1. The images that touch our hearts most often wear the attire of simplicity. A smiling child, a shower of rain, an evening walk and a heartfelt conversation; they all have the power to move us and secure themselves in our memories for a long time. Twinkle Khanna falls back on this premise heavily in her book ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’. In all the four short stories she conjures up in this collection, there is certain simplicity- an element of everyday. The book opens with the title story wherein we follow a frail but spirited 17-year old Lakshmi Prasad and her dream to secure independence for every girl child of her village. It is followed by the tale of two sisters in their sixties, trying to piece together their lives between loneliness and unexpected friendship. The third story takes us into the world of a young Malayali woman who continues her search for meaning in life amidst multiple marriages. The final story, the longest of the four, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a village simpleton who takes up the cause of making affordable sanitary napkins for women from all strata of the society.
2. At the age of just 15 Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban – she survived! Now she is a famous political activist, continuing her campaign for education, equality and peace for every child, everywhere. In light of her attainment of the Nobel Peace Prize this book is more relevant than ever. Malala tells a story that demands to be heard! A true story of love, loss and tremendous courage, showing how a single voice can change the world. Malala: The girl who stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai.
3. Saadat Hasan Manto’s first collection of stories was published in the 1940s, but his stories have an enduring relevance. Now read by more people than ever before, the simple clarity of his stories about marginalized people, his astute understanding of the complexity of human nature and the poignancy of his stories on Partition transcend spatial and temporal boundaries many of his characters are legendary and his taut narratives are a great source of insight into the human condition. Widely regarded as one of the greatest short-story writers of the Subcontinent, Manto is now, a hundred years after his birth, also acknowledged as one of the most powerful voices of his time. An enigma in his lifetime, and plagued by financial troubles, alcoholism and legal persecution in the last years of his life, he draws a posthumous wave of near-universal admiration. Aatish Taseer’s sensitive translation captures the lyricism and power of Manto’s voice
4. I grew up with metal boxes, and I really wanted one for myself again in vintage print. This is great! It can fit in many gem clips, stamps and small sized photos. The design is great. I get a LOT of compliments on it whoever sees this on my table.
5. I have been using these Staedtler Luna Pencil for quite some time now. These write well, and do not require frequent sharpening compared to other pencils. The body colors are pretty nice too. Added to that is the assurance of the Staedtler brand, made in Germany. Go ahead with this if you want basic pencils that write well, last for a decent time and are reasonably priced.
6. Hailed by many as the holy grail among gel ink pens, the Uni-ball Signo line is lauded for its legendary archival quality ink and continuous smooth flow. With tip sizes that range from 0.28 mm to 1.0 mm and a vivid array of colors to choose from, it’s revered by pen lovers everywhere.
7. Intricately-cut brass metal bookmark is in 24 Karat Gold Plated. The artistic, openwork metal design is enhanced by a rich burgundy silk tassel.
8. You only live once, make it grand. Use that time, exploit that age, waste that life the way you wish. Play by your own rules and change the rules when you lose. It is totally worth the trouble. And so is my handbag journal. This stylish soft to touch notebook has lined guides and perforated pages for easy writing.
9. And that a crystal bowl, famous Dublin cut, which accents the decorative piece, is perfect for a variety of flowers, as well as standing alone as a lovely accent piece.
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