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Imagination is the fire of life…

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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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Bob Marley Quote Facebook

Dear Facebook, This is Why I Don’t Quit You!

You are under no obligation to be the person you were yesterday, a month/a year ago or even a moment ago. You have every right to grow, no apologies to anyone.

That being said, in a world where technology changes every single day. It is hard not to have any feelings regarding your own social media persona when you are on many different social media platforms. Happiness is a state of mind but do we have time for it. Gaining presence in social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc is a dream come true. Having that Blue Verified mark is part of that dream. Today I want to talk about Facebook specifically. Over three years ago I myself stopped going online on Facebook for almost a year.

While I was going through a difficult phase of my life and truly I didn’t feel motivated enough to go online on Facebook. Previously I deleted my Facebook profile twice for a few days over some small fights with my then friends. I really don’t feel the need to use Facebook for more than an hour or 30 minutes a day then and I don’t feel the need to go online on Facebook at all now even though I have my own pages to manage.

Facebook. So many emotions gif

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The usual posts on Facebook are like these, people getting married/engaged/having baby, getting new jobs or how they are tired of their jobs, How bosses are annoying little pricks, someone moving out of country, 5 people checking in at places you have (miraculously just now) wanted to go, someone scoring high in their boards etc. Compared to them your life seems so little, so pathetic and you wonder when will you get to do all of these as well. Sometimes, I do that too and I also whined about it at times. But now I realize, that Facebook posts by others about their lives only means they want to share it. All those people are your friends with whom you converse only once in a while or not at all.

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, surrounded by assholes. Well said by Sigmund Freud.

Are we indeed surrounded by assholes? All of them? Think it.

Many people take around 100-200 selfies and chose one of it after heavy editing to put as their profile picture only to replace it a week later with another amazing picture. Posing for selfies with groups is a trend. About that I am thankful that I am Selfie Owl. Facebook Selfieslazy. I hardly take selfies and I don’t have the time to indulge in editing activities for my pictures, happily. I don’t check in at any places I go to since I find it unnecessary to touch my phone during such times and also because I don’t have Facebook App installed. Teehee…

Just who are you trying to impress?

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Mata Hari The Spy Paulo Coelho

The Spy A Novel by Paulo Coelho – Review

I was waiting eagerly for “The Spy by Paulo Coelho”. Due to work pressure, I was not able to read this novel when it arrived on a sleepy winter morning. I remember writing an essay about ‘Women who made history’ as an 8th grader. One of the books I referred to contained an entire section on women in espionage and the world-famous ‘Mata Hari’ aka ‘Marguerite Gertrude Zelle’ was in it.

I never felt so thrilled to read about a woman spy before, the three pages only told about who Mata Hari was & how she was accused of being a spy and later sentenced to death. Sadly, in those days I didn’t have access to the WEB of the internet and she slowly faded in my memory resurfacing from time to time when women & espionage were mentioned in one sentence.

Mata Hari The Spy Paulo Coelho

The beauty in all her GLORY like her name Mata Hari – SUN fully Shining.

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The THC Under a Gibbous Moon by Manoj V Jain – Review

Manoj V Jain is another IIM, Ahmedabad alumni turning an author, this is his second book. His book The THC Under a Gibbous Moon is about Samar, Sanjaneka & Varun…. Loss, Longing & Changing Circumstances.

Book Blurb: ( As it is on the back of the cover)

“Now look at the person in the mirror and tell her that you love her.”

Sanjaneka stared and stared, unable to utter the simple words aloud.

Why is Sanjneka unable to love herself? What past is she running away from?

How does a Uber ride help Samar save his marriage?

Why does the dull moonlight of a gibbous moon trouble Varun so much?

Three lives. One Utopian center.

The Total Holistic Center (The THC) welcomes the broken and those looking for closure through it’s doors and works its magic to return them to the world fulfilled. This is the story of these three troubled souls who seek solace at the center, indulge in its unusual treatment and find the cures to their ailments in surprising places.

A book on loss, longing and changing circumstances. The THC dives into uncomfortable topics that are usually swept under the rug: fragile relationships, deteriorating marriages, addictions, impotence, and the delicate bond between fathers and sons.

