Time Out Thursday: Because This Is My First Life: A Drama Review

This is not a office blog meme sort of thing, but this is something I have been wanting to do for sometimes. Sometimes, I come across things that I want to talk about– the weird things, the ones which does not move around in the world of writing or novels, or maybe they do, but they just don’t suit any categories. Rather than curbing my fascination with these things, I have decided to incorporate them here.

This is not the first time I am doing it, but this is the first time it is coming under some category. Today I want to talk about a Korean Drama called “Because This is Our First Life” (Long title, I know!).

This is a Korean drama involving Lee Min Ki  (and a heroine, who was awesome, but whose name I am lazy to pick up. Nobody measures to Lee Min Ki). So this hero is a very meticulous nerdy sort of person who keeps a distance between himself and the world. In fact, his theory is that he just needs his cat and his house.  And to this, our female character comes as a tenant. It is romantic comedy, of course, but it so thoughtful.

It is a drama which is filled with so much of wisdom and nuances. I cannot explain the drama without spoiling it completely.  There was this one episode when everything was so hopeless for the heroine–she had lost almost everything except for will (and of course, she meets the hero of the story then), but this line resonated with me so much!

“When I decided to follow my dream, I thought my life would be like walking through a dark tunnel. But I didn’t know it was going to be this dark. I didn’t know it was going to be this lonely. How much longer do I have to keep going?”

And then there was this poem, which was the gist of every relationship in life

Meeting someone in life is actually something very astonishing.

That’s because they bring with themselves their past, present and future

That’s because someone’s whole life comes along.

The heart is fragile.

It might have been broken.

That heart is coming too.

I know this is not a traditional poem and is translated from Korean by someone who might not have even got the right essence. But it is just so much true, and it is like the true beauty of every relationship on the show.

This is one show which made me jump on the sofa like a kid with a candy. I clapped, I danced, I cried, and then I cried some more. I hated the ending, but yet, it is a drama which is going to live in my heart for a long time. This drama introduced me to a Doris Lessing and her book called “To Room Nineteen”, and I still can’t believe that I  have gushed so much about a drama.

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The Books That Had been My TBR for so long

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, there’s a new top 10 theme.

This week’s topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

This is a very difficult question to answer. I have two kinds of TBRs– one that is of the books purchased and left unread. And the second ones is of the books that are not purchased and are lying there in my reading excel sheet. Since I have to give 10 such books, I will take 5 from each for the today’s theme.

The books purchased and which are still languishing in my TBR

  1. Stephen King’s DreamCatcher
  2. Stephen King’s Just After Sunset

The reasons for the above two books is simple. They are by Mr. King and belong to the horror genre. I have this irrational fear of his books. I remember reading Christine and finishing it one page a day in broad daylight because I was too afraid. I have written a whole post for this book here already. So I don’t think this need to be explained any further. Sometimes, I still dream of Christine and wake up paralyzed. The above two books were purchased in a bookfair when I wanted to prove myself that I can be tough or something. Sadly, I don’t think I will ever be able to open these books.

3.  D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love : There was Emma, which I could finish in twelve years. And then there is this book. 8 years and I am nowhere close to finishing it. Or moving beyond first 30 pages.

4. Mr. M.G. Say’s books: These are the bibles for electrical engineer, and when it comes to finishing these books, I always end up recalling that I am not Christian and I don’t need to read Bible. I have them all, but will they ever be read and finished? No idea.

5.  Times of India: The newspaper is not a book; I am well-aware of it. But yet, it is on my TBR for so long now. There was a time when I used to devour paper, but then circumstances became such that I was forced to read the paper for one year  to improve my GK (There would have been pop-quiz, had I allowed it). Since then I have hated newspapers. I have a regular subscription of paper in the hopes that one day I will start reading that again. One day.

The books which weren’t purchased but have been in my TBR

6. My Name is Red  : One day I am going to read this and love it forever. I am just afraid that it might not fit my expectations.

7. My Cousin Rachel: Soon, soon, very soon. My precious, please wait for few more days to be purchased and read.

8. Dracula : Got one copy from Gutenberg once. Either the formatting was bad or something was wrong, it just felt so boring. I have high hopes to finish this. It’s a classic. It has vampires. It cannot be that boring, can it be?

9. It by Mr. Stephen King: I have a love-hate relationship with him. One day I will have the courage to pick this book up and read it without being afraid.

10. My Grandmother Asked me To Tell You That She’s Sorry : Just couldn’t find time for this one. Something or the other keeps me distracting from this.

 

There are more I guess, but these are the top ten for these Tuesdays.

 

 

 

 

February 2018 (Goals of 2018 and Monday Musing)

First Monday of Feb, 2018. I know people generally have a lot of resolutions for the year, and February is the month when all of those resolutions just fizzle down. So, last year, I decided that rather than letting my resolutions end up a slow death at the end of the year, I would actually think about them and realign them with what I really want to do in the year– in terms of the blogging, reading, writing, and personal growth as well. And so, this basic post was written on Evernote in the beginning of the year, with a reminder to go back and go back to it once more (All those office trainings of personal growth seems to be paying off! ;))

So here it is excerpt from the secret vault of my Evernote.

I want to start a small accountability thing. This is like the list of the posts that I  want on my blog. I am not yet sure how successful I will be able to, but one of the resolutions I have this year is to write more, read more (and talk less, perhaps).

1) Monday Musings: They are my favorite things ever. I love being able to recollect and condense my week once a week.
2) Top 10 Tuesdays (This is a meme from http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/ now which I used to follow but then lapsed. It looks like the meme  has also found a new home and the prompts definitely look interesting).
3) Time-out Thursdays are for all the other things in the world which I am always thinking about. They won’t be many such things, but maybe the movies and series I want to talk about. These are also the reviews but will pop only when I cannot resist myself.
4) Reviews are to be scheduled for Sundays.
5) Lastly, I want to post a small fiction once a week. This was the plan which I had last year too, but then the plan failed (badly, since the category doesn’t have even a single post).
I will probably start in February as January is already too packed.
This post is going to be pinned somewhere because there is a long list of the books that I am dying to write about–I wonder if I am going to choke someday on my own thoughts. (I have already run into the glass door in the office due to my lost-in-the-thought-and-thinking-about-the-blog habit.)
Here goes the list to be reviewed:
1) Thirteen Reasons Why
2) Forty Rules of Love
3) A Man Called “Ove”
4) Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
5) A Room of One’s Own: ❤
6) Devil in Spring (Lisa Kleypas)
7) The Make-Belief Husband(Julia Quinn)
8) Adulthood is a Myth
9) To Room Nineteen
10) Chase (Sara Portman)
11) Where There is a Will (Piorre)
12)Paris Capsule
13) From a Paris Balcony
14) Ministry of Utmost Happiness
15) The Giver
16) All the Light We Cannot See
17) It Started with A Tweet
18) The View from the Rainshadow Bay.
The  Second part of the list is the unread books:
1) Remains of the Day
2) Devotions of Suspect “X”
3) Station Eleven
4) The Djinn Falls in Love
5) Teju Cole’s Strange and Known Things
6) Graveyard Book
7) Letters to a Young Poet
8) Mann Cakes
9) We Need to Talk About Kevin
10) Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra
11) The Color of Magic (Terry Pratchet)
12) The Rosie Project
13) The Husband’s Secret
14) The White Castle
15) The Bling Assassin
And that’s the haul that I can see right now. I am sure there are more books lying in some corner of my reading world, but these are the focus for some coming weeks. See you all around as I hopefully make out through the book journey with an expanded mind and a bigger heart.