Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review - Love Lasts Forever

                                                       


About the Book
Title: Love Lasts Forever
Author: Vikrant Khanna
Publisher: Srishti Publishers and Distributors
ISBN: 978-93-82665-17-5
No. of Pages: 248
Price: 150 INR
Genre: Fiction
  
About the Author
Vikrant Khanna grew up in Delhi. He studied at the Tagore International School. He has also penned the bestselling book The India I Dream of… and the Facebook Revolution Begins!! and When Life Tricked Me… And Love Kicked Me. He joined the Merchant Navy as a deck officer and later became a Chief Officer. Vikrant eventually completed his masters to become a Captain. He is also a keen guitarist who composes his own songs and is adept at cooking. He can be contacted at www.vikrantkhanna.com.

The Cover Speaks
The cover page of the book gracefully adorns two wedding rings entwined in each other. Below the rings, the dark shadow of naval ship gives a hint of a love story taking birth inside the waves of sea. 

The complete title of the book, "Love Lasts Forever... only if you don't marry your love" ignites fire inside one's mind. Then the question at the back cover, " So you think your love can last forever...? Get married! " is so intriguing that reader is compelled to think for a while and pick up the book to douse his curiosity for what actually is the other side of love.

Synopsis
Ronit was eighteen years old when he found himself falling head over heels in love with Aisha. He met her on his graduation day, after completing his studies which could eventually get him work in the Navy. Ronit is convinced beyond doubt that Aisha is his soul mate and that their love would last for eternity and a day. They get married after seven years but only after a week, Ronit realizes it might have been a mistake to have tied the knot. His Captain’s poignant love story might just change his perceptions on love and life but it is at that cusp that their ship gets hijacked by the notorious pirates of Somalia. What happens next? Will Ronit’s marriage end or does it get better because of all the events that happen which will change his life?

Book Review
Love Lasts Forever is an endearing romantic novel. It is not just one love story but two love stories of two different generations where one love story guides the other with its light. It is the story of two young lovers Ronit and Aisha, falling in love at first sight and after a courtship of seven years they get married. Then the sudden mind change of Ronit to get a divorce from Aisha brings a twist in the story. Amidst the love story, the pirates seize the ship in Somalia and there Ronit finds the other side of love through his Captain. A heart warming and captivating love story of his Captain with the deep belief that distance binds love together asks Ronit to rediscover his love. But the one-year captivity will either strengthen his love or extinguish the remaining flame. There is a lot more to discover in this book. Grab a copy and you will enjoy this tale of love with lovely questions of  love addressed in a lovely manner. You might have read many love stories ending at either marriage or death of one companion. But what after marriage ??? Does love continues to be sweet even after marriage or it starts losing its flavor. Check out yourself!

This book from the author of Delhi is so absorbing that readers can easily dunk in love while riding metro. You can also enjoy the title track of 'Love lasts forever', a beautifully composed song in this video.



My Rating
 3/5

¡Salud!
JJJ


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

आँचल




एक मेहरूनी कपड़ा रखता था मुझे हरदम मेहफ़ूज़ 
मेरे माथे की हर शिकन को छुपा लेता था ये 
हर दर्द हर मुशकिल का हल ढूंढ लेता था ये 
ये तेरा प्यार था या तेरी दुआ 
तेरा आँचल ही था मेरा सरमाया 

तेरे आँचल की भीनी खुशबू 
आज भी उतनी ही ताज़ा लगती है 
जैसे तू कल बैठ मेरे पास
फेर रही थी मेरे बालों में हाथ

कुछ कहने के लिए ज्यों ही सर उठाया मैने 
तो पाया सिर्फ एक मेहरूनी कपड़ा 
बेज़ान सूना फीका-सा एक कपड़ा 
मेरे अश्कों से भीगा एक कपड़ा 

वो साया जो था मेरा सरमाया 
छोड़ गया बस एक मेहरूनी कपड़ा 
बस उसी मेहरूनी कपड़े में 
कर लेता हूँ खुद को कैद 
जब भी होता हूँ खुद से ख़फ़ा |

¡Salud!
JJJ
 

Just a Cup of Coffee

So after a very longggggggggggg period of hibernation, my first write-up to overcome 'Writer's Block'. All thanks to a cup of coffee. For all the coffee lovers, a high-five and all the non-coffee lovers a bigger high-five because you will eventually fall for coffee one day. I believe. 




YYY   COFFEE     YYY

The dark frothy steaming coffee always has an 'X -effect'. It pulls me from wherever I'm. The aroma just draws me towards the cup of stewed drink and lingers around me even after it's over. The cocoa smell stays with me till the next cup refreshes back the smell. It's as if I have started falling for the coffee. The more I drink it, the more I feel it.


As they say, "Anything can happen over a coffee." I wonder is it actually true that a coffee can connect hearts Y. May be 'YES' for all those who got their strings hitched over a coffee and a 'NO' for all those whose tattered slippers don't move further towards any coffee shop , instead the burnt umber fragrance rises from their own kitchen and pleases them with their troglodyte status. Well !!! whatever be the case, coffee never leaves you alone. Just a cup and happiness doubles with the heavenly dark drink. Just a cup and all the worries waft into the space with its vapors. 

