Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A Broken Man - Book Review




A broken man is Akash Verma’s latest book. I must confess that I have never read any of the author’s work before so I was very excited to read  this one. 

The cover is pretty enticing, with the outline of a man in the foreground, head bowed, hands in his pocket, what immediately grabs your attention is the burst of colour within the outline. A perfect visual representaion of the protagonist Krishna Kumar. 

A gripping story of a Dalit boy, Krishna Kumar  struggling in a society that is constantly trying to pull him back and show him his place, in the social hierarchy and what follows when he falls in love with a Brahmin girl Chhavi Mishra. Akash Verma intricately weaves politics, the glittering world of advertising and the glamorous film industry to his tale. 

However it’s the beautiful verses in devnagiri that make their appearance throughout the book that come as a surprise. In an age where Hinglish is slowly becoming the popular mode of communication, finding  verses like these in chaste Hindi are an absolute delight. Add to it a very generous sprinkling of stories at opportune moments in the book and the surprise element just keeps rising. 

At the face if it, A Broken Man may seem like a rags to riches tale but it’s much more than that. Verma’s protagonist is someone  that you can relate to, someone that you may have known, seen on TV  or read about, his hardships are equally real. Verma’s writing also reflects the beauty of the two cities that make the backdrop of this story. 

For those tired of the run of the mill, same looking boy meets girl love story and are looking for different (the good kind), I highly recommend A Broken Man. It’s a quick read and fast paced, perfect for the road or in the metro.  


P.S : This book was received in exchange for a fair and unbiased review from Writersmelon.


Monday, 2 May 2016

Reflections on A-Z

Dear Diary,

A-Z is over and along with it this month of April.

Honestly I did not think that completing this challenge would have been possible. I had exams every alternate day in the first two weeks and back to back papers this last week.  Add to it, this heat that  has been driving me mad.

But in spite of it all I'm so glad that I did it. I visited some amazing blogs and learnt so many things. A-Z always leaves me happier and richer in terms of encounters and experiences. Glad to have had this experience.

The Sunday Visitor.


Saturday, 30 April 2016

zing

Dear Diary,

For the last post of this challenge I have chosen the word zing.

Zing essentially means energy, enthusiasm or liveliness. I know after having completed a blogging challenge, it's hard to show zing. All I want to do is recharge my batteries for a bit, but I'm sure once they are charged, I'll be back with a whole lot of zing.
What about you?

The Sunday Visitor.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Yin yang

Dear Diary,

For Y, I leave you with these images.


 The Sunday Visitor.

X

Dear Diary,

Do you know my favourite word from X?

It's EXTRA.

I know it doesn't start with an X, but it's my favourite X words of all times. Extra food and books are always welcome. Extra dose of happiness and optimism  moreover so.  Stuart said it best


What do you like a little extra of?

The Sunday Visitor.

Wrap

Dear Diary,

I apologize for not writing the past few days. Exams ended yesterday and although I am extremely relieved, I have a huge task looming before me.

Packing and hence my choice of word today is wrap.

I have to pack up, find a place for everything like my mattress, my books and the other knick knacks I own and then leave. I like packing but these days it's feeling like I have to wrap up my little home away from home, in a few cartons and bags and that's not easy.

The only thing that makes it all better is the thought, that I'll be back in a few months time, to unpack and settle down and call a new room my home. Also the thought that I'll be going home :) and meet my family after four months.

Have you ever had to wrap up? What were your thoughts?

The Sunday Visitor.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Vacation.

Dear Diary,

My exams end this Thursday so officially my vacation begins on Thursday evening but since I'm going back home a little late this time, my actual vacation will start next week.

Hence my V word is Vacation.


This is me, waiting for exams to get over.

What's your vacation plan?

The Sunday Visitor.






Unique

Dear Diary,

I apologize for not blogging yesterday. Exams have begun and back to back papers leave me with absolutely no time.

For U, I have chosen the word Unique.

We often forget that we are unique. This is just a small reminder.

The Suday Visitor.



Saturday, 23 April 2016

Teachers

Dear Diary,

I come from a family of teachers and it's no surprise that I have chosen this word for todays post.

When I think about all the teachers who teach me right now and those who have taught me in the past, I feel so blessed. Tracing back my interest in Literature, History and French, I realised I owe a large part of it to my teachers. The teachers made it so easy and likeable that it was hard not to like their subjects. I believe this quote sums it up the best.


