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‘Eleven Best Readers, their Books, and a Library’ (World Book Day Tribute 2020)

A tribute to the reading culture of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom on World Book Day 2020 by Eleven wonderful readers who completed their schooling during 2012-2019.

Featuring Salini Johnson Neduvelil, Rakshanya Sekar, Prarthana Manoj, Mukulika Radhakrishnan, Anna Rose Antony, Abhijith Narayanan, Kanchana Manilal, Aajma Manoj, Nyma Nazreen, Meera Nazar and Gouri G. L. (2012-2019).

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by J. K. Rowling

20180408_151950During my summer holidays, I read one of my favourite books of The Harry Potter series –Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is the longest book I have ever read. The book was so tempting that I had to finish it in one go.

Harry Potter is to start his seventh and final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But he and his best friends that are Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger leave the school on a secret mission left to them by Albus Dumbledore. They are on the search for Horcruxes. Horcuxes are materials that contain a person’s soul. To kill and completely destroy Voldemort, they have to destroy all his Horcruxes. Voldemort has stored his soul in six horcuxes of which two have already been destroyed –one a ring that contained the Resurrection Stone (which Dumbledore had destroyed) and the second the diary of Tom Riddle (which Harry had destroyed in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). Harry and his friends are able to destroy most of them. First, they secretly infiltrate the Ministry of Magic and find the R.A.B locket with Dolores Umbridge and destroy it with the sword of Godric Gryffindor. Then with Griphook they enter Bellatrix vault in Gringotts (the goblin-run bank) and get Hufflepuff’s’ cup. Ron and Hermione use the basilisk fangs from the Chamber of Secret to destroy it. Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem is found in the Room of Requirement and Crabbe sets a Fiendfyre (a kind of magical flame that destroys everything) and the diadem is also destroyed. Finally, Neville cuts off Nagini’s head (Voldemort’s terrible serpent) with the sword of Godric Gryffindor. Then Harry and Voldemort duels and Voldemort‘s Avada Kedavra hits himself as Harry takes the Elder Wand and Voldemort fall to the ground absolutely dead.

Nineteen years later, we find that Harry and Ginny are married and they have three children James Potter, Albus Severus and Lilly Luna. The two boys are off to Hogwarts whereas Lilly is too young to go yet. Ron and Hermione are also married and they have two children –Rose and Hugo. It’s Albus’ first year and he is afraid he will get sorted into Slytherin and Harry tells him that he was named after two headmasters of Hogwarts –Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape who was a Slytherin and the bravest man he ever knew. So no matter which house he gets sorted into, they will all be proud of him.

Reviewed by Apsara Jose

The mother I never knew…the real challenge

No automatic alt text available.I was searching for some good books to read and got this- “the mother I never knew”. Without having a second thought,I chose this book as the cover and the title reminded me of my mother.The mother I never knew is a set of two novella penned by Mrs.Sudha Murthy. The theme of the novella is a journey to the past by two men named Venkitesh and Mukesh who are not linked to each other. Both of them are searching their mother they never knew they had. This book explores the complex human emotions and empathises us with the prime mover’s agony.

Reviewed by Ms Rekha Rajan, PGT (Economics)


‘Angels & Demons’ by Dan Brown

Related imageStand tall, smile bright, and let them wonder what secrets making you laugh!” ―Dan Brown.

This book is a crime thriller based on religious facts authored by Dan Brown, an eminent American author who always delineates his fictions in an enticing and mystic tack.

Once we get into this book, it takes the form of a puzzle; at each  phase we feel as if our mind is able to create a conclusion for the story-line  and at the very next phase it breaks all our assumptions ad turn out to be something else with a absolutely incredible twist.

The book is about a murder case of a priest and a mysterious symbol which portrayed the word illuminati being branded on his chest and a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon is notified to identify the mystic symbol.

However, the book which depicts the contrasting nature of religion and science has a mesmeric story-line. The most notable thing is even though the pages of the book end, the story will never have an end, it is eternal.

It makes us ask a lot of questions to our own self.

It makes us accept the hidden universal truth that may one be born to any religion,  one may practice any religion, At the end we all reach at the same point , where one seeks the truth which we consider to be the greatest thing  for ourselves.

It is rightly said that “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.”

So go for it, if you have patience as well as a mind enough to accept the similarities and dissimilarities between scientific facts and religious mysteries.

To understand this fiction you need to follow the author’s path and he will reveal the secrets to you, but the thing is each reader will have a different perception of these  secrets.

It was a good page turner for me; I rate this book 4/5.

Hope you have great thrill reading this!!

