Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pudding Lesson

And then there was this pudding!

A lesson learnt. This happened over a birthday dinner with my friends last week. Banana and Oreo cookies are two of the many things I detest, more because of the peculiar after taste I get, some sticky stuff stuck deep inside my pharynx. On this rarest of rare occasions the sight of this small bowl made me feel this dessert maybe is worth a try, Of course there was chocolate brownie, cheese cake, ice cream and everything else on the platter which was barely touched. After my 'overindulgence' during this sumptuous dinner I have to agree with whoever had this opinion:

"The proof of the pudding is in the eating"

 It has been days now, the softness of the banana pieces at the bottom of the bowl and the crumbs of cookies in between, things which never pleased me, Ah! well they are still lingering in my thoughts. If two bad things put together make one good, for me this was it. A pudding that day was enough to teach me a very important lesson in life. Try what you do not like, go beyond your boundaries. You never know when it may surprise you!

Let me know if you do, and if someone could share a good recipe of this delicious pudding, pretty please, teach me and be my guest! :-)


Saturday, April 25, 2015

From Where I See- Book Review

I finished reading ‘From Where I See’ by Dr Ajay Yadav this morning and let out a sigh. When I closed it and read the back cover, something which I usually do only after I finish a book in the fear of  getting to know the turn of events, well this time I couldn’t help but smirk.

“It’s not only a book; it’s the path to revolution, a journey towards a utopian world. Accepting the truth is the toughest job in the world. If you feel that you are open minded, have the courage to accept the truth and a desire to change the world. Be a part of the change and take the first step to build a road to the ideal world

The story begins with a doctor being interrogated at a typical Bollywood style <imagine while you read> police station for his friends death , a friend who was struggling with intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-social and inter-religious conflicts which eventually  kills her. Soon after which he is in flashback. What follows after that is 'Point A to point B to point D to point G to point Y to point A to point S to point Z to point E...'. The writer in my frank opinion has opened a Pandora's Box; the consequences are for the reader who opens the book. A plethora of issues are discussed in the pretext of conversations between family and friends, and not to forget the in depth seminars which run in pages. The idea although is quite new, this for me as a reader terribly fails, terribly.

My dilemma with the book is plain and simple:

To build the plot with the characters or to put a across a hundred of those pragmatic opinions?

The research with the social, national, religious issues interspersed in massive amount in between is completely laudable. What fails is the connect; the discussion is a pain to read not because it is revolving the truth but because they are extremely longish. At more than one instance I admit I forgot where, why, how and who was talking to whom! I had no issues with the facts and data put across; they just seemed to be in the wrong place. The characters speaking so much over tea or dinner about varied topics appear only simulated. It is mostly the authors point of view talking, as he himself says, this book is his effort to find the root cause and probable remedies of conflicts, and a try at exploring hundreds of pertinent questions. Thumbs up!

Thumbs down for the structure, if this was a little different maybe the story had some chance of keeping me hooked, the issues raised are very much relevant to the world of today. Humanity indeed has to be our only religion. At the end of all the colloquy, all of a sudden out of nowhere the police do find out the killer, and then the discussion gets back to the journey towards ‘The Utopian World’. This story is no chiclet novel material, nor based on corporate intrigues involving mega millions or political chicanery as the foreword says, it is written with a valid intent but falls short of a decent composition. It needs an editor. Period.

Title: From Where I See
Author: Dr Ajay Yadav
ISBN-13: 9789382536819
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Lifi Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Number of pages:401
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Price: Rs.300

My rating: 1.5/5

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Strange Case of 'Open Letters'

The purpose of this post is an unsettling query about a strange trend I see these days, tell me when you see this in the title “An Open Letter To…” what do you do? Well, I out of great curiosity read it. Most of us do because it is human nature to do so. And of course what follows is the likes, shares and tweets all over the social media. Quite a nice way to put a point across or become famous ain’t it? And that would depend on what exactly is the intention. Most of the letters I read end up making me feel the case is the latter. One of my friends over coffee today asked “Did you read that open letter of….too good right?”

“Actions speak louder than words” I replied.

Old saying, but true. If someone feels so strongly for a cause he or she would rather contribute in some way towards it, not by merely raising a voice with a surfeit of words and strong emotions. But there is another angle to it. Is it important to share an opinion that you have, irrespective of whether you are a celebrity or not? To a certain extent it is, but what after that? What makes someone write an open letter to someone? What are the chances that your “Dear so and so…” reads it and not just one large audience. Words do flow at the heat of the moment when everyone is talking about an issue, particularly when the media is all over and about it. On most occasions there is more hullabaloo over the letter more the matter itself! I don’t have to quote any of the famous open letters for that here, that would amount to publicity.

I have a few questions for all those who have written those open letters “So what did you do apart from the letter?” Anything that you did about the matter you felt so much, did it bring a change that you want?” Considering the risk of seeming snooty I dropped the idea of starting this post “An Open Letter To Those Who Write Open Letters’ .  I just did not want this to be another one. This is for all of us, including the people like me who are pretty bad it. The more uncomfortable part while reading all these letters is whether do we really deal with these problems at ground level. This thought struggles inside my head with much restlessness, the next time I find an open letter on my timeline or in my inbox I am definitely going to throw up saying 'Oh no! Not Again!” If only we take the weight of responsibility and the burden of guilt tad differently and seriously.

Picture Courtesy

 Calvin has a point!