Nancy Drew

ND1tsotocMy first crush.
It all started on a summer afternoon in my 7th class with a library book brought home by my mother. Naturally my friend who also loves books hooked along and between us before we finished our 10th standard we completed 50 odd library additions and we used to pester our Head-Mistress to bring more to the collection.Our librarian who till today recollects our book obsession (fondly) would grant us only 1 book each ,so before any major holidays we used to conspire with our classmates and book all the books so that we can exchange them in the holidays. Seeing through our plan she sometimes would pity us and grant more, being the teacher’s daughter has its perks 🙂 . In my 10th standard there came a point where we have neglected the classwork and also the unit tests and was warned by my class teacher (also my mother) in front of the whole class.

These are the best books for a teenager to get hooked to reading. These definitely played a major role in my lure of mystery series.They say not all books are written by Carolyn Keene, but for us since this is her idea, her child she will always be the writer for whatever book we read with Nancy’s name on it. The stories usually have Nancy the main protagonist who help local detectives with some cases aided by her father Carson Drew who is a lawyer. She is often followed by her friends the tom boyish George & her cousin Bess and sometimes their boy friends. This takes place in a fictional town called River Heights.

I was so influenced by Nancy that I wanted to become a detective for most of my early life and wrote the same in all my 10th clasnancy_drew_56_the_thirteenth_pearl_frontcover_large_En3ROOq6dWgDuRps autograph books.But with no proper guidance & lack of opportunities I ended up being an engineer. We used to enact the main characters and crime scenes in our leisure periods in school and imagine ourselves to be in River Heights and that still is my dream destination.Till today on our every school visit we check whether ours is the last name on the book card.After all these years recently we raided landmark specifically for these books and spent the whole afternoon searching for the series & reminiscing the whole time.We had so much joy and its one of my best memory.

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Boys v&s Girls

I want you to write about this for a very long time and you are not cooperating…  my inner frustrated-feminist-teenager sulked.
I know, replied my outer-adult-mature-self.

So, can we start now….I’m so fed up of holding back. Teen Me stated animatedly.
Ok, write away as anyhow you are not allowing me to do anything else. Adult Me put in.

Teen Me yelled excitedly, Remember in your 5th class how u girls & boys always used to gang up and fight with spies on either side.
Offo! you are not even supposed to be born then why did u hold a grudge…  Adult me interrupted.                                                                                                                                               Never-mind about me but see my point here, they start young… Even from the baby phase they start playing by destroying and we start playing by creating and there lies the crux of the conflict of entire human race…. Teen me ended dramatically.
My Goodness! Adult Me introspected.

See our brains are wired differently,even though everything is happening right in front of their eyes they can’t see & they neglect to keep track of things happening close to them….. but they can very easily remember all types of games from around the world. An occasional game, may be like a world cup final is fine but what with these endless parade. Teen Me ranted.
Ya, even I used to wonder, when they got time & energy to invest in movies or sports why can’t they do the same with your everyday living breathing thinking things… Adult Me surprisingly agreed.
Now that would make too much sense 🙂 … My point is when they are so good in all these things why can’t they adopt a few emotions and in the way pick up a few feelings. Teen Me seconded.

The society often describes or wants them to be tough, but I feel hard is more suitable. Teen Me high-handedly informed.                                                                                   Now you are being rude as opposed to direct…  Adult Me shared.

Ok, on top of all these they feel women are complicated.Even if some one tries, they can’t create a more beautifully opposite person to boys than girls..I’m not saying this since I’m a girl, if you can find a more neutral source feel free to ask them :).. Teen Me smirked.    What is wrong with being different? You are supposed to be different, you know the balancing act of Universe… remember yin & yang. Adult Me chided.

And don’t even get me started on cleanliness.Teen Me snapped                                                Ok,so they sometimes neglect to keep things in their proper places ..Big deal !!! Adult me shared.                                                                                                                                            Excuse me,do u not fight with your brother on this like every day… Teen Me enquired.
No, that is you…. Adult Me smiled.
Ya right! Teen Me snorted.