Do you have a favorite teacher? What did he/she teach?

The Sunday Visitor.


Friday, 22 April 2016

Silence


Dear Diary,

For S, I leave you with this image I found. It conveys everything I want to say.

The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Reading

Dear Diary,

Those who know me, know that I love reading. I'm  never without a book : physical or virtual.
I am forever indebted to my parents for having inculcated this habit in me.



Reading forever,

The Sunday Visitor.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Quotes.

Dear Diary,

I love quotes.

When I come across a good quote I note it down in my phone or in a notebook. There is something beautiful about a quote. About finding that what you think, what you feel has already been expressed by someone in simple yet beautiful words. Finding a good quote is like finding a kindred soul, a long lost friend. Once found, you do not want to let go.

I love finding new quotes and sharing my favourite ones with everyone. Leaving you with an all time favourite.

The Sunday Visitor.

P.S : Do you have a favorite quote/verse/poem or song that speaks to you and has got you through troubled times? Please share it with me at sundayvisitor@gmail.com.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Picnic

Dear Diary,

For P, I have chosen the word Picnic.

Today, my friends and I went for a picnic. There is a lake close by called the Hussain Sagar Lake and the entire stretch is filled with greenery and parks. We packed sandwiches along with some pastries, chips and ice tea. It was a perfect evening. The weather was pleasant and the company was fantastic.
We even got a portrait of the five of us made. Here's the artists hard at work.
And to top it all, we celebrated our friend's birthday here.


Picnic always reminds me of childhood and it still has the same effect.

The Sunday Visitor.






                                               

Monday, 18 April 2016

Old

Dear Diary,

For O, I have chosen the world Old.


I recommend watching the video above before continuing with the post. I loved this video and immediately thought of sharing it. It's interesting to see our perception of old and how this perception changes.

I love French  for many reasons, one of them is their positive approach to life. The French way of telling your age is J'ai 20/30/40 ans, that literally translates to I have 20/30 years. They do not employ the word old at all.When I first heard it, it was hard for me to understand, My French teacher, a darling woman, then explained that the French are optimists. A 99 year old lady will not say that she is 99 years old rather, she has 99 years behind her and many many more to come.

Hence I have decided, from today onwards, if asked my age I will proudly say I'm 21 years young.Because you are only as old as you think.

The Sunday Visitor.


A Date With Myself

Dear Diary,

After living alone for nearly 6 months, I feel like in the past few days, I have been bombarded with company and although I love the company, I think I miss the lone time that I had with myself. So yesterday, I decided to go on a date with myself.

Yes, you read that right. A date with myself. It did.t involve anything fancy. It was just me, my laptop and my room. Just the way I like it. As my friends were getting ready to go and  watch The Jungle Book on big screen, I geared up for some much needed time with myself and my thoughts.

It's now, I'm beginning to realize how much I have missed this. I have become accustomed to my own company that in the presence of actual company I feel something is amiss, so this is my attempt to balance it out.

Have you ever had a date with yourself?

The Sunday Visitor.






Saturday, 16 April 2016

Night

Dear Diary,

I slept late last night so for N, I have chosen the word Night.

I am slowly discovering the beauty of the night. I love sleeping but nights when I sleep later than my usual time, have a charm of their own. Those are usually the days when I have the most fun with my friends in the hostel. Laughing, exchanging stories, singing songs,clicking crazy photos and having mini-adventures.

When I'll be old and grey, these nights will come back to me and put a smile on my face :)

What's your favourite night memory?

The Sunday Visitor.


Music

Dear Diary,

I apologize for not writing yesterday, it was a hectic day and I just could not find the time to sit and write.

For M, I have chosen the word Music,

I love music. I can't imagine life without it. I'm always humming, singing or whistling and if someone is singing a song I know, I join in immediately.

Music is universal and it binds people as quickly as a smile. I like how music has different types : rock and roll, jazz, gospel and each one of these is beautiful in it's own way.

Find your music and don't let it go.

The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Leap Of Faith


Dear Diary,

For L, I have chosen Leap Of Faith.


Take a Leap of faith today,

The Sunday Visitor.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Karma

Dear Diary,

For K, I have chosen the word Karma.

I believe in the philosophy of Karma. Our actions : both good and bad have consequences. What we sow now is what we reap later in life. It's like an echo. If you scream good things, good things will come back same goes for the bad.