I think it happens with almost all of us that in the race of life, we get so much busy or say we start giving time to all the unnecessary things that we forget all about the important things and dearly people in our life and end up in a rat-race. Waking up every morning, rushing to work, returning back just to meet the bed and pillow. Comes a Sunday and we spend it dozing off to compensate for all the hours we stayed up late during weekdays to finish off the work. And in all these packed days, what stays with us is a cup of coffee to relax us. 

This very cup of coffee reminds us of some beautiful yesteryear memories which we had shared with our friends and family. The time which was so beautiful that we wish to relive it. When something from the memory lane strikes our chord, we grow nostalgic and there we become human again from the daily slogging machines. Coffee brings back ME to me.

This cup of coffee gives us a break from the chaotic lifestyle and makes us think for a while what we are living for. It often stimulates the dormant seeds. It ignites our lost dreams. It fans the ashes to lit up the fire again. It's truly our much needed booster. Even I too came back to this space , my very own blog after a long break. All I owe is to my dear coffee.

The vending machine at the workplaces is the most happening place among the lifeless workstations operated by human-machines. The mug full of hot coffee is the only interesting thing on our study table between the boring books to be mugged up. The fresh aroma of coffee is the only fragrance to shoo away our laziness. A cup of coffee is the first stepping stone between two strangers. It's the one which unlaxes our nerves and gives a boost to the brain. 


I wonder how proud coffee might feel at seeing her lovers spread all over the world.
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"I'm a true companion of every soul whether blissful or mournful, I am always there to make them cheerful. I have seen heart beats getting high over me. I have lend my ears to many secret confessions. I have made my presence at long discussions. I have waved my rejuvenating effect over tiresome souls. I have made despair hearts bounce back to life. I have got drenched in laughter of success many-a-times. I have seen tears trickle down to end up in a smile. I have boosted brains to slog more in wee hours. I feel so obliged that people snaffle me while doing their work, perhaps I'm their best companion. I give them the warmth in winters. I cool down their nerves in summer. I really enjoy when I'm grabbed, smacked, sipped, gulped because I'm me. I'm COFFEE." 
                                                                                                                                )

Well !!!! I have said so much about coffee that perhaps you might remember me at your next cup of coffee. Chillax with a freshly brewed coffee and have a relaxed fun-filled day.



Image Source - Google

¡Salud!
JJJ
 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Colorful Mirror



The girl out there
Waved at me
Bright and Galvanic was she
Appeared vapid and tepid me
Waived a Hello at me
I wavered and looked around
Yes You! The specky in blue
You look so blue in Blue.
You look pretty pink in pink, I zapped whew
I put on the color to whole me, bragged she
Not like you who just wrap the color around
Excuse me! Who are you??? I grumbled
Oh Common! Put aside your colorful etiquette
Talk to me straight and loud, rumbled I
Yes! Talk to me loud and clear, she repeated the same
Before could I howl at her, the driver honked high
Seated was I at the back peeping into the rear mirror
I got down, paced ahead cutting the crowd
Welcomed was I after such a long
You look pink in blue.


¡Salud!
JJJ
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review - The Old Man and The Nymph



About the Book
Title: The Old Man and the Nymph
Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
Publisher: Blackbuck Publication
ISBN: 978-163102608-9
No. of Pages: 192
Price: 140 INR
Genre: Fiction
  
About the Author

Born (1954) and brought up in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Vipin Behari Goyal did his post-graduation in Botany followed by a degree in Law. After completing his education, he worked for a bank and then joined the Rajasthan Government where he presently works as a financial advisor.

His previous work includes a travelogue about Pushkar, Hindi poetry collection and popular English novels "Tall man small shadow" and "Maya in search of Tantric father." Connect with him at www.vipinbeharigoyal.blogspot.com

The Cover Speaks

The cover page of the book depicts an old man lurking on a tree and a naked girl with wings sitting down with mushrooms around. The cover goes with the title of the book but leaves the reader in the curiosity to find out how the book connects a story with the picture depicted at the front.

Synopsis

The book is based on Greek Mythology which describes four types of nymphs. These are the nymphs of water, clouds, plants and underworld. Incarnated as beautiful nubile girls who were full of passions each of them enticed old man to satisfy their sensual desires. They loved to laugh, dance and had fun in breaking the rules of the society of mortals. What happened when the three of them met with Colonel under the same roof ? One of them had escaped from Colonel in her past birth and had gone underworld. What would she do now? A strange story set in Indian context.

Book Review

The book is divided into four parts namely The old man, The nymph, The colonel and The secret of water meadow. These four parts are set to weave a complete story but I think the author was not successful in conveying the real story. Actually the story is based on Indian Philosophy of Samyakh Darshan. Any reader unaware of that will not be able to understand what the author is trying to convey. The story seems scattered in bits and pieces and one will loose interest in the way. Somewhere the story picks up but at the very next page the languid description might ask the reader to put down the book. But the sensuous topic of young beauties enticing the old men might ask the reader to continue with the book. The story seems more of a fiction where a father is wooed by a young girl (relative) and the wife pays no attention, instead finds nothing wrong in it. The daughter aware of the lurking danger beside her steps ahead to indulge in activities and starts finding pleasure in it. If one tries to connect it with the real world, the story stands impotent. But if one tries to get the hidden meaning of the story then the author wins in explaining the Indian philosophy of Prakriti and Purush.

My Rating
 3/5

¡Salud!
JJJ


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