Posted by Srividya Ram
Author – Jeffrey Archer
- Category – Fiction
- My rating – 3.5 on 5
With an understanding of the background and the real characters, and given that the story is about man’s conquest of Mother Nature, it sure makes an interesting read.
While the main storyline glorifies man’s quest to conquer nature, there are two distinctive key themes –
Archer seems to be aware of the one of key basic factor which improves the QUALITY OF LIFE – giving equal status to the fellow human being, irrespective of the gender.
It is still a challenging achievement for many – talking about gender equality is one thing and practicing gender inclusivity(!!!) is another thing!. Archer has well woven the gender inclusivity concepts into the story at appropriate places. The sample conversation between George and his father goes like this……
- Qtn – “why aren’t girls given the same opportunity as boys”
- Ans -“it is not the natural order of things, my boy”
- Qtn – “And who decides the natural order of things??”
CHALLENGES OF BEING THE LADY BEHIND A SUCCESSFUL MAN
Archer has very well articulated on what goes in the mind of a woman, who loves a man so much and contemplates on holding on to him or letting him go to fulfill his dream – clear logical conclusions are well narrated……….
“ I would rather have spent two years on earth with one of the most exiting men on earth, than forty with someone who thought I had prevented him from fulfilling his dream”
“you sould not stand in the way of his destiny. If he were to see some lesser mortal achieve his dream, it could be you who spends the rest of your life regretting it”
Overall, the curiosity of manhood to explore nature has been well laid out in the descriptions of Mount Everest (the other lady!!). The story has the right concoction of romance, gender equality, history and the suspense to keep the readers hooked to it.
Posted by Srividya Ram
This is about a feedback on my earlier post “Blogger anonymous”
The feedback goes like this –
Here is my take on this, You probably should answer these questions for yourself.
-Why do I think readers may get biased? Where did I get this idea from?
-When I read a blog, do I get biased based on gender, nationality etc…?
-Am I being judgmental here?
-Is there a self esteem issue here?
-Do I like/love myself enough to talk about myself ?
Don’t take this wrong. Just take a look at the famous quote from Eric Hoffer –
No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.
There is nothing right or wrong here – just views based on what we think….
For some, it is so natural that they can send a strong feedback and also make the other person get the right sense of it. In the recent past, this was one of those inputs which made me think and introspect.
We can count ourselves “blessed” – if we have the right people around us, who make us introspect.
I am “blessed” 🙂