Our Love Affair!!

How unexpectedly life takes turn,
making all decisions worth!
Like a shooting star you fell into my lap
with beaming optimism and jazzy claps.

That first eye contact is still continuing
Your magic of touch is still worth pursuing.
I can’t get enough of your talks
Everything is enchanting from your voice to our datenight walks.

I found in you a reflection of me
Your arrival tickled the half-slept child in me
Baby, sweetheart, and darling were just some words till now
Your affection, your love made these words sound wow!

The very initials of your name bring a broad smile on my face
My lips instantly start craving for your mouth’s taste.
We have shared an unstoppable kiss
whose power carries a pure bliss.

I don’t know how far this bond will go
I don’t know how bright our memories will glow
I just know we love, we laugh, we fight, we tease, and we care
Falling hard for each other every time and keeping alive our love affair!

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Family Ties by Richard Risemberg

Richard Risemberg is a self-published & budding British writer. His genre specializes in exploring and sensitizing human relationships. His novel Family Ties, published in 2016, is divided into three sections. It is a mystery trapped in various complex relationships. One can say that it is quite similar to Khaled Hosseini’s, A Thousand Splendid Sons. As, the former depicts family issues of marriage, love, trust and war, similarly, the latter too showcases family relationships but with a twist of solving up a mystery.

The story opens up with a beautiful description of Lake Helena in Sierra foothills at Los Angeles. The protagonist, Lenny Strasser, a print shop production manager with his landlord and ex-cop friend Red Henshaw arrive here to relax. The narrative and plot of the story is simple yet complex. A Mexican couple Ray and Julia follow them and interestingly, the reason behind this action is not cited. Then, its revealed that landlord Red is missing. Lenny with his relative Uncle Angle, his friend Clarence and Mrs. Williamson, wife of retired cop Mae Belle Williamson investigate about the incident. The mystery begins its journey with the revelation of Red’s whereabouts along with Connie, another person surrounded by the mystery in a dying state. The novel ends in unraveling of a double mystery.

Thus, I rate this novel 5/5. To me, reading this novel was an exciting and overwhelming experience. The narrative technique developed a superb interest in me such that it made me curious to know what next now.

Till the last page of the novel, my heart beat had remained heightened. When I reached the moment that stated double mystery, it swayed me with many questions in my mind. Who kidnapped Red? Is it a personal revenge of someone? Will Lenny be able to save him? Will Lenny succeed in exposing the culprit? What if Red dies? Will the mystery be revealed? If yes, how? Thus, to witness the climax, the novel is must a read.

Moreover, the presentation of the novel in its mysterious form attracted my attention to explore what the mystery Is all about. Therefore, to conclude, the novel title is apt as it highlights the relationship of bondage, love, trust, faith and happiness. The author through mysterious ways has beautifully described the importance of these strong emotional concepts in a person’s life.

You can reach out to Richard Risemberg at

rickrise@earthlink.net
323-428-4669
crowtreebooks.com

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

21st century. Freedom of speech. Equal human rights. No racism (at least it is frowned upon, anyway!).

Now, rewind a bit and enter the world of Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. A time where black maids raised up white babies, though they weren’t trusted-‘ not to steal the silver’ .

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is an extra ordinary story told by three extra ordinary women, who live in a time they are much ahead of.

The story starts by showing the two very different worlds of ‘The help’ (the colored women) and the ‘jobless, stylish, league ladies’ (the white women) co-existing together in a small town in Mississippi.

The joining link between these two worlds was one of the main protagonists- Miss Skeeter- the white, aspiring writer raised by black maids all her life.

Skeeter always wanted to write something that people really needed to read about. So, in a time where even speaking to a black person was shunned upon, she decided to team up with two black women (Aibileen and Minny) and write about the point of view of ‘the help’.

In this dark, hard hitting tale of the past, Stockett re-explores history with three strong women.

Women, who dared to break the unfair, unspoken rules in search of a truth, they had been questioning their entire lives.

Women who risked their lives to speak out against injustice.

