My Better Half Forever by Arushi Vats

Here is my review of My Better Half Forever by Arushi Vats

Romance, as a genre/concept, is always special to each individual’s heart. And there is no denying that destiny has a major role in bringing two souls together. Without us being ever aware, the universe conspires secretly and make us stand face to face with our destined partners is what keeps the unpredictability of life alive. 

This beautiful novel is a tale of two individuals who meet unexpectedly while going through a personal loss in their respective lives. Malvika has lost her brother and Rahul had to say goodbye to his dearest father. While the former suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, the latter too is carrying an emotional baggage. Both of them try to put on a strong face to meet the world and collide into each other, falling in love. They become each other’s constant support but we get to know that fate holds something different for them. They get seperated as Rahul goes abroad to pursue his higher studies. And when he comes, things change but to what degree that is what makes the suspense. 

The plot is well layered with contemporary romance genre. The narration is kept easy and simple making it a comfortable read for all. The language used is lucid. The characters are well potraited. There several characters in the plot and each has been given sufficient scope to contribute to the plot. 

A nice read I would say.

Book Review – The Promises We Made by Rohan Jain

Reviewing the first book of 2021 – The Promises We Made by Rohan Jain
. Happy Reading🌸

So, I have began my new year by reading this romantic novella by author, Rohan Jain. It is a classic romantic tale of two people who fall in love in the most unexpected circumstances in every way possible. They are faced with the ultimate question of how to confess their love for each other. Raj (Indian) and Sophia (German) are two students who meet in a foreign country with different cultural backgrounds but with their hearts beating for each other, irrespective of everything else. The characters are very nicely drawn and depict the kind of problems one is bound to face when people from two different cultural backgrounds meet. But all the differences become too small in front of the all-encompassing emotion called LOVE.

Second thing I liked the most about this novel is its vivacity. I have always loved reading novels with vivid descriptions; the kind of novels which stimulate my imagination and this book is sure one of them. When the protagonist, Raj, visits Switzerland, as a part of his internship program, the reader walks with him and enjoys the scenic beauty of this country. The description is so beautifully penned that you would want to pack your bags super quick and book a ticket to Switzerland.

Thus, I would sum up this book being a good one-time read. It provides you with the opportunity to experience the pangs of love along with journey of Switzerland. The plot is pretty predictable but still enjoyable.

Rating – 3/5

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Are you willing to sacrifice your love for your love? Jodi Picoult deals with the ultimate question of true love and loyalty in the heart-wrenching novel.

Imagine someone you love dearly. Now imagine that this person is sick and dying, and the life he lives is too painful to be worth it. So much so that you know for a fact that this person, if he was well enough to say it, would beg for death himself. Now if you had the choice to grant this…….would you do it? Would you be able to let him die or would you not? And would you be more selfish if you let him go, or if you keep him in that perpetual state of misery because you are too attached to give him up?

Questions like these do not have answers. The reason is that none of us are willing to think about them until we have to. This is what happened in the life of Luke Warren. The man who ran with the wolves (literally). He was an adventurer, too wild to have lived an ordinary life. Ironically though, not these adventures but a car accident put him in a coma one unfortunate night. The real tragedy however is what happens to his family next, as they have to decide whether to let him go off the ventilator or keep him in that vegetative state. Fully aware of the fact that he would never want a life like that, his family still cannot decide if they are ready to let him go.

This brilliant novel is yet another masterpiece by Jodi Picoult where she deals with the ultimate question of true love and loyalty- are you willing to sacrifice your love for your love? This tear-jerking and heart-wrenching novel is sure to leave its readers in a state of emotional trauma and purification.

Hence, I recommend it to everyone who has a strong enough heart. Personally, I fell in love with how well Picoult expressed human feelings and cannot wait to read more of this authors brilliant penmanship.

The Dog who healed a family- Jo Coudert

Can animals bring together and heal human families? What do you think? Read the full review of this amazing book – The dog who healed a family by Jo Coudert

They say soul mates come in all shapes and sizes. Tall, short, fat, skinny and sometimes even with four legs and a furry tail.

‘The dog who healed a family’ is a book of nineteen short stories about our furry friends and how these animals are more like us than we give them credit for.

It is a beautiful book that re-establishes the honest and unconditional relationship we have with our friends from the animal kingdom. It is a relationship that unfortunately we seem to have long forgotten, however these touching short stories remind us and take us right back to it.

Whether it is the story of the dog who brought together a family of adopted children, the talkative parrot who brought new meaning to the life of a widow or that German shepherd who comforted the sick and the lonely, every story in this ‘treasure’ of a book, leaves the reader happy and sad at the same time. Happy because of the love these creatures get into our lives and sad because we realise how ignorant we have become of that love.

I recommend this book to both animal lovers and those of us who are not particularly fond of them so that they become animal lovers too. It is literally impossible for anyone to not to fall in love with both this book and its protagonists.

We live in a world these days that has no time for love and compassion anymore. People have become so busy in their daily races that we have left humanity behind. Stories like these help us stop and look at what is really important and they help us realise the significance of these friends in our lives.

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

Here is my review of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy. Colin Singleton owns ten thousand dollars from a game show that he won. Colin Singleton only dates girls named Katherine. . Colin Singleton graduated High School as a straight-A student. On his graduation, Colin Singleton got dumped by his 19th Katherine.

