Sunday, August 26, 2012


A few years back, I was lucky enough to come in close acquaintance with a highly dynamic teacher who used to teach me and many others the techniques of fundamental and analytic mathematics. He was a man who perennially displayed energy, vigour and optimism. His aura embraced all of us effortlessly like sunlight washing over nature at the break of dawn. He said to me something that I still hold on to close to my mind and heart and whenever am in the worst of moods and nothing seems right I remember his golden words. He said, "IT'S NEVER TOO LATE AND IT'S NEVER TOO HOPELESS''.
So when everything seems to be running out of my hands and making a fresh beginning comes across as a totally absurd thought, I think about what he said to me. Somehow it immediately peps me up and I feel infused with hope full of faith. 
It's a Sunday today, a day to relax and  rejuvenate oneself but I wonder does someone really need a whole day to rejuvenate or just a moment of true reflection? The concept of relativity of time is indeed very intriguing for it can make years pass away in a flash of a second and sometimes just a single second stretches to infinity. 
Being a human being comes with its fair share of highs and lows. We can't expect from ourselves to be reflections of pure perfection because that would be too unrealistic even for our imagination. And moreover perfection is highly relative, depends upon perceptions. What might be perfect to me, might not be to you. In any case chasing perfection with persistence, sincerity and excitement can bring us pretty close to our interpretation of perfection. 
These are the few quotes that might be a just few words long but carry infinite depth in terms of meaning and yet can be accepted and applied rather simply by our souls.


So why not dream a new dream, make a new beginning, chase our goals like never before and let the magic unfurl!!!!
PS:- I am highly inspired by a fellow blogger Ms. Cathy of Cathy Trails and her posts are full of life in all honesty and innocence. Do check it out. It will surely make you feel much better than you hopefully already do.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Angels and DemonsAngels and Demons by Dan Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Angels And Demons is a thriller to the core with its author Dan Brown having provided with a mystery which causes an exciting adrenaline rush making it next to impossible to put the book down. With a deathly yet interestingly mesmerizing encounter between science and religion, which are believed to be opposite poles of a magnet, in a dreadful fashion, the reader can only wonder what shall be the fate of the world which is nothing but a helpless witness to another war.
But what shall the war between science and religion yield? A deepened faith in a higher power or an absolute and resonant victory of scientific potency? The answer to this question is answered rather surprisingly through the character of a scientist named Leonardo Vetra working at the biggest research facility in the world, CERN.
One deadly murder that stirs unrest not only among the modern scientific community but also instigates a series of assassinations around the city of God itself, the Vatican, is what makes up the plot of this highly exciting book that adroitly intertwines historical facts and legends with modern day interpretations of God, faith and science.
Caught up amid this chaos is the protagonist 'Robert Langdon', a Harvard symbologist, who intrigues the readers with his ordinary self being bestowed upon by more than fair share of good luck. Mr. Langdon not only displays his impeccable and impressing knowledge of ancient history and symbols but also presents some extraordinary heroic stunts with his love interest Vittoria, a genius scientist and a sultry Italian beauty. Together these two set out to save the lives at stake.
The characters have been intelligently woven by Mr. Dan Brown who makes sure his characters surprise the readers with their secrets and knowledge shrouded by their ordinary exteriors.
One of the many surprises is how the overly evil and brutal antagonist proves to be nothing more than a cleverly thought of tool in a more deadlier plan carried out by an entirely unexpected personality for a villain.
Mr. Dan Brown has surely succeeded in producing a bestseller thriller that is plentiful with twists and turns and is sure to provide its readers with the desired thrill and satisfaction.
The book has been adapted by a movie of the same title starring none other than Tom Hanks!!! Watch the trailer and catch up with the movie as soon as you're done reading the book :)

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Paths Of Glory: The Review

Paths of GloryPaths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A book adeptly written in a gripping flow, Jeffrey Archer's 'Paths Of Glory' might not be a true mirror of historic reality but it does manage to arouse a reader's curiosity about its subject which is 'George Mallory', a legendary mountaineer who is considered by many as the first ascendant of Mt. Everest.
The book follows the life of its character very closely right from his childhood, schooling, his college adventures to his adult maneuvers. An adventurous mountaineering drama, the book gives a good glimpse into early British life, conventions and the gradual emergence of mountaineering as a sport that lured many high-spirited enthusiasts giving way to the RGS(Royal Geographical Society) taking the initiative and launching world's first attempt at conquering the world's highest peak of Mt. Everest whom the protagonist calls his love.
The book's tagline 'He loved two women and one of them killed him' rightly describes George who loved both his wife and Everest unconditionally. Author portrays Mallory as a connoisseur of mountaineering whose art and talent were evident to his peers throughout his life and who have no doubt that Mallory conquered the summit before plunging into the darkness and coldness of death.
The book also softly describes the social side of Mallory who is not only a faithful and compassionate friend but also a passionate lover and husband and a loving dutiful father. He writes letters to his wife every day during his terms as a soldier in the World War and his voyages to conquer Everest. The letters pour out Mallory's infinite love for his wife with whom he wished to spend every moment of the rest of his life.
However destiny plays a gamble and the daring mountaineer has to do away with his life during his final conquest. What is left behind is his legacy as a disciplined and devoted mountaineer who became an inspiration for the future generations.
The book projects Mr. George Mallory in a highly inspiring light and pays tribute to his life which might have been short but definitely left a huge impact on this world. But will his name ever be included in the list of heroes? That still remains a question.

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Life is short. With only a countable number of years in hand, I really got to thinking what can be so worthy of my life? What should I do that should finally make sense to me when I reach my deathbed? The answers that came to my mind were initially only absurd for let's admit it, we are not conditioned to think that deeply and even if we do after much aversion, we are supposed to quickly replace such thoughts by less complicated stuff.
But trust me, if you once spend time thinking and acting upon these questions, nothing ever seems complicated again. Life starts presenting itself in the most light-hearted and simplified manner which you can nothing but enjoy and cherish.
The answers that I got from myself in the end are no insightful philosophies either, they are rather beautiful and easy.
If I spend my life doing something that I do not just loathe and detest but also constantly whine about then what's the sense of chasing after it with false hopes and lost sense of self-respect!!! Self-respect is like one's attire, the more you pay attention to it and are comfortable in it, the more confident you appear to others. So not only does it mean that I have to stop those activities that diminish my self-respect but it also means that I have to do those things that boast and nourish it.
Also there's no denial that money is an undeniable fuel to live in this capitalist world. But does money necessarily have to come from a job you can never enjoy even minutely? Hard work and dedication are necessary for any profession but how can you work hard for something you fail to believe in!!! Simply put, monetize what you like, what you are adept at and what you can make efforts for. Constant persistence and sincere amount of discipline and devotion shall only yield you the best results :)
Last but not the least, never forget the importance of love in your life. We are human beings after all. Love is as important, if not more, as oxygen to us. No point dragging a life if you can't give, receive and appreciate love. In fact if you got love, half of the battle is won.
My latest set of realizations is going to make a huge difference to the way I shall conduct my life, my blog and my profession here on. I shall be what I am!!!
I love food, fashion, decor, books, movies, love, moral virtues, eloquence, anthropology and spirituality and this is exactly what my blog shall be about from now on. All these, after all, are nothing but the different colors of life that make up the life palettes :)