A Fairy Tale For Adults.

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“The real dragons never die, but you still have the right in your life, to live out an adult fairy tale.” – Adultery, Paulo Coehlo.

There are a lot of book out there that are written and created to help others with a journey that the author has himself set out to seek. Some would put these under self-help, others would push them away for fear of being judged and then there are some, that only when you reach the last page, the last sentence, you realise that it helped you more than you imagined it would.

Paulo Coehlo’s Adultery is one such book, it’s a book that while I wouldn’t be entirely convinced of it being my one of my favourite Coelho’s, it definitely did stir up something unusual within me. I have to confess, I haven’t met a lot of readers who take too kindly to his writing. In fact, there have been many who have even tried to convince me otherwise – but there is something in Coelho’s words that touched my soul from the first time I set my eyes on his words.

If you’re a new addition to the Coelho Club, I would strongly suggest that you start with The Alchemist, it was one of my favourites and always will be a book that I hold closest to my heart. But that is a review that deserves a lot of time, to construct every word and thought of mine carefully so as to try and give the book the justice that it deserves.

For now, its time to look at a woman. She’s a fantastic woman – she is living the perfect life, with a loving husband, darling children and has a respectable job that she is passionate about. So where’s the problem?

“Sometimes you have to lose yourself to discover who you are.”

And that’s when it begins. It’s not self-doubt mind you, it’s monotony. She is unaware of how and why the goals that she had set out for herself years ago, now after having them all achieved neatly under her belt are weighing her down. It is true that sometimes, life may not go as we have planned, and it is also true that sometimes there are several factors that are the reason for this – but what happens, when life goes exactly as planned, every tiny detail that you dreamed out, you see it in reality, around you.

When exactly does chaos hit you – does it come slowly, like a rising tide? Or does it come all at once, sucking you in before you even realise where you are, and why you’re surrounded by darkness.

This is a story of self-destruction, a story of forgiveness, a story of love, passion, lust and most importantly, a story of self-realisation. While you would wonder why I am recommending this book, it’s not because of any bias to the author, it’s because of the way in which this story moved me.

It’s the way this story at first made me want to put the book away, and then taught me a very important lesson of life, life and more importantly, of following your dreams. Eventually, when the words were reaching an end, the last page of the book, I was wishing it would never end. But as it did, I have to be honest and say, it started something within me.

Dreams have a way of turning into reality, if you focus enough. And anyone who is a fan of the theory, “the Universe always conspires to give you what you want,” then you may already be a witness to the way some of your wishes have a way of turning into reality. Some dreams, however, are better left un-lived. Some dreams, they are better left behind in the early morning thoughts on your pillow. This story will ask you about your dreams, and ask yourself to question your dreams, and wonder why, why are you so keen, on seeing this dream turn into a reality?

So pick up Adultery, and let yourself dream, ask yourself questions, and if you’re strong enough, listen to those answers.

“Sometimes you have to lose yourself to discover who you are.”

Indeed.

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Re-Defining Infinity.

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I finally decided to watch The Fault In Our Stars this night. I’m not entirely sure why tonight, given the state of my mind these past couple of days.

I’m going to try something new for this post  Don’t be confused, it’s still a blog for literary reviews and my thoughts on how with the mere turning of a page, one can embark on an unexpected adventure. A beautiful one, mind you.

So let me tell you about my unexpected journey with one of the most beautiful books I’ve picked up in a while.

I was at the airport, waiting for my flight to Seattle; it was delayed for over four hours. I don’t know who it was, but someone gave me, or suggested, The Fault In Our Stars. Told me I should pick it up for the long flight to my sister.

With nothing but time on my hands,memories I wanted to leave behind, and no more shops at the airport for me to visit, I took the book out of my bag and turned to the first page.

“It’s Okay.” 

 “It’s Okay.” 

All those pages later, tears streaming down my face. My flight almost landing in Seattle, I had no words. Thinking back, I still have no words.

When you look at the central plot that the story takes, it’s not one that we’ve not heard about before. Cancer – it’s a theme that many numerous authors have experimented with before.

