Do you believe in the magic of books? I definitely do!
Shakespeare gave us the true definition of love ❤
Being in love is like walking with an invisible halo of happiness around you. The most precious inner and outer joy called love transports you directly to a fantastical la la land. And, we celebrate this magical love on Valentine’s Day with our loved ones, although, I truly believe that we should celebrate it every day. I believe when you are with the right partner, your every day is gushing with love. But Valentine’s Day for me is an opportunity to express my side of love since I’m not that expressive. It is a day to convey to my valentine how much I love him and to thank him for being the perfect substitute of missing perfection of my life. So, I’m dedicating this Shakespearean sonnet to my special someone and all the lovebirds out there 🙂
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Yeah, Love’s not Time’s fool
Review Time 😀
“Everyone has secrets…it’s just a matter of finding out what they are”, this true-to-the-core phrase, printed on the cover of this book, is exactly what this book explores throughout. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, is the first book of the millennium trilogy, written by the spectacular author, Stieg Larsson. This is the only trilogy that Larsson wrote and denied us the pleasure of reading more of his works because of his early death. It feels very unfortunate when we lose such precious authors to the God.
So, coming back to the review of this book, I would say it is a perfectly pieced murder-mystery narrative, dealing mainly with incest, psychopathology and sadism. The plot revolves around the industrialist Henrik Vanger’s obsession with finding the murderer of his grand-daughter Harriet and is sure, that the murderer is none other than someone from his own family. The frame of the plot is very simple – somebody had killed Harriet and there is a lookout for the murderer. Now, the twisted part comes in when we get to know that it’s been 40 years to the killing (even her body could not be found) and someone sends a pressed flower frame, every year, on the occasion of Henrik’s birthday. Sending a pressed flower frame is like a ritual that Harriet used to do before her disappearance. So, it is quite clear that, definitely, the murderer is some family member who knows about this ritual but the question arises who could it be?
So, this is the basic plot and then, we meet Mikael Blomkovist, a financial journalist, who is entangled in his own plot. He had a wrong story published about some big tycoon and is, now, facing charges for defamation. Mikael is our protagonist, in future, he is appointed by Vanger to find out who killed Harriet. Now, this is what I loved about Larsson’s narrative, he makes a journalist to be the crime-solver of this nearly-impossible-to-solve case. Usually, in other crime-mystery narratives, we see that a detective or a police inspector is on the lookout for the killer but here a journalist is hired to do so.
Since, Larsson himself was a journalist, so, this book completely justifies that there is no better detective/investigator than a journalist. And, you will love Blomkovist for being an extremely relatable investigator. He won’t behave extraordinarily, like Sherlock or someone with super powers, his mind works exactly like you and me. He would commit mistakes, jump onto wrong conclusions and you would feel lethargic when he would feel so. This is why I loved Larsson’s characterization because his characters are with similar daily life problems like we do. Next is the character of Lisbeth Salander (she is the girl with the dragon tattoo) who is a psychologically problem adult. She has a very unique personality, especially on the physical front (spikes, tattoos, piercings). But she is a brilliant computer hacker and it is with her aid that Blomkovist is able to solve the crime.
Undoubtedly, I would recommend this novel for sure and there are 2 more in the trilogy which I would try to get hands on asap. The story is so engaging that you will find your fingers denying to let go of this novel!
I am not spilling any beans because I want you guys to read it and get the savory taste it offers for yourself☺
Back from the vacay, time to review the books 😀
Hey Kindred Spirits,
I’m sure you must be wondering where did I vanish after promising an exciting year ahead. Well, actually, I was on my dream trip to Kerala (the southern state of India). I had a week long vacay there and it was so much fun. I was enjoying myself so much that I didn’t want to catch the flight and go home. But, as we know, our professional commitments need us so I (with a heavy heart) had to catch that flight and head back home.
It was one of the trip that would stay etched in my memory forever. The peaks & waterfalls of Munnar, the divine Alahpuzha & Cherai beaches, Marine Drive walkway, the greenery of coconut & palm trees and of course, the Keralaite culture is something thatI won’t forget ever in my life. This once-in-a-lifetime experience gave me the golden opportunity to walk with & into the nature since Delhi (my home) is more of a throbbing-with-crowd city. And, as Shakespeare once said – “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”, I find myself fortunate enough to visit Kerala, God’s own country.
So, I am including some of my vacay pics which I’m sure would be tempting enough to make you visit Kerala once in your lifetime. And, now, coming back to the novel reviews – I have recently done reading of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and will be posting its review anytime soon. Also, currently, I’m in the process of reading another fantastic book by Marquez, “Hundred Years of Solitude”.
Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions to make, feel free to flood my comments section below!
