In the miso soup !

The author Ryu Murakami is another author from Japan and is no way related to Haruki Murakami who has had many well known books written to his name, and have also been adapted to movies.

Ryu Murakami has written quite a few books “Audition” and “Piercing” are two of his other popular books apart from “in the miso soup” written by Ryu Murakami. 

The other two books too like the”In the miso soup” are centred around the dark backdrop of Japan, disillusion, drug use and Murder 

The book  titled “In the Miso soup “ is a apt title  for  two reasons – One because the character compares his life with the miso soup and phara phrase  the quote “I’m in the miso soup myself- Just like those bits of vegetable. I’m floating around in this giant bowl of it, and that’s good enough for me. 

And the other  the book is titled “In the miso soup” because the character’s  purpose to visit Japan was to find out what the people who eat the miso soup on daily basis might be like.Again to Quote from the book. As he once ordered it in an  America  restaurant and was intrigued  about it. He decided  travel to Japan. 

The moment I read the title of the book and turned over to read the blurb mentioned below,I was interested in reading this book. . 

It’s just before New Year, Frank an overweight American tourist, has hired kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s nightlife.

But, Franks behaviour is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion : His client may in fact have murderous desires. 

Although, Kenji is far from innocent himself, he unwillingly descends with frank into an inferno of evil, from which only his sixteen year old girlfriend, Jun, can possibly save him.

Yeah, It’s a coincidence that this is my second book in a row from a Japanese author. But,The Japanese authors have such interesting storylines ,written in a captivating way that you become so engrossed in the storytelling, you only want more and more of it.

The book is written in three chapters. 

Chapter 1 – Describes and establishes what the story is about – The beginning of how the characters meet. 

Chapter 2 – The relationship between the two and why Kenji becomes suspicious  about his client. 

Chapter 3 – Is the reason behind why  one  should read the book. 

The Book highlights the American and Japanese culture,What makes each different and similarities amongst the two. The ideology between the two nations amongst the locals and the identities each of the nation has created for itself. 

Since the book was written long back ago, You might agree/disagree about some of the points discussed. 

In the miso soup” Is a crisp, well written physiological thriller set in the dark backdrop of Japan,that you will only put  the book down once you read it.

Elon musk -Book review !!


Elon musk -The billionaire CEO of Space X & Tesla by Ashlee Vance gives you a insight of the man who dreamt about a future ,which many believed to be only a dream .He Succeeded on his terms and has given an aspiration to many out there ,who couldn’t have thought that the future would be presented to them so soon .With Tesla and
space xElon musk makes you interested in science related to Information & Technology but also for automobile and The science behind building rockets.

The book also shares his struggles in personal and professional life and his dream to Make It in America ,By leaving his roots behinds in Africa ,Oh! Just shared a trivia from the book .

The only thing that Elon musk followed was his intuition all the way through till it became a reality .

If you still haven’t heard about him or  know about him ,I recommend read the book soon.

*He is also one of the TIME’s most influential man for the year .

Did you Know?

while I was going through  a book,I came across an interesting piece of information about  snakes & ladders . “Moksha Patam “was earlier known as snakes and ladders and just realised ,that the game snake and ladder originated from India .And  then I was so eager to know about the game that i decided to write this piece .

The game is a simple  and was very popular with young children .

It was known as moksha patam or vaikunthapaali or paramapada sopaanam (the ladder to salvation). The game made its way to England and was sold as “Snakes and Ladders”, then the basic concept was introduced in the United States as Chutes and Ladders
Known as Moksha Patam, the game was popular in ancient India and emphasized the role of fate or Karma  . A Jain version, Gyanbazi or Gyan chauper , dates to the 16th century. The game was called Leela   and reflected the Hinduism  consciousness surrounding everyday life. The underlying ideals of the game inspired a version introduced in victorian England  in 1892.Moksha Patam was associated with traditional Hindu and jain philosophy and  contrasting karma and kama, or destiny and desire. It emphasized destiny, as opposed to games such as pachisi, which focused on life as a mixture of skill (free will) and luck. The game has also been interpreted and used as a tool for teaching the effects of good deeds versus bad. The ladders represented virtues such as generosity, faith, and humility, while the snakes represented vices such as lust, anger, murder, and theft. The morality lesson of the game was that a person can attain salvation (Moksha) through doing good, whereas by doing evil one will inherit rebirth   to lower forms of life. The number of ladders was less than the number of snakes as a reminder that a path of good is much more difficult to tread than a path of sins. Presumably the number “100” represented Moksha (salvation). In Andhra pradesh  , Snakes and Ladders is played in the name of Vaikuntapali.The phrase “back to square one” originates in the game of snakes and ladders, or at least was influenced by it .