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“And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

“A good read”, recommended a friend of mine. “If you liked The Kite Runner, you’ll like it too.” Khaled Hosseini managed to write a story, let me rephrase that; Khaled Hosseini managed to create a masterpiece with the help of simple, yet beautiful characters, with whom we can’t help but relate. Hosseini has woven a story, connecting history with life. Having read The Kite Runner, my expectations from this book were high, and I was happy that it was met with when I put the book down, a tear rolling down my cheek.  The book starts with a short yet haunting tale narrated skilfully which holds you tight and doesn’t let go of you until you turn the last page of the book. It proceeds to tell the story of Pari who is adopted against her brother’s wish by the wealthy Wahdati family. From there, the entire setting of the story changes from an old Afghan village to a posh, luxurious bungalow.  Pari, oblivious to the existence of her real family, is given a good upbringing.

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The story then takes different turns, connecting the lives of various people who represent different parts of the same story.  Hosseini successfully takes us on a journey with the different narrators. It also explores love, relations, emotions and choices in life. It shows the phases of life through different people, which makes you wonder if we are all the same. He has not failed in provoking thoughts in the minds of his readers, evident from the 4/5 rating that the book has got worldwide. Me, I’d go with the same as it’s one of my personal favourites.

The Fault in Our Stars: An unique experience

DSC06299This book will make you weep.

This book will make you cry.

But whenever someone asks you your favorite book,this book will surely make a place in the list.

Narrated by the 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster,who was diagnosed with lung cancer when she was 13, the story tells us about her  life which she spent idly until she meets Augustus Waters at her Cancer Support Group,Augustus has a prosthetic leg, also thanks to cancer — in his case, osteosarcoma. But he has been cancer free for years, and he comes to support group mostly to give Isaac(who is his friend having eye-cancer) company.  Augustus(Gus)  and Hazel are both witty and clever, as well as quirky, so they quickly connect.

Hazel suggests Gus to read her favorite book  ‘An Imperial Affliction’  which he does. The book is about a girl with cancer, Anna, but one which eludes all the usual cancer novel cliches.She has read the book countless times and is a bit nervous about sharing it with Augustus, but he gets the book in the same way she does. The book stops in the middle of a sentence (indicating Anna has died or fallen too sick to write) and Hazel always wanted to know what happens to the other characters in the book. 

To fulfill Hazel’s wish Augustus contacts the author of AIA,Peter Van Houten, who agrees to tell her what happens but only if she can come to Amsterdam, where he resides. Augustus tells her that if she’s fit enough for the trip,he’ll be happy to take her. 

Things come to a head when Hazel ends up in the hospital in critical stage.Life is short,and Hazel doesn’t want to spend it all at home when she has the opportunity to go to Amsterdam and meet the author of her favorite book .

I had an amazing time reading (and re-reading 5 times) this book,not to mention the tears I shed.The story is funny,sad and cruel.But you will love it, its a must read! The witty,lovely Hazel and Handsome,caring Augustus will stick to your hearts forever!A 4.5/5  for the best work by John Green yet.

Aajma Manoj

 

Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak Real?

Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility that hid him from Muggles and wizards alike may one day be a real thing.

Engineers at Duke University have developed the first functional ‘cloaking’ device, which is able to guide the electromagnetic waves around an object and then re-emerge on the other side, effectively hiding the object.

Clothes that render the wearer invisible have existed in mythology long before J K Rowling wrote Harry Potter. Greek god of the underworld Hades was given an invisibility helmet by Cyclopes to help him in the battle against the Titans.

The electrical engineers first created a functional cloaking device in 2006 but it was not perfected. The new design fixes the problems from the original device.

The goal of this type of research involves “taming light”, with the team creating meta-materials, which are man-made objects that have properties absent in natural ones.

Source:http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/403971/20121112/harry-potter-invisibility-cloak-j-k-rowling.htm