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Only Regret. Short story

The Only Regret. A Short Story.

Regrets, some of us have them in our lives. I never thought I was capable of regretting, until now. This is a story about the only regret I have.


The only regret.

The curtains rose and fell, wind crept in silently. Taking a slow breath she commented, ‘I like this part of the story. The princess Sati takes action for herself. Brave, isn’t she?’

‘Yes.’ I kept on reading the book. It is a sunny day outside but she can not go out to take a walk, something she loved dearly. Sunday is the only day I get to spend with her. She is so beautiful, my first love. Seeing her in this condition pained me but I had taken it in my hands to take care of her every Sunday. My college friends made fun of me when I refused to go out with them.

She fell from the steps three months ago. Her back was badly hurt, doctors said she will not be able to walk anymore. We didn’t have much money to provide her with the medical care she needed. Since a month she is constantly suffering from viral fever. My mother is a sole earner for my family.

We are left with very less every month after mine and my sister’s college fees. She knew this very well, she knew we couldn’t spend much on her. She was understanding and I was helpless. With my part-time job, I could barely make up for my living expenses in another city. Whenever I can manage I will bring her favorite snacks for her. Today it is Jamun. She loved the salted ones.

I kept the book down and took her hand into my own. They rarely took care of her, they were just so busy. She just lay there in the bed, helpless until someone was free enough to come to her. I was bewildered.

Looking into her eyes and asked her, ‘Do you want to come with me? I will take care of you, I promise. I will talk to Maa & Di.’

‘No. Look after yourself, go on with your studies. Make a wonderful life. Take care of them.’

‘I promise one day, I will take care of you. You deserve so much more.’

Taking her in my arms I cried like a baby. She cried too. She caressed my head and assured me, ‘I am sure you will.’

I left after she had gone to sleep. Very next day I got a call that she had passed away. A pain surged through my body numbing me down to the ground. I cried for all that she had done for me and all that I will never be able to do for her.

Once we lose someone we never get over them. Especially when you have grown up in their arms, listening to the many stories and myths like they were real.

This is the only regret I have. Maybe I will carry it with me to my deathbed.

‘I promise one day, I will take care of you. You deserve so much more.’


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Fotunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Chris Riddell

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman begins something like this…

“No milk,” I said.

Fortunately, The milk by neil Gaiman

So begins the ordinary day of a dad.

“No milk,” said my sister.

I watched my dad think about this. He looked like he was going to suggest that we have something for breakfast that you do not need milk for, like sausages, but then he looked like he remembered that, without milk, he couldn’t have his tea. He had his “no tea” face.

“You poor children,” he said. “I will walk down to the shop on the corner. I will get milk.”

 


Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations Chris Riddell. – ReviewFortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman

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Stardust a Novel by Neil Gaiman. A Sequel to an Unwritten Novel…

At the end of the novel Stardust, Neil Gaiman tells an interesting story about how he started writing Stardust. It’s funny how the books we never plan comes into existence, how stories come to life.

In his own words…

Late one night, a year or so late, in a desert, I watched a star fall like a burning jewel and, in a moment, the whole opening of Stardust presented itself to me.

It’s really fun how stories come to be, isn’t it? C.S.Lewis had the idea of Narnia walking along the Lake Town, watching the stone walls. J.R.R.Tolkien started writing The Hobbit as a bedtime story. J.K.Rowling conceived Harry Potter on a railway station. Out of thin air, words are born which gave shape to a story driving the writer mad until it comes to an end.

STARDUST, NEIL GAIMAN

Yvaine watched over the world, long before Tristran Thorn was born. Never in her wildest dreams, Yvaine could have thought that she will come to Earth, meet a weird, crazy boy, meet witches who want her heart as well as funny sky pirates and fall in love.

Septimus is one of the seven sons of the King of Stormhold. One night the king summons all his sons (or what remains of them) to decide the heir to the throne upon his death. He hurls the Topaz that gives one the power to rule Stormhold, into the sky, and dies, the topaz hits a star in the sky and the star falls. All the sons depart to get the Topaz for themselves.

Lillim a group of three witches learns of the fallen star in the remains of a goat’s entrails. The eldest of the witch departs to get the stars for themselves as they did the last. She eats remains of a heart which make herself young again. Which is later revealed to be the last of the heart of the last fallen star.

But they are not the main characters of Stardust. Neil Gaiman masterfully crafted the story into a ravishing magical faerie fable for the main character Tristarn Thorn, son of Lady Una of Stormhold and Dunstan Thorn. Oh! but how can a normal man from the village of Wall unbeknown to the Faerie world ever meet the only daughter of King of Stormhold? Well, all youngsters are born to defy what they are told not to do. Dunstan is no different. Tristran loves Victoria, the famous belle of his village. So he promises to bring her the fallen star in exchange for her hand in marriage. Young love blossoms in this dangerous faerie story.


What did I love about the story? EVERYTHING. Having seen the movie I was not expecting any surprises when I read the story, but I was so surprised. The novel is not much like the movie, it is charming, dangerous, fun, magical and lovely at the same time. I loved how Yvaine and Tristran live a different life then it is shown in the movie, this novel over the movie anytime.

Stardust Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman created magic once again with his book. He loves writing thriller/horrors for children.

Like any other craft writing stories requires a great deal of strength and love. Love drives us forward in a way nothing else can. Yvaine’s love story with Tristran is something similar.

We are lucky to receive any kind of love in our life. It is a magic unlike any other. Click To Tweet

You can buy the book here: Stardust

Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel. Neil Gaiman, Stardust Click To Tweet

Finally, if you decide to give it a read, have magical time reading. 🙂

Malice By Keigo Hagashino.

