Amrita-Imroz, a Love Story by Uma Trilok

“When I wrapped myself with your being our bodies turned inwards in contemplation Our limbs intertwined Like blossoms in a garland Like an offering at the altar of the spirit Our names, slipping out of our lips, Became a sacred hymn . . . ” (from Adi Dharam by Amrita Pritam).

Acclaimed as the doyenne of Punjabi literature, Amrita Pritam received many awards, including India s highest literary award, the Jnanpith, in 1981. Born in Gujranwala, now in Pakistan, in 1919, she came to India after the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Her best-known work is a classic poem, addressed to the great eighteenth-century Sufi poet Waris Shah, in which she laments the carnage of Partition and calls on him to give voice from his grave.  Amrita met Imroz, a well-known artist, in the 1960s and they became lifelong companions. They stayed together for more than forty years, till her death, after a long illness, in October 2005.

“Amrita Imroz: A Love Story” offers living glimpses of the sacred hymn of Amrita Pritam and Imroz s life together. Uma Trilok had the rare opportunity to witness their remarkable love story and the passionate bond that they shared for so many years.  In this moving tribute she communicates her sense of deep wonder at their unique and unconventional relationship, as also her profound admiration for the creative energy of these two extraordinary individuals.

Confused between Love and Friendship, two extremely talented people decide to travel through a single road, hand in hand:   Cuckoo of Punjab, Amrita Pritam and Admirer of beauty, Imroz.  We get more than a view of this love story which will survive many hurdles and extends reach beyond death. In the book  Uma Trilok opens a window to the room of the couple in question.   What we have to do is just peep through the curtained window and experience what the couple feels about the relation.

It is in the end of their journey together, the author comes in touch with the couple.   This helps the author and the book to pass thoughts to the readers, in person. The book is a visual experience for it contains many paintings by Imroz which is intriguing and throws light to the relation of the couple in the question.  It is more of like a reflection of Amrita’s personality in Imroz’s mind.   Not in colour, but enjoyable for every visible detail, the pictures show the talent of Imroz and his commitment to Amrita.  Adding to the visual treat is some photographs from the personal collection which speaks a lot. To summarise, it is a poetic book on a special love.  For those who have read Amrita and reviewed Imroz’s pictures, the book must be an entirely different product, probably an experience of recollection and reflection.  However, for me, it works as an appetizer to begin reading Amrita Pritam and review paintings of Imroz and more importantly to know the individuals and their thoughts.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran, a memoir by Azar Nafisi, the daughter of a former charismatic mayor of pre-revolutionary Tehran and of a woman who won a seat in Parliament in 1963, chronicles the personal and intellectual unfoldings of a private literature class she started in Tehran after she left her last teaching post. She’d resigned from the University of Tehran years earlier, refusing to wear the veil.

The group consists of seven women (“girls,” she calls them), children of the revolution, greatly diverse in religious and political beliefs and backgrounds, who arrive at her house every Thursday morning for two years in the mid-1990s, take off their chadors and scarves, and talk about books—LolitaThe Great GatsbyDaisy MillerPride and Prejudice. These young women, who outside the class struggle to live under the laws and potential daily humiliation of the Islamic Republic, make it painfully clear that we read not only for the most exalted but also for the most basic reasons. What reader has not compared his or her own love life to Swann’s, or her own husband to Mr. Darcy? Yet these books take on added, ironic dimensions when we remember that the legal age for marriage in Iran at this time was nine (younger than Lolita), and that the punishment for female adultery, such as Daisy Buchanan’s affair with Gatsby, was stoning.

The one divorcée in the group, now remarried, gloves her red-polished nails, which constituted a punishable offense, as did any makeup. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Muslim man, regardless of his fortune, must be in want of a nine-year-old virgin wife,” says the youngest student in the group. Yet although Nafisi encourages extremely personal reading (when she realizes that almost all of her students accept the Islamic Republic’s dogma about love—spiritual love good, sex bad—she supplements Pride and Prejudice with Our Bodies, Ourselves), her analyses of the books are never simple or reductive. In all the novels she finds evil in the villains’ lack of empathy, in an inability to see and hear, to engage with, or even to dance with another person. “Humbert was a villain,” she writes, “because he lacked curiosity about other people and their lives, even about the person he loved most.” The book is elegiac, a record of a brief experiment in defiance, but it is also a moving tribute to the stubbornness – even when confronted by revolution, war and repression – of the human spirit.

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A Promise by Reshma Ranjan

 

Print Length: 121 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
Language: English
Genre: Romance

 

 

A successful architect and a major player in a well reputed architectural firm, Piyush Mauli is sure of his life and what he wants even at a youthful age.A budding architect, Sunaina has a promising career ahead of her. Problem is, she has lost her will to live after suffering from months of abuse.

Piyush appreciates Sunaina’s skill as an architect but has no idea of the pain and trauma she hides under layers of make-up. At work, Piyush is a hard taskmaster and hides his tender and caring side behind his aggression.

Piyush doesn’t hesitate even for a moment to become Sunaina’s savior. But can a relationship formed under such traumatic conditions last the test of time? