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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Of Men and Misery



People. Faces. All around. Each with diverse stories. Varied backgrounds. Unique struggles. Blended minds. Yet... somehow.... all of them going through their own ups and downs. 

Difficult to give a definition to the word 'happiness' more so ever to find it in this mortal world. They look at you awkwardly if you are amused in your life. Apparently, smiling for no reason is crazy and being in stress is the new normal. 

The pain inflected, oh so steadily, reflects through the tired eyes. No time for workouts or self, the suffering spreads throughout the body and mind. 

Men, working, but not getting anywhere. Traveling on a road that seems never to end. This is called a certain 'misfortune’, but a lack of hard work and imagination is totally acceptable. For only the fortunate get to tap on the so-called resources of “luck”

The wretchedness is a regular, uncalled visitor who may hide occasionally but refuses to leave. The excruciating agony is welcomed with open arms by many. The success of others is envied while their failure is frowned upon, amidst this war, the progression on the world is lost.  

What men already have; they want more. The greed of money, designation, status is brainwashed into systems the moment you are born. Entrepreneur, CEO, and Head of so and so is an acceptable title no matter how much strain it brings along. Poets, painters, magicians, and mediocre artists are professions no longer sought.   

Everything is a competition. Reciting your story without anyone saying, "I have had worse" is almost impossible. It works the same another way around, your accomplishments are not met with applause and cheers but with saying, “This has been done before”
  
Unsung songs, incomplete poems, unfinished stories, concrete jungles, faraway forests, melting ice caps, increased greediness, confusing definitions, unfair laws, worse quality of life, above all lack of love with respect for self as well as each other, and humanity in general. 

The Earth is full of men & misery deep diving into the unknown territory of the technologically advanced, emotionally unavailable humanity. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Death Of A Thousand Dreams



Let it go. 


A message delivered loud and clear; implemented to near perfection. She carried on with her life in the most dignified way possible. Chasing new horizons, following the roads untraveled, reaching for the unseen stars, and daring to take action she would otherwise never even think about. 

She had never been more unapologetically herself than this ever before. Someone with just the right kind of attitude with a tinge of craziness to spread the sparks of positivity and vibes to brighten the room. The contagious smile topped like a cherry on the cake with “now or never” mantra, most calculative measures and ultimately the master plans for winning at this thing everyone called "life"

And yet... 

Yet her story remained empty somewhere. The dead ends of the roads have been always too close to be ignored. The sparkling fireballs would burn down the house. The art of being "her" is chaos and turns a blind eye towards the sheer realities of life. The gut feelings replaced by mechanisms and algorithms. The madness of it all, slowly, consistently, gradually, creeping its way up to her heart. 

Who was she? What was her reality? The one she is now, or the one she was able to mask? There is no going back and forth between the two as the depth of the valley in between is where she would meet her demons hidden amidst absolute darkness. She had taken a leap of faith to avoid falling down into the pitch-black pit and land between the rays of light. In this process, she lost what she sought the most. 

Unspoken reminiscences, silent scream, insinuated scars, improbable recollections, and controversial conventions, but also, along with this, the euphoric bliss of it all. Everything that she eventually, after holding on for too long, 'let it go'

The sleepless nights spent in trying to wash away those memories with tears led to the death of a thousand dreams.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Wandering Words


I have nothing to give you but my words, but darling, understand… my words are everything to me. Every sentence I have ever written, each poem hemmed my thoughts, each verse has fallen from the deepest corner of my heart, each alphabet dancing together to form the words in a blog.

From the wildest dream, profound fear, fantasy land tours, imaginary worlds, blank roads, dense forests, the vast sky to the ever-expanding cosmos around. All of these are bound together to build every inch and ion of me and you are privileged enough to have these wandering words to read.

My soul rips apart the materialist body which it holds, to bear itself in front of this world. All you have to do is hold my hand and let me take you to the ages I have traveled. The witch in me is nowhere close to the damsel in distress; the oh-so-quite teenager never meets the mature mistress; the eyes (if you look closely enough) will let you travel to the universe beyond but just one touch will transport you to the beaches of mysterious paradise.

