The Bookworm

Hey! The Readotomy Of A Bookworm presents to you spoiler-free book reviews. I am Sanjana Varma, a paperback girl who sometimes flirts with Kindle. You will often find me lost in the world of words. I love writing as much as I love reading. I hope to introduce you to good books one post at a time. Let the adventure begin!

The Race to the Phar Lap’s saddle by Rishi Piparaiya

Tara and Neil are off on a boring holiday to Australia. Thanks to their Dad’s research, they are stuck in Melbourne Museum while their parents work the whole time. Not a fun holiday by all means.
Phar Lap, a chestnut racehorse, who had been the pride of Australia is the topic of their dad’s research. He wanted to design a comfortable seat for a famous bike company and win a prize for the same. He wants to get inspiration from the saddle of Phar Lap. All was set and then the unthinkable happens. The saddle disappears!

Mr Pratchett, the haughty curator is enraged and fires Tom who is responsible for the safety of the saddle. Worried about Tom and their Dad’s future the duo decided to seek the third and end the misery.

Riddles await them at each nook and corner of Melbourne. They seek them out and explore the beautiful land of Melbourne to their heart’s content but never forgetting their mission. The trip that was fated to be miserable transforms into one they can never forget. Join Tara and Neil as they explore Melbourne and its culture.

I feel this book will be loved by kids of all ages. The art that accompanies each chapter is a delight. The language is simple and you get to sample the Aussie slang. Beautiful descriptions, Aussie facts and trivia are huge. It makes one want to fly to Melbourne right away. A short and comfortable read, I highly recommend you to pick it up.

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A Brief History of Medicine by Paul Strathern

The History of Medicine

Medicine has undergone tremendous changes since it’s inception. It’s past is steeped in superstition and emerged from the murky depths.
Medicine was a limb of philosophy. Before the advent of scientific thinking and the renaissance, diseases were considered a result of sin. Some men with a scientific temper in its rudimentary form sought to seek out the truth behind the human body.

This non-fiction traces the history of medicine from the beginning to the advent of gene therapy. We travel through the labs of many great men of medicine and witness the invention of vaccines, microbes and organs.
It is saddening to see the dearth of women in this field. We get a glimpse of Florence Nightingale and a few others but not more.

Very elaborate yet simple writing, this book is layman-friendly. You learn much about the interesting facts about your body. A big salute to those giants of science who worked in the days when the equipment was a myth. Ingenious thinking, observation and trial by error led to the medicine we observe now.

We get an idea about pharmacological revolutions that erased many deadly diseases and controlled many.
Since it is a very niche topic, you might need a bit of time to complete this one. But trust me, it is worth the effort.

Harry Potter

QOTD: Do you separate the art from the artist?


Just like the several 90’s kids, I was hooked to reading with Harry Potter. In the past years, we witnessed the person behind the pen, J.K.Rowling. I was taken aback like all her fans. Never expected her to spread hatred like she did.

I wanted to re- read Harry Potter from an adult perspective. After much deliberation, I decided to read it again. As a writer, I admire her imagination but as a person I am appalled at her views.

This will be an interesting journey, to read and form a new understanding of the characters different from my childhood. So, yes, I separate the art from the artist.

In the post-theory world, an author and the author’s personality is far removed from the story.

How many times have you read the series? Has it changed your attitude towards the book? Let me know in the comments.

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

I love the book for the message it gives. Poppy and Annalise are best friends and colleagues. They bond because they don’t want to have kids. Their life, like that of so many other women, is very difficult because of the constant judgements.

They create a Facebook page called NOP for non-mothers. They vent out their frustration about the special treatment mothers get in offices and everywhere, unaware of their struggles. Things take an ugly turn and it leads to a war between mothers and non-mothers.

This story talks from the perspective of every woman. It is not one-sided and caters to women of all interests. An easy and interesting read.

The story takes an unexpected turn somewhere in the middle and leaves you satisfied like a home-cooked meal!

A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

During my Undergraduate years,  I stumbled upon this essay by Virginia Woolf. She states that if a woman is to write , she needs a room and money. This book contains the lectures delivered by her at two Womens’ Colleges.

Woolf was to deliver a lecture on the topic ‘ Women in Fiction’ . She sets out to explore the presence of women in the world of literature and discovered that women remained just a footnote in the Book of Literature. Wife -beating was a prevelant practice and they were denied education.  Woolf realized that when they were denied the basic rights of freedom and education how were they supposed to write fiction?

She asked us, had Shakespeare a sister of similar interests and abilities would she have received the same applause and exposure? The answer was a definite no! She would have written down her works in hiding and burned them in fear that she might be persecuted for it. This ignited the anonymous trend of women writers. Women started to publish books under male pseudonyms.

The topic, the themes and even the way women wrote were brought under scrutiny. Woolf discovered women characters were represented in relation to the men in the writings. She was not considered as a human with her own interests and desires. She was just a shadow of man, an extra character that can be done without!
This 6 part essay gives a much needed perspective on Feminism and what Feminists desire. She says everyone should  be androgynous (both male and female) in mind  to be the best versions of themselves.

Any writing, to be enjoyable  should be free from the shackles of gender. It should be like a river, flowing free, like the soft glow of Sun falling through the space between the curtains! It should beautify what it touches, swathing even the most ordinary in an extraordinary way!

This book was on my TBR for a long time and I regret taking such a long time to pick it up. A must-read for all Literature enthusiasts.