Angry Alphabets

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I was to write a poem a day on different emotions. That was what my April 2014 was to be. But in reality,  April turned out to be a very exhausting and exhilarating experience. My first month back as a teacher and “work out of home”  mom was tiring, to say the least. I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions during the month. From supreme happiness to utter disgust to unbearable hurt and pain. Not necessarily in that order and not all at the work place.

My Evernote still has the entries I had created for the A to Z challenge staring at me and calling out to me from my iPad. My unread books are wondering where I had disappeared off to without them. My music hasn’t had a chance to be heard in more than a month. Such injustice had to end. What better way to do that than releasing those poetic emotions into the World Wide Web and then relaxing to admire my footprints on the digital world evolve with every verse I write. With that first step taken, I could pick up on a friendship that had just started with chapter 1 and flip through pages till my eyes can read no more all the while listening to my playlists till my ears can hear no more. Sleep, you will have to wait. Priorities are changing again!

Emotions never go out of fashion. We wear them with pride at times. At times they are the manifestations of a broken heart. Think whatever you may of what these emotions mean. They are just that and nothing more. My sanity isn’t in question anymore, my reality is strikingly similar to dreams these days. On that note, let us begin the A to Z of emotions. Shall we?


 “A is for Anger “

Never mind that I love you,
Never mind that I care,
Your love hurts so much,
That is the truth bare.

The anger within you,
I am not the cause,
I love you enough,
Not to stand back and watch.

You are heading nowhere,
Oh my love, 
The anger , the hatred,
Have nothing to gain!

You lose a bit of yourself,
Each time you yell,
You lose a lot more,
A bit of me as well.

~~ Jyothi Nair – 2nd Feb 2014 ~~

A to Z

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BOOK : Double Jeopardy

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This is a “coming of age” story of a young woman who travels back to India from London , after 10 years , to meet her childhood crush. Sanya accepts the invitation to spent some time with her father’s best friend’s family back in Mumbai. To revive the relationships she shared with his twin sons, Arth and Ansh.
It was Arth, who as a teenager, had stolen her heart. But during this trip she realizes she has fellings for Ansh as well. She tries her best to sort of the issues in her love life, while at the same time comes to realise what path her life should take.
The story is about how Sanya comes from London as a silly confused 22 year old. It is about how she transforms into a woman with a career in front of her as well as a blossoming love life. It is a perfect romcom Bollywood kind of story about new age love and acceptance.
As I reached the end of the book, I was left wanting more. It was just 90 odd pages! The characters are so vivid in my mind, that I can see a lot of new turns and twists the story could have taken. It is so well written and so easy to read that I was transported to Panaroma, the house that the Sharmas lived in , for the period of the book. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves romance and believes in happy endings.I would rate it at 4 out of 5.

Book review done for the Write Tribe Book Review program.

 

Book : Unsettled

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Book : Unsettled

Author : Neelima Vinod

This is a gripping story of a love thirsty Yakshi. Yes, you read it right. This yakshi is slightly different from the Yakshis that we grew up hearing stories about. The kind that attracts young men with their white sari and long beautiful hair and drank their blood in cold blood.

The image the word Yakshi beings into my mind is the reason I agreed to review this book. I am not afraid of Yakshis you see. They don’t want the blood of beautiful(ahem) young (ahem ahem) women somehow. Prejudice at its best. But then there is the story of Gandharvas. The ones who come to the earth to prey on the love of beautiful women. Here , giving into the Gandharvas desire, spells death for the young lady. But this death by love is not in cold blood.

Both these stories find a place in this folklore themed novella. The characters are well portrayed, the situations are well created, the narrative is good. But the story is a bit weak at some points. You keep flipping pages until you know what actually happened. Although deep down, you do know what is in store for you at the end of the book.

In this book, you will find a mixture of all the stories related to supernatural phenomenons that our grandmothers take pride in telling us about. The author says so herself at the beginning of the book. Being a Malayalee myself, I can relate to it completely.

Although well paced and well written, there are parts of the book that I wish wasn’t so well written. I love simplicity. Replacing simple sentences with complex literature doesn’t go down well with me. Especially if the narrative doesn’t call for it. The Big House with 101 rooms could have been given a better name in my opinion. 