Women who showed us what courage is, and the impact it can have and finally, women who taught us the power of unity and friendship.

Through The Help, Stockett not only changed the lives the people in the book but also those of its readers as it forces one to think about the ignorance we practice on the help around us even today. It forces us to realize that the evil of ‘slavery’ still exists and that it is finally time for us to start changing that.

This deeply moving novel teaches us to ultimately respect everyone and anyone around us irrespective of their class, caste, gender or color.  So it’s a must read for both racists and anti-racists out there, so they can either feel the shame or the pride they deserve.

The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi is an Indian author, best known for his trilogy – The Shiva TrilogyThe Secret of the Nagas is the second book in the trilogy. He has also written Scion of Ikshvaku and Sita- the warrior of Mithila is his latest venture. With The Shiva Trilogy, Amish Tripathi started a new genre where he took the mythological stories and gave them a human touch, so that, they become more relatable. 

The Secret of the Nagas is a sequel to The Immortals of Meluha and it begins right where the previous book ended. What is really unique about all of Amish Tripathi’s books is how he normalizes all the mythological characters to normal human beings. It makes it so easy for the reader to connect with the story which is not possible when you read Indian mythology. Even Ganesh who was supposed to be made from the ground in the Hindu mythology was given a more realistic reason for his face.. Ganesh and Kali were said to have been born with deformities and had been shunned by their own family. This book is also relevant to the present day issues where people who are different are made to be isolated from others and this arises because of the lack of understanding between them. Just like the Nagas were misunderstood by the people of Meluha.

This book also sends a strong message that evil is not defined by a locality or a particular sect of people but it is inside everyone. Good and evil are just two sides of the same coin. It also addresses how change and freedom is essential for the good-functioning of the society. I think this book not only shows Indian mythology in a new way but also connects it with social issues that are still relevant in today’s society. This book is really good for the young generation as it shows Indian mythology in a way that will interest them.

Give it a read guys!

The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

The Immortals of  Meluha is the first book in the series of Shiva Trilogy and it is the first time that Indian Mythology has been written in such a way. Amish Tripathi created a new style of writing where he gave scientific reasons for all the improbable incidents that took place in his books and also has brought up a very deep and complex topic. And, the topic is what is good and what is evil?

When we think about Indian Mythology, we imagine God coming down on Earth and blessing us with miracles but in Amish Tripathi’s books Indian Mythology has been given a twist. This twist has been done to attract the younger generation and the atheists.

Lord Shiva portrayed as God in Indian mythology is given a really humane character in the book.  He was not someone filled with wise sayings but he had a strong character, open to new discoveries, learning through experience and yet sturdy with his beliefs and I believe that even in today’s world that is what is required to bring a change in the world.

One of the worst attributes of human nature is to jump to conclusion and this book made me realize that we should never judge someone else just listening to another person’s perspective. Most of the book talks about how rules and regulations were necessary for proper working of the society without discrimination. While reading I went with the flow and failed to look at the obvious failures in the society of Meluha because how well the society worked but is the proper working of society the important part or is it individual happiness. The later part of the book reveals how freedom affects society. Although there is poverty and no organization but the people are happy because they have freedom and they aren’t bound to some order or duty. We can actually consider the Meluhan society as a Communist society but there was still some lack of equality among the people.

This book leaves us in two crossroads unable to determine good from evil and maybe that’s what a trilogy is supposed to do, i.e., make us wait eagerly for the second book.

The fall of YouTube: Introducing the Trashy Side of YouTube

The fall of YouTube has begun and some of us has not noticed it yet. Thus, I think, more than anything else, it is my moral duty to bring into light the side of the YouTube which has fallen straight into a dark, logic less, dungeon. People still watching such garbage makes the situation more alarming than ever!

It’s Everyday Bro, the title says. I look at the number of views to decide if I should click on it or not. The number makes me gasp. The video has garnered 72 million views. I decide, I must watch this video. This is the story of how I wasted 3:41 minutes in my life. And it is the story of how I stumbled on the garbage-ridden side of YouTube.

