Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life


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  1. Anumeha Anumeha says:

    Navtej Sarna uses his vast experiences with travel and builds a delectable cocktail of authors and his personal experiences of the pilgrimages undertaken to the sites considered sacred by all book lovers Based on his columns in Hindu, the book is pretty together with stories that are born of nostalgia and the author s prolific writing From Hemingway to Rumi, he recounts the tales of his visit to the places frequented by the much admired authors and peeks into their lives Throughout the book, Navtej Sarna uses his vast experiences with travel and builds a delectable cocktail of authors and his personal experiences of the pilgrimages undertaken to the sites considered sacred by all book lovers Based on his columns in Hindu, the book is pretty together with stories that are born of nostalgia and the author s prolific writing From Hemingway to Rumi, he recounts the tales of his visit to the places frequented by the much admired authors and peeks into their lives Throughout the book, Sarna chases that elusive question, that all of us ask ourselves every time we read a fabulous book, What would have inspired the authors Well at least after reading this book it gave me a fair idea of the inspiration behind Sarna s columns that many of us have religiously followed in The Hindu


  2. Nethra Ram Nethra Ram says:

    Every page in this book save for the piece about Bhagat Singh in the end reek of a romaticism around literature and writers As someone who was once an emotionally charged bookworm who sniffed pages, clung on to hardcopies, berated e book readers, and swore by every cliched crazy bookworm ritual, I can relate to the underlying sentiment of Sarna s travels and writings But I ve since, much like Bhagat Singh, undergone an overhaul in terms of sentiments, and how emotion tends to color human life Every page in this book save for the piece about Bhagat Singh in the end reek of a romaticism around literature and writers As someone who was once an emotionally charged bookworm who sniffed pages, clung on to hardcopies, berated e book readers, and swore by every cliched crazy bookworm ritual, I can relate to the underlying sentiment of Sarna s travels and writings But I ve since, much like Bhagat Singh, undergone an overhaul in terms of sentiments, and how emotion tends to color human life in ways it does not necessarily have to, so, I find most of literature hyperbolic and deliberately extensive of the so called human condition I realize that one can write to clarify and one can write to express, and most of fiction intends for public catharsis but keeps acceptance at bay I continue to be a reader but I don t feign heart attacks at delayed book deliveries, and dog eared books any I don t bully e book readers or cling on to my hardcopies any Life is flux What is a mere book in the middle of it


  3. Rahool Gadkari Rahool Gadkari says:

    This books exposes the reader to so many authors and stories Navtej Sarna s love for the written word comes out very clear Each story is short, yet evocative He has had the opportunity to collect so many perspectives in this short book The book has its share of humour, drama and adventure I found it to be a perfect companion on a cold winter evening.


  4. Chris Abraham Chris Abraham says:

    We have a tendency nowadays to go after current bestsellers Most of our reading stops there That s why a book like this is so valuable It reintroduces us to the literary heavyweights, lest we forget the real masters of the craft of writing Through Sarna, I came to know about Theroux, Capote, Faiz, Akhmatova, Kerouac, Khayyam and a dozen other stalwarts in the literary field Sarna introduces their best known works while recounting the life and times they lived in all the insights he recei We have a tendency nowadays to go after current bestsellers Most of our reading stops there That s why a book like this is so valuable It reintroduces us to the literary heavyweights, lest we forget the real masters of the craft of writing Through Sarna, I came to know about Theroux, Capote, Faiz, Akhmatova, Kerouac, Khayyam and a dozen other stalwarts in the literary field Sarna introduces their best known works while recounting the life and times they lived in all the insights he received during his literary pilgrimages We know movie stars have fans, but if writers have fans, Sarna is one of most articulate and dedicated ones I shall be returning to this book several times in the future to update my to read list Thank you, Navtej Sarna


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Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life ➵ [Read] ➯ Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life By Navtej Sarna ✤ – Thomashillier.co.uk From the rose gardens of Shiraz to the snowpowdered hillside above Kabul from the water and stone mirages of St Petersburg to gritty Mumbai, the essays in the collections combine travel and literature On books, PDF Å From the rose gardens of Shiraz to the snowpowdered hillside above Kabul from the water and stone mirages Second Thoughts: ePUB ½ of St Petersburg to gritty Mumbai, the essays in the collections combine travel and literature using a charming mix Thoughts: On books, eBook ´ of the personal impression and incisive literary criticismWhether writing from the cocoon of a booklined study, digging into forgotten secondhand bookshops, trekking the Himalayan hills or searching out farflung literary sites around the globe,Sarna never veers far from the essential focus of these columns, written over seven years for the Literary Review of The Hindu, they combine the love of books and the men who write them.

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  • Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life
  • Navtej Sarna
  • English
  • 27 June 2017

About the Author: Navtej Sarna

On Books, PDF Å Navtej Sarna is an Indian author columnist, and diplomat, who is the present Indian Ambassador to IsraelHe was Second Thoughts: ePUB ½ born in Jalandhar, India to noted writer in Punjabi, Mohinder Singh Sarna, and passed out of the Class Thoughts: On Books, eBook ´ of Indian Foreign Service Before holding this post, he was Joint Secretary for external publicity at the Ministry of External Affairs MEA , since October , and holds the distinction of being the longest serving spokesperson of the ministry, and served two prime ministers, three foreign ministers and four foreign secretaries, till the end of his term in September, Previously as a diplomat served in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Teheran and Washington, DCHe also writes short stories, and book reviews His first novel published was We Weren t Lovers Like That in , followed by The Book of Nanak in the same year, his latest, The Exile , published in , is based on the life of Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of Lahore, and son Raja Ranjit Singh Currently, Zafarnama , an epistle of victory written to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, has been translated by him into English from Persian.