The THC Under a Gibbous Moon by Manoj V Jain - Review

Pages: 194

Publisher: Notion Press

Publishing Date: 23 October, 2016

                             Book Links: The THC: Under a Gibbous Moon

My Rating: 3/5 Moons

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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. 🙂

Life of Pi. Work Life

Work Life. Working Towards An Early Grave? Are We?

Work life takes up almost 8-10 and sometimes 12-14 hours of my life. I often sit at my desk and while my fingers are tirelessly going on at the keyboard my mind wanders off onto the balcony of my room. Suddenly it’s morning again and I can hear the birds chirp and have some tea in the company of my running mom and dad.

I have a family of working people, we all pinch for time with each other. I will surely hate such a married life where both of us are running around doing mind-boggling tasks for an employer who will replace us without a blink. Such is working life. Times are tough too, we have to do something to sustain our lifestyle. Plus, being entirely dependent on other will be quite boring perhaps?

Many European countries are facing problems with Government funds because decades ago people used to retire early, like in their 40s or 50s and there are not enough young people. Holly Molly, they were so busy in work life they even forgot to make babies?

In the vast and fast life, every day is passing by so quickly before you know it it’s already a New Year. When you are happy time flies by easy, without us noticing it. How many times does it actually happen? How many times time just flies by because we are busy with stuff? Stuff like our jobs, transits, things we keep planning for but not do etc.

Sad rice panda.. Work life

Now Government is thinking of making the retirement age 62-68. Whew! I am surely retiring early to being a self- employed person have a cubicle job so I’ll be fine I guess but what about the inny-minny monkeys hanging from the roofs fixing all the roofs and windows? What about the tiny waist air hostesses? Plus have you people seen today’s old people in our industry? People above 50 are already bored and sick of their job. They can not wait to retire! Monotony kills people before old age can. Learning new thing? Nuh-huh!

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Perfume: The Story of A Murderer by Patrick Suskind

We are born with many senses and sometimes without common sense. Well, this story is not about that. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a horror/thriller novel. Patrick Suskind has written a gripping account of the perfumer’s life. It will sweep you off your feet and fly you across the world of smells. However, it is not a simple horror/thriller novel it has many layers and they can be understood only after a careful read. Translated from German to English by John E. Woods.

Patrick Suskind Perfume Story of a murderer

Perfume: The story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind

Jean Baptiste Grenouille is the central character of this thriller. Born a bastard under the gutting table in the dirtiest part of the beautiful city of Paris, Jean is born without a scent. His first cry sends his mother running off to a scaffold to abandon the newborn. He grows up on the streets of the eighteenth century in a merciless world. Jean’s gift of smell is smelled out by a perfumery and under his apprenticeship he learns many things. Jean wishes to be left alone so he can study his olfactory gift in-depth. He takes pleasure in separating and making a map of the geographical areas and the people who live there in his mind with his nose. Unlike people who use eyes and ears to identify people, Jean uses his sense of smell.

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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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Here’s What You Learn By Watching National Geographic’s Before The Flood Movie.

National Geographic has made a climate change movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, it is “Before The Flood”. It seems the filming began somewhere around the shooting of “The Revenant” also starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo takes us on a journey of our world in this 1 hour 35 minutes. We also get to see how people protested that Leo doesn’t deserve to be UN Messenger of Peace. Before The Flood movie is about the climate change we are facing and can see it happening on day-to-day basis but still be in denial of the same. It’s about how our politicians and giant corporate snakes poison our minds into feeling that, “no the environment is doing just fine.” So, that the corporates do not lose the consumers and the politicians can keep getting the big bucks.

Being employed in a public sector I understand that consumers are important to the well-being of an industry and even more important for its flourishment. That’s why we can see so many different marketing propagandas to lure more people in.We also have to market things to bring in more customers and sell more of our products. The private sector is even more pressurized than we public ones are.

But more than that I see that people do not care about what they are consuming as long as it’s cheap and looks promising. Have you ever seen a person at the mall who buys some more because there’s discount or it’s cheaper? Don’t get me wrong, not all those products are bad and not all those people are bad. Those people are just doing what they need to do to keep their jobs. It’s up to the buyer to buy the bullshit or not. 

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