Book: 3/3 A Trio-Ship
Author: Mahidharnath Sesetti
Published by: Notion Press
Number of pages: 287 pages
My Rating: 3/5
MY REVIEW: The author kindly sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The story is about three young people who meet in engineering college and become friends. Narendra, Bhadri and Indira meet in the first year of college. Over the course of time they become friends.
The story is about the trials and tribulations they face in college like ragging by their seniors, various competitions they enter into and also post college, when they need to find work and settle down.
The message conveyed by the story, according to me, is that everyone should have the freedom to make one’s own choices in life and not allow society to dictate terms to them.
The story will appeal to those who have studied away from home. I believe that the story could have been made more interesting with better proof reading and editing as there are numerous spelling mistakes and grammatical mistakes which act as a barrier to the reader’s enjoyment of the story.
Book: Once Upon an IAS Exam
Author: K. Vijayakarthikeyan
Published by: Rupa Publications
Number of pages: 138 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: I was kindly provided with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The story is about Vishy, a young man from Chennai. Vishy qualified as a Mechanical Engineer but now dreams of becoming an IAS officer. In order to fulfil his dream, he needs to clear the UPSC exams.
After failing on his first attempt, Vishy now joins coaching classes to help him prepare for his next attempt. Vishy is now helped along his journey by his parents, his friend and love interest Rithika, his friends and teachers of his coaching classes.
The story brings to life the numerous pressures faced by the aspirants to attempt to clear the UPSC exams, one of India’s toughest exams. Will Vishy be able to withstand the pressure and crack the UPSC? The reader needs to read the book to find out.
If you are looking for a breezy and light read, I will certainly recommend this book to you. People of all ages can certainly understand and enjoy the book.
Last week I decided to go to visit an old friend, Roopali Vijh who runs a playgroup and nursery in her residence in Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. It had been a long time since I visited her and upon entering her premises, the first thing that struck me was the treehouse that was in her lawn!
I was so fascinated by the treehouse that I insisted upon going upstairs and inspecting it thoroughly. Roopali told me that they use the treehouse regularly for children to hone their fine motor and gross motor skills, do their easel painting and they also conduct their storytelling sessions there.
I then sat down with Roopali, the director of Kids Paradise and Jill Buch, the principal of the school to find out more about the school. They shared with me that Kids Paradise was started in 2010 and the idea behind starting the school was to blend the Montessori method with the Indian system of education in such a way that it acts as a bridge between the nursery school and the school that the child will eventually attend.
Kids Paradise has four air-conditioned classrooms and they have playgroup, nursery and Junior K.G. Aside from the treehouse, they have a sandpit in the garden and occasionally set up inflatable pools for the children to splash in.
Roopali and Jill aim to have a new activity in the school every Friday. Rainy Day and Vegetable Day are just examples of their Friday activities. They also have a Sports Day every year and an Annual Day every two years.
In fact on the day that I visited the school, the school had their Rainy Day. The school was beautifully decorated with umbrellas. The tiny tots came out into the garden in their raincoats. Since it wasn’t raining, water was showered upon the children through a hose from above. There was a lot of excitement as the children thoroughly enjoyed getting drenched!
I came away from Kids Paradise with a smile on my face after seeing the laughter and merriment there. I highly recommend Kids Paradise as an excellent playgroup and nursery school that combines learning with fun!
Kids Paradise can be followed on Facebook as https://www.facebook.com/kidsparadise03/ and on Instagram as https://www.instagram.com/kidsparadise03/
They also have a website: http://www.kids-paradise.in/