Pearls of Wisdom

Mahatma Gandhi

As I read The story of My Experiments with Truth, the real man behind the moniker of Mahatma became alive. Gandhiji had many great people like Leo Tolstoy, Swami Vivekanand and Rabindranath Tagore as his contemporaries. And, as expected from a clever bania, he made full use of the good […]

by May 17, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom

Rohinton Mistry

Rohinton Mistry’s ‘A Fine Balance’ had some real gems hidden in his engaging narrative, and I just can’t stop myself from sharing it with all. Have a look: 1. “Flirting with madness was one thing; when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing off.” 2. […]

by May 10, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Has it ever happened to you that someone says aloud your thoughts, while you were trying to formulate them, attempting to find out exact words, and all of a sudden, someone else communicates the same, and you are left amazed at the coincidence? Yesterday, I was idly leafing through Gitanjali […]

by March 10, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom, Review

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy hardly needs an introduction. His persona is reflected in each character of his voluminous novels, be it, the politically charged War and Peace or the family drama of ‘Anna Karenina’. While reading Tolstoy’s books, something new is revealed in every passage, even the familiar events acquire a larger […]

by February 11, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom

Mark Twain

Mark Twain is one of the early American writers, who created some unforgettable characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. His novels abound in humor and witty one liners. Some of my favorites from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are: 1. Persons attempting to find a motive in this […]

by February 4, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom

Chitra Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is one of my favorite writers, particularly the sensitive portrayal of women in her novels wins me over. A few of my favorite quotes: 1. “A dream is a telegram from the hidden world.” Queen of Dreams 2. “The dream is not a drug but a way. […]

by January 26, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald – a unique name with an equally unparalleled style of writing. He is one of the first writers, who left an indelible imprint during the eventful infancy of American literature, bubbling with the cherished “American Dream” of unending hope and success. I recently read his novel ‘The […]

by December 28, 2011 Pearls of Wisdom

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ once again reaffirmed my belief in the superb creative abilities of Russian writers. While War and Peace was a summary on politics and society, Crime and Punishment abounds in psychological insights of human mind and emotions. Needless to say, I found his book rich in […]

by December 28, 2011 Pearls of Wisdom