Malice by Keigo Hagashino has a plot that is deceptively straight forward. Often I have dream of novels written with straightforward accounts but still keep you glued to the end. Well, dreams do come true. If you are a fan of mystery-thriller novels you realize that not all murder cases are the same. Some thrillers are fast-paced, some are slower than a snail and very few have the rare mix of mystery and pace that one enjoys while trying to crack the mystery themselves.Keigo hagashino Malice

Keigo Hagashino is a Japanese author and even though I love Japanese manga/anime I had never heard of him until fellow blogger Maniparna suggested reading his novel after reading my post on Top 5 Wednesday. Being partial toward all things Japanese, I jumped ahead and bought two of his books. So Keigo Hagashino an engineer by profession loved writing and at the age of 27 he won an award for his writing and he has written plenty of thriller/mystery gems since then. His best-seller novel The Devotion of Suspect X has sold over 2 million copies.

Malice is 4th novel in the series of Detective Kyoichiro Kaga by Keigo Hagashino.

The plot goes something like this. Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock-solid alibis. Or so it seems.

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Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi Manga by Yuki Urushibara. Review of a Fictional World Unlike Any Other.

Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara is set in the fictional world somewhere between  Edo and Meiji Period in Japan. Mushi stands for the creatures who are living among humans but invisible to human eyes due to their ethereal nature.

Mushishi By Yuki Urushibara

Chapter – ‘Eye’s Fortune, Eye’s Misfortune’

Mushishi Manga ranks 8.8/10 on MyAnimeList and 4.3/5 on Goodreads.

Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Cute, isn’t she?

            Yuki Urushibara

Let’s get to know the author first. Yuki Urushibara is a Japanese manga artist born in 23, January 1974 in the Namaguchi prefecture of Japan.  She also goes by pen name Soyogo Shima. ‘Mushishi’ is her most critically as well as publicly acclaimed work till date. This manga is used as the base of an anime series and live action movie of the same name. She has won several awards for her manga, ‘Mushishi’ probably because of its unique storytelling style.

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Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With. Top 5 Wednesday.

However easy it sounds, it is quite difficult to find characters you WOULDN’T want to trade places with. I thought how hard could it be? The answer to that question is quick enough, tough as Earth’s crust. I want to thank the Goodreads group – Top 5 Wednesday run by  Samantha of Thoughtsontome and Lainey of Gingerreadslainey which has given me the opportunity to brainstorm about the books I have read till now and come up with a few characters I wouldn’t like to trade places with.

Characters you WOULDN’T like to trade places with

MY LIST

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Books I Want To See As TV Shows. Top 5 Wednesday.

Books I want to see as tv shows is the topic of Goodreads Group – Top 5 Wednesday for the second Wednesday of September ’16. The group was found by Samantha of Thoughtsontomes and Lainey of Gingerreadslainey. I read the post about Top 5 Wednesday on Megan’s blog Bookslayerreads. I loved her post on characters you want as family. One visit to the group and I instantly fell in love with the idea of writing top 5 things about something I love about the books! I recommend you checkout the group.

So without further delay here’s my Top 5 Wednesday post.

Books I Want To See As TV Shows

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Quote

Tuck Everlasting. Novel by Natalie Babbitt.

Tuck Everlasting, is an everlasting novel about the concept of living over mere existing. Most of us have seen the movie ‘Tuck Everlasting’ as children, Alexis Bledel stole our hearts as the pretty Winnie Foster with it. I have forgotten all of it now except the magnificent view of the forest as Winnie & Mr.Tuck. I read the novel just this year after wanting to read it for years simply because I kept forgetting.


Tuck Everlasting… by Natalie Babbitt.

“Things can come together in strange ways. The wood was at the center, the hub of the wheel. All wheels must have a hub. A Ferris wheel has one, as the sun is the hub of the wheeling calender. Fixed points they are, and best left undisturbed, for without them, nothing holds together. But sometimes people find this out too late.”

Tuck Everlasting begins with this as this and opens into Treegap. In the village of Treegap lies an age-old secret, which will be revealed to Winnie Foster very soon. Winfred Foster is born in the Foster family who owns the Treegap wood, with a “Move on – we don’t want you here” sign you can say they are not very friendly people.

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The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton

The Snow Merchant By Sam Gayton

On a winter night so cold and dark the fires froze in their hearths, snow came to Albion. It came packed up in the suitcase of a stranger. Lettie was the first one to see him.

Yes, that’s how The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton begins. Before it starts there’s a recipe that tells you how to make snow. Have I got you yet? Wanna buy the book? No? Okay, read on.

Lettie Peppercorn has lived all her life in the house on the stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion, never setting a foot outside the door of the house. She is the mistress of the inn. While her father goes out every night to gamble and she stays home, attending the most vivacious guests. She has seen different types of customers but nothing has prepared her for the guest that arrives on the cold and dark winter night, a snow merchant.

His fingers were blue.

His hair was white.

His fingers were blue.

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Crimson Red. White Mornings. Clear Skies

White Mornings. Clear Skies. Crimson Sea.

This is a continuation of my story: Crimson Nights. Starry Skies. Crimson Tides.

You might want to read the first part to better understand the second one. So, here goes.

White Mornings. Clear Skies. Crimson Sea.

“The crimson sea will engulf another life. You will be helpless just like you once were.” The voice in my head became weird as I tried to sleep. The dream where my mother kept screaming for help woke me up several times until early morning when my tired body gave way to some much-needed sleep.

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