Review : A bird in a banyan tree by Bina ramani

imagesUnlike other readers I was not expecting too many pages on jassica lal case. I was looking forward to an inside story of bina ramani’s life which is beautifully expressed in the book. Right from her family coming to Bombay as refugees after the partition, moving to Delhi for higher education, her affair with shammi kapoor then shifting to London and moving to US after marriage which really didn’t work,her emphatic writing style has turned the book into a literary piece.
As you turn down the pages you will find big names mentioned in the book that have played a significant role in her life. Though the book is kind of slow in places but I loved the way she has expressed her attraction with the ocean and sea waves and the reason for the title
‘A bird in a banyan tree’.
Bina ramani who has worked with Taj group been a socialite, restaurant owner, fashion designer, social worker, apart from all this she has a darker side to it. Born and brought up in a rich and happy family she still had to struggle to achieve her dreams. After giving up on what she actually wanted to do many times , it took her many years to stand up for herself against her family with such hardbound mentality. Also I saw jassica lal murder case through a different angle and how negatively she has been portrayed in the movie ‘no one killed Jessica’. Author crosses every hurdle that comes her way and how these obstacles have shaped her are mentioned in some of the the last chapters of the book. All in all a good book indeed.


The ‘greatest’

A review of books that are my all time favourite. “Soul of a butterfly” and “The greatest” by Muhammad Ali.
Nobody has inspired me more than M Ali. Where People of my age are unaware of this boxing legend he continues to be my hero. After reading these books for almost 25 times i just can’t get it enough. Not just a boxer but man who stood up against racism. There are various things that I have learnt from M Ali.
*To stand for what you belief.

*Biggest education is not what is taught in school or colleges it’s something what you want to learn and it can be only done by observing those people who are good at it.

* learn to love yourself and believe that you are the GREATEST

*Take criticism positively in order to shine,like the brightest star.

* How to destroy the superiority complex and should always be aware of ground realities of earth no matter who you are what you were and what you will be.

*wether you do something or you don’t people will still criticise you you just have to perform your duty given by the god

*real champion is not the one who wins every fight but the one who gets up in-spite all his defeats.

*lastly my fav quote “don’t quit suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

“Soul of a butterfly” and “The greatest” are one of the books that acts as a bridge between M Ali and all his fans. I am one of his fans from india and seriously they are my favourite possessions. I so wish I could travel back in time during 60’s and 70’s where cricket and football was unknown and M Ali was all over on radios and newspapers. No matter how many years go down the drain you will still be the greatest for me.
Who inspire you ?