The family tree in the beginning of the book seem daunting and overwhelming but as we flow through the pages and the lives of the women inside the haven of the most illustrious household Bengal has ever seen, slowly we identify ourselves with the frailties, ambitions, vulnerabilities and assertiveness of the women, coming of age.The wonderful delineation of characters does justice to all, lending them a wholesome three-dimensional feel, quite unmatched.Foster writes from a place of wonder for wildlife and of sorrow for what we might have lost in our urban societies.
English Grade One W.1.12.d W.1.12.b W.1.12.c W.1.12.d W.1.12.e W.1.12.f W.1.12.h Grade Two W.2.10.d W.2.10.e W.2.10.c W.2.10.d W.2.10.e W.2.10.f W.2.10.g W.2.10.h W.2.10.i Grade Three W.3.8.d W.3.8.b W.3.8.c W.3.8.d W.3.8.e W.3.8.f W.3.8.g W.3.8.h W.3.8.i W.3.8.j Literacy and English First W.3.
First students will choose a topic that they feel strongly about, then they'll explain the reasons for their opinion and practice writing a concluding statement.
Though reading any book can be an ennobling and enriching experience, in the wake of life when the dust settles down, there are certain books in the lives of each one of us which make us go back and refresh the pages for a word here, a feeling there, a chord reverberating in our sojourn of life which find resonance in our favourite books.
One of my all-time favourites, in the recent past has been Aruna Chakravarti’s Jorasanko, who effortlessly manages to recreate the inside of Tagore household, inhabited by women, all different yet, all strong and passionate and lending a powerful impact on their more illustrious male counterparts, befitting precursors to the onset of Bengal renaissance.
Reading about animals provides knowledge and understanding that can become the first step towards preservation of our world’s ecological diversity. Let me know about your favourite books about animals, too.
Who doesn't love sharing about a great book they've read? This is a list of four of my favourite books about animals – okay one of them isn’t a book, but it’s a fascinating read nevertheless.They are individual and idiosyncratic responses, each a different type of journey: a literary and cultural adventure; an experiment in other ways of being; a therapeutic examination of self; and a scientific exploration of the deep.Reading these works will help you grasp at the connections we share with other forms of life, and acknowledge what separates us. The book is a meditation on Melville’s famous tale of the maniacal monopode mariner, used as a means of exploring our knowledge of and relationship with whales.In a sense, it is Hoare’s own obsession with cetaceans that drives the book, chasing them through human history and literature.(I found this by searching for ‘Giant Squid’ on Google Scholar!) It also gives an insight into the work being done by biologists – which often informs more mainstream nature writing.Jnanadanandini Devi’s independent streak which broke the shackles of patriarchy and left her indelible mark on the life-style of Bengali women, Swarnakumari’s breaking into the literary bastion of menfolk, Digambaridevi’s refusal to accept her husband’s tryst with alcohol, the indomitable Jogmayadevi who stands up for her rights and splits the Tagore family in two halves and the gentle , melancholic, affectionate Kadambari Devi, Rabindrantah Tagore’s very own muse and inspiration and ultimately Mrinalini Devi, his wife, his partner who loved him with all the simplicity and unquestioning faith in her heart.It is absolutely riveting how the story takes us through labyrinth’s of power corridors inside the eminent household where relationships are formed and hearts are broken, where talent gets wings and emotions are stifled, where dreams upsurge and hopes die, a dismal death.Foster is a brilliant writer and the book is littered with some of the most beautifully observed nature writing I have read. A particular favourite line was: ‘when there is sun, the bottom of the river is a mosaic of smashed faces, all cackling at each other in a cubist hell.’, winner of the Samuel Johnson (now Baillie Gifford) Prize for non-fiction.An experienced falconer, Macdonald recounts the experience of ‘manning’ a Goshawk in the wake of the death of her father.