Book: Straight to Normal


Author: Sharif D. Rangnekar

Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, LGBT

Number of pages: 222 pages

My Rating: 5/5


MY REVIEW: I received a review copy of ‘Straight to Normal’ from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The book is an autobiography of the author’s life, describing his family and childhood in Mumbai, then Kolkata and finally Delhi. The author has vividly described his struggles with academics, his excess weight and how his family and he struggled to cope with the untimely loss of his father.

He was vaguely aware that there was something different about him as far as his interest in women was concerned but due to the lack of available information during that period, he could not easily figure out that he was not inclined to be attracted towards women but rather towards his own gender.

The process through which the author comes to terms with his sexuality and the support received by him from his family and close friends is wonderfully depicted by him.

I found it extremely endearing that the author has placed so much emphasis on his objective of finding true love. He has been extremely candid in talking about regarding his failed relationships, crushes and various disappointments in life, as indeed a true autobiography should be.

The book is extremely interesting and thought provoking. I am sure that it took a lot of courage and determination on the author’s part to make sure that it was published. I hope that this book serves the purpose of dispelling the prejudices still held by many towards the gay community. I believe that everyone will definitely benefit from reading this book.


Book: Broken Crayons Can Still Colour


Author: Captain Rakesh Walia

Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography

Number of pages: 143 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I received a review copy of Broken Crayons Can Still Colour from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The book has been divided into three parts, probably for each stage of the author’s life.

The author first describes his miserable childhood and teenage years, how being orphaned at the age of six, led him to being passed around from relative to relative and the kind of existence that he led. His childhood is best described in the author’s own words as being truly, “Dickensian”.

I loved reading the part where the author gets inspiration to join the armed forces. He holds on to the dream over numerous years and strives to fulfil his dream, managing to overcome various obstacles.

The author has given us a wonderful insight into the rigours of training to be an officer as well as the numerous hardships faced by soldiers on their postings.

Later the author leaves the army and starts life as a civilian. In his new life also, he faces many difficulties and has described how he managed to overcome each one and establish himself in the corporate world.

The book is extremely well-written, interesting and highly motivating. I was both moved and inspired by it. I believe that adults and young people both will definitely benefit from reading this book.