Inseparability

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You know a coin, right?

You’ve seen it, touched it, and use it almost daily for your transactions.

But you do also know a coin has two sides. That is essentially what it means to “be” a coin.

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It has two faces which are polar opposite to each other and yet, they are inseparable.

Where one face walks, the other walks hand in hand.

There are some things in life that never make sense together, yet, they’re inseperable.

That’s the magic of it. Sometimes, it’s the most (seemingly) incompatible things that are meant to stick together.

Sometimes, just sometimes, a thing alone makes no sense unless it is complemented with another!

—- by ©® Madhulika Mitra

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The Journey Of Elusiveness

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There’s that time in your life when you’ve yet again lost hold of what you’ve been clinging onto.

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The one thing you were ready to cross mountains for and leap through all the valleys. But it seems that all that running and chasing and longing for was nothing but in vain.

It’s that moment where yet again the object of your desire just slips off from your hand, like a cloud.

Some things are elusive. They’re like wisps of smoke that make their presence felt yet trying to hold onto them is a futile endeavor. You don’t know where does the longing lead you yet that burning, stoking, ravenous flames of desire that this longing creates leaves you in nothing but a perilous state.

Such is the journey of this elusiveness.

You want to help yourself through this but this is a never-ending pit where you just can’t stop yourself from falling into.

And so you’re prancing through the rabbit hole

Forever and ever……………….

Till eternity.

The dawn and dusk are just another passing minutes on the hands of the giant clock.

You fear both the possibilities that this destiny holds:

Either you keep ticking and don’t stop anywhere

Or, you fear the time where the hands of the giant clock are tired and you become a static motion in its face.

—- by ©® Madhulika Mitra

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Book Review Treat: Rafflesia the Banished Princes by Gautam

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Rafflesia the Banished Princes by Gautam is a story of love in varied forms. True essence of love is sharing, caring, believing and forgiving. It is also letting go of when holding on to gets difficult. The central character Apoorva or sweetly called Appu has a loving relationship with his parents, his friend Rahul and his parents, his neighbors, colleagues, and any person he came in contact with. His wife who ultimately deserts him because of her selfish interest bears no ill will against him.
The title of the book appears as motif several times in the story as well as in the life of the protagonist as a symbol of Hope and light at the end of the tunnel but serves as a contrast to the real life of Appu.
A good sensible story which goes back and forth in the life of Appu

Book Review Treat: 37+ Grace Marks by Vishal Anand

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It appears that Vishal Anand was inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s 5.0 Someone since the setting of both the stories are prestigious engineering institutes where the students get admission after much slogging in achieving academic excellence in schools and preparation for entrance examination in there institutions.  The students are motivated to get admission in these institutes primarily to fulfil the heightened ambitions of the parents or their own ambitions caused due to peer pressure.  However, soon after getting in, they lose academic interest and find pleasure in wine and women.

In this story, the protagonist while lost in the pleasures in the company of friends, gets enamored by the beautiful classmate Nimisha brooding over whom, loses opportunity to excel in studies and barely manages to scrap to next semesters with the help of grace marks.

Spurned by the girl, he tries to focus onto other girls, but by then he clearly understands that he is actually in love with the girl Nimisha but there is no way to win the heart of the girl.

His association with Muthu meanwhile helps him to realize his goal for achieving excellence even  though it  is too late.  He makes an attempt on his life but is saved by the timely call of his father who expresses his love and faith in him.

Heroic qualities is heightened thereafter and he makes up for the loss for the lost opportunities and regains the trust and faith of his lost love interest, Nimisha.

Even though the plot is clichéd, yet the characterization is good.  The story ends with a positive vibe without being preachy.  The language is simple but sustained interest to the last.

 Overall a good read.

 

Book Review Treat: “Demons in My Mind: When Mind Becomes Your Biggest Enemy” by Ashish Gupta

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Demons in My Mind: When Mind Becomes Your Biggest Enemy” by Ashish Gupta is a novel which can easily cut through the clutter of contemporary authors flooding the market with light-fluffy stuff. It’s a good, intellectual as well as an interesting read which challenges the reader and brings forth some very pertinent questions in a quite entertaining way. The book deals with heavy questions of criminal psychology and how a criminal should be viewed and treated in a society.

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This book is very well written. It is divided into various sub plots, all woven very intricately and flowing in a sequence so it can provide enough suspense and build up to the reader.

The main protagonist, Dakshesh is shown to be at the last stage of cancer nearing a painful death. To be relieved of this malady, this pain, he asks his comrades to take him to three powerful mystics who seem to be the only ray of hope for an escape from this dreary end. The story seems to be going on a spiritual turn just when the twists are brought in, rather very cleverly, and these three are shown to be in real hardened criminals. They narrate their stories to Dakshesh and how they came to a fork in the road in their lives  on meeting Alia, a homeless girl, when they made the decision to leave their dark pasts behind and move to a better path.