You see a girl at work all life long, but forget that her mind dwells in the lands unknown; the trance lets her live furthermore.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hope - A Way of Life.



You have to know this, okay?


People don't run on algorithms, calculations, or instincts. They don't run on complex algebraic formulae, scientific computations, or logical derivations. They run on trust, faith, willpower, and most importantly, hope! Life functions on hope. Once you lose hope, you do not have anything else to live for. If you do not inculcate this into relationships then what are you living for? If humans were meant to function on mathematics, they wouldn't have felt the emotions.

I miss "us" I miss the way we used to be connected. We are stuck; at our work, with our family, in our thoughts, with other commitments, and I do not know what else.

That one hour of unexpected car drive to home which we took last week is everything I have ever dreamt of. Being together, laughing, facing the unexpected, and walking thru it, reaching the destination even if it's late and more importantly being together. I crave for all of this. I need your time and attention. I need us to be with each other thru this life. I would prefer us walking together thru the confusion and emerging on the other side of it, and not facing everything alone.

I want us to last. I don't want to have a couple of amazing years and finish everything in a flash. I don't want to experience the feelings of hurt, confusion, and disappointments. No matter what we run into no matter what we face. I want us to stick together.

I do not know what the future holds for us. I am not an astrologer and neither would I trust the most experienced and proven Nostradamus to predict the future. What I do know is whatever life may throw at us is a cakewalk if both of us are together. I don't know if you have realized this or not but few people get to experience what we do.

When I see our life together, I see us fulfilling all our dreams. Having a happy family, being together, getting through any obstacles which may arise, laughing, singing, talking, dancing, experiencing new stuff, exploring new places, traveling to different countries, building a home, breaking the stereotype, and just proving everyone wrong who have said this is not going to work out (which is the entire world) I know we can do this, I have enough trust and faith in myself and in this relationship that we will reach this height.

The realm of life is always mysterious and there is no way to know what twists and turns we may have to face, all I am saying is if we are together then the first impact of these struggles will reduce. There will be stress, there will be fights, there will be stupidity, there will be doubts, but we can solve this and rise above all.

You have asked me multiple times, "How do you picture our life?" I am someone who believes we can build the life we want. If you want a happy life, we work together towards it irrespective of what the situations are. I also believe we can tweak those situations to suit our needs and requirements. So, the question is, what kind of life can we build together? And I am sure it is will be a damn good one.

Let us root for each other and watch us grow!

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Note: Credit to the first paragraph to the respective writer, all the following paragraphs are built on it.  

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Death Grief



You can read this 100 times and still not understand the meaning of these words, "No matter how old you are, losing your parents is the worst fear and feeling ever." 

It really is those small things that change when everyone starts referring to someone as "who is" to "who was" How does a child's heart accept that the fingers it held on to as the answer to every fear, is not in present and will always remain in the past. 

Every bike with even a remotely old man with white hair makes the head turn, "Papa!" And then it is jolted back to the sheer reality of life, "No, it cannot be" This doesn't repeat once nor twice but every damn time. 

That casual question asked by the interviewer, "So what do your parents do?" I wonder if "Chilling in the heavens above" is an acceptable answer. For a kid, it will also be, "He is a journalist but...." always an "is" and never a "was". It is more difficult to continue after this "but...." what are you supposed to tell a complete stranger about the death of your parent? An accident took him away, it was cancer,  or suffering from illness. Is this one sentence enough to justify the plight of the entire journey of when "being dead" commenced? 

Losing a parent leaves the family without any protection. It sounds exaggerated but it does feel like the prey is left on open grounds underneath a clear sky to feast on. People everywhere, some who aren't even acquaintances, start judging every tear, every step, every word, every piece of cloth, every last right ritual that is carried. Not bothering to understand the loss felt. 

Few seconds of that last breath is all it takes to permanently distort the family. Regrets? Many! Can we take correction measures? No. A few scars are permanent and never meant for healing. They will stay with you as long as you are a part of this mortal world. There will come a time when you purposefully scratch to tear them open and begin the cascade of memories which can only ever be replayed in your mind like an old black white cinema of forgotten times.