So what do u want them to do? Adult Me asked.
Like they are going to listen to me now! I just wanted to rant for a little bit.Anyways, since I’m past this ranting phase & hopefully over it & became u I’m planning to ignore or accept the said behavior traits depending on the moment and move on. Teen Me concluded.
With modern wonders of Literature,now we even have ‘Chick lit’ & ‘Lad lit’ which indicates that we can peacefully coexist in this vast space called universe and contribute to its harmony. Adult Me finished. 🙂

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The Shiva Trilogy

My brother & ‘The Hindu’ have introduced me to this book on the same day. Blending mythology & history and combining fact & fiction is my fav genre. So I couldn’t control my excitement when we ordered for these books. Added to that it has an interesting story line “The story of the man whom legend turned into a god”. And it also has very interesting cover images.

As mentioned in the blurb this trilogy deals with the story of Shiva from humanist point of view.The three installments of the trilogy take you through the ride of a Tibetan Immigrant who is driven by his innate sense of justice, his internal conflict between good & evil and his calling & destiny.

Even though the plot ideas & the screenplay are good the writing puts a major dent in the overall experience of the book.The language used is very amateurish & the narration of the scenes is too flat. The characters are not fully developed.The turmoil & anguish is totally missing .Compared to the first book the second one is better (may be due to my reduced expectations)as we can anticipate & enjoy the plot twists.But the author has the habit of abruptly ending the books which leaves out the sense of completion.

If we are drawing parallels to the mythological characters, few of those are used really well. The author’s thoughts on destiny,choosing,philosophical duality,perspective of evil are communicated as wordings between Shiva & the Vasudev’s. But most of the times the books hint you of Panchatantra stories as in giving moral lessons to children. The Meluhan way of life & the description of their architecture is straight out from the history notes.The symbols used to represent caste system appear as forced inspiration from Dan Brown.May be my own overactive imagination is drawing conclusions, but somehow the track of people finding the blue throat & recognizing him as Neelakant reminds me of Harry’s scar & that of the people living through ages & somras of vampires.

If you have fewer expectations & if you’re not looking for the Indian version of Dan Brown in this author then you will definitely enjoy the book better than me. But nevertheless as I have the habit of logically concluding the series I’m very much looking forward for the final installment.

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Know your personality type?

For most of us analyzing people is a fav past-time. What is she/he like? Is the first question that circles in the brain when we meet a person. Sometimes the answer strikes immediately & other times it needs a deeper digging. Intelligent,smart,clever or wait are all these the same things?? The confusion surrounding this made me explore deeper & here are the differences & similarities between these descriptive adjectives.

So let’s start with the most used words                                                                              Intelligence is The capacity of understanding,having knowledge                                             Clever means Mentally bright, showing inventiveness, astute                                                    Though these words are used as synonyms most of the times, they have different meanings. Intelligence helps you understand easily whereas cleverness helps you understand quickly. In other words Intelligence is understanding an issue & cleverness is solving the issue.                                                                                                                                   Now what happens to SmartnessIt is quick or prompt in action… where in it is understanding quickly & easily.

Coming to the other major word Sensibleis having sense or sound judgement.          Wisdom is combing intelligence & common sense.. it is the power to judge properly,insight…     it uses intelligence to make decisions                                                    Brilliance is distinguished or illustrious,conspicuous talent …. it is excellence in mental ability.                                                                                                                                                        Genius – One who is very clever, very intelligent & very everything. One who embodies exceptional intellectual ability , originality and creativity.

If you are still confused with these words and are not sure of their usage,then feel free to interchange & use these adjectives as you please. Our comfort should be our foremost concern 🙂

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Meena – Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani

In my summer holidays I find a book at my grandparents house which is a very old copy, but the cover image(an illustration by Bapu) & the blurb attracts me and on impulse I read it. To my pleasant surprise,”Meena” turns out to be my most cherished read. I still treasure the copy & this has become the single book I revisit most in my life.

