Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'Where Rainbows End' by Cecelia Ahern

Though sometimes I love recommendations and sometimes I do pick up books reading their reviews, but mostly when I choose a book, I try my best to remain unswayable to all preconceived opinions formed by previous books of the author or his/her reputation from the recommendations. I would rather find out for myself and form my own unbiased impression about the particular book.

While going through another blog, reviewing this same book, one particular line had caught my attention there - "Imagine having to wait until you are 50 years old to be united with your true love!" and instantly I chose to order this book on flipcart.com. 

It took me almost four days to complete this book (the book is quite voluminous and the story did make me feel like lacking pace at a few places) but it was worth it... The book mayn't be a life changing experience but surely a charming, light yet heartwarming and engaging read :)
The most interesting and endearing charm that I found about this book is that the entire story is narrated (impeccably presented at that) through a series of emails, text messages, chats and letters between the novel's characters ~~ all about long distance relationship, long emails and online chats.

A cute story about two childhood best friends Rosie and Alex who have strong feelings for each other and this love does pop up time and again. But FATE always seems hell-bent on bringing something or someone between them!
They grow up together doing all silly things, through school, through teenage and then into adulthood until they are separated when Alex and his family move to Boston (U.S) and Rosie is left behind at Ireland. 
But they keep in touch with each other through letters, emails and chats as they move on with their own lives, with different partners, have kids, show dislike for the other's respective partner, finding faults in them. But they never could confess their true feelings for each other. Not until almost the end...
And when they do, ...starts their new beginning....

The book kept me engaged all these four days simply because all the while I was curious to find out "if now is the time when they will be united together forever. Or not? :o "
By the time, I reached the last page I felt contented. :)

My Rating : 3/5

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rain-kissed...


Reclining on my cozy bean bag near the window with a warm cup of coffee and watching the tranquil downpour,
The first rains of the summer...
slaking Earth’s thirst and so also mine...
The pitter-patter of raindrops, as if knocking on my window asking me to come out...
The dripping window panes, little streams and drops of water,
one drop, two, many more follow down... each one set on a journey,
A calming sight...
Like an assuaging emollient to everyone, nature has reworked her magic.

The feel of the soft breeze and with it the earthy smell of fresh clean rain...
Sliding my hands out of the window, I try to count each raindrop that falls,
as the raindrops kiss and caress my parched skin with their cold soothing touch.
Humming at first, then breaking into a quiet song, I lift my face into the rain, feeling the joy of freedom....
opening my mouth to taste the rain, submitting myself to the solace of simplicity.
I wish to stand here by the window all evening till I could be soaked to the skin...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Being Original... Being Oneself...

Perhaps it's the inherent human nature to try to fit in with the multitude and so we all wear masks in this masquerade party to conceal our true selves underneath, sometimes deliberately, trying to embellish ourselves in the eyes of the world and the milieu. We act like mirrors reflecting to the desires of others, of what they want to see. And sometimes we allow ourselves to be bullied into silence, just to be accepted into their group.

But sometimes we wear our masked face for far too long that we soon forget who we truly are.
Being bewildered by our dualities -- wearing one face to ourselves and another to the multitude --, we may, one day, even fail to recognise which one of the two is the real one!
To keep the mask on is like deceiving not just others but also ourselves.
We forget that we all are so disparate; we forget that each one of us is unique.
Each one of us has some flaw or imperfection and it's no shame to accept being oneself and no one else.
Everyone fits in somewhere. It is a possibility that we mayn’t fit in with some people ... but then, in the words of Andre Gide ~
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not...”

Why can't we just be ourselves? Doing our own thing and not worrying about others judging us? Why can't we just dance like no one is watching, or sing like no one is listening?
If we could just be ourselves and not follow the crowd..., bringing forth our true selves, not trying to assimilate ourselves into the crowd... instead, just being ourselves...; accepting no one's definition of our lives, rather defining ourselves! That would indeed make life worth living :).
After all there is only one unique "I/Me" in this world!

"You were born an original. Don't die a copy" ~ John Mason

 

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