Hi everyone! 😀
I am back with a book opinion again. I am actually lagging with the book opinions considering the number of books that I have read. Hope to catch up with it soon! This is the 6th book that I read as part of the Brunch Book Challenge and as I said, I’ll be logging my opinion about every book that I read as part of this challenge. In case you want to participate in this challenge too, read up about it here.
I am glad that I read this. Why? Because I wanted to read this since a long, long time. When I was in my early teens, we used to subscribe to this Hindi magazine, ‘Aha! Zindagi’ (means Wow! Life). It was a spiritual, positive thinking kind of magazine. Yes, weird choice for a teenager, but whatever. 😛 In one of the editions, they featured excerpts of this autobiography, Rasidi Ticket, primarily the parts relating to Amrita Pritam’s love life. The whole piece was really beautiful to read. I thought then that I’ll read her autobiography someday and forgot about it eventually. Then, one day, I recalled this and searched the book on Flipkart. Now you know why I am glad that I have read it. 🙂
Coming to what I think of it, I did not enjoy it all that much. At least not as much as I expected. First of all, I don’t have poetic taste. This book is quite poetic (if that is the right word to describe what follows). It has a lot of poetry going in between the paragraphs, like after a few paragraphs, there would be a verse or two. Now, maybe, I’ll enjoy this sort of thing at some point in life in some book, but till now I haven’t. Also, I expected more intriguing pieces like what I had read in that magazine earlier. You can probably say that I did not find it scandalous enough, which I expected it to be. I liked the beginning of the book a lot, the way she told the story of her birth. I also loved how free-spirited she was, especially considering the times she was born in, India-Pakistan partition was not the best time for a woman (or for anybody!).
Overall, I am glad that I read it because I wanted to since a long time and it is always great to know more about an author with whom you kind of share you roots and who is a woman and by whose life you are intrigued. 🙂 Whether I recommend it or not, I am not too sure. First of all, I don’t have great tastes! Secondly, I am not sure what kind of readers will like it. If you are into reading autobiographies in general (and read Hindi/Punjabi literature), then give it a go, maybe?
PS: I wish I knew how to read and write (and speak ) Punjabi, funny thing I don’t know my first language.
Take care & keep smiling 🙂