What makes the book so special? Meena the main character & the host of other characters that surround & compliment her.The magic of the writer flows through each & every page of the book. The biggest achievement of the writer is that she makes us love Meena with all her flaws.The development of the relationship between the hero & heroine is shown in a realistic way and we too grow to love him along with Meena.The other important character is the mother of Meena. Even though she is tyrannical ,she is not without her merits.

The story revolves around the heroine, her fight against her dominant mother, her escape  from an unwanted marriage, her attempt to reunite feuding families & how she succeeds in marrying the man she loves. Wow,she truly has an exciting life and the way the writer narrates all these is so interesting & easily identifiable that you will love to be in her place.

Yaddanapudi is very good with details.Every scene unveils in front of you .The way she describes even the minute things is so commendable not to mention the sarees & dressings which we can even quote. She definitely is a progressive thinker of her generation. Never her heroines are doormats & she always challenges the societal obligations.The way she compares the living styles of the cities & villages and also the rich & poor evokes laughter and is a delight to read.

Like family song or family theme if we can have a family book this will be ours.My aunts & my mom love this book which is actually written in their generation but till today we can feel the freshness of the book. My friends immensely enjoy this book.This is the first book I read by this author which made me search for more, but this still is my favorite.

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Writing Tips

Iam not any published author as u know, but these are the salient points which I found interesting when reading a book.So here Iam ready to share them with you. If you know me you will also know that Iam not much into the personality development /self help books(Ya ! I need to grow up) but love the fiction books. So these tips are mainly for the aspiring fiction writers.

The first & most imp thing you need when you write a book is command over the language in which you wish to write. The grammatical & syntactical errors may not seem imp in the greater scheme of things but they definitely ruin the flow for the readers. Have fun with words,play with them & make them interesting. Unique phrases will definitely bring you more readers. But don’t use too flowery language which the average reader may not understand.

Choose the tone of your book.Do u wish to inspire,educate or entertain and stick to that tone throughout the book.Don’t waver from one to other or if your aim is to waver from one tone to other make sure you have a smooth transition.  Start writing with whatever comes to you, never at first stop for corrections. Only when you are done with the flow start the edits. Write with your heart and edit with your mind.

If you have wild imagination then you should already be a writer. Imagination is the best gift a writer can ever have. Funniest or scariest any situation you need, with your imagination your work is already half done. But first do extensive research on your chosen premise so that u can get your facts right. Be Inspired but again never copy. Awe the readers with clever plot twists.

Main things which make a book popular are ,It should connect with the readers. Either they should be able to identify/sympathize with the characters or It should be drastically different from routine stuff wherein faced with the similar situations they would love to react the exact way, and It should cater to the intellectual hunger and adventurous appetite of the readers. If you can achieve any of these you are success as a writer.

When I master all these things, may be then I can start to think about writing a book.  Before which I need to sort out few obstacles like earning a living which may even help me in funding these other hobbies/interests 🙂

You probably have some tips too, do share it here with us……

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India Against Corruption

Good to see , finally we Indians have decided ‘ We had enough’ and started to take matters into our hands . This is the time to fight for the change which we always hoped would someday happen. The strong lok pal bill is definitely a start for better India.

The spirit to fight was never lacking in our people. But somehow we couldn’t covert it into major revolution till now. The lack of proper leaders may be a reason too.But with Anna Hazare & his team people found someone who they can trust & follow.The right magnitude & the right intensity which is very much needed at this stage is what we are seeing now. But what we seriously need to hope is that like many movements this does not subside with time until the goal is reached.

Don’t support the movement blindly just because everyone around you is buzzing with news.First know all the details and then decide your stand. Remember if we are supporting India against Corruption it should start with ourselves & our homes.

All the cynics ,skeptics ,detractors and disbelievers go take a break. Something historical is going on & we don’t need you here…..

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