September 19, 2017

Five Things I regret Doing This Year

June is past and only three months remain for this year to bid farewell. I think it is the right time to list the five major things I regret doing this year so far. But before you scroll down and start judging me (which you will, owing to the mindset), remember- To err is human: to forgive divine.

1.   Giving up on my book
Pursuing your passion is not an easy task. With a full-time job, it is practically impossible to find the time and devote time to the challenges of the unanticipated. Earlier this year, while battling with the correction deadlines and the lesson preparations, I gave up on my book, hanging it out to dry. Only now I realize that the fracas is never-ending and it will be quite a challenge to resume the writing.

2.   Holding on to the beautiful clothes
It is very difficult for me to get rid of the clothes that become battered. Preserving them till eternity and then ending up not using them ever, is my normal story. Just last week, while cleaning my cupboard, I came across the copious collection of clothes I had and some of them met me for the first time.

3.   Respecting the opinions of others
It is rightly said: ‘Take others’ opinions lightly. Very Lightly’, and I regret not following this earlier. The world is full of meddlesome people and they never miss an opportunity to opine about you. It is okay to ignore people at times and make them realize that their opinion is no longer wanted.

4.   Being sedentary
Like most people, I cherish the idea of sitting at my desk and working. But it is only now that I realize the repercussions of my actions. My job keeps me on my toes and using this as an excuse, I refrain from doing any exercise. But better late than never! It is not a resolution but it is a determined decision- that I will work out at least for 30 minutes each day.

5.   Making fear-driven decisions

Last month, when I finally attended the Blogger’s meet, I overcame my fear of facing new people. Not a very social person, I loathe the idea of attending a gathering full of unknown people. I regret missing the major meets in my city because of all the wrong decisions I made. I am working on my social skills and I hope I can conquer the fear and seize every opportunity to meet new people.

September 12, 2017

Book Review: The Three Psychos by Yash Pawaskar

The Three Psychos

Author: Yash Pawaskar
Publisher: Dimple Publishers
Rating: 3/5

We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It's a death trap.

~Anthony Hopkins

The human mind is a difficult labyrinth. Once anything goes inside, it is difficult to put that thought aside. ‘The Three Psychos’ is a fictional novel mystery and thrill as its major elements. The book comprises of three different stories having a common link – the human mind. The first story deals with the mental torture the protagonist has to go through because of his deeds in the past; the second story narrates the story of a patient who is under treatment for his mental illness and the third story describes the mindset of an exasperated teenager who is determined to utilize the six bullets in the revolver. The ingenious story-telling and the wise plot-line do the trick and make the story interesting.

The layout, font (size, style), indentation, text alignment and the content presentation is fine. The author has successfully portrayed the emotional turmoil- right from the bright side to the dark one. The stories are divergent in the beginning but the climax forces them to converge at a well-thought juncture. The author has successfully proved that it is our mind that holds the storm by the hair. Given to its power, it takes a lot of courage and will to argue the toss.

The lucid language and the short narration made the reading fast-paced. While reading, the readers will surely experience it in form of a movie because the characters will come to life and the scenes might be imaginable.

The foremost drawback in the book is the layout. With the insufficient information in the blurb, the expectations are set on the lower side of the scale. The cover also fails to impress.
Overall, the book is a result of a well-sought plot.

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September 07, 2017

Book Review: Love Will Find a Way by Anurag Garg

Author: Anurag Garg
Publisher: Penguin Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

‘Love Will Find a Way’ is the third book with the same title that I got my hands on- the first two penned down by Mr. Ashish Ranjan and Ms. Parul Tyagi respectively, the latter having a more intriguing plot. However, the book by Penguin falls in average category owing to the clich├ęd plot.

Love is an uncanny emotion as it is ever evolving. But this story is not only about love. It is a complete pot-boiler with appropriate amounts of mystery, thrill, love, romance and regret. The story revolves around Madhav, a creative thinker who likes to pour his thoughts using a pen. The commendable character sketch of this ‘round’ character is worth praising. With an objective atmosphere, the story describes the plethora of pathos in Madhav’s life. But this sadness is not because of his present; his past is what becomes the bane of his life. He can neither focus nor live in peace and thus, he decides to visit Radhika, a psychiatrist. Just like it happened in Dear Zindagi, the therapist falls in love with the client, being well aware of the laws in her profession. Trying to keep an arm’s length and fighting the Cupid, Radhika strives to help Madhav overcome his haunting past. But what happens next is not only predictable but also very simple.

‘Love… will find its way’ is a simple read. The plot of the story is predictable and is not new to the readers. The narration is lucid and easy to comprehend. The dialog delivery is fine. The cover of the book is apt but the title is too common.

The ‘sexual’ element has been stretched way too much in the book. And this is the reason I did not find it interesting. The proofreading has been done minutely and that is one department where Penguin aces the test.

Overall, a good yet simple plot that is enjoyable and interesting.

Best wishes to the author!

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