Reviewed by Anagha Anil


‘Surprises according to Humphrey’ by Betty G. Birney

Image result for Surprises according to Humphrey bookThe name of the book is ‘Surprises according to Humphrey’. The author of the book is Betty G. Birney. It has 154 pages to read. First published in 2008 by Faber and Faber limited. It is a story of Hamster who is leaving In longfellow school room number 26. The name of the Hamster is Humphrey. It is a wonderful story, and haswonderful characters. It has 15 chapters and humphrey’s top 10 good surprises at last. Like
1: sprung has sprung
2: stop drop and more surprises
3: Hamster on roll
4: spring fever
5: surprises from outer space
6: the space alien
7:  surprise attack
8: The Hunt continues
9: No Surprises
10: the return of Amigo
11: hoppin with heidi
12: testing testing
13: the big break
14:A day at maycrest manor
15: suggestions and surprises
This is a story about a hamster . the  story contains so much of adventures. One day the Hamster see an alien . The alien pick up a child to his planet. The Hamster has a friend who is a frog name ojee who live near to him the both of them are good friends and neighbours. And there is a dictionary for the hamster he always write a word  in hisEnglish dictionary and meaning also like rat cat surprises dream and so much. And there will be a lot of problems in between the children’s also the Hamster loves to eat Greens and cauliflower also but Hamster also like to play in the playground of school but he cannot go outside so he had ride in his cage one day he jumped out of the cage and go outside to play in the playground this story contains lots of things and surprises this is the best story I have read I will recommend this book to all the readers my age to read I also congratulate the author of the book also.
Reviewed by Arundhati

‘Summer Term at St Clare’s’ by Enid Blyton

Related imageThe book Summer Term At St Clare’s is a fantastic book written by Enid Blyton. It’s a beginning of a new term at St Clare’s. Five new girls have joined their form. There is an American girl called Sadie, who is obviously quite rich and elegant. There is a wild looking girl called Carlotta, who is half Spanish. There is a naughty but very likeable girl called Bobby [Roberta]. The last new girl is Pamela, who is very hard working but also very shy. This time Sadie is kidnapped. Prudence has a hand in that. How are they going to rescue Sadie? There would be going to be a drama and action.

I recommend this book to everybody who loves school days and adventures. I give this book 10 on 10.This is a fabulous book. I like this book very much.

Reviewed by Bhavya V.

‘Mother’ by Maxim Gorky

The Mother is a magnum opus work of the well known Russian novelist Maxim Gorky about revolutionary factory workers. The essence of the Mother is quite unnatural and very little world classics are so widely read as the Mother as it deeply influences the views of its readers.

This ground breaking novel was first published by Appleton magazine as a serial between 1906 and1907.

Gorky was personally connected to this novel as it portrays real life events revolving around his distant relative ‘Anna Zolmova’ from whom the character ‘Pelageya Nilovna’ or ‘the Mother’ originated and her son ‘Poitr  Zolmove’, a revolutionary leader from whom the character ‘Pavel Vlassov’ originated and the May day demonstration that took place in Sormova in 1902.  The mother is considered to be the only long work on the   Russian revolutionary movement.

The novel’s base is at Sormova, a small labour town in Russia. It is all about Pavel Vlassov, a young and energetic factory worker and at the same time an iron man who is lively, brave and philosophical revolutionary leader- a member of the socialist democratic labour party and his mother Pelageya Nilovna who has suffered a lot in her life due to her husband- Michael Vlassov. After her husband’s unexpected death she get to know more about her son and one day finds that he is a revolutionist. Being illiterate and without any political interest she is at first afraid and cautious of Pavel’s activities. However, despite of her political ignorance she starts helping him due to her maternal feelings. What will happen to their revolutionary lives and how will Pelageya overcome her fears to become a clear revolutionist? To know the answer read the book.

This novel depicts all the actions, worries and stresses that await a mother when she takes the big step of supporting her son’s way of life even though she is not fully aware of the dangers in it. It is a clear manifestation of the lives of suppressed labourers, their protest against aristocrats and the birth of leaders among workers. The novel also includes other revolutionists like Pavel’s best friend Andrei who loves Pelageya like his own mother, Fyodiar Masin, Nicolai, Wizhowisckh, Rybin, Igor, Yefim, Yekim, Ivan etc. In this novel, like the mother there are many other powerful women characters like Natasha, Sasha and Sophia who are beautiful, brilliant and bold revolutionists. My favourite characters are the brave revolutionists Pavel and Andrei because of their open hearted friendship and sincerity towards their work. I rate this book 10/10 as it gave me a clear view of what had happened in Russia during the revolution. I recommend this book to all those who love to read book that openly narrates about real life-books that touch our heart…

Reviewed by  Nayana V L