Sounds filmy? Cannot relate to this? --- Just be glad you don’t, because it is the truth, no matter how old, you are never going to okay or the same person you once were after parents death.

If you are reading this, my friend, do not take your parents for granted. Take responsibilities, be helpful around the house, live with them when you still can, hold on to the moments of joy, collect the memories, create the life they imagined, travel with them, and surprise them. Understand that all it, you must do it. Mostly though, tell them, out loud, that you love them because there will come a day when you cannot and will not be able to say it. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Book Review | Narasimha (The Mahaavatar Trilogy #1)


Book: Narasimha (The Mahaavatar Trilogy #1)

Author: Kevin Misal
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Reviewed at: Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram

Book Blurb:

Narasimha, once a brave soldier has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon - the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? 

Book Evaluation:

·         The artwork of the cover page is brilliant and helps the reader to visualize the character very well.
·         The blurb is point on and rightly tells you what to expect.
·         The mythological characters come alive with Narasimha.
·         At par with the other Kevin Misal books which you may have read.
·         Gives a believable feel to the otherwise mythological tale.
·         The narration and storyline is easy to follow.
·         Character Descriptions and depth is very well worked on.
·         Since it is a known ancient story, one can guess what is coming up next.
·         The author’s perspective is very put forward in the book.



Book Review | Wild Card 2




Book: Wild Card 2
Author: Asfiya Rahman
Reviewed at: Amazon, Goodreads,  Instagram

Book Blurb:

Tahira Rizvi was a young tennis player who got the opportunity of her life when she was invited to be part of Karan Mehrotra’s successful attempt at Wimbledon. Back from Wimbledon, she wants to make one last attempt at building a career for herself as a professional tennis player. But there are just too many questions.

Has she left it too late? Will she get the support she needs from her friends and family? More importantly, will she get the opportunity she needs to prove that she can turn things around? And what about Vikram? He may say he is in love with her but can they have a future together? 

What do you do if both opportunity and romance are knocking on the same door? Who will you let in first? Will Tahira be able to move from the stands of Wimbledon to the courts of Wimbledon? 

And if she does, what is the price she will pay?

Book Evaluation:

·         The cover page is vibrant and appealing.
·         The blurb is point on and rightly tells you what to expect.
·         The character development throughout the story is steady and realistic.
·         Lives up to the expectations set by Wild Card 1
·         Moves like a motion picture playing in your mind
·         Motivational aspect of story is good.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Ganesha | Book Review



Book: Ganesha - An Afro-Asian Story
By - DR SYD K.
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Book Blurb:

On the trail of Ganesha, the Afro-Asian ele-calf, born by a quirk of fate and in the most improbable of circumstances in the wilds of East Africa in 1943. Then begins his journey to the Southern wilds of India and his fight for survival in those new wilds. 



Born on the same day as Ganesha, in a rural hamlet of Southern India is Maari, who goes on to become one of the most dreaded poachers India has ever known. 
And know how their fates inevitably cross over the decades during which there are profound changes in both the political and ecological landscape of India.



Book Evaluation:

The cover gives an exact portrayal of what the story stands for. It is simple yet classy. The blurb is short but it is impactful and to the point. It shows you exactly what to expect when you read the book. What is conveniently left out of the blurbs is that the story is written from the perspective of an Elephant. This is the first book which I have come across written which could take me straight to being an Elephant. The book reads like a documentary and is actually informative. Language use is subtle and easy to understand. The unique blend embedded in the story is something for everyone to read. I am sure every animal lover will be fond of this story just as much.

