A Roadtrip to the Lockdown: March Bookshelf

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

March has been an interesting month. Shortly before the lockdown was announced in India, I was finishing a drive around the lesser explored areas in Ladakh. We (my father and I) managed to get home to our farm on time and have been here since.

I don’t often find a book I don’t like. This month, however, I did. I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott is a book I picked up early this year. I was drawn to the summary at the back but found that the actual contents on the book weren’t what I expected. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t enjoy it.

P.G. Wodehouse is an author I tend to rely on when I’m in between books because I almost always know I will like what he’s written. This month was no different – I LOVED The Code of the Woosters.

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall is a fun book and kept me hooked until the end. It didn’t take me long to finish.

The Four Sacred Secrets isn’t the sort of book I would read normally but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and the positive impact it left on me. It’s by the founders of the O & O Academy, Prithaji and Krishnaji.

Here is a little about each book, written shortly after I finished each.

The Code of the Woosters.

Aunt Dahlia has tasked Bertie with purloining an antique cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. In order to do so, Jeeves hatches a scheme whereby Bertie must charm the droopy and altogether unappealing Madeline and face the wrath of would-be dictator Roderick Spode. Though the prospect fills him with dread, when duty calls, Bertie will answer, for Aunt Dahlia will not be denied.

In a plot that swiftly becomes rife with mishaps, it is Jeeves who must extract his master from trouble. Again.

I love P.G. Wodehouse so naturally, I LOVED this book too. I cannot get over how well he manages to get Bertie Wooster into so many problems all at once, and how well he solves them. Not a page was boring or not funny. Can not recommend enough. 

The Four Sacred Secrets.

By the founders of the revolutionary O&O Academy The Four Sacred Secrets combines proven scientific approaches with ancient spiritual practices to take you on a journey that will open your mind to an extraordinary destiny.

The easy-to-follow meditations included in this book will transform your experience of reality and open you to the power of creating a beautiful life for yourself.

Including ancient fables and modern stories that will speak intimately to your heart, this life-transforming book fuses the transcendental and the scientific, the mystical and the practical, to guide you to consciously create wealth, heal your heart, awaken yourself to love, and help you to make peace with your true self.

Sometimes I wonder how my life was before I read this book. It isn’t overly preachy, but leaves you thinking. I feel much happier and in control of my life after reading this. You have to read this book slowly and let each secret slowly unfold in your own life.

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing.

Can murder be ever regarded as a laughing matter or can someone’s death be taken lightly? And yet a well-known scientist from India dies in a fit of laughter when Kali, a prominent Hindu goddess appears out of nowhere and pierces a shiny sword right through his chest. Post this spectacular death, no one is laughing, except for the prime suspect in the case, a powerful guru who calls himself Maharaj Swami. This Swami is suspected of having done away with one of his critics, a most vocal one at that.

Now it is up to Vish Puri, a master private investigator from India to get to the bottom of this murder mystery. Vish Puri is no ordinary investigator, he is one who is a master of his craft, one who is skilled in disguise and loves all things that are not bland. But Puri is not one to believe that Dr Suresh Jha was killed by a supernatural power.

This is a good book. It’s light and fun, and has mystery in it, which is always welcome. I quite enjoyed reading it.

I Miss You When I Blink.

Mary Laura Philpott thought she’d cracked the code: Always be right, and you’ll always be happy.

But once she’d completed her life’s to-do list (job, spouse, house, babies—check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious. Lost. Stuck in a daily grind of overflowing calendars, grueling small talk, and sprawling traffic. She’d done everything “right,” but she felt all wrong. What’s the worse failure, she wondered: smiling and staying the course, or blowing it all up and running away? And are those the only options?

In this memoir-in-essays full of spot-on observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart.

It’s an easy read, but one I did not enjoy. I liked the stories and I felt for the author in her moments of sadness and loneliness. It’s just that I felt she tried too hard to be funny. It just didn’t seem real to me.


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