Thursday, March 7, 2013

Paper Towns by John Green - Review

                   Do you miss a childhood friend of yours, who now ignores you? Well, the book Paper Towns is sorta kinda something like that. After a very LOOOONG time, Quentin Jacobsen, known among his friends as Q's childhood friend, Margo Roth Spiegelman shows up on middle of the night at his window, and takes him to a journey that makes him realize that thinking about future is NOT LIFE! As the night ends we think that their friendship will bloom again throughout the book. But BAMMMM! Next thing we know is that Margo has ran away, leaving some breadcrumbs for Q to find her.
                Paper Towns is the third novel of John Green, my current favorite author and vlogger.
                  The book is written in such a fashion that as the story progresses, readers are more and more gripped to the characters. In the middle phase of the  book, you may even think that you are reading a teen-detective novel (or is it just me?)! It has occasional humor, and some moments that may make you wanna cry. It's just an amazing book!

P.S : Mission John Green Books - 33.33% complete - 2 done, 4 to go. Over and out. :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Review

              The Fault in Our Stars, is a novel written by critically acclaimed Writer and Vlogger, John Green.

Story is about Hazel Grace, a 16-year old lung cancer patient, who also is the narrator of the story. She is insisted to go to a support group, where she meets another teenager cancer patient, Augustus Waters. As the story progresses through ups and downs of Hazel's life, we see Hazel falling in love with Augustus. After a sequence of remarkable incidents, things turns upside down when it is revealed that Augustus is ............
Let me stop there... Enough spoilers I guess..

                      Anyway, this is a great book recommended for heart-touching book seekers, romance-philes, and also teenagers... The book has won several awards and been in top of several lists, which hardly surprises me... I completed reading the whole book in one night, that too in middle of exams! This may show you how addictive this book can be!

              This is a book that made me realize many things... Most of all, it made me realize that  death is inevitable. And " death is just a 'side effect' of life " (To quote from the book). It also made me realize how much I missed reading books. Now I have decided that I am going to read other books by the author too. Don't miss it guys.. It is a must read...

P.S : Mission John Green Books - 16.66% complete - 1 done, 5 to go. Over and out :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why cant we be kids, all the way through?

Im 15... But I want to be 10 again... Because the ages 5-12 were the best in my life, yet... Those who disagree with me, I feel really sorry for them... Lots of fun, it really was... We can do silly things and no one would tell us no... We can laugh for silly reasons, no one would tell us no... We can ask silly doubts to anyone, like "Why the earth is round?" or "Why is sea water salty?"... We can play silly games with friends, no one would tell us to stop...We can have all the fun in the world, without hearing any thing negative from our elders....
But after 12??? After starting the teenage?? Now my world is smaller than ever... Everything is terrible now... I swear it... If I laugh for silly reasons, everyone calls me 'mad'... If I do silly things, everyone calls me 'crazy'... If I ask silly doubts, all I get is scoldings. If I play silly games with friends, everyone tells us to stop and STUDY!!! All I hear now is to STUDY! When I wake up in the morning, they say STUDY! When I return to home tired, they say, STUDY! When I go to bed, they say STUDY FOR SOME MORE TIME! When I sit over Facebook for a minute, they say, STUDY!
I feel really nostalgic now... Those happy days being a Kid... I miss Pillow fighting with my sister, I miss making blanket forts... I really miss being a Kid... If I get a Time machine, ever in my life, I will go back to Kidhood for sure...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My usual taking-shower ethics!

"I don't usually bath except there are no morning tuitions,

But when I do, it lasts for half-an-hour!"
- Me

Well, the above statement is true... I'm gonna write about usual things I do when I take a shower.
  • 0:00 - 5:00 minutes : Singing loud as hell, that even the house trebles!!!!!! ;-)
  • 5:00 - 9:00 minutes : Intensity of singing decreases.
  • 9:00 -10:00 minutes : Singing stops, either by paining throat or annoyed parents.
  • 10:00-14:00 minutes : Thinking about last exam results. Searching for new tactics for studying.
  • 14:00-15:00 minutes : Forgetting about exams and current studies.
  • 15:00-19:00 minutes : Thinking of future plans which takes less hardwork.
  • 19:00-20:00 minutes : First knock and shout by Mom/Dad. And void in mind for a minute.
  • 20:00-24:00 minutes : Thinking about new Blogging Ideas, but nothing arises.
  • 24:00-25:00 minutes : Second knock and shout by Mom/Dad. And void in mind for a minute.
  • 25:00-29:00 minutes : Thinking about dearest friends, badass school, scary teachers, and crush. This is the most beautiful moments of the shower.
  • 29:00-30:00 minutes : Big final knock and loud shouting from deeply annoyed parents. All sort of things like soaking with soap, applying the shampoo etc, happens in this minute.
  • 31st minute : Running from the bathroom with a towel in the waist (most of the times I forget to take a towel with me, resulting in begging to parents, and a 'special' shout for that), and search for the best costume begins!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Shiva Trilogy : Series : Review

Believe me or not, the best review this book can be wrote about this book is in 7 letters (!) :

But as a blogger's duty, I'm going to elaborate a little bit.

