Month: August 2016

While I think away….

Hello my dear friends!

How are you all doing? How is life being to you? How did/will you spend your weekend? 

I’m down with flu and aches. So, not much at my side. Trying to read slowly the book lying around me these days! 

And that leaves me with a lot to ponder upon! 

Sometimes I sit and wonder, why is life smooth as butter for a few and a hilly rock expedition for the remaining! Wonder why when we have something we value, it gets lost. Contrarily, what we don’t value stays along forever. Yet when it is taken away, again we regret and miss that thing. 

I know my sickness seems to have tweaked up my thinking wires. Still, could there be any answer you’d share with me. Maybe that would soothe my turmoiled mind and thoughts. 

Whatever it is, one thing is surely a fact. Come what may, we will have to stand and face the rocks and firecrackers life throws at us. We will fight back the challenges hurled at us! That’s what life is all about! 

Stay safe, happy and healthy! Stay blessed all!

Love and best wishes!

S.F.R.

Life…. Via The Scribblers!

My poem which made its way on The Scribblers

LIFE, THAT ART THOU!

A “life” breathes alive when air gushes in,
When it emerges from the womb
Where it lay protected in a cocoon
Bringing a new into the old ruins.

With each new life that enters this realm,
New voices are heard, new dreams seen,
New stories woven and loving hearts stolen
Unseen beauty treads on untravelled road.

Let life behold the beauty of this universe
Let no fear, no darkness loom around you.
Spread enchanting smiles wherever you go,
And live forever in some one else’s memories.

©S.F.R.

The Color of Love by Jagdish Joghee – Book Review

Well, busy days have wreck havoc on my writing! 😟😩 The only positive thing in it is that I am keeping in with my reading.

The book to review today is The Color of Love by Jagdish Joghee.

Blurb: via Amazon

Sarfaraz is brought up with a good value system by his devoted parents. With time, curiosity and adolescent growth pangs take him through many experiences. His first brush with girls starts with a friend, and slowly meanders into casual flirtatious affairs with girls at college. 
All through it, he realises that none of them have his undying, true love. A time comes when he realises who he truly loves, and in the midst of it all, he handles brutal enmity and takes on vile characters that misbehave with his friends. 
Sarfaraz grows up in Coimbatore where a series of bomb blasts occur. His identity is called in question, as his status as a Muslim makes people see him as an enemy. He loses something precious in the blasts and leaves to Sharjah, only for life to find him and surprise him.

Review:

The blurb must have given you the idea of the story, so I wouldn’t describe that. The writing is better compared to the writer’s first book, In Love and Free, which I had already reviewed. 

The protagonist is Sarfaraz, a Muslim guy who goes through a lot in his life, more of it on the romance/love side of his life. There are other characters who add different angles to his life and bring in new dimensions to the story. The story moves in a smooth flow. The end does surprise you as a reader though as a Bollywood watcher, it keeps to the happy-ending climax pattern. The descriptive and the narrative did manage to keep me reading! 

The storyline keeps clinging onto the love angle of Sarfaraz’s life. Not once did it feel like I was reading a story with a Muslim protagonist (being a Muslim, maybe I thought more of the character would be dealt with – a reader’s expectation). The character of the lady love Meghna could have been delved more. 

Though in all, I’d give it a 3.5 rating!

If you want to try out a short and sweet romance while on a drive down to some city or a quick read on a travel bus/car/train, you could give it a shot! 😄

Thank for reading dear friends!

S.F.R.

Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley -Book Review

Hello friends!

As my internet connection was down, the last few days went in preparing for a school event I was co-hosting and reading. So this is another book I happened to read, as the review copy was sent to me. How glad I am to have got it! 

The book I am reviewing today is Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley

The book deserves a full 5 stars for the rendition of the story. The surprise is that written by a man, it is very sensitive and clear about the feelings of a woman. The words, the imagery and the smooth flow of the story does make you feel the pain and trauma of the protagonist Maya. Indeed a commendable work by the author. Surely the research done and delving into the skin of the character has added more humane touché to the story and the characters. 

The story is about Maya, a little girl’s dreams and aspirations. It shows about the inhumane treatment meted out to women, just because they are born with the ‘unwanted’ gender. I mean, it surprises me how easily we call her a ‘burden, nuisance, trouble, curse’ without bothering to understand her thoughts and feelings. 

What Maya sees as the daughter of the home, what she wants to achieve, how from a candidate of marriage to a victim of prostitution, all along the story is about her resurrection, her rise from her fall. Out of the many lines which struck me, one really was strong – when all is lost, then there is no fear in a person. Assaulted, brutally treated, shattered dreams and unending trauma leads to the burning and then the rise of the phoenix. The book is a complete journey of the innocent girl Maya, the tormented soul Maya, the valiant warrior Maya. We see her when she  is a vulnerable girl or a strong woman. 

A must read to really know what it means to be a woman, especially in a country like ours, where it is hard to break the old traditions, where it is a crime to be born as a girl. A really emotional read!

Thanks for reading the review!

Stay happy and blessed!

S.F.R.

Elements of life by Inderjit Kaur – Book Review

Elements of life by Inderjit Kaur is the latest book I have read. Below you may as well find my review of the book.


Blurb: via Amazon

“How much do we know ourselves is critically very important and perhaps very essential.
In life we do face many curves up and down while in course of life. Marriage, becoming parent, life traumas and recoveries, retiring from jobs, empty nest, loss of relations, death of beloved.
So yes various experiences…
We get tired sometimes and immediately ask a question “why me?”, but do remember the universe is not short of any wakeup calls we are just very quick in reactions.

The four elements of life Air, Water, Earth, Fire are the only truth which than render the whole meaning of being as a human. Are we authentic? Are we living in courage? Are we kind and in patience? Are we grateful? How we face life and respond to life is all that matters.
Elements of Life explores the options and choices which will help you to live more in tune with what you want from life. Motivational chapters simple questions based on elements of life – air, fire, water and earth providing simple strategies of life help you to live in harmony with yourself, others and the world, enhancing you to be true to your values and to interact with others while being In more patience. To do otherwise is to foster discontentment and unhappiness, but everyone wants to be in peace and lead a happy life in the end of the day. Living in moderation balancing all the elements of being authentic, being in peace, being grateful, being a little more compassionate can improve the very purpose of being in this awesome life.”

Review:

There are few self help books which I have read, and this happens to be one of them. The high dosage of “heavy weighing words” basically makes me stay away from these kinds of books. So, when I picked this up, I was really anxious to know if it would make me flip through the pages without understanding the message and essence. Fortunately, my conception was proved wrong.

The book talks in simple words about the way we see life, the way life should be seen and the way we can make them become one! When our hope and reality can merge as one, only then we are focused on living life and seeking peace. The simple messages and vivid descriptions make the book an interesting read. The lines really leave an impact on our thoughts and should bring out the needed change in the personalities. 

As a teacher this book is really one I am glad to add to my collection. Inderjit’s quotes are indeed something to lace our thoughts and deeds/actions. 

P.S. I am currently preparing a script for myself as I will be co-hosting an event at school. And this book is really helping me in doing so. I’d like to thank Inderjit for bringing forth such a wonderful piece of work. Indeed an asset to hold! 

P.S.S. I was ready with the above for the last two days. Wasn’t able to post it as my internet wasn’t working. My programme was today and I must say, the thoughts I picked after reading the book were really appreciated, so this one is a review with a big THANKS to the author for that! 🙂

Stay blessed and happy all!

S.F.R.