Book Review: Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto


It’s a book dealing with a scary subject, mental illness. The narrator of the book lives in a one bedroom house with his depressed, beedhi smoking mother, Em, who is frequently rushed to the hospital because of her repeated suicide attempts, dependable father, the Big Hoom, who tries to hold the family together as best as he can, and quite elder sister, Susan. This books paints a painful picture of the lives of a depressed person and her dysfunctional family. 

This is one of those books that touch you so profoundly that you just sit there, staring at the last words and gently caressing the page, everything else forgotten. 

At times it was so difficult to believe that this is fiction, not a memoir, for the emotions were so deep and so real. This books twists your insides and forms lumps in your throat, but leaves a warm glow in your heart when you finally finish it. 

It is going to take some time to recover from the hangover this book has given me.

Everyone should read this!

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Library

My soul is a library that screams out me.
Within its caring, loving shelves,
It holds the story that is me.
There are books old and yellowing;
There are books unwritten, waiting to be opened;
There are books I read over for old time’s sake.
These hold stories unspoken,
The things they make me.
Would you read through me
Or would you leave the pages half read?
Oh, but hold these books with tender hands,
For they hold treasures within;
These books hold memories,
They hold people in them.
Some people are simply sentences,
Others own complete books.
They all make me, shape me;
Their inky marks adore my soul.
Would you roam into the darkest corners of my library?
Would you blow the dust off and read?
I sure am writing you down, my friend,
But my dear, would you write down me?

Book Review : THE HORRIBLE SCIENCE SERIES

Horrible Science: : Shocking ElectricityHorrible Science: Killer EnergyHorrible Science Fatal Forces

Horrible Science Sounds Dreadful

Science cannot remain boring and dry and difficult and mind-numbing  if you read the “Horrible Science” Books. The Horrible Science Series is a wonderful collection written by NICK ARNOLD and illustrated by TONY DE SAULLES.

 I have till now read 8of the 28 Horrible Science books like BLOOD, BONES AND BODY BITS ( About our body); CHEMICAL CHAOS (about Chemistry); SHOCKING ELECTRICITY (About electricity); KILLER ENERGY(About energy); FATAL FORCES (About force); SOUNDS DREADFUL(About sound) ; REALLY ROTTEN EXPERIMENTS and FRIGHTING LIGHT (About light and optics).  I love them so much that I wish to read the rest of them too.

The books are written in an interesting, funny, attention-grabbing way by Nick Arnold. The books contain loads and loads of important, amazing and some really horrible facts written in a humorous manner. It makes concepts come alive and shows that science is actually very DRAMATIC. For example when we are reading about our body, the author does not simply list the various organs. Using the story of Frankenstein, he gives us “Instructions” about how to go about creating our owm Monster. That way gives the details of all the important and vital components of our body. I particularly liked the way he described our skin as the birthday suite which comes in various shades and colours. It is such a fantastic suite that repairs itself, grows with us is an armor that protects us from harmful germs and prevents damage by harmful sun rays. It is even sensitive to temperature!!! and adjusts itself according to temperature. Whew!! so much the skin does!!!

 

 

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I can bet that you do not know which is the heaviest organ in our body!!…..try try…take a guess   🙂 🙂 🙂 …Ok… now don’t cheat….and tell me truthfully what is your answer. Now I will tell you the correct answer is …. our skin!!! Yes, it is such a thin part of our body and yet it the heaviest organ!!! Amazing, isn’t it? 🙂

I read these books thoroughly and ask my parents some astounding questions like “Which is the organ of the body which has no pain receptor ie, the organ which can feel no pain?……Brain!!!! I love it when they are not able to answer my questions. :mrgreen: Information like that makes science interesting! Books like this are great for students because they show students that science is truly interesting and amazing! While these books appear, at first glance, to be quiz/comic/joke books, they’re really full of important and useful information that is also found in regular textbooks. 

The illustrations done by Tony De Saulles add a real finishing touch to the mind-bending books. The book jokes about homework and teachers. The books contain quizzes that make you run through your memory lane and remember the answers that you have so far learnt. The quizzes are really interesting and may bend your brain.

I would like to recommend this series to al those who are having hitch in Science or hate the subject / teacher. For those who are finding it difficult to do Maths or understand History then there is the series of MURDEROUS MATHS and HORRIBLE HISTORY.

You can know more about HORRIBLE SCIENCE on HORRIBLE SCIENCE WEBSITE.