Meet the Paul’s, Team ten, KSI and numerous YouTubers who have gifted the internet trash. They create dozens of videos where they supposedly “roast” each other because they have “beef” with them. The fights between these immature kids have resulted in millions and millions of views being generated and lots of time being wasted. In the name of vlogging, YouTubers today create fake fights with each other, waste money in buying cars and other expensive gadgets, make fake pranks, react to videos and so on. The best part of all these fights are the so-called disstracks. Disstracks garner views like no other video. “It’s Everyday Bro “was in fact a disstrack by a YouTuber made on his girlfriend. Now you may ask me, why am I so riled up by stupid acts if they are as dumb as I claim them to be.

In today’s world, anything is acceptable. Many parents do not know how to draw the line when it comes to their children. The current generation learns from its environment more than any other source. These children learn from their friends and from the internet/TV more than anyone else because their parents work for jobs, which start in the morning and end late at night (considering only the Indian middle class scenario). Parents give their children whatever they want to compensate for their absence at home. Without anyone at home (because nowadays traditional joint family system is void), children are prey to the internet and social media sites. With people like the Paul’s and other YouTubers who corrupt the internet with fake fights and extravagant spending, children get influenced in the wrong way. They think that getting extravagant gadgets and being in gangs helps their social standing. They fail to see the difference between fake fights and fake pranks and end up using social media sites to abuse the rival gang. What makes me more upset is the fact YouTube also does not distinguish between content and monetarily supports anyone with a lot of views on the internet.

Children are young. Their minds are fertile and reap the fruit of any seed sown in their mind. Be it good or bad, they fail to see things the way an adult sees it. Which is why protecting them is so important. Children do not realize how YouTubers think of them. They do not understand that they are just cash-cows to YouTubers for buying their merchandise and giving them views. Parents also don’t know how to say no to their kids. What worries me the most is how we are normalizing these kinds of behavior.

Today, literally everyone is making disstracks and roasting one another for the views. I wish YouTube learns to censor the rubbish on their website and monetize content that isn’t negative and destructive. More than that I wish everyone had the common sense to choose good content from bad.  And I wish Children would realize how they are fooled by their so called “idols”. I wish they knew that they are fooled into buying merchandise and supporting dim-witted YouTubers.

If things continue the way they are, one need never worry about getting tanned cause the future will surely be dark as the night sky.

You Loved Me at My Darkest by Evie Harper

Every once in a while, I browse through the ‘free books for kindle’ section on amazon, which is where I came across this book. The title caught my eye almost instantly. And the cover wasn’t too bad to look at either, it made me curious as well as excited. You Loved Me at My Darkest is the first book of the You Loved Me series by Evie Harper. This book came out on 7 March, 2017 and is Harper’s most famous book out of all the 14 she has written till now.

The story begins with Lily and Sasha Morgan; two Australian sisters traveling to America for a long overdue vacation. It starts out like a good carefree holiday, but soon turns into their biggest nightmare. They’re kidnapped by a rich madman Marco running a sex slave dynasty and separated.

The story mostly revolves around Lily and Jake, one of her kidnappers; they find comfort in each others’ company and fall in love. Jake finds himself torn between his love for Lily and the duty he has to fulfill.

What I really like about this story is that even though, Sasha is hardly a main character, you can’t forget about her while reading the book since Lily’s sisterly concern is always prominent. The urgency in the dialogues show the love and affection the sisters have for one another. Lily does everything she can to plan her sister’s escape even though she knows that if she’s caught, the consequences will be brutal for both of them. The intensity of the brutality and the reality of a sex slave dynasty honestly made me cringe while reading this book. One emotion I felt most vibrantly throughout was anger.

There were parts I couldn’t understand, like how could someone fall in love with their captor? Was it Stockholm syndrome? All these questions however, are answered by the time you finish reading this book. I’ve always believed that a good ending is always better than a happy ending, and this book definitely has a good ending.

I’d give this book a 4/5 rating.