It’s one of the world’s craziest and deadliest family members; and I say family members because sadly, it exists in every house. Every story is unique, dreadful, heartwarming, but heartbreaking at the same time. Some of these stories they have happy endings, while some of them, unfortunately not.

There are however some stories, much like the story of our protagonists, Hazel Grace and Augustus. There is a certain chemistry between the two of them, a connection so great that for a moment, as you turn the pages, the haunting aura of cancer is almost forgotten.

Hazel and Augustus, they can’t be described, they can only just be read, experienced – felt in almost every way possible.

I’ve been avoiding this film for the longest time, I kept thinking to myself; how can I watch a film, re-live a story that broke my core from the first page. And boy was I wrong. This is coming from someone who respects books and has a strong opinion on books being turned into films.

The Fault In Our Stars – this is something that everyone should experience. It’s a story of love, pain – emotional, physical, and something that till date, no writer can ever manage to put down in words. No artists can ever recreate on a canvas… an emotion so strong that you’d have to witness to first hand to know what it would mean to have everything taken away from you.

The Fault In Our Stars is a story that will make you question yourself; the single most important question, “Have you lived enough, enough for it to count as your ‘Grand Story’?

Everyone always blames their stars when something goes wrong, or thanks their stars when things go right – It’s a good life, and Hazel and Gus, their parents, their friend Issac, all the characters in this book, from the very beginning are teaching you lessons. So go ahead, pick up this book, let Hazel, her journey with Gus, their love story, take you through life, and remind you, that there will always be something that you have, or that you don’t have, but none of this should stop you from living your Great Story.

Go buy, The Fault In Our Stars. Now. And remember, “It’s Okay….” It always will be.

Oh, and please, keep a box of tissues handy. (Sincere advice) 

Disclaimer: The link to the book takes you to www.flipkart.com – Do note that Flipkart does not promote this blog, or is not associated with this blog in any manner. All views mentioned above are solely my own, and no author or outside party has influenced this post, my opinion of the author, or the review of the book in any manner. 

A Collection of Perfection

It’s been almost too long since I’ve posted here. I’m almost ashamed to admit, that I have no reason other than the sole fact that I was in between jobs, cities and starting a new life.

Books have always been my solace, my secret world to crawl into. Whether it was a long, lonely night in a new city, or on a journey alone, one where the destination was not going to make me smile – books have always been with me, around me and near me.

Luckily, I’ve had a lot of time to read; some books helped me understand myself, while some books helped me forget or de-stress. And your very own librarian is here to share all her adventures with you.

For those of you who are searching for your next great read, I have something special for you today.

Some stories are meant to be long, winding, twisting and the right time – while some stories, short, quick, ready to take your breath away in seconds. This book that I present to you today, is one that does it all.

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, is a book that will leave you craving for more. A collection of short stories, Lahiri has taken a theme that haunts almost every house in India, marriage. Some have been rushed into, some arranged, some with a tinge of disappointment, some with the comfort of love. There is no such thing as failed love, and it is this theme that she explores with passionate confidence.

Some characters will bring out your sympathetic side, some will leave you with lessons to learn, or memories to forget. But have no doubt in your mind, Lahiri’s characters will leave a lasting impression, and their stories, more so.

Nine tales, nine protagonists, one writer, one book – Interpreter of Maladies is definitely a book that should be on your to-read lists. Mind you, this is not a book of happy endings, love stories or even fairy tales. They are harsh, true, and a voice that should be heard time and over again. Lahiri writes in a simplistic, mature and natural manner. Her words, while carefully chosen, can instigate a variety of emotions, ranging from reader to reader.

She writes flawlessly, and the depth in her characters, and twists in her tales are mature and poignant.

No doubt, I do have a favourite from her collection – I hope that you find one too. Because ever time I wish to go back to a great story, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies is where I always find my comfort story. Whether it’s in a new city, between unopened boxes, or alone on a long journey with a bag pack full of memories, her stories, page after page, all elegantly constructed, leave me at ease with my thoughts.

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”
― Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

Disclaimer: The link to the book takes you to www.flipkart.com – Do note that Flipkart does not promote this blog, or is not associated with this blog in any manner. All views mentioned above are solely my own, and no author or outside party has influenced this post, my opinion of the author, or the review of the book in any manner.