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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Genre: Classics, Romance
Book Name: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 373
Publication Year: 2013 (first published 1813)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd

No words are needed to describe Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen. It is an evergreen book (published in 1800s and still very popular), not very ambitious and was written during Regency period.

The book is cast in a chronological timeframe (as I have read in many articles, lovers of books usually prefer books written in opposite way – to and fro as per the need which stimulates their thinking capability). However, the background is described so eloquently that you can hear the characters speaking out loud in their typical manners. Of course, it helped since I had seen the Bollywood version of the movie, read the book previously and seen the Hollywood movie in that particular order. The re-reading was still charming to say the least.

Do read this classic. It needs to be read at least once in your lifetime, if not already done so! But for ardent supporters of feminism, do avoid. And unromantic people can skip a few pages in between, but they will still be able to understand the story.

Book blurb:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Austen’s best-loved tale of love, marriage and society in class-conscious Georgian England still delights modern readers today with its comedy and characters. It follows the feisty, quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet as her parents seek to ensure good marriages for her and her sisters in order to secure their future. Through the irrepressible characters of Mr Collins and Mrs Bennet and the sensitivities and nuances of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth, Austen’s skill and artistry as a writer shines.

About the author:
Born in 1775, Jane Austen published her many novels anonymously. Her work was not widely read until the late nineteenth century, and her fame grew from then on. Known for her wit and sharp insight into social conventions, her novels about love, relationships, and society are more popular year after year. She has earned a place in history as one of the most cherished writers in English Literature.

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: Guy on the Sidewalk by Bharath Krishna

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Guy on the Sidewalk by Bharath Krishna

Genre: Fiction
Book Name: Guy on the Sidewalk
Author: Bharath Krishna
Pages: 315
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing

The book is written in an autobiographic way with the protagonist reminiscing things of the past while on his return journey to India. Post reading my previous book, this book was a welcome change with the usage of proper English. However, the story turned dull on quite a few occasions. There was no suspense, no thrill in continuing; like flipping pages of someone else’s not-so-exciting diary. Just a chronological telling of tales. The book even seemed incomplete on why Jay (the protagonist) seemed so adamant on returning back to India when he had no direction on what he was going to do next. Really, why do people do things when they cannot give a plausible explanation to others, not even their closed ones – on why they took a particular step and yet, they will still go ahead breaking others’ hearts!

Coming to America and exploring things with development of Jay’s personality even after various turn-downs was one of the stronger points of this book with romance just round the corner. Just ignore too much IT (Information Technology) work role description.

All in all, an average book to glance through if you are looking forward to go to USA for your higher education and career.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Who am I, where do I belong and what am I meant for in this short life in this big world?

For Jay, life was a series of defensive detours until he gathered the strength to listen to his inner voice with honesty and decided to take life head on with fearlessness. Making the move from India to America was momentous. He sought to make something of himself, however, his yearning to live in his country and among his people never ceased to bother him. Over six years, despite the luxury of opportunities in the United States, he wondered, is this all there is? He left home to create a better life, but he could have never imagined that though his better life might be found in America, his best life might just be at home, in India.

About the author:
Bharath Krishna’s debut novel, Guy on the Sidewalk, is a reflection of his passion for writing woven through his life like the golden thread of a rare tapestry. As a child, his flair for writing was ever present, but it wasn’t until he started blogging on topics close to his heart that his talent was fully realized and appreciated, which ultimately led to his novel.

Bharath’s resume reads like a kaleidoscope of sorts—a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, double master’s degree in management, and years of professional experience in marketing, teaching and IT in India and the United States. To know more about and connect with Bharath Krishna, visit

Rating: 7/10
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