Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Publication Date: 2012 (first published August 1945)
Publisher: Fingerprint
Genre: Classic / Fiction / Literature
Pages: 143
Stars: 5/5

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Animal farm is allegorical novel that symbolize mainly politics and revolution. Revolution comrades! It’s all about political science and power and corruption. It was written based on the Russian revolution.

Characters represent in Russian revolution like this,
Major- Vladimir Lenin
Snowball- Trotsky
Napoleon- Stalin
Squealer- Vyacheslav Molotov
Dogs- Armed Forces

I honestly didn’t know this before, I did bit Googling! We study different textbooks in India and this, I’m sure, wasn’t anywhere in history lessons. So I saw or analyze them like this,

Mr. Jones – alcoholic owner of Manor farm. Overthrown government. He definitely neglected his duty but I couldn’t help and pity this poor guy.
Snowball- opposing leader, who was also driven out by tactic of Napoleon. He was smart and brilliant and had quite a great ideas for farms and animals. He actually had good intentions. But as it is often said/observed a good person thinking about greater good of the world can’t be a politician as long as cruel and oppressive minds are in opposition who would go at any length to have total control.
Napoleon- existing government who eventually twisted the rules and acted worse than overthrown government.
Squealer- media who speaks for the power to secure their own position by switching the sides.

I liked Benjamin, Clover, and Boxer. But they had their own faults. Clover couldn’t read; Boxer, though inspiration of hardship, was a blind follower; Benjamin who was smart could read and could even see through the deceit, stayed silent and taciturn.

It was amusing to read all animal rising against humans and driving them out of Manor farm and turning it into Animal farm, a farm run by animals and their leader pigs. I liked the way they established commendments and gave importance to education. But as story progresses tricks and misguidance crept in the animal farm and so the dirty politics.

I always believed, those who enters politics are either never are clean or, if they are, they never come out clean.  My father said, the new government/representative that come to power make the previous one look much better. That’s exactly what happened here. The rebellion that started against humans and human nature eventually returned in animal farm and its leaders. They so vaguely turned themselves into humans who used their brain, walked, and ate like human that one couldn’t differentiate them from the other. Such is the quirk and quiddity of politics. Their policies and way were really disturbing to read and I was quite shocked by the stupidity of other animals.

The story delineated the politics, difficulties in forming government, results of revolutions, how the new order set on the name of equality turned to totalitarian and fascism, and how twists in policies, rules, and work structure were made where only leaders were benefited. It also subtly told the importance of education, power of speech, and using one’s conscience and brain. If only all animals were learned the picture might have looked differently.

Bottom line is Equality doesn’t come by its name, it takes both individual and collective contribution to achieve it. No one is ever free in this world as long as there is a power. Where there is power there is corruption. Where there is corruption there is slavery and hunger for commons full belly for riches, free, peaceful and happy world is just utopia.

This book was written years ago but the same methods are applied in today’s politics and it’s ultimately people who are suffering.

Overall, it was shockingly amazing read. Relevant, thought provoking, just brilliant.

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Author: George Orwell

Buy Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com


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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

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Publication Date: April 2nd 2018 (First published 1893)

Read Date: August 14th 2018

Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Classics / Indian Literature / Animals

Pages: 240

Stars: 4/5

4 star

Blurb from the Back cover- 

Adventures in the wild

On a warm evening in the Seeonee hills, a family of wolves finds someone at the threshold of their cave–a human child, who knows nothing of the world of men. Adopted by Father Wolf, the man-cub Mowgli grows up with the pack in the Jungle. 

Mowgli begins his journey and learns the law of the Jungle with the help of his new-found friends: Bagheera the wise Panther and lovable old Baloo. Together they face many dangers and adventures, as Mowgli comes face-to-face with Shere Khan the tiger and the Bandar-Log. 

Embark on this adventurous journey with Mowgli, Rikki-tikki-tavi, Little Toomai and many others, as you read the enchanting ‘The Jungle Book’. As you go from one thrilling escapade to the other, let Kipling take you into a world of fantasy. 


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The Jungle Book was the first cartoon I remember watching on TV every Sunday when I was a kid. It was fascinating series. This was the cutest pocket edition that I bought recently that contains not only story of Mowgli but also Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the elephants, the White Seal and Her Majesty’s Servant. I never heard of other stories part from Mowgli’s. I didn’t know there were poems in the book and moreover it’s an anthology!

All Stories were written in old English and lyrical style with quirky characters and vivid description of nature, jungle, and sea that show the relations between human and animals. All poems were beautiful depicting the story itself.

Mowgli’s adventure in the jungle and his learning while he was small was great. He faced problems that no normal grown man could have. I enjoyed the rescue mission of Bagheera, Baloo and Ka. Bagheera-and Baloo’s tactic to convince Ka for fight was impressive. Cast out from the pack first and then by villagers was sad moment in the story but Mowgli took it with pride and Grace, he didn’t harbor ill will against them and I liked him for that. Behavior of men was no better than leaderless deceived wolves.

What surprised me more was the serious tone of the story which was contrary to movies and cartoon versions. They were fun to watch, and a bit of humor in it. Still I loved Mowgli’s adventure more than any other story in the book, it felt like I never heard of the story before.

My next favorite story was The White Seal. It was story of a seal called Kotick who was rebel and found his own peaceful island with no men and led all the seals to the safety. This story tells about the struggle and perseverance. Nothing is so difficult to achieve if put all the efforts in getting it and one needs to fight even after the achievement for the better good.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was also interesting story that I enjoyed about the bravery and loyalty of mongoose called Rikki-Tikki. The clever tricks of Rikki-Tikki and his valor will definitely amuse kids.

Her Majesty’s servant was most unusual and bit funny in the book. A men who could understand animal language and reading the story from his perspective made it interesting. Conversations between animals, their view towards their work and men was amusing to read. It was good story but not the best one.

Toomai of the Elephants was my least favorite story in the book. It was different, imaginative, and told lot about Elephants and their nature but something was missing. It didn’t impress me or hold interest when I was reading it. It was bit boring.  

Overall, it was great Indian children’s classic with collection of poems and stories with quirky characters and old poetic writing. I prefer movie and cartoon adaptations more than the book.


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Author: Rudyard Kipling

Buy Link:  Amazon.in


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