An abundance of Katherines is another classic John Green book dealing with typical human emotions at the disastrous, evil age of teenage hood.  In this tale, Green introduces us to a guy called Colin. All his life Colin had been the intelligent kid. His parents were ever-proud of his accomplishments, however after his nineteenth breakup, his life goes haywire. Not only does Colin start getting depressed over his lack of successful relationships, he also starts doubting his future as he realises he is no longer a child prodigy. 

So what can one do, when one reaches a stage of midlife crisis while he is still young? There is only one answer. Road trip. With his ‘Judge Judy-loving best friend’ Colin decides to take a break from everyday life and go to an unknown destination.

Just like your average road trip story, ‘an abundance of Katherines’ is a crazy, wild and funny story full of adventure and fun that the protagonists have. Colin in his journey meets new people and begins to realise his the only way to solve his identity crises would be to come up with a revolutionary mathematical theorem of figuring out if two people can end up together (If that doesn’t spell NERD I don’t know what does!). With this theorem he not only aims at becoming famous and important again but also finally dealing with his relationship issues.

With new paces and friends, Colin manages to get the time to finally deal with his life crisis. Though this story follows Green’s ‘typical’ teenage-misery track, it still does not fail to make us smile and enjoy ourselves. For any Green fan this story is a must read, and for the non-fans, its great first book.

Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A college going girl who is still inside her fangirl bubble and doesn’t like leaving her room. How she adapts to new lifestyle changes and what all happens? Read everything in my review of the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

So, this book revolves around Cath and Wren, two identical twins who were inseparable until they went to college. While Cath still feels dependent on Wren and wants to spend as much time as possible together, Wren feels that it’s time that the two went their separate ways and found people to hang around with. Cath’s an introverted writer who spends most of her time in her room, writing fan-fiction while Wren’s an extrovert who likes to party and get drunk. Both of them had been Simon Snow’s fan but Wren wants to move out of this fangirl bubble while Cath is still inside it.

Since Wren doesn’t wishes to be Cath’s roommate so Cath has a new roomie. Her roommate Reagen, a character I personally loved, is a total badass who couldn’t care less about the world, their friendship is one of the most precious relationships in the book. It may not be the most obvious one, but it’s amazing. Cath initially has a hard time getting out of her room and has absolutely no friends, but as the story proceeds, Cath makes heartfelt connections which made me smile so much throughout. Cath’s an over thinker, she probably over thinks about over thinking if you ask me, but she’s the nicest character. The kind you want to put in a glass box so nobody could hurt her. The relationships portrayed in the book are probably the best part about it, for me at least. And not just the romantic ones, the one between Cath and her father, the one between Cath and Wren, even the non-existing full of resentment relationship Cath had with the mother who abandoned her.

When I started college, I had the same worries as Cath, about not knowing anyone, about being all alone, about what to do and where to go, it’s such an honest, well written story that I can’t help but think about how much I liked it.

That being said, I do feel that sometimes, Cath’s character was just a little too whiney, like a child who refuses to grow up but well, aren’t we all children who just don’t want to grow up either?

I give this book a 4/5.

Strange

Have you ever fallen out of love? I have tried to capture all those feelings in this poem 🙂

Isn’t it strange how we fall out of love?

How nothing but everything changes?

You look back to see how you fell in love

only to realise its nowhere in present phases.

The person you loved once unconditionally,

doesn’t appeal to you now.

As if he acts differently.

The connection is missing, your conscience doesn’t allow.

His eyes are cold, his talks are blabber,

the touch is lost

and the arguments are a dagger!

But in fact he is the same.

You are the same.

Just your love isn’t the same!

And you know its strange!

Ways of Decoding the Language

Language is the way of expressing our thoughts.

We use language to say what we are feeling, our emotions, the thoughts swinging in our minds, etc,etc. It is such a helpful tool that a human has discovered to convey his/her feelings towards others.

We all speak different languages like French, Spanish, Italian, Latin,and a thousands of others, but the common thing is that though we use different words but our ultimate goal is to convey what we feel. Those who fumble/stutter while speaking, find themselves comfortable in writing their emotions down.

But, language also depends on who is interpreting it ( Give it a thought!)

Language plays multiple roles – deceptive, elusive, disguised, etc.

Many scholars have used language as codes to be decoded by their followers only, and some have painted scriptures with hidden messages in them. Even geometrical figures have been used with some kind of secrecy in them. This all contributes to the fact that we all have been using language as a kind of shield to protect our real thoughts underneath. Let us say, play writers like – Shakespeare, Chaucer, Marlowe, or Homer – wrote certain things on surface but meant something else beneath. These things can only be deciphered by reading between the lines.

One person deciphers the language according to his/her own favorable conditions. Don’t we do that all the time? We just decipher it in whatever way we want to decipher it. For example, we could easily misunderstand a sarcastic remark as a compliment, depending our ability to understand sarcasm. Now, what else plays a big role in deciphering the language is our individual personality. For instance, if, I am a good person then, my perception of others would also be similar. If, I know I am honest then, I perceive other people to be honest too.

So, what does this shows? It shows that whatever our ” I ” wants to accept is what we see from our “EYES”.

So, my point is that when we carefully peel out the layers, we come across the real meaning, then only we get to know how beautiful this invention of LANGUAGE is. Some people using the language so loosely while other using it so carefully (choosing words carefully).

It becomes a positive tool when the man knows its value and could even influence people with his/her words.

I must say, the art of writing or even speaking is really a gift to certain people by God.

“Some can create big wonders with this tool while some can create blunders!!”