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full time mother and role play at being, dentist,dramatist, dancer, dreamer

Books a Whole New World.


bookwormBooks a whole new world reading for pleasure…

Groucho Marx says  “outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” This saying always fascinated me. The magic of the book is each time we read for enjoyment the empathy awakened within us creates an entire landscape in our mind’s eye.

In her book  Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare has this dialogue ” one must be careful of books,” said Tessa, ”and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us”  how true. Every book has the potential to touch the human soul deeply, arousing patterns of thought that might otherwise have lain dormant. The pleasure we derive from the written word is unique in that we must labour for it.  other forms of art provide us with stimulus and ask nothing more that our emotional response. Reading is an active pastime that requires an investment of emotion as well as our concentration and imagination. The words we read are merely a starting point for a process that takes place largely within our minds and hearts. To quote William Styron, “ a great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You will live several lives while reading it.”

C.S.Lewis says,” you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Curling up with a book and a cup of tea is one of the simplest ways we can remove ourselves from the confines of reality in order to immerse ourselves in the drama and intrigue of the unfamiliar. there are few activities as comforting, relaxing and healthy as getting lost between the pages of a good piece of fiction or non-fiction.  The pleasure of transcending reality is only one aspect of the reading experience, whether we prefer the fantastic nature of fiction, we create entire landscapes in our mind’s eye. The books we choose provide us with the inspiration we need to accomplish such a feat, but its our own creative reserves that empowers us to use our imaginations for this unique and beautiful purpose. Neil Gaiman sums it up beautifully in his book Coraline, ”fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

In his Book The Fault In Our Stars John Green says, ”sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back  to gather unless and until all living humans read the book.”  There have been books like that. There have been books that I have lost myself in and it lead me on paths of discovery that took me out of my own life and helped me see that existence can unfold in an infinite number of ways. i have learnt so much from the characters and mentors who guide from page to page. My emotion awakened each time I read, allowing me to become vessels of passion that pours forth from line after line of print.

Many times I think, the books we absorb—those that touch us deeply will become a part of who we are, providing us with a rich and thrilling  world within  us, we can revisit this  shambala anytime we wish by simply closing our eyes.

If you are in a room with no books, walk out, you are in a room with no soul, and if you have not read a book for pleasure lately try to allow yourself the time you deserve it.  as for me, I am like Groucho Marx, “I find the television very educating, every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

Freedom to Be


parwatisingari:

sounds interesting.

Originally posted on iblessyou:

The Independence Day comes over again and our Tricolour freely soars in the August sky. It flutters and sways in the wind.

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This is how our life should flow through the winds of destiny. With all kinds of freedom, the freedom to be what you ‘are’ is extremely important. Today, I watch my daughter with a happy smile.  A confident eleven years old, comfortable in being whoever she is.

Few years back I remember she suddenly became an introvert, hesitant child. What exactly had triggered this was not obvious, though. As a mother, I helplessly watched her going into a shell.
I was aware this would require a lot of love, acceptance and patience. I did not want to hurt her in any way. The fragile emotions were delicate and precious.After introspecting, discussing and researching I decided to convey the message through a story.

