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Little Woes in A Womb by Nidhi — March 24, 2014

Little Woes in A Womb by Nidhi

I have never been a poet myself, but this poem is written by my brilliant cousin sister, Nidhi M and I wanted it to be read.This poem is about female feoticide which is a horrible evil practice in India as girls are considered to be a burden on the society. 

 Little woes in a womb

As in my mother’s womb I stayed,

In fright I’d often curl

As in dread of the day I often lived,

When they‘d come to know I was a girl

 

I often wondered

Whether they’d love me

I often pondered

On what they’d think of me

 

Would I be the apple of their eyes

Or a sore burden in my parents’ lives?

Would they encourage my tries

Or discourage my life’s developing strides?

 

Would they soothe or instil

In me the fears

With which my heart would fill

With disappointment in the coming years?

 

Would I be their good luck charm

Or a curse with no place in their heart?

Would they guide and protect me from harm

And play a loving parent’s part?

 

Would they let me live

In the first place? I ask

Would the social awareness drives give

Me protection? I ask

 

Let me live, I beg you

Let me enjoy

What is enjoyed by you

Tomorrow , let me raise my head

In pride and say that

‘I am proud to be a girl child!!’

Nidhi M

 

My Say- Divergent by Veronica Roth — March 22, 2014

My Say- Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent is the new Hunger Games. Kind of. I did not mean to compare, but it seemed like the same theme. Factions are like districts, only some can reach initiation, very much like only one victor can survive, serums that produce hallucinations which force the person to believe that his friends are his enemies, like the tracker jacker’s venom. However, I did find it a nice read.

From the back of the book:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

My say:

Like I said, the plot of the story is very similar to the Hunger Games.

When one turns sixteen, he/she are required to take a test to decide the factions they go to. The factions will be their homes for the rest of their lives. Beatrice’s test results give a very unusual result and she is informed that she is divergent. In the choosing ceremony, she chooses Dauntless much to the dismay of her family members. Beatrice(now Tris)  then commits many acts of bravery, and the dangers of being Divergent are now becoming clearer to her due to the simulation serums that she has to take during initiation. She also realizes that her instructor and love interest, Four (Tobias), is also slightly divergent.  After she becomes a part of Dauntless, everyone is given a serum which makes them hypnotised (I understood it this way) and do the bidding of the people of Erudite, who are planning to overtake the government from abnegation with a little bit of inside help from the Dauntless. However, the serum does not affect those who are divergent. Tris and Tobias escape the marching army of clueless Dauntless citizens, but end up in Jeanine’s room(She is the main person behind the coup), where Tobias is given a serum(there’s that word again) that produce hallucinations which force Tobias to believe that his friends are his enemies (like the tracker jacker’s venom), and he also tries to choke Tris. Tris, with the help of her father and her brother, Caleb(her mother was shot while she tried to defend  her daughter and admitted to bieng divergent herself.)finally crashes the computer with the help of Tobias, who recovers by the sound of her calling his name. The people are restored to normal, but Tris and Caleb are left as orphans.

The book is ideal for woman empowerment, since Beatrice is the embodiment of the ideal brave woman who has nothing to depend on, also, the main antagonist, Jeanine, is female. During her last test of initiation, the simulation serum highlights seven of her fears. One of Tris’ fears include sexual harassment, which I feel is a very important issue in today’s world.  The characters were likable, and I could relate to the short childlike frame of Beatrice. Beatrice Prior comes from the Abnegation faction who live to serve humanity and are “Wasting valuable resources” according to the other factions, especially the Erudite faction because of their habit of serving to the poor and homeless(factionless). I absolutely loved the idea of being sent to your respective factions based on your qualities and it reminded me of sorting people into their respective houses in Harry Potter. Christina, Tris’ friend in Dauntless is vital to the story because she helps Tris discover her inner beauty and also makes her confident.

On the whole, the book was rather enlightening, but I wish it didn’t remind me of the hunger Games so much. I dont think I have joined the Divergent fandom, and I don’t think I ever will, but nevertheless, the book was good enough for me to read through the night.

SHERLOCK — March 20, 2014

SHERLOCK

Yes, I have finally joined the Sherlock fandom and I have never ever joined any other fandom so quickly. I absolutely love the characters and the actors and the dialogues and everything about it. I finished watching the whole of Sherlock(three seasons, Nine episodes) in less than two days. My love for the British people has increased again. I love Benedict Cumberbach and his delivery of dialogues that makes him so perfect for the role of Sherlock Holmes. Thank God for BBC, Benedict Cumberbach, Sherlock Holmes, and everything British. I dont want to write much because the only thing I can type contains the words I LOVE. 

I was disheartened when I heard the next season would release only in 2016. I cannot wait till then. I just cannot. Its been two days since Ive joined the fandom and Ive already convinced some of my friends to watch it. For those who havent watched it, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!??

I AM SHERLOCKED

Thank you to all those who encouraged me to join the fandom-  Charlotte ( itsmecharlotte.wordpress.com/ ) and Laboni (timelessdayspring.wordpress.com/ ) to name a few. 😀 

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My Say- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green —

My Say- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I finally got my hands on John Green’s an Abundance Of Katherines after three months. It wasn’t as good as I had expected it to be. I was looking for more but this book turned out to be a slight disappointment. 

From the back of the book:

Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart 
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

My review:

After books like Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars and Paper towns, I was expecting something much more adventurous and adrenaline pumping. But all I got from this book was a Love story with not much of anything else except for the usual things you find in a love story. 

Like I said, it was a total disappointment. In one of my previous posts, I mentioned it to be the best 21 pages ever and was looking forward to reading the whole book. The summary does seem interesting. Nineteen girls of the same name. (How do you even come across so many of them?) It was quite predictable and according to me, there was not point of the story. Colin Singleton is a washed up child prodigy trying to make a mark in this world because he wants to matter. We all do want to matter. So you think that you can relate to Colin. But unfortunately, Colin is not a very likable character because he is extremely whiny and self centered. His friend Hassan is alright, however I don’t really get attached to any of them. The moment Lindsey Lee Wells entered the scene, I knew that she would be Colin’s girlfriend(She already is the girlfriend of another Colin). There were slightly funny parts and no emotional parts at all. The footnotes are very interesting and scientific, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. Out of the nineteen Katherines Colin has dated, three of them seem to be the same Katherine. There were very few places that would get your heart beat rate increased and that scene included a poorly shot bullet, hornets(not bees), a wild pig and a forest(you know the whole scene by now). I was fascinated by how much Colin knew and the small conversation in Arabic with Hassan made me feel embarassed that I could not understand what they were speaking even though I’ve learnt Arabic for Ten Years. 😛 In the book, Colin has been dumped by a girl called Katherine for the nineteenth time. He really loved her and thought that she was ‘the one’ so he was heart broken by their break up. He thus tries to come up with a formula to predict the curve of any relationship. When he finally comes up with a formula, he finally meets his girl, and after that he concludes that ‘The future is unpredictable’. A bit obvious, really. 

This is the first time I did not like John Green’s characters and I never call characters I love by using the authors name. I hung on till the end of the book, hoping that the end would be brilliant and unpredictable. But for the first time in my life, I was let down by John Green. I guess all the books written by an author cannot be equally exciting or wonderful. And I think I’ve learned that you must not expect anything from anyone. But John Green is still my favourite Young Adult author, and even if he comes up with twenty disappointments, I’ll still like him because of his personality (on YouTube) and the books of his which are fantastic. 

My favourite quotes:

You can love someone but you can never love people as much as you miss them

Books are the ultimate dumpees; Put them down theyll wait for you forever, give them attention and theyll love you forever.