kindle reader any day and come victorious. So, if you want to go beyond reading just Kindle books and read almost anything, read Jio mags as well, you need a tab with wifi as well as a cellular-enabled set-up and unleash the reader, as well as a writer, in you.

You can buy tabs that suit your lifestyle and your reading habits as well as your needs. You can buy almost any kind of device from Amazon India by clicking the link below:

Buy tabs for your needs – Amazon India

 

Feature article by Sonam for The Book Blog

Mamta Kashyap brings An Unusual Honeymoon for the readers – a recommendation

When we are almost on the verge of seeing a horrible (almost) year off, it’s the time that we recollect some of the best gems that we read in these days of anxiety and offer the same to the readers who might enjoy. And doing so, we begin by offering our casual readers of Indian English fiction a light-humour penned by Mamta Kashyap, An Unusual Honeymoon. The novel has already been praised by the noted literary platforms in India and also by many readers on different book rating websites like Amazon and Goodreads. I also enjoyed reading it and I am sure that it will impress the readers with entertainment quotient, an area in which it can match the colours of typical Bollywood entertainers very easily.

An Unusual Honeymoon is about different helpless situations that life throws at us and we can merely be a mute spectator or take part in the game and become a professional player who can identify where the opportunities are. Mahashweta, the protagonist, as well as the narrator of this novel, is among the latter ones and she enjoys riding her fortune and even adversaries. She falls out of a plain of marriage that she barely boarded and lands into the soup of another that she barely knew anything about. However, she plays situations rather well and keeps encashing her chances. The novel is all about HER… Mahashweta’s ambitions, ideas, plans, vision and fate. A one-woman-show…

The novel might entertain the readers who don’t want to sit longer with the same title. One-evening readers, the bedroom readers or even one-holiday-one-book kind of readers who want something fast to begin, develop and even finish in the same breath. If you are one of those readers, Mamta Kashyap’s work will certainly keep you entertained and indulged for a single day. After that, you might either forget the fun or ask yourself some serious questions that the novel might introduce you to – why is marriage such a big event in the life of women? Why do women mostly have to compromise when it comes to choosing between ambition and their marriage? Why cannot a man (still) choose cooking as a respectable career choice in India? And a few others… in patches.

I have not gone into the technicalities of the fiction writing skills of the author. This recommendation is based on the storyline and the overview of the work. As it has been written in a first-person narrative, you might notice a certain tilt or bias towards the protagonist. Well, that is something which a reader can easily manage… isn’t that? If you match the profile of the fiction, you will certainly enjoy the show… all the best!

 

An opinion/recommendation piece by Madhav for The Book Blog