Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Amish’s Trilogy



If you ask me one year ago, I’d say I can’t complete such huge three books. But now I can read any number of pages although 24 hours in a day seem to be so short for my daily activities. Thus I completed three books of Amish, the Shiva Trilogy. No similes or comparisons would match his writing style. You must read at least one of Amish’s books once in your lifetime.  His Shiva Trilogies are:
  1. The Immortals of Meluha
  2. The Secret of the Nagas 
  3. The Oath of the Vayuputras

All these have been translated to many regional languages in India. I gathered these books from a library next door. While the first two went off very fast, third part took a bit long.

Background

Story revolves around a tribal head Shiva. From a common fellow, he was molded as a godly being. He marries Sati, the princess of Meluha. In short, it is just a reframe of Lord Shiva’s story.

Positives

  • Wonderful narration
  • Perfect love story
  • Background has been studied well

Negatives

  • Third part is lagging
  • Supports concept of living god
  • At times, encouraged violence

Author has showed us there is no need to run behind fantasies like Harry Potter as there are so many stories that can be elaborated or altered in India itself. I felt my eyes wet when I went through some of the emotional sequence in that book. I must say it is for the first time. Anyway, don’t miss this book- the voice of voiceless!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hmm? New Year Celebrations For Ladies


Somehow we all have managed to replace 2014 as 2015. It has been one week since my last post appeared here. I don’t want to break the word I’d given to my readers as well as to myself.  Coming to New Year thing… For journalist folks, every day is fresh and beginning of an era. News of today won’t repeat again another day. In fact, novelty is the main point that dragged me to this profession.
Nevertheless, we do enjoy festivals. We celebrate in our own way. Employees took a share and bought a cake. Calendars are replaced. New colorful header for newspaper was introduced. We can’t expect more celebrations as the readers need news the very next day. There is no time to spare to enjoy or mourn. Public are not concerned of the happenings at our office. All they want to know is what is going around the world, country, state and locality.
Being a Malayali lady, my New Year celebrations are mostly confined inside the four walls of my apartment. On 30th December 2014, I had a conversation with driver of my office cab while returning back to home at night.
  • Is there New Year Celebrations in Kozhikode?
  • Of course yes!
  • Venues?
  • Beach is the main center. Some hotels also conduct programs.
  • Will it have female participation?
  • Hmm?  No!
  • Why?
  • It is better for ladies to stay home.  Why should you take a risk?
  • But there are parties at Kochi and outside Kerala
  • Well, we are not that much developed here.

He is just a representative of the male community in Kerala. My family is also the same. My brother told New Year party is not a good choice for females to attend. So like all my fellow lady folks, I too watched live celebrations over TV. I heard fireworks from outside. I ran out to balcony. Colors appeared in sky. It was really far away. I wanted to go there. But I’m a lady. We’d walk out only when sun accompanies us
I went to bed and closed my eyes. I stand in the middle of a hanging bridge. Crackers and fireworks embraced me from both sides. I held it my hands. No burns, no restrictions… I live there with my dreams. The day I lose my ability to imagine, that’s the end of my life!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sorry 2014

English has become a tough language for me now. It’s not because I lost the flow in scribbling. I’m unsure about the exact reason. What I did to this blog is a sin! I should have posted at least some silly topics here once in a while. This was my pride and love. I was overwhelmed when I hear someone addressing me as VILLAGE GIRL.  Even today I’m so.  Only a few of my readers and fellow bloggers knew of my existence.

I had lame excuses. No time, always busy with official and household works. Still, I managed to frame regular articles for city supplement in Mathrubhumi, the daily I work for.  Just one night away, it’s New Year. If I count what I did this year in English blog, a big zero is the answer. Damuettan, my brother-in-law told me that I’m not at all concerned in upgrading my ideas in blog.

Will you believe, for past one year all I did in village girl was to blame myself for not updating regularly? Except a Rameshwaram criticism, there is no single serious post produced.  In spite of everything, I write the same words again and again.



Leaving all that and keeping in mind the whole lot, I take a New Year resolution for first time. I’LL UPDATE MY BLOG ATLEAST EVERY WEEK FROM 2015.  Posts may not be serious subjects for ever and a day. It may be weekly roundups or very personal moments.

2014… A year of storm, confusion, aimless journeys, bylines, hard work, tears and finally happiness! Whether job or family life, I’d truly believe this year I started the real voyage. My goals are achieved though a little more left.  I’ve a partner who likes me the way I’m. He let me work, read or write according to my wish.

More than that, we are settled at Kozhikode, my favorite city. Although free evenings are rare for us, we do enjoy ourselves when we get some. Beach, dancing tea, hot ice-cream, exhibitions or so on adds flavors for us.


Do bear me this time. Assuring you a regularly updated blog next year!  Signing off 2014… Happy New Year ahead.