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Breathe In And Let Go…

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Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our country had once said ~ “An eye of an eye will make the whole world blind.” As a firm believer of non-violence and truth, he had also quoted the Bible saying “When someone slaps you on one cheek, smile, turn your face and offer him your other cheek.”

Hello! Reality check! We’re in the 21st century out here. Where technology and development is glowing with pride and morality is on its downward journey. Here, no one will hesitate to poke you in the eye, slap your other cheek or stab you in the back (figuratively and literally). Today, we live in a world where evolution has got us to such a juncture that we won’t hesitate before selling off our scruples. People have become impatient, over-sensitive, indifferent, insolent and intolerant.

People hurt each other purposefully, out of jealousy, hatred or just to show their superiority. They hardly ever take into consideration the feelings and emotions of others. Feeling have become a toy to be used and discarded. So in a world like this, would you still advocate others to be quiet and not do anything? And after going through hell, you’ll nevertheless have some of the ‘hurt’ people telling you “Just because they are bad doesn’t mean we have to be bad to them.”

I’m not talking about violence out here. No one is asking anyone to stalk the person concerned with a knife, look for a good opportunity and go for the kill. That’s not the point. What one must learn to do is not bask in the hurt but to make efforts to grow out of it. Detach from things that hurt you, incidences that act as hurdles in your growth as a person. It may have been good while it lasted, but now if it is driving you up the wall, take the hint and let it go with a smile in your heart. It sounds difficult but is definitely a worthwhile endeavor  If someone or something has hurt you, don’t be afraid to leave it or ignore it. You aren’t giving up or being a coward if you leave it because sometimes it takes the greatest strength not to stick along but to ignore.

Life is definitely a stage and we are nothing but just actors. No one had said that life is holding an audition for the role of ‘martyr’ that one has to slog in misery just to look benevolent and paltry. Don’t just throw your life away by allowing people to hurt you, use you and then discard you. Stand up for yourself if no one does, take radical steps if necessary but don’t compromise your self worth. Ultimately in the end, it’s your life and it’s up to you to see how large you can make it.

Book Review #1

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Brighter Than The Sun by Julia Quinn

First of all, writing a review for this book was a bit difficult for me because I am a fan of Judith Mcnaught’s writing. I simply love the way she writes and brings the characters to life in her books. “Brighter Than The Sun” being a book telling the tale based in the early 1800s, I couldn’t help but compare the book with Mcnaught’s books which deal with the same time frame. But then I realized that I was killing the fun by doing that and so got prejudice out of my head so that I could enjoy the book.

The story revolves around a young girl, Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Lyndon and Charles Wycombe, the Earl of Billington. Charles falls at the feet of Ellie, literally, from a tree and that is how they meet. Charles is a handsome, dashing and incorrigible guy whereas Ellie is a heard strong, smart mouthed and intelligent girl. Charles proposes her the same day itself. Not out of “love at first sight” but because he has to get married before he turns 30 or he’ll lose his fortune. And the damsel in distress, considers the offer and accepts it so that she can get rid of her father’s fiance who wants to get her married to hideous men or keep her as slave.

As Ellie and Charles begin their married life, Ellie tries to participate in the household but all her efforts backfire and turn into life threatening accidents including a fire in the kitchen. Ellie is convinced that someone from the family is not happy that Charles chose her as his bride but no one believes her, not even Charles. It is only after Ellie gets severely hurt during a mishap, that the culprit surfaces and confesses their crime.

The story moves on Charles and Ellie finally profess their love for each other. They think that things well be fine again, but will they really? Ellie suffers a bout of food poisoning, the saddle of Charles’ horse is tampered with and they finally realize something terrible is happening when Charles disappears. There is someone very evil who is scheming to get Charles and Ellie out of the way.

You can almost guess who is the mastermind here. Of course Charles is rescued in the end and they live happily ever after. But the way the suspense at the end unfurls is, in a way, disappointing. It lacked action and as compared to the length of the book, occupied very little of the story. It didn’t seem quite exciting because it was introduced and rounded up in a jiffy. A greater portion of the 2nd half of the book could have been used to introduce this suspense and let it grow. It would have kept the readers engrossed along with the crazy banters that Charles and Ellie have.

Nonetheless, it is a good book and the main characters are thoroughly entertaining thanks to the peculiar habits that they seem to have. I am a softie when it comes to romance so my view might have been biased. But die hard romantics can always read and enjoy this book because a love story, no matter how it is told and whom it is between, it is always a love story and manages to reach the heart.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Next Review: Night Tales by Nora Roberts