She had always enjoyed bed-time story…

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The Defense Rests


dr.baru-3An interaction with Dr.Sanjaya Baru who is in Goa for the Marathi Launch of the book the accidental Prime Minister, as a curtain raiser for the annual Goa Art and literary festival http://www.goaartlitfest.com/
Dr.Baru the Geo-economist, who is an Indian political commentator and policy analyst. Has authored the non-fiction best-seller The Accidental Prime Minster.”
“My daughter who belongs to the sms generation asked me how could I work for someone like Manmohan Singh? The book is my answer to her” says Dr.Baru, it is an excellent defence for Mr.Manmohan Singh.
“There is a fundamental change in the thinking of people worldwide, we are lucky that our country chooses to do it with democracy,” was his observation. Dr.Baru, talked of 2004 where the nation disillusioned by the coalition govt. Headed by Mr.Vajpayee was voted out in favour of the congress party. It was then that Mrs. Gandhi looked for a person of impeccable integrity and presence without being a persona in his or her own right. Thus Mr.Manmohan Singh became the accidental prime minister as he confessed. The congress party then delivered too; there was a 9% growth. And the next election the party was voted back. Of course the voters were mostly urban Indians.
So what went wrong?
Do you remember? That Mr.Manmohan Singh was the face of the 2009 election campaign of congress? People voted Manmohan Singh’s leadership and not really the congress party. The first step that went off was Mr. Singh opted for the Rajya Sabha route instead of the Lokasabha.
Nine years of congress party’s reported card, showed 9 major scams like the coal scam — 2012, the 2G scam—2008, the chopper scam—2012, the Tatra truck scam –2012, common wealth games scam 2010, cash for vote 2011, adarsh 2012, IPL scam 2013, satyam scam—2009 , no matter how impeccable personal integrity the tenure went down as the “Manmohan Singh govt.”
The actual decapitation occurred with Mrs. Gandhi’s manoeuvres to shift the face of congress from Mr.Manmohan Singh to Mr.Rahul Gandhi, it was not only ungraceful and obvious, it was also demeaning to a man of Mr. Singh’s stature.
Why did he not put his foot down, after all he did in the case of the nuclear deal…?
That Dr.Baru did concede was an interesting question, particularly since he was in the know of what was happening so his silence would implicate that he was party to it.
Yet when the head of the state is not the head of the party there is a dual power issue. It existed between Nehru and Kripalani. Acharya Kripalani would insist that Nehru kept him informed of the government moves, JyothiBasu reported each day to the party president before he wound up for the day until the gentleman passed away. It was the party president who is real power, until Mrs. Gandhi roughshod the then president and the Prime minster became the power centre.
logo GALFDr.Baru was talking about the nation being at the helm of the launch of the second republic, the first one being the Nehruvian republic (1950-2014). The change is definitely visible. The reason that he cites is the aging regional parties, making it difficult for their heirs to continue the legacy. There is a fundamental change among people and this change is forever, as he commented we are lucky that our country chooses to do it democratically and not with violence like we see in other countries.
About the issue of corruption he said, it is no doubt there, and will be there it exists even in china and US, but would be essential is to focus on education, health and city building and there would be no stopping us from being a super power by 2050, but the time frame is not earlier than that.

Our Common Saxophone.–Documenting the Grey


ektaAuthors Neeraj Solanki and Ekta Bhandari.

Publisher APK Publishers.

ISBN 9789381791295

A collection of stories and poems by Neeraj and Ekta.
The stories explore the grey areas of human mind, and situation. There are 21 stories and 16 poems.
I have to be honest poetry is not my forte so I did not venture.
The stories were however quite interesting. Basically in third person narrative one got the impression missing the action. The twist in killing the maid, though predictable did deliver the pat, though not the punch. The Three Teddy’s was an interesting tale to me reflected the society today, which is uniformity. The Beast Within does have a great potential of becoming a full-fledged novella. So does the Fragrance of a Night’s stand.
I did feel like I was peeking into an author’s idea-map for future novels. The few conversations in the narrative made me wonder if they were written in Hindi and a translate button was hit.
I am actually looking forward for these stories to grow into full novels. The Killing and the fragrance of a night stand particularly.
About The Authors.
Ekta Bhandari born in Jabalpur Madhyapradesh an engineer and management person by training is a passionate blogger. She has contributed to the Chicken soup for the teen soul and chicken soup for the Indian soul books by Westland publication.
Neeraj Solanki is software engineer by accident he claims, a kathak dancer and writer. He runs his own Kathak institute –Nrtyam the Kathak studio Our common saxophone is his first tangible publication.

Inspired by Gulzar


The platform is ready
The platform is ready

Uttejana a poet’s meet as a curtain raiser to the Goa Art and Literary Festival (GALF). I had peeked into the first event couple of months back and there were hardly ten members there. This time round the room was  packed.

