Monday Musing 16 Jan, 2017

Today is Monday, and for a change I remember it is Monday on Monday which is quite a rare thing. Monday is such a busy day that I tend to forget that I have to write about anything. The concept of musing is such good.

Do you guys ever talk to yourself? I am in a habit of doing so, especially when I am afraid or nervous. I can have the whole conversation with myself. I cannot recall when this started but I am perfectly okay talking to myself. No, I am not an introvert. I do talk to other people too, but talking to myself has a special appeal

This musing today is brought by the book I recently finished. The book is called “The Girl You Left Behind“. And the theme of today’s musing is “Royally Unfated People”. There is no term as such like this anywhere, but this phrase defines it well the couple I want to talk about. There are two people in the world. They meet, they realize they are perfect each other, and then all the hell breaks loose. The whole universe conspires to separate them. It can be the avalanche of miscommunication for them, or it could be some other trope like enmity, already happy life, or maybe presence of some villain.

There are just so many stories like that out there. Such stories make me think more because I have seen this happening in real life too. Both guy and girl met, decided to be together, but whenever they met there was a miscommunication waiting to screw up the progress that they had made. All they could do was argue at their own point, and in the end they were left scratching their head over what went wrong. Back to square 1.

This book, The Girl You Left Behind, involved two storylines– one in the present and one in the time of first world war. One of the stories is like that “Unfatefully together” sort of thing, although since it is the book, happy ending does happen. But it just made me think. Some of the relationships are just not meant to be. I am really a glass-half-full person, but still sometimes, I do think there are unfated relationships– in stories, in real lives, everywhere. “Just not meant to be” seems like such a surgical term to express them, but they are there.

I guess I veered out too much. The book review will be coming up soon. Have a great week!

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Knitted Tales: A book club review

I have decided to pick up my review thing again, and the first book I am starting with is the book by a friend and co-conspirator in reading and writing: Rubina Ramesh. She is the brain and the brawn behind the Book Club. But we will talk about her later. First let’s move on to the book.

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Official Blurb

What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?

Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?

Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

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Knitted tales is the fist book by Rubina Ramesh. That was the first reason I picked the book. Also, I have seen the stories being developed in the writing group of Wrimo India on Facebook, so I was quite interested in seeing the final product.

The book did not disappoint me. The book involves twelve different stories which include different themes and different tones. From the simple story of a wife trying to find her independence in a foreign land to the disturbing story of a mom trying to kill her daughter– the book has everything in it.

So here is my take on the book (an unbiased take):

What I liked

  1. Honesty in the stories: The story don’t hide the truth. Some of the stories touch on the events which are quite common in India. The honest take without trying to westernize the story just for the sake of it is one charm of the book.
  2. Variety: I already talked about the variety above, but this deserves the mention. The story collection is quite eclectic.There is something for every mood there.

What I did not Like

  1. Story voices:My one and the biggest complaint with the stories is mixing up of voices in the story. Some of the story voices are mixed with the voice of the author which makes it a bit weird to read it. It’s like the author’s voice and the voice of the character got mixed in at some point.

Overall Opinion

These stories are slice of life kind of stories. One won’t find meaning of life in the stories, but the stories will catch the interest and provide one a good reading time. Overall, it was a pleasant read.

Three Stars

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Monday Musing: Happy 2017

A whole year has passed. Time just flies away. The past year has been quite a dud in terms of blogging, and it was all my fault as I was not able to give it enough time. Too much of workload, too much of negativity in life, and too many of the worries affected me and my writing time. I am so glad to be feeling better.

A new year is meant for a lot of resolutions, but I really don’t have many resolutions. I am so off-the-wagon that I first need to find my feet before charging ahead. The past two months have been quite eventful for the books and the movies.

i) Netflix: I purchased the membership to the Netflix. For many of you, this might not be a big deal, but Netflix came to India quite recently (around a year and a half). I have always read the people watching things on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and now both are in India, I feel a bit spoiled for choices. Mind you, the choices on Indian versions are still less compared to the Western world Netflix, but still, there are many things. Moreover, they have regional movies too with subtitles. As I said I am so totally spoiled for choices.

ii) Kindle: I have had the Kindle for some time now. Six months or so. Initially, I wasn’t able to get a lot of stuff our of it, but now it has become my permanent companion of sorts. I have many books on Kindle (apart from the hard copies) which I am reading these days. And yes, I am stoked about how I have started the year.

iii) Podcasts: I am really into Podcast these days. While traveling, I enjoy listening to the podcasts which make me think. I don’t have any particular podcasts genre that I love, but my phone has quite an eclectic bunch of podcasts that includes romance, crime, daily stories of the strangers, some poetry etc.

These are so many stories and essays dwelling in my mind. Now if I just can manage the time to write as well in 2017, the year will be all perfect.