Daily Archives: June 16, 2011

Book Review: The NYC Private School Admissions Handbook by Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff

Title: The NYC Private School Admissions Handbook
Author/s: Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff
Publisher: S.P.I Books
ISBN: 978-1561713493
Genre: Education
PP: 200 pages
Price: $24.95

There comes a point in every parent’s life when the question of a good school comes up. “Which school should my child attend? “, is the question most often asked by hassled parents. There are a thousand and one things to be taken care of – right from the admission procedure to writing essays to what should be done and what shouldn’t. This is seen more so in the United States of America, and particularly New York, where running for admissions is almost like jumping from one roller-coaster ride to the next.

And then two women think of this brilliant idea of not only setting up their own consultancy called PEAS (Private Education Advisory Services) but also publishing a handbook to go with it. This handbook is perfect, in the sense it gives you all the information required – documents to be taken care of, how to strategize the challenging process, to what needs to be said during an interview and what doesn’t.

For all the parents who want their children to get admitted to a great Private School in NYC, this handbook is a must read and study more than anything else. I would recommend it to all – parents and would-be-parents as well.

Book Review: Classic Rabindranath Tagore

Title: Classic Rabindranath Tagore
Publisher: Penguin India
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780143416326
PP: 1136
Price: Rs. 599
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

I have had only this to say about Rabindranath Tagore every time I have finished reading one of his books: Pure Genius. He was way ahead of his times – he understood the human mind and emotions with precision and his tales always had that naughty twist in them. He saw the world for not as is, but for what it was and the possibilities that could exist.

While reading this collection of 9 novels and novellas written by him, what struck me the most was his stance on women. All of Tagore’s women are strong characters and all the stories are centred on them, and how can one forget the themes? The thought-provoking and often lingering themes of widowhood (which he abhorred), a woman trying to assert herself in a so-called man’s world, separation, comedy of errors (sometimes) and many such themes in different ways, make you wonder: What was going through the man’s mind when he wrote all of this?

For me personally, the entire collection was a joyride. From Choker Bali (which most of us have seen and loved) to the lesser-known Farewell Song, which beautifully explains the angst of love, to Four Chapters – that relentlessly tries to explain the complexities of love and its existence. All these stories have one thread in common: The grandness of life and the ability to live it through. The writing I can’t even comment on as it is perfect. Every word is in place and nothing seems wasted.

So when a collection is that perfect (but obviously), what else do you write about it? Except mention that they produce them anymore like him.  

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