These three monks bring with them a lot of variety as all three belong to three different religions- Rizwaan, a Muslim; Murli, a Hindu and Joseph, a Christian. The issues they dealt with are also different and each equally dark in their own ways. One was a murderer, the other a rapist and the third, a lover turned torturer. The differences brought out with so much dexterity point to the fact that crime in fact has no religion, and religion rarely does determine the path a person takes. It is more often the circumstances, the struggles and state of mind of the person embarking on the dark and dangerous path of crime.

The author manages to highlight very important factors that bring a person to such a path: the control of mind over a person or a person over their mind? Once you enter the dark path is there ever really an escape? Hallucinations and misjudgements or clarity and cutting through illusions: which does a person choose and where does the choice lead him to?

Though no one could relieve Dakshesh of his physical pain, yet, listening to their stories relieves him of hid mental and emotional agony as the nature of their minds makes him come face to face with nature of his own mind and the issues plaguing a society at large.

Overall, this is a very well written, fast paced novel. Though the plot seems simple, in reality it is not as there are so many sub plots interwoven beautifully, adding a very unique touch to the story. The plot is very unique and interesting to read, and the author must be commended for developing it so well.

Book Review Treat: ANOTHER TALE OF TWO CITIES BY EZHUTH AANI

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The book is basically a historical treatise set up in the 15th century pertaining to twin cities of Combodia: Angor Wat and Ankor Thom.  The concern of preserving the culture and sovereignty of these kingdoms was predominant in the minds of the two dedicated princes Mahendra and Adithya who set up on an arduous journey from China, Srilanka, India and Middle East to seek Military support in the form of Arms  ammunition, army, modern technological method of warfare and also technology for management of drought and water resources.
The foreword by the author sets the tempo of the novel.  A great civilization of Khmer empire which lasted for more than 600 years faces annihilation due to ravages of war, religious intrusion and natural disorders due to disastrous climatic changes.  How much of these are pre-emptive? How much could have been avoided? And how much can be retrieved .  What is the impact of these happenings upon the life of the citizens?  HOw do they cope up?
The story starts with an interesting narrative of the travels of young Adithya the king’s envoy to meet Vajragnani, a mystic in order to save Angkor’s empire On the way he meets his daughter Mandagini. She arrests him and then takes him to Vajragnani, her father. He gives him knowledge and a statue of Buddha. Then he sends him on his way alongwith Mandagini. They both fall in love and part ways with heavy hearts. Adithya embarks on a journey to  Srilanka and India and meet the King and The Emperor and could also manage to get their promise of being helped at the time of need/requirement.
In another part of the story, Mahendra goes to China  and learns the technical knowhow of  technogical aspects of modern warfare,  He returns to Cambodia in the absence of Adithya and inadvertently wins the hands of Maddagini.  This development though upsets Adithya to the core, yet he does not fail to fulfil his duty towards his country.
The story is excellently woven with philosophical inputs by the author which are very apt in the given situations.  However, some historical facts have been repeated often which could have been avoided.
The author has also done  extensive research into the history of the these counties and kingdom, the rise and fall of empires, the rise and influence of Buddhism  on the political situation of these countries.
The cover  designed by Ajitabha Bose depicting a temple against the backdrop of red setting sun sets the tempo of the novel

Book Review Treat: UNNS- The Captivation by Sapan Saxena

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A very good attempt of an emotional saga which was thrilling to the end.
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The journey of the protagonist, Atharva Rathod through the stages of love is akin to the journey of Philips in Somerset Maughan’s ‘ Of Human Bondage’.
Like Philips, Atharva’s conviction in his love towards Meher transcends the repeated betrayals by her.  However, the perseverance of Atharva brings out the reciprocative action on her part.
The early  romance  at the school level between Atharva and Rathod is quite commonplace and yet, that it could have been a sustainable factor in shaping up the plot in an espionage saga was wonderful,
Another interesting factor of the story was that even though the protagonists were of different religious background i.e., Atharva was Hindu and Meher was Muslim, yet the religious barrier was not the cause of their separation. In fact, there has been no role-play of Artharva’s parent in this matter.  The objection of Meher’s parents to the continuance of this relationship was more on ground of practical incompatibility as they wanted her to pursue her career rather than getting stuck up in an unproductive relationship. On these grounds even Meher’s short-lived romantic feelings got evaporated as she chose to write-off Atharva so completely.
The quick turn of events  sustained the interest in the story
AN OVERALL GOOD READ.
RATING 4/5