- Reading level: 14.00+ years
- Publisher: StoryMirror Infotech Pvt. Ltd. (2017)
- ISBN-10: 938630547X
- ISBN-13: 978-9386305473
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,16,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Solitude Revisited Paperback – 2017
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About The Book:
Solitude Revisited is a confession, a realization and the musings of a pensive young heart.
There are a million stories around us, but few are told. This book is about those invisible souls you encounter everyday, but never care to observe. Sometimes, the eyes need to look further than just what they can fathom, the heart needs to seek an anecdote and the mind needs to frame a memoir for the soul — to survive the vastness reality throws at it. That's where fiction steps in, presenting an alternative universe for the mind to thrive in, so it may preserve its individuality and brood over its reflections. Thoughts demand to be contemplated and preserved just like history, for they tell infinite stories no sane mind can perceive.
Solitude Revisited is all but real; it's a confidante and a confession, an artist and his muse, a whisper and a madman. Listen to it and you may find yourself, listen to yourself and you may find it.
About The Author:
Manaswita Ghosh is a journalist with The Telegraph Calcutta. She is an optimist who believes each day has beauty in store for those who seek it, no matter how bad a day it is. She loves to observe and pen her thoughts as they occur to her; penning stories has been more of an obsession to her than a casual pastime.
Penguin Books India, The British Council, First Step Corp., and Talent Flush Creations have published her in the past.
Of every amazing experience this world has to offer her, she is crazy about travelling, reading and fine dining.
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In our busy schedule of our life, we forget to realize ourselves. The title very beautifully asks you to find yourself- once again. Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be. The word Solitude gains a special importance here. It doesn’t imply you to be lonely, but it says to spend time with yourself. Living alone is a skill, like running long distance or programming old computers. You have to know parameters, protocols. You have to learn them so well that they become like a language: to have music always so that the silence doesn't overwhelm you, to perform your work exquisitely well so that your time is filled. You have to allow yourself to open up until you are the exact size of the place you live, no more or else you get restless. No less, or else you drown. There are rules; there are ways of being and not being.”
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
The book has several elements in it which is narrated through short stories very elegantly. People aren’t always what you want them to be. Sometimes they disappoint you or let you down, but you have to give them a chance first. You can’t just meet someone and expect them to be everything you’re looking for and then be angry when they’re not every hope and aspiration you projected onto them. It’s foolish to believe that someone will be what you imagine them to be. And sometimes, when you give them a chance, they turn out to be better than you imagined. Different, but better. It beautifully describes the image of realization along with confessions. We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks—we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?
The concept of listening to your inner voice also turns out to be one of the themes of the stories. You may think that you should listen, should strain to make out its whispers, should bend over backward, stoop down low to hear its voice breathed up from the ground, from the dead places. You may think there’s something in it for you, something to understand or make sense of. But I know the truth: I know from the nights of Coldness. I know the past will drag you backward and down, have you snatching at whispers of wind and the gibberish of trees rubbing together, trying to decipher some code, and trying to piece together what was broken. It’s hopeless. The past is nothing but a weight. It will build inside of you like a stone.
Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging at your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do—the only thing— is run.
Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savour all the good ones. Because what is life? Life is fundamentally a mental state. We live in a dream world that we create. Whose life is truer, the rational man of action pursuing practical goals of personal happiness and wealth or the philosophic man who lives in a world of theoretical and metaphysical ideas? We ascribe the value quotient to our lives by making decisions that we score as either valid or invalid based upon our personal ethics and how we think and behave.
The idea of emotions was described very vividly. I feel that detachment is not the absence of emotion, it is the process of becoming one with the Oneness that is the Universe. To be detached, is to realize that the fullness of all there is, is too much to react to with just one emotion, one thought, or any bias. To be detached, is to acknowledge all, without owning any of it. To be detached, is to summon forth the whole entirety of understanding, to the fragment that is the void.
I loved the plot, themes and the characterizations. Each and every story gives us a different moral which links our life.
Overall I would like to rate the book 41 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
1. Originality of the plot and sub plots- 8/10
2. Net emotions in the story- 9/10
3. Usage of words and phrases-8/10
4. The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
5. The net impact on the readers- 810
Zora mirrored the ambitious lives that chase their professions without giving a glance to their loved ones. In the lure of their dreams, they keep running. At the end, all that comes to them is bountiful loneliness that pierces their existence.
Arundhati’s realization makes you face the truth that ‘Some spaces are not meant to be void.’ People leave behind a hole in your life when they go away but you are not to hang in there. You ought to go ahead, move forward and accept the change that is an inevitable truth.
The heartwarming tale of schizophrenic Veronica takes you by surprise. It tears your soul apart when Veronica slits her wrist because she could never get her love.
The poignant account of young Zunaid who toils hard to earn money for his poor family moves you. His mind is teeming with dreams but his heart is filled with sadness up to the brim. His dreams let him escape the harsh reality in which he was plunged mercilessly.
The stories of Akanksha and Afreen depict the love that binds our spirits magically. But then there are times when we ought to go ahead, move forward because life is meant to keep going.
All the individual plots are wonderfully improvised by the author to tickle your heart and let you drown in the whirlpool of emotions. The cover of the book is symbolic of a young lass who is free in her reveries. It is in her realms of imagination where she indulges with her words and plays along. The blurb is enticing. It instantly draws the attention of the readers and coerces them to sit glued to the book as the narrative flows smoothly. The title is appropriate as it precisely describes the comprehensive content of the book. It implies that the author derived pleasure out of her own solitude and her stroll down the lanes of solitude brought this book alive. The words, the expressions, the coherence, the narration – everything is fantastic. This book will definitely touch the hearts. If one dwells deep into it, he is bound to attain bliss.
Kudos to the author for penning down this marvelous book. Each musing appealed to me and I will recommend it to everyone who would love to revisit their own solitude.
Life is too short for old fingers to count regrets.
The language used in the book is simple yet elegant. It was a pleasure going reading the stories. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t keep it down before finishing. The title of the book is catchy and apt for the stories that it contains. Though I did not like the cover. It had no relation with the theme. The narration is great and enjoyable.
Overall Solitude Revisited is a highly intriguing book and recommended to all who love to read soft emotional stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to read more from the author.
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Title: Solitude Revisited
Author: Manaswita Ghosh