Friday, March 15, 2019

NUMI; The Guarded Loop | Book Review





Book: NUMI; The Guarded Loop
Author: Nupur Sandhu
Review posted at : Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon

Book gist:

"NUMI; The Guarded Loop" takes us through the mystic, beautiful and intriguing journey of Nuha, a sensitive young girl. She has already hit the quintessential milestones of life, yet continues to look for the oasis, searching within her soulful realms for vistas unknown. Life is seldom all about the crust. It is an inexplicable amalgamation of memories, insights and the miniature droplets of self-realization we conjure on the way. The transcendence she experiences through her journey flips her back to the revered but concealed moments from lives gone by; she morphs from a jovial youngster to an enlightened soul, having inculcated the art of being in sync with the supreme Creator. Her trysts with the mystical lead her to making soul-stirring revelations. Discover how the protagonist’s life takes a 360 degree turn when she meets someone with whom she had spent 7200 life times? Experience how the experiences of her previous lifetimes imprint and control her present? Will Nuha be able to complete the puzzle of her deep-felt connection with the stranger?

Book evaluation:

The posts by author have intrigued my interest in book a while before the book released. There was no way I was to miss this one. I must say I expected a mystic, hypnotized book cover, however, the current one isn’t quite there. When you start reading the book, the words and sentence formations fall a bit on heavier side. You will get used to it post the first chapter or two and enjoy the story plot. The narrations, character descriptions, and the story build make it a quite a good read. NUha + MInha = NUMI; that moment when the title made all the sense was certainly enlightening. You need to pay utmost attention to every word in order to follow the story. The element of twists and flashbacks is used to bring out the very essence of the story. NUMI is a sure shot way to get rid of boredom anywhere. Definitely look forward to more from the author.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The Peshwa: War of The Deceivers | Book Review





Book: The Peshwa: War of The Deceivers (Part of a series)
Author: Ram Sivasankaran
Reviewed at: Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram 

Book Blurb:

Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.
The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day. 
Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.

Book evaluation:

If you have read the first installment of the series (The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion) then you already know this one is going to be just as great. If you haven’t, the world of history is waiting to capture. Never have I ever thought, history will keep me glued to a book, but in this case, it ensured I end up reading all night. The cover art catches the eye with its vibrant colors. The book blurb is honest and straight forward, it paints the exact picture of what you are in store for once you open the book. Politics, assassin, war, people with personality to make or break history is incorporated into the story very elegantly.

The characters are set in a diverse era, however, they are described so well along with the scenes which unfold, and you will clearly imagine yourself as a part of this book. The language is mixture of Hindi, English, Marathi, and Sanskrit at few places which is quite necessary for the plot of the book, taking into consideration the set up. The language and narrative still follow a simple flow and in easy to understand, although it loses it pace at a few areas, it can totally be ignored upon. I highly recommend reading both the Part I and Part II for the Peshwa series.   

Monday, February 04, 2019

In Love with Simran | Book Review


Book: In Love with Simran
Author: Kulpreet Yadav

Book Blurb:

Sanjana’s best friend at college is murdered. She was in love with a business tycoon named Nik Sethi, and Sanjay is certain that he killed her. In an effort to find proof, she decides to get close to him.Good looking and rich, Nik falls in love with Sanjana instantly, but a month later, when he accidentally discovers her real agenda, he throws her out of his life. Determined to nail him, Sanjana’s desperation exceeds all limits when she realizes that she too, like her friend, has fallen in love with a killer. After she escapes an attack one night, Sanjana quits college and goes into hiding. Now her only ambition is to punish the killer and her only weapon is her body. In a last, desperate attempt, she uses herself as bait and pursues her best plan. There are only two options: she becomes a victim or she becomes a victor. Through the story of Sanjana and Nik, In Love with Simran explores the boundaries of the basic instincts of young; love, sex, trust, and survival.

Book Evaluation:

The blurb suggests it is a mystery genre; however, the cover and title are more inclined towards romantic tale. The puzzle of killer is lost somewhere in transit and major focus in on the love story. The flow of story, narration, and language used are all very easy going. I would have personally preferred if the story plot stayed put at the thriller aspect. There were some parts of the story which did not connect well to the plot like the revelation of killer. To conclude, it is a onetime read which will grab your attention. The character developments could clearly be distinguished.  

