‘Things I Want My Daughters To Know’-Elizabeth Noble


About the book
Author Elizabeth Noble
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ISBN 978-0-141-03001-2
Price [INR] 350/-
Pages 438
Main Plot Letters and Journal left for daughters of a deceased mother. Things that the mother wanted to speak to her daughters, to share with them as women, to guide them when they will most need her and she knows she’ll not be there by their side.
No. of Characters 5(+1)
Tone of writing Sounding real life, straight from the heart.
My take on the book
Review >A book that will touch your heart. Will give you idea of something that you would want to do for your daughter(s) when you leave them behind.>A mother’s heart tore open and laid in front of the daughters, separately, to cherish the thoughts and words their mother wanted them to know of.

>The book has passing on of woman wisdom, sharing of girly secrets, revealing of dark life patches, and expressing the deep love that a mother can hold in her heart for her daughters.

>The book will take you through the emotions, you’ll smile, feel sentimental and will make you cry, at least it did this to me, especially towards the end of it, when Mark raises toast for Lisa & Andy!

>It is a simple, written-from-heart book. Noble has crafted all the characters very well and they go absolutely well with the story line.

>I would not say I loved the book, like I’ve read the raving reviews and heard from friends about it, but I would say it is a good book, one should read sometime in her life.

>I also felt that the book could have been organized a little more than it is now. The slicing of chapters and the flow of story could have looked better than this, although this doesn’t mean right now it is crap,eh!

>Nevertheless, a heart warming, mother to daughter, sister to sister and most importantly a woman to woman book!

>Leaving you with the best part of the entire book:

Do not stand at my grave n weep
I’m not there I do not sleep
I’m a thousand winds that blow
I’m the diamond light on snow
I’m the sunlight on the ripened grain
I’m the gently falling autumn rain
When u wake in the morning hush
I’m the swift up lighting rush
Of quite birds in circling light
I’m the soft star at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I’m not there I did not die!!!


‘Not without my daughter’-Book Review

Basics of the book
Author  Betty Mahmoody with William Hoffer
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ISBN 978-0-552-15216-7
Price [INR] 325/-
Pages 517
Main Plot A true story of struggle of an American woman-Betty Mahmoody and her daughter Mahtob Maryam Mahmoody, to escape the trap Betty’s husband, Sayyed Bozog Mahmoody-an Iranian origin American, has created for them in Iran.
No. of Characters 3 leads
Tone of writing Very intriguing and straight. It makes the novel unputdownable.
My take on the book
Do I recommend Very Much
Reasons being >A trip to the different world of which one has only heard about or not even that.>A courageous tale of a woman, a mother and a tiny tot-which is learning for the reader.>The tone of writing as I said is so straight, without circles that everything that has been mentioned goes right to your head and you can imagine what really must have happened.
On the other hand >It’s totally emotionally draining story and needless to say it has an impact on you, for longer time.>There is a movie made out of the novel in the same name but I must mention that the movie is a long-story-cut-short presentation because of which the actual story looses its essence. There are many tiny incidences which are eliminated in the movie, which are important to the story line.

‘Speed Post’-Shobha De

here are two motives of reading a book. 1: You enjoy it. 2: You can boast about it.

Basics of the book
Author Shobha De
ISBN 0-14-029317-5
Price 250/-
Story Line/Plot Collection of letters-from a mother to her 6 children
No. of Characters 7 Leads
Tone of writing Personal, Emotional, Loving and Real.
Language Expressive, toned, balanced and reaches to the reader,easily,in an instant.
My take on the book
Do I recommend Surely
Reasons being >The first of its kind book in the form of letters that I’ve read.>It touches the right chord whether you’re a parent or not.

>Each letter tells a real anecdote that took place between the author and her children-individually and collectively.

>High on emotional level yet practical including life’s ups and downs.

>Never feels like you’re reading a life story of a celebrity and her family.

>It consists of the all fears, concerns, appreciations, happy and sad moments that of any parent in this world.

>A wonderful way of putting things across by a parent in the form of letters.

>It’s one of those kinds which the reader would want to re-read at several junctures of life.

>Available in Marathi & Gujrati as well.

On the other hand >Sometimes the feelings get repetitive [but I must mention that this is a negligible downside]

‘Secret Daughter’-Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Quick Data

Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

ISBN: 13: 978-006192231


[putting it as it is straight from the back of the book-the excerpt]

On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son.

Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. When she and her husband Krishnan see a photo of the baby with the gold-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they are convinced that the love they already feel will overcome all obstacles.

What I liked about this book is the way it has been presented in a simple manner in spite of the issue being a bit complicated. The book also takes you through the city of Mumbai in few of its’ chapters-the riches and the poors of the vast city. As the title suggests it’s about a daughter and then it’s about the mother as well. Which is interesting. The chapters weave through the happenings of India and America simultaneously without letting the reader feel confused even for a moment. Two families,two countries,two mothers and one daughter that binds them all together !

Yes..I liked the end as well..the author has treated the story pretty well when it comes to an obvious end.

Umm..there is nothing that I didn’t like about the book…just that in general it scores not more than 3 according to my opinion. It’s one of those books,you know,which you feel is a good one but you won’t want to read it again after a certain interval…it will reach your heart but I’m not sure whether it will stay with you or not…but in all a good read..check it out yourself :)

My rating for the book is 3/5