Book Review : Celebrating India

till today evening , I had been tryign to find out , who sent me this book since it came as a gift without a name. And it turns out , DialABook ( @dialabook )saw my tweet about someone gifting me a book and did send me one ! That was super awesome thing of the week ! Wonderful gift indeed. thank you.
When a book makes you cry with the first thing you read, you do not just read the book, you live every feeling in it. And that’s exactly what happened with me.  Always in the habit of reading a story collection in random order , I randomly opened some page and starting reading. As the article ended, I was choked. that’s how I began my journey with “Celebrating India”

The book is divided into different sections – Memories , Poetry , Short Stories and lastly the travelogues.

The book begins with an excerpt from “The Elephant , the tiger and the cellphone” by Shashi Tharoor. I had always admired Shashi in his interviews and some of the talk videos I saw on youtube. But this essay titled as Invention of India was perfect picture on what makes us a nation and how we break our own rules of segregation. How no single factor alone can be attributed to bind us as a nation and yet we stand strong and proud. We are worth celebrating, so says and convinces Shashi.

Memories has some of the most heartfelt accounts of people from across nation, across various social backgrounds. It is like sitting in the lap of your grandmother and hearing her tales. floating in nostalgia and misty eyed look of happiness , the memories are a gem to read.

The poetry section has renowned names like of Gulzar and Deepti Naval , a few of my old friends from orkut poetry community and a lot of new names. But what I loved most was the variety of themes , emotions , views and ideas spread in the poems.

Land of many colors – land of many tales – land of many voices

And the poetry section so beautifully covers them all.

Short stories offered me an insight into minds of people inhabiting here.

The last I read was travelogue section since I never been much of a fan of such posts. But here i must admit I was wrong.  Every article under this section is like being in a cinema and watching images unfold.

The book also has 5 color pictures included and not to mention beautiful choices those are !

As the book aptly states on the cover :

  Imagine Color
 Imagine Excitement
Imagine Hundreds Of Dialects
Imagine Celebration
Imagine India
We live in a country filled with a Paradox, Love,Fusion,Tradition,Opinions,Laughter and Empathy.
For us, India means more than a piece of is where we are rooted.
We have heard fictional tales of different pieces of land. we have had our own tales of memories.
 This collection bring to you stories/poetry/photographs/sketches where the spirit of india is celebrated.

Here are short stories, poems and memories from different people across the country, India. The initiative, a non-profit one is to rejuvenate the spirit of India that we’ve lived and loved.
Pages : 150
Price : 200

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  1. This book is a must read for Non Resident Indians. Mr. Tharoor has perfectly portrayed India in a way NRIs would manifest their experiences of their home country. Though the book is not targeted only for Indians, it has few historical & personal references that only a true Indian can understand.The book starts with little bit of Indian history talking about “People who made my India” that includes noted Indians from all sects including politics, cricket & bollywood. The author also provides a glimpse of India’s culture (spirituality, traditional family values) & tourism (experiences at Ajanta & Ellora caves, Ayurvedic resort in Kerala) followed by India’s progress in this 21st century (call centers, cellphone surge). Since Mr. Tharoor has been associated with the United Nations, the facts about India’s growth, outlined in the book, truly suggest that India is the 21st century’s emerging power.I really enjoyed the chapter on India’s cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar, who was my hero too when growing up. It is nostalgic the way Mr. Tharoor has written about the “little master”.This is a must read for all Indians living outside their own home country.

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