As many of you might have known, Amish Tripathi's debut work, Immortals of Meluha, and his second work, Secret of Nagas, have been along the best selling books for weeks. The success behind these works, in my opinion, is none other than the connection they have between Hindu Mythology. In this work, Amish has depicted the powerful Hindu god, Shiva, merely as a human being, who had nothing different from us, until a series of incidents makes everyone treat and respect him as a god!

I've always been in that kind, who thought about a superior power above humans which have a scientific proof, instead of a supernatural god. (In simple words, an Atheist) Still, having my ancestral roots on priest-ship, I have also been interested in hearing fantastic fantasies of Hindu gods from my Grandmother. I don't know if this is the reason for me liking this work. But I am sure that I was highly delighted while reading this work, with the perfect collaboration of Purana and Fiction!
Amish presents us Shiva, Sati, Ganesh, and many other characters in a human form which a strong scientific base, but still in sync with Puranas. Because of this specialty of the series, both atheists and believers will enjoy the work equally.

Series consists of three books, which are, Immortals of Meluha, Secret of Nagas, and Oath of Vayuputhras, of which the last one is yet to be unveiled.

The mysterious style of writing and occasional stunning twists, makes this work more and more unique.

A must read work for those have an interest in Hindu Mythology, but not recommended for noobs in Hindu Mythology because (i) They may not understand the story and connections between characters (ii) They may be confused when hearing/reading the real stories from Puranas!
P.S : Waiting for Oath of Vayuputhras....
P.P.S: Images from Wiki, so no copyright. :p

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rain has come again...

"Hey, Cant you see that its raining? Why cant you take an umbrella with you?"
I had one, in my bag, but my instincts told me not to reveal the truth in front of the stranger who asked me this question. I should have asked him Why do you guys hate rain so much?, But I didn't.

"Oh, I forgot."
I replied reluctantly.
I am now aiming the same question to some of you, who just sit there in the chair reading this, while its raining outside... I dont know how you are sitting inside the house, without watching the beauty of rain, hearing the melody of it! Rain is beautiful, especially, for me and some of you, in Calicut... It helps us say goodbye to sweat and sun and heat. It helps us say goodbye to all our sadness.. Rain helps me forget the heaviness of the studies... It helps my mind to relax...

I still remember the way I used to play with water while going to school on rainy days(I still do it).
I still remember the way I used to put my hands out in the rain from the school. (I still do it).
And I do remember the way I used to sit besides the window of my house for hours, enjoying the rain... (I still do it).
Share your memories and experiences with rain through commenting below...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Satyamev Jayate - Big Fat Indian Wedding - Eposode 3

This was the third installment of the new trending TV Show, Aamir Khan Productions Satyamev Jayate, which is entitled as 'Big Fat Indian Weddings'. Watch it from below, if you haven't did it till now:
This Episode discusses the current view of Indian Parents and Teenagers about marriages.
Marriage, in my opinion, is an extreme divine function in which two heart becomes one, without respect to Religion, Caste, or Race! But, now-a-days, it is becoming like a business transaction. Aamir Khan gets our mind go through some real life shocking incidents that is happening in present day India. He says that in current India, wives are becoming servants instead of being life partner.
The guy who swore before fire, that he would give her a shoulder to lean on, when she is sad, that he would, share happiness with her, himself is being the traitor!
Today, even though the dowry system has come to an end by the Government of India, its still happening illegally. According to the Groom's Parents, the marriage is just a business transaction, where they are considering the Bride as a Product. Some in-laws would say that they dont need any cash or any other medium of dowry, but in such homes, Bride will have to suffer a highly humiliating life. Aamir advises the parents of Bride, not to accept the marriage, even if they demand a small thing, because after marriage, demands will gradually rise. He advises them not to put their heads on the rail, knowing the train is coming. He says that actions can easily be taken by the Brides/Parents of brides, if any kind of demands (considering it as a kind of dowry) or humiliation towards wives through police.

And he redirects our consciousness towards Santhosh, a happily married man without any kind of dowries. Through this we can understand that there are still few good people. Then he shows us how can dowries be avoided by taking actions through a community, with an example of Biwandi region, where there is law that there should be no Band, Baaja, or Baraat (Any kind of show offs), on marriages. If this is violated, some communal actions will be taken against the Parents of Groom.

And he also says that we should always prefer an ordinary marriage, without any show offs, as in Biwandi, and we should take North-East states as models for such things, where Groom's side have to take all money for marriage.

And at last he says that, marriage should not be an atom bomb, where the life will be blown up, but an agarbathi, where the life is filled with fragrance of happiness!

The show Satyamev Jayate is an awesome programme which shows some true, but
should-be-abolished faces of India! Hats off to Aamir Khan, who gave us a surprise by hoisting such a program!

If you haven't watched the theme song of Satyamev Jayate yet, hear it too! Its a must watch, if you ask me!!!

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