Lots of love xoxo :*
Happy reading ❤
Come, what may! I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year ❤
It’s the time to welcome a new year – 2017 with all the optimism and altruism 😀
I don’t know whether 2016 had been good with you or not but I believe that you made a lot of mistakes :p and learnt a new lesson every time! And, there’s one more thing that 2016 gave you, which is, – it added 365 more days of experience to your life 😉
Coming to me, 2016 had been a difficult year for me as I lost one of my loved one to God. But I guess, whether 2016 was a miss or a hit, I just wanna thank god for enabling me to make sane decisions. I wanna thank god for keeping me strong enough to endure the pain of losing someone so close. And, I wanna thank god for making me realize my mistakes and blessing me with the potential to eliminate negative thoughts. So, here I am, stepping in 2017 with all the optimism and leaving behind the cloud of despair of 2016.
So, party hard and if, you are not good at making resolutions (like me) then, just make one resolution of working hard & being honest towards everything & everyone, rest will fall in order 🙂
Come, what may! I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year ❤
Stay tuned! A lot of amazing book reviews are coming your way, this year 😉 Keep showering your love on Novelacious 😀
The love affair ❤
The love affair began when I was in my first semester, undergrad (B.A. major literature) and I was introduced to Sophocles (Oedipus), Ovid (Metamorphosis) and Homer (The Odyssey). The impression it left on my heart was and still, is inexplicable! I felt awestruck and got fascinated with the Greco-Roman culture. Their rich culture (they have gods for everything, isn’t it amazing?) and flabbergasting gory tragedies made me fell in love with them.
And, the love grew more strongly in my masters, when, this sem, I got the privilege to choose Greek & Latin literature paper. Our relationship became more intimate with Aeschylus’ Orestes and Virgil’s Aeneid. The interpretations are so amazing and I have always liked narratives dealing with the darker side of the realities. These Greco-Roman narratives are way more incredible & ingenious than any of the crime stories one can ever read. They contain all of those crimes that you can possibly imagine. You name it and they have done it 😛 They have such simple plot-lines, but the way they are presented is something that is more tempting. Wars, romance, drama, etc, all is of an epic level and is somewhat similar to Indian literature as well (excluding the gory & horrible death punishment part).
Also, as soon as GOT (Game of Thrones) hit the TV, I could literally witness Greco-Roman world unfolding in front of my eyes! Have you guys ever read any Greek or Latin narrative? If, yes, then which one? Did you like it- yes or no? Any reason behind your liking or disliking?
And, if, you are planning to read any, then, I would recommend you to read Homer and Ovid, at least 🙂
Don’t just wait for your Santa, be the Santa of somebody else’s life as well 🙂
Christmas is a synonym for gifts, love, happiness and, most importantly, positive vibes 😀 I know how excited all of you are, waiting for your Santa to bring you loads of presents, I share the similar kind of sentiments too! And, it is not just a foreign phenomenon anymore, we, in India, celebrate Christmas in the same spirit (or may be in higher spirits) as it is celebrated all over the world.
My favorite part about Christmas is, obviously, eating the most yummy plum-cake but also to spread happiness, just like Santa does, in others lives by doing charity. I may not dress up as a Santa but I do pledge every Christmas to do some sort of philanthropic work and this is what my post is about. I want to request all of you guys that, our spirit of charity should not stop as soon as 25th December ends. Please continue the humanitarian contribution throughout the year and take a pledge to be the Santa of someone else’s life 🙂
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, may all of your wishes come true and may, you gain enough potential to make someone else’s wishes come true as well :*
And, please do follow us on Instagram (Novelacious has recently joined there) 😀
It has been a long break since I posted the last blog post because I had my exams (Yes, 1st Sem, Masters :D). But, as you can see, I cannot stay away from you guys for so long, so, here I am again back and how 😉 This is the 3rd and final day of this quotes challenge tag, so without much ado, read my 3rd fav quote –
This quote defines me as a person – I read, I travel and I develop myself (I write too). Nothing else can define me better than this. It might only be 3 lines but this is the most apt quote for my personality.
Today, I am not nominating anybody rather, I am making it open for you guys to take this challenge and share you 3 favorite quotes 🙂 ❤
Ok, so, it’s day 2 of the challenge and I’m here with my second most likable/favourite quote.
“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
More than being an admirer, I’m rather more of a victim of this quote! It happens to me all the time. It’s a reason I have trust issues when it comes to trusting people who have just entered my life. Because when I’m being truthful from my side, I don’t want to give other people this opportunity to hurt me by their things they do not mean truly.
Does this happens to you too?
Today, I nominate –
I’m here again with another amazing nomination. This time, it is 3 days 3 quotes challenge! (yup, I’m excited) So, thank you Yashi, for this lovely-lovely nomination. It’s really a great challenge!
The rules are:
1.Pick 3 quotes for 3 days and write what they mean to you
2.Nominate 3 different bloggers each day (no repetition)
3.Thank the person who nominated you
4.Send the bloggers, you are nominating, a quick message so they can participate
Here is my quote –
I may not be a romantic novel reader, but this quote just I guess, seized my heart (<3) This is the most special, the most affectionate, the most passionate and the most everything quote in the world for me. I like the way how it is full of amour and sensuality at the same time! This is exactly similar to how one feels when one falls in love 🙂
My 3 Nominations are –
Simple made easy! psychology love feeling emotion thought behaviour success strategy
144 characters is not enough
Musings in the Modern Age