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Sameness in a Consistent Change | Book Review



Book: The Sameness in a Consistent Change
Author: Sujay Malik
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Book Evaluation:                                                                              

The leaf changing color through different seasons yet retaining its shape on the cover is a perfect depiction of the title, “The Sameness in a Consistent Change” It is a simple read which you can finish in a day’s worth of time with easy to understand language. The blurb is very descriptive and paints the picture of expectations you will have from the book. The character, Ramanuj, Pallavi, and Sharda are depicted in a straightforward but grand way. The title is very attractive and what made me read this one in first place. It is good for one time read and makes a good collectible for your kindle.

Blurb:

The wheel of time is a fascinating force. Sometimes it seems to only crawl along, while at other times it simply hustles. And when you tend to look behind, you expect that most puzzles would fall in place. But do they eventually? Ramanuj, a village boy is confused about most things. He shares a strange rapport with his father, who, despite financial issues doesn’t stall his education. But Ramanuj has no idea what to do with himself. Then one day things change and change permanently. There is no looking back from this bend; there cannot be. He meets Mr. Shrirangpure, through a chance meeting in a hospital through his daughter Pallavi. Something prompts him to appear more ambitious than he would like to have been. Impoverished and submissive, he manages to rise above the shackles with time, even though everything is still stuck to his past. But now he cannot get back. He doesn’t want to. Until a revelation, prompts him to go back to his roots again. To the same tree, with which he shares a bond; to the drain water, with which he has shared many a memory; and to the same surrounding, which formed his core once. This is a story of a boy who tried to end his life once. He loved as well and tried to rise to a level to become worthy of it. A boy, whose journey is all about mostly looking back. ‘The Sameness in a Consistent Change’ is a story of this interesting journey. A journey, devoid of a destination, perhaps. But the fun, sometimes, lies only in the journey.

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Infinite Depth: Hidden stories are found in depth | Book Review



Book: The Infinite Depth: Hidden stories are found in depth

Gist & Evaluation:

This book is truly a gem for those who feel the urge to pour out their heart but don’t know the right kind of words. As the tag line suggests, hidden stories are indeed found in-depth and Fakhruddin Ukani manages to surface those exact emotions with his words. The blurb tells you exactly what to expect and the cover is mesmerizing. The book is compilation of poems on various topics; love, madness, loneliness, hope, and healing, are just a few to name. The book takes you on an emotional ride which has sharp curves and steep inclines but also calmness of heart. Mark your calendars busy for the weekend, grab a copy of The Infinite Depth and have an amazing weekend. 




Thursday, January 24, 2019

It's Got to be Love | Book Review




Book: It’s Got to be Love
Author: Prashant Kaul

Story Gist:

Dev wakes up in the middle of the night with a nightmare and chooses to ignore it. However, imagine the surprise when these nightmares actually come true. Dev, Vikram, Vaani, and Carol are the main characters of this story. The kind of love we know in college to the more modernized Facebook version is covered in the story. How does this love story evolve ahead? Read to find out.

Book Evaluation:


The bright colors add a spark to the cover of the book. The story explores emotions closely related to love and infatuation. The blurb of the book gives a clear idea of what to expect out of the story. The story has much more potential to it than what is patriated. Dev’s ability could have made a more unique plot for the story to stand on. The journey of the emotion of love is depicted well. The writing and narration are simple and a bit dull. You may read this as a one-time read. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Trade and Grow Rich | Book Review



Book: Trade and Grow Rich
Author: Indrazith Shantharaj and Kirankumar Nayak

Book Evaluation:

The cover of the book is very attractive with vibrant colors and reinforces the message to be conveyed. The tagline, “adventurous journey to successful trading” is shuttled across the book. A very practical approach with various examples from day-to-day life is explained by the authors who make the book easy to understand. This book will act as guiding source for those who are interested in gaining more insights to trading secrets. Although professional language is used, it is easy to understand. The use of charts is another aspect of the book which is appreciated. Although, I wouldn’t solely rely on the book as after all Share market can seldom be constant throughout. Take an informed decision always. However, the trade aspects which you need to know are described here.   

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