Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are!
“Starlit Sky” Meena Chatty’s ebook is a real treat for all those who have wondered about the twinkling diamonds up above the world so high.
An 85 page tribute to her father who was an avid astronomer, the book is a treasure trove – rich in facts and information on the wonders of the celestial sky.
Through this book, the author, Meena Chatty has attempted to unfold some of the magnificent age-old mysteries of our vast universe. The material, originally in Telugu as a series of articles called ‘Tara Patham’ in a monthly magazine “Andhra Prabha” written by Sri Kondamudi H. Rao, has been painstakingly translated into English by the author. That she took 2 years to do so speaks volumes about the greatness of the original work and also her hard work and dedication to the project.
While the book contains hard core scientific and astronomical facts and information, the author has not let it slip into text bookish mode and has allowed her signature style of narration to set the tone of the book – as she mentions in her Author’s page she loves (and is loved for her trait of) making up stories to help people understand tough concepts!
From among the mind-boggling vastness of the Universe, this series focuses on the stars and constellations of the Milky way, a little beyond our Solar System. It contains information and descriptions of not only the 12 zodiac signs, but also snippets about planets, shooting stars, meteors and Black holes.
Her style of narration is simple and conversational and she has tried to include and involve the reader. As an example – ‘small bits of random information – Random Gyan -‘ have been sprinkled in between main chapters which keep our interest levels steady. Wherever necessary she has connected Indian mythology to some of the important celestial bodies, which is definitely a bonus.
The book follows a neat orderly pattern. Point to be mentioned here is that the author has not done a mere translation of the original; she has also made an attempt to relate the Western and Indian astronomical systems.
All the images in the book are apt, comprehensive and are painstakingly drawn by the author herself. I especially loved the double images – one to show the relative positions of stars within a constellation and a second image to help us imagine why a constellation has been given its name.
The front cover is simple but apt and tantalizes the reader to peep into the book and learn more.
Both the author’s sister Vani Mazumdar in her Foreword and the author herself in her Preface express a shared hope – that this book will make us admire and appreciate the rich and vast knowledge our ancient ancestors possessed along with the mathematical precision of their calculations. It has certainly succeeded in doing so for me.
After reading this book, two things are certain:
- I will now be looking up at the starlit sky through awed and starry eyes!
- I will make sure that I’m not around in the next billion years when the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way are set for a collision. The warning is very timely! 🙂
Over all “Starlit Sky” is a beautiful dedication to the author’s father and to the original writer of the series – as it traces an informative path of the stars and planets as they move around the sun.
Name of the Book – Starlit Sky
Author – Meena Chatty
Genre – Non Fiction
Publisher – Blogchatter
The book can be downloaded here – Starlit Sky – A world to explore
*This is my 4th review as part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program and it is a book of my choice.