Here's to Karma

The Sunday Visitor.


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Jump

Dear Diary,

For J, I have chosen the word Jump.






The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Inventors.

Dear Diary,

For today's blogpost I have chosen the word and rather than writing a post, I will leave you with some images.





Go be an inventor, and let nobody tell you that you can't.

The Sunday Visitor.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Hostel

Dear Diary,

A I stay in a Hostel, it's befitting that I choose this word for today's post.

Two years ago, if anyone had told me that I would be living in another city, all alone in a hostel, doing everything on my own, I would have laughed and waved them off, but as luck would have it. Here, I am.

I had no hostel experience and the stories I heard, scared me to no end. Fortunately and by God's grace, the university where I study, has an excellent girls hostel and its nothing like what I had heard.

Hostel has taught me a lot : my strengths and weaknesses, living on a budget and being independent in every sense of the word. I agree with Jay when he says :

The Sunday Visitor.



Friday, 8 April 2016

Google


Dear Diary,

For G, I have chosen the word Google.
I have heard innumerable similes and comparisons on  life but I found this one the most interesting and I think, these four lines say a lot. What do you think?

The Sunday Visitor.



Thursday, 7 April 2016

Find

Dear Diary,

For F, I have chosen the word Find.

For reasons unknown to me, I like that word a lot.

Find always brings to mind happy thoughts : find somethings that was once lost, find something from one's childhood or from the years gone by, find something that we did not know about earlier, find that someone special or find a friend.

I think it's that one word that encompasses : relief, happiness sometimes sadness and discovery. It's like 'Eureka' but in another context.

The best kind of finding is undoubtedly,

Hope you find something today.

The Sunday Visitor.



Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Extraordinary

Dear Diary,

For E, I have chosen the word Extraordinary.

I think each and everyone is extraordinary in their own special way.

They may not know it yet but, that's ok. Life is a series of discoveries and discovering one's extraordinary, takes some time. We are all too busy being regular and trying to fit in, that we forget our uniqueness and individuality.

Today, my message to everyone reading this is stop fitting your star shaped self, into the square mould of society. Embrace your uniqueness, your extraordinariness.

Extraordinarily yours,

The Sunday Visitor.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Diary

Dear Diary,

For D, it is fitting that I choose the word Diary.

I strongly believe that a diary is a window to a person's heart and mind. Diaries are intensely personal in nature and anyone who keeps a diary, knows how invaluable it is. If someone shows you their diary, it means that they trust you enough to bare their heart and soul in front of you. That's HUGE.

This Diary (although public) is an important part of me. When I look back at earlier entries, I can see how I have grown and how, slowly my writing has evolved, into what it is today. This Diary has given me a space to vent out my feelings, share my random musings and be myself; without being judged or made fun of. It gives me the opportunity to meet people, from across the globe and learn from them.

Maintaining a diary: physical or virtual is a blessing. It can get demanding at times (I'm guilty of not writing frequently), but it's also enjoyable. Even if all you do is, note down the good things that happened in the day, it will benefit you in the long run :)



The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Choices

Dear Diary,

For C, I have chosen the word Choices.

They are a part and parcel of our daily life. We are constantly faced with them. They may be as small as what food to order in a restaurant, or what shirt to buy, or big decisions like where to invest, whom to choose as a life partner, or what to name the baby.

Choices no matter how big or small impact our lives : sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently. It is imperative that we make choices keeping in mind their consequences because in the end, it is we, who have to live with the choices we make.

Our life is a series of choices, some made by us and some made by others, on our behalf and each choice adds up into the making of who we are.J.K. Rowling sums it best in the following quote:


The Sunday Visitor.



Saturday, 2 April 2016

Blue

Dear Diary,

For B, I have chosen Blue. I love colours in general and my clothes reflect that, but I cannot deny that I have a soft corner for Blue. I love blue, all shades of it. It calms me and has this soothing, tranquil effect that very few other colours have.

Yet, I find it so hard to believe that a colour this beautiful, has such negative connotations attached to it. Take Monday Morning Blues or the classic expression "I'm feeling Blue". It's just sad and my heart goes out to blue.

I feel it's time that Blue is given it's due. It's time we think of Blue in a new light. It's time we realise the uniqueness that is the colour Blue and associate it with brighter, happier things. Blue to me means the sky and candy floss clouds on a good summers day and the beach which is one of my many happy places. Take a minute out today and think of what blue means to you. Leaving you with this quote :

Truly bluely yours,

The Sunday Visitor.

