Monday, January 13, 2014

The weekend

The picture down there probably explains how wonderful the weekend went. On a lazy Saturday morning, I started off with this novella and couldn't just put it down till it was completed.

Sharing a few lines with you that I just couldn't help noting down. I can not promise a review though I'll try my best.

Talking about Sunday, it was one hell of a day. One of my friends is getting married and since it's the first wedding in our circle, all of us our super excited about the whole event. We have all been planning stuff since the D-day is just so near.

By the time, it was time for dinner I had no energy to cook and was in no mood to have the plain dal-chawal so treated myself with pasta. Thankfully, it turned out to be wonderfully yummy!!

Guys, you can have your share too :) 

Hope you had a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy Monday!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The astral land

This post has been written by a person who wishes to play hide and seek with us.

You, you, you experience things and… they change you, it takes you into a new horrendous place; the place is somewhere beyond death and life, in that place you see your entire life in front of you… it forms images, plays a film in the somewhat closed theatre of our mind; the film consists of all the things that in one moment or the other in our life, did pierce us with the feeling of regret, even though it might have been a tiny sparkle but it shows us the picture of our life; the closed spaces we never visit, now, why I’m writing this is a totally different story and that’s one hell of a story… the instance of your life when you realize that very second when you’re trapped inside that place, a place where humans don’t fancy to visit regularly, it might be the end of it, the end of your existence… it all adds up to something, an unfinished equation that you might leave for someone, a puzzle you’d gift to your loved one to solve; the assumptions humans make and talk about during their life fail to come to a definite conclusion because the puzzle is unsolved, it is always unsolved, something has not been done yet, they’ve not served their purpose of life; we aren’t a satisfied race, we boast about our bravery but our mind rules us and it penetrates our imagination with fear, the most unruly, mortifying and unfaithful of all fears is the fear of death… death doesn’t end our life, it makes us disappear from the face of this unsatisfying planet, it removes our identity from this jealous and self centered race of living beings; the fear of death haunts us with the memories of every unfinished relationship we’ve had in our life and forms a cluster of emotions banging our head, it gives us reality checks; the most important and the most dangerous thing when you, you, you are stuck at a place like this is hope, yes hope is a good thing, the very best of things but hope is a beast that feeds on fear, the fear of death… they are twins, and are meant to live and breathe together; this place changes your life in a way nothing ever would, the nothing used here can be assumed to be an action of the highest intensity or an act of guilt of the lowest ground a human’s character can touch, and we can go down pretty low… this place is a good place to visit, it gives you a new life; initially it’d kill you but eventually you’ll learn to live with it and then you’d take it as a new beginning, that’s the purpose of that place, the place where you feel the certainty of death; fear is an act of dying, almost everything in the world is an act of dying, and we all wait for our moment, the moment when we’d find our pathway to start an act that’d eventually lead us to dying, because living is about dying –in a way, only… 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Book Review: Uff.. Ye Emotions 2

Eleven stories talking about emotions, the feelings that differentiate humans from animals, each with a flavour of their own. On a boring afternoon I started off with UYE-2 in order to take a break from the gruesome work piled on me. I'll be honest here, I didn't start off with the stories in their order, instead began with the ones written by people whom I call friends.

While Himanshu and Udita's story dealt with what is generally referred to as puppy love, Meghant and Heena's was about sacrifices made by lovers even at the cost of their lives. There's something each story teaches. NECRT of love taught us even though the kids may be unaware of the fact that babies do not get produced by a kiss but love is something that know no age and can be true even when all you care about is grades and that pink bag. Life is dear to all but love is dearer, the sacrifices made by Kent's parents is something you'll cry for.

Love can happen any time, anywhere, even if it's after marriage, 120 minutes by Sarvana was indeed a refreshing read. When you feel there's darkness around, all you need is to bend a little, love is just round the corner, probably that's what Ishani taught us through 'I'll be there'. Tarang Sinha's 'Dilemma' touches on two sensitive topics namely widow re-marriage and child adoption, how does society figure it out how you can sacrifice the man of your life for humanity and a child's love. Shalini Katyal's 'The Woman who Waited' is wonderfully written with a language that is sure to strike with the readers, love never dies even if death separates bodies is what the author has perfectly described. 'The Pale Pigeon' by Siddhartha Yadav takes you to the love of the old age, the love that has seen and fought everything coming out victorious and content everytime.

Mahi Singla and Vinit Bansal need no introduction and have carved out stories as per our expectation. While The Client depicts a love that sees no class, When Destiny Strikes talks about love that comes between friendship but again friendship and a good heart overpowers everything.

Two stories left to talk about are Hickey by Heema Shirvaikar and Moksha by Kunal Marathe. I would say these two are my personal favourites, all you'll react on reading them is a big WOW. I am not going to say anything about the story because all they need is your genuine read. Sometimes, stories leave you speechless and somehow, these two have left me with no words for their description because their beauty lies in the words.

All in all, a good attempt by everyone. All the best guys :)

This review has also been posted on Goodreads.

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