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Flashback Friday: Pride

At the first touch of your trembling lips
Mine breathe cold ice

Gathering strength
Blues meet the eyes.

No universe can satiate
Drowned souls of love’s frostbite

Two zany imperfect outliers
In this glorious moment bind.


I have been posting some of my very first poetry on this blog with the Flashback Friday series. Now I can reach a couple more bloggers and that brings me immense happiness. This poem in particular is one of my favourites, because the theme is so much more contemporary than my others. The theme is experiencing that moment, the second of infinite love that one can feel with the acceptance and embrace of another. I did not start it that way, but it ended up being very liberating. I’d love to know your thoughts on it too.

SALONI

Wuthering Heights Book Review

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is the epitome of the English classic novel. It has the perfect mix of love, suspense, thrill, and mystery. The characters unfold slowly, but are complete in themselves and fit into the plot. The life of the 19th century can be ascertained by how the children grow up, the thought-processes and the kind of living and transportation modes. In this review of Wuthering Heights, I will highlight a little bit of the story and tell you why I quite liked the book.

The story begins when a Mr. Lockwood comes to rent the house, Thrushcross Grange and encounters the spirit of old Catherine. The old housemaid, Nelly Dean starts to recount the old stories which form the major part of the novel. How the estate came to be owned by Heathcliff, who was brought home from the roads one day. How Heathcliff and Miss Catherine became such good friends and then fell in love. How they were not allowed to be married. And what spurned the angst of Heathcliff and how he came to own a lot of the estate by brains and means. She also explained that since Heathcliff genuinely loved Catherine, her spirit wandered looking for him. Their children, then, meet each other and how the story progresses is very different, anticlimactic and yet a great read. Because the events are realistic, and naturally unfold. The story wraps up everything neatly and has a happy ending which is all you can ask for.

Bronte’s writing is so good, that you never want to put down the book. Once you get over the old English writing style, you end up wanting more. I read Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice after this because I couldn’t get enough of the charm of the old English courting and portrayal of romance. Wuthering Heights is a book with a mass appeal, the perfect hint of mystery and lots of doleful, lovely moments. Some noteworthy sentences make it a keeper. A definite good read for me. It is also not a very long, which increases its appeal.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Suspense Rating: 5 out of 5

Complexity Rating: 5 out of 5

General Pace of the book: 4 out of 5

Recommendation: Grab a copy soon!

EDIT: Lauren, a fellow blogger commented to tell me that Heights is a Gothic novel rather than a Victorian one, as a previous version of this post mentioned. I have made the correction and understand the distinction!

 

Flashback Friday: Love

Drink from my ocean, bathe in my calm,
I hold a universe amalgamated in my palm,
My love is like a drop on the dry scorching land,
I can take you around the world…
Here, just take my hand!


 

Perfect Fit

We sat looking over the skies together
The jittery outlines of clouds
silver, streaked with the last of the sun
A lone bird flying off to home.

Our souls belong with the stars
With the vast sea, the mud and the rain
The perfect mix of home and beyond
Tangible, real, soulful, it’s dawned.


 

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My Blog Turns Two!

Two. Last year it was one! It is all so surreal. Is it weird I have no words? While normally I’m rambling?

I have a couple of people to thank for this. Although I had had this thought of a blog for a long while before I finally took the plunge. Before I finally started researching about the best platforms to do this, I was a common person, just writing for the sake of it, living off on the appreciation of two-three friends who would be privileged enough to read my poetry. But, having a blog has been a rewarding experience. I felt myself getting more confident about my writing, even when I changed my style of prose and poetry. Even when I chose to write on more complex, non-mainstream topics. Choosing to focus on the moment has also been a big part of my writing in the last year. Looking at the blog, I can actually track my growth, the variation of the thought process and in me as a person.

My first thank you is directed to the WordPress community. Continue reading “My Blog Turns Two!”

Revenge Wears Prada: Very Candid Book Review

Contains spoilers. Reader discretion!

The review is kind of equivalent to the book summary.

I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to do this review. But, here I am for the sake of a few hundred people reading right now. I was really excited to have picked up this book at my city’s book fair for a very reasonable price. Had I known the book would be so disappointing, I wouldn’t have paid even that much. I had read The Devil Wears Prada, and watched the movie more than 20 times. Which is why I couldn’t wait to know how Andy’s story progresses. Continue reading “Revenge Wears Prada: Very Candid Book Review”

Flashback Friday: Raging Battles

A young girl walks bare feet,
Amongst the gunpowder and debris,
She looks at the bloody bodies, now covered,
She mourns deeply for her beloved.

The world was such an empty place before,
Then came her prince-on-the-white-horse to the fore,
They shared a bond that could last forevermore
The world wasn’t so empty anymore. Continue reading “Flashback Friday: Raging Battles”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Short Stories

So, I lied. The list of short stories includes some very good ones that I couldn’t trim the list to include just 10.

  1. This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
    Jon McGregor (2012)11866341

The best short stories should haunt you for days and weeks. The stories in McGregor’s collection have stayed with me for months on end. They are linked by a unity of place – the fenlands of Norfolk and Cambridge – and by precise, elegant prose that elevates everyday occurrences into small, perfectly rendered pieces of art. As Maggie O’Farrell put it in her Guardian review: “The stories wrap themselves around the wholly disconcerting premise that catastrophes can rear up in anyone’s life without warning.”

2. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
Raymond Carver (1976) Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Short Stories”

Is 1984, by George Orwell really worth the hype?

Amazon does this curious thing now, where they recommend you books based on the previous ones you’ve bought. It is akin to user personal data tracking, but you can’t do anything about it. All I can tell you is either their algorithm is flawed that it recommended for me a political satire. Or it is so perfectly advanced, that it knew I would be moved by reading 1984 and Animal Farm, both by the English author George Orwell.

When I started reading 1984, I was free of any prejudices, which is why I believe it works for everyone. The book was written in 1949, and tells how the world would look like in the year 1984, when the government would have autonomy over your life, the market, the economy, the food you ate, the activities you did and who were your friends. ‘Big Brother‘ would always be watching and listening through the telescreen which could also transmit signals about the person in whose house it was installed. Continue reading “Is 1984, by George Orwell really worth the hype?”

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