P.S : This is the second post in the A-Z Blogging Challenge Series.



Friday, 1 April 2016

Absurd

Dear Diary,

Today, I attended a talk on Albert Camus and we spoke about his works and his life. A prominent theme that features in his works is that of the Absurd. Take his famous works, The Myth Of Sisyphus or The Outsider/The Stranger, both have the theme of absurd in common.

This conversation of the absurd got me thinking about the absurd. Often in our lives we use this word 'Absurd' to describe some strange event or person. Things or people which don't conform to our understanding of normal are also labelled as 'Absurd.' (This after consciously noting points at which my friends or I employ this term)

I think, it's just time that we associate the Absurd with a new perspective. We need to start looking at Absurd and how where most people think that it's the end, it also is the beginning. Albert Camus thought so, I'm sure we can too.


Leaving you with this thought. Often when people call us or our ideas absurd, it means that we are definitely on the right track.

Absurdly yours,

The Sunday Visitor.

P.S : This post is first in the series for the A-Z Challenge 2016.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Its A- Z Time


Dear Diary,

The A- Z Challenge is here and I'm super excited.  I can't wait to discover more blogs, meet more bloggers and learn more things.

Every A-Z Challenge is a learning and growing experience and I'm counting on this one to do the same :) Looking forward to seeing you there.


The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A TO Z.

Dear Diary,

After a lot of deliberation, I have decided to take part in the A-Z Challenge. April is a hectic month for me, with class tests, assignments and final exams looming large over my head, another semester coming to an end.

But A - Z is not just a challenge anymore. After three years of looking forward to it every April, it's become an annual ritual and I don't want to break it, this year or any year.

So, A to Z  it is. To make life easier, I will write the posts in advance :) And keep a target of the number of blogs, I can visit and discover.

I'm a bit apprehensive and also excited. Looking forward to the challenge. Hop to see you participate in it too.


The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Fabulous February


Dear Diary,

February has started on a good note. Out of the blue, I was offered a photoshoot. I was apprehensive at first as I had never done anything like that before. Then I recalled what my mother always tells me, you should try everything once. Never say No to new experiences because everything teaches us something.

So I took it up. It was great fun. The photographer was great. I could do anything I like. I enjoyed it a lot. It also made me realise how difficult a model's life is : smiling all the time, posing. I could never be one but I'm glad I give this photoshoot a shot. Here are a few pictures from the shoot.

The flower photo

The one with the shoes

The one before smelling the flowers

The balancing act

Peekaboo

SMILE

Below the tree seems like a good idea

Let there be light on my face

I want to grow up once again.

Looking forward to the other things February has in store.

The Sunday Visitor.

January Things Part 2


Dear Diary,

I still can't believe how quickly January passed. It's February already. My previous post was entitled Just January things part 1 because  Hyderabad Literature Fest (HLF) was not the only thing I did last month.

video

So what was I upto you wonder?

I attended a classical music concert performed the music maestro Zakir Hussain. I'm not well versed with classical music, but that man is a genius. His hands moved like lightning on the tabla, it was a sight to behold.

Besides this I attended a play called 'The Last Wish Baby'. It was great fun and I enjoyed it thoroughly. All in all January was culturally stimulating for me. Hope February has good things in store.

The Sunday Visitor.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Just JANUARY Things PART 1.

Dear Diary,

I can't believe how quickly time flies. It's already the 17th and the month will be over before we know it. I'm glad though I have done quite a few things already.

The Hyderabad Literary Festival.

It's indeed wonderful to see that books and writing are slowly gaining the popularity and attention they deserve and a large part of the credit goes to the Literary Festivals. I guess the trend commenced with the Jaipur Lit Fest and soon every state started to have one of their own. I attended the one in Hyderabad and it was amazing. Since it was my first literary fest ( having never attended one before and my first in Hyderabad) I was super excited and it did not disappoint.

The sessions were informative and the speakers brilliant. I met my favourite author once again and this time, after considerable goading from my friends, mustered the courage to ask him for a photograph. He was an absolute darling and obliged. It was the highlight of the festival for me.



The venue


Favourite Author





Selfies are imperative.


That's all for today. Until next time.

The Sunday Visitor.

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