The story is about Raghav and Divya who are facing marital issues five years into their marriage. The reason is Raghav’s childhood friend Anu and Divya’s suspicious nature. When the issues between them go beyond control, they decide to get a doctor’s help. The doc, having heard both sides of the story,  recommends that they go to Divya’s village Cherakad in Kerala, looking for the “scrolls of love” hidden in the The Big House opposite Divya’s ancestral home.

How they find each other’s love and how passion gets rekindled in the presence of the love thirsty Yakshi is what is described in this book. And yes of course, Thathri, the Yakshi has a story of her own to tell too.

It is a short read, which can be finished in one sitting. I would recommend the read to anyone who is interested in folklore and enjoys a good Yakshi story.

I would go with 3 out of 5 stars for the attempt at reviving the folklore form of story telling.

Happy Reading Folks!

Book : Sirens Spell Danger

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Book: Siren Spell Danger

Authors :  Suresh Chandrasekaran, Radha Sawana, Karthik L

This is not the first time I am reading a book authored by fellow bloggers. I enjoyed the Dork series immensely. Even though I never read the blog of the author of that book before, the narration caught my interest. It was written in the language that we generally speak in. Just like we do in blogging.

But when we are dealing with the mystery or thriller genre, the language that we use for general conversation is not much acceptable. This is one of the drawbacks of the first and the third stories in this book. There is too much stress on the feelings and thoughts of the protagonist than on the plot or the narrative. The use of too many idioms is a turn off too.

Story one, Femme Fatale,  talks about how a soon to be police officer ,Vicky, gets caught up in a terrorist operation. The characters are good, the plot is well created, the characterisation is done well. But the narrative could have been better.

Story two, Bella Dona, is a gripping tale of murder and revenge. The author follows the Dan Brown style of using symbolism to keep the readers on the edge and turning pages with a frenzy to know what happens next. A beautifully written and researched work this one is. The effect of which will remain with me for a while. But there is something that I didn’t understand about a missing murder. Or maybe it was just me who wants everything to fall into place perfectly.

Story three, Bellary, started off with a lot of promise in the form of Jay, an Intelligence agent ,who gets assigned a kidnapping case. A CBI agent agent gets kidnapped during his mission in Bellary, Karnataka. And it is Jay’s job to find him. He is suspicious of it from the beginning itself as he thinks the case has some political aspirations behind it. The story fades as it takes an entirely different turn pretty quickly.

All in all, it is an interesting read. I would have gone with 2.5 out of 5. But because I thoroughly enjoyed the second story, I am giving it  3 out of 5.

Happy Reading Folks!

Time to read

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Time to read

Time to read

The question for the day is :

What do you wish you had more time to do each day?

I wish I had more time in a day simply because I spend half of my days with a headache. I need that time to complete the four/five books that I am reading simultaneously at this point!

When I think of all the time I have wasted sleeping because of my headaches, I feel like crying. Such precious time that I could use to clean the home, cook better food, blog better, comment better, reply better, read better or simple live happily just wasted away in the dreamworld. The worst part is that the dreams during these headaches are not peaceful either. They are packed with so much action that I wake up feeling more exhausted than I was before I fell asleep.

Such days are a total ruin for me when they begin this way. I just drag along. November was relatively a good month in terms of this. Except for the last week, when I was down again. Yesterday too, I was down with a headache and ear pain. I was thinking of quitting the NaBloPoMo December challenge because of this. But now I decided against it.

I am addicted to blogging and I am seriously loving it. Not going to let a measly headache take it away from me.  I need more headache free time. That is what I need. Just two hours in a hopeless day is enough for me to catch up with blogging and reading books. I seriously need these to survive now.

What do you want more time for? I hate headache free people by the way. :p

NaBloPoMo December 2013

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Insomnia

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How much more time are you going to take to finish this book? I will finish two by that time! Surprised? Insomnia gives me enough time. This book is next on my list!

Choose a word and use it three times in your 33 words. However, it must be either a verb, noun or adjective and the form of the word cannot change, it must appear exactly the same three times.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

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