Review | Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

A little titbit from my life!I was born 12 years after my sister was born. My parents were rejoiced, and my father took a box of mithai (sweets) to his office to share his joy with his colleagues, and one of them consoled my Dad, “Oho, Bora ji, 12 saal baad bhi beti hi hui” (“Oho, Mr. Bora, even after 12 years you had a … Continue reading Review | Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Review | A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

#QOTD – Did you hate an author when you were young, but have grown up to appreciate his / her works? Charles Dickens, is that author for me! I used to hate him. The first book I read by him was Oliver Twist, and oh my, the plot in that book would have made anyone depressed of his or her life! I mean, I never … Continue reading Review | A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Getting Through Dickensian Literature

Finished with this humongous read. I have a little journal for all the classic reading that I do. These books have huge plots with an array of characters, and after some time it gets difficult to keep track. So to enjoy every bit of it, I do a character mapping and make small notes when required! That just makes sure that I grasp a little … Continue reading Getting Through Dickensian Literature

Review | Hard Times by Charles Dickens

“Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them.” So begins Hard Times, and what an opening this is! We know instantly from this, some of … Continue reading Review | Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Hard Times Need Strong Beer

One has to agree, hard times need strong beer! Life’s guilty pleasures usually thrive during hard economic times. Though we may abandon new dresses or fancy dinners, we do tend to turn to smoking and drinking — to help ease our pain. Beer consumption, unlike other categories of alcoholic beverages, apparently increases with unemployment, as noticed by Economists David Blake and Angelika Nied in 1997. So basically, one … Continue reading Hard Times Need Strong Beer