The theme poet was Gulzar, his poetry translated to English and then to Konkani the poems were recited. The organizers had taken the trouble that every person in the room rendered a poem even though some of them had ambled in like me.

The crowd was diverse in age though younger than thirty seem to rule the roost.

Each reader was definitely a Gulzar fan and had/ read him and internalized hits poems to quite an extent. The rendering came right from the heart.

The organizers were very meticulous the poems were printed in advance and most of the registered participants had received their poem in advance.

so are the poets
so are the poets

Some recitations that really enjoyed was Dr.Bhikkaji Ghanecar, Suveena Palekar and Nayana Ahalekar. Of course to me the best was Gautam Gaude who was totally lost in the poetry, he was experiencing every word that he was reciting.

Am glad tha GALF and, Konkani lekhakh sangh, Konkani Sahitya Akademi,and  Saraswati Mandir have come out with this lovely idea. A great way to bring together a community of poetry lovers.

Follow up event

20th June Saraswati Mandir.sorry missed out on the time.

Memories-philosophies and kites


A book review.

Title:   The Kite flyers

Author;           Dr.Sharad Paul

ISBN 978-93-5029-617

 Publishers     HarperCollins India.

The rather sad looking cover of a kite on flight, the title and author’s name I was expecting an another rural Gujarat story with the partition saga thrown in between. I was pleasant surprised to the dedication to my surrogate language Tamil.

The story is begins autobiographically in the first chapter cool cut—set   in the back drop of MGR’s regime.  Where MGR is the saviour of the Tamils from the onslaught of crude loud Hindi invaders. The gradual deification of MGR creeps very subtly through the story.

 Barbers the traditional news reporters and storytellers to the Kings. The tradition has it that the Barber would narrate two stories one true and one made up. The Barber protagonist Kumar adhere’s to this tradition. A lovely quote here “we dream in Tamil, it is a quiet language” as the author is a journalist, the Barber tells him his own story.

This is a very interesting concept that is usually used in Indian stories, that is a listen and a story teller, the listener then shares the story with the world.

The Kiteflyers of KAKAPI  celebrate their open air school and identify with the freedom that they share with kites.  Another very symbolic southern concept flying a kite is letting your dreams and aspiration free and sharing it with the universe. The story now introduces the triad of Kumar-Lakshmi- Raman; the story draws an interesting conclusion that parents of single children are not happy that’s why they have only one child.

The territorial division of labour in the male and female context, Raman’s journey to Madras, his kidnapping and castration to be converted to eunuch the trauma and gradual acceptance is the theme of The Descend into Nightmare. The abuse of the eunuch’s by society and the eunuch’s retaliation are recorded in the subsequent stories.

In the later stories the kite becomes inspiration, for Kumar to go in search of Lakshmi, for Raman to who is now Ramani to escape the dark world of eunuchs. The meeting of Lakshmi and Kumar, their marriage, the meeting of Ramani and Kumar, finally Kumar and Ramani setting their own Barber’s shop.

Of course the tale has to return to the starting point, so the author throws in the government that clamps down the school at KKP Kumar rescue’s the teacher Gowrie who relocates to Chennai with Kumar and Ramani. With the help of another student they restart a school at KKP in memory of Gowrie who passes away before it is realized.

Some interesting inputs are the author’s fascination for the eunuch Ramani, MGR winning his wife Janaki in a game of cards though not necessarily gelling with the story flows along.

The untouchability issue is also touched upon in the dealings of the government official with Gowrie.

There were some phrases that really got me like “drawing is a line on a journey““a kite can fly against the wind not with it”  “teaching is a method of arousing curiosity” all rendered through the character Gowrie.

The book ends with the author sharing the recipe of Lakshmi’s famed burfi’s. Well doc, if you had really got the recipe from Lakshmi, the measures would be in cups, there would be no pistachios or almonds, it would have cashew nuts, saffron would be red colouring.

Over all an interesting read. Slow paced and entrenched in a dying Tamil tradition.

The book was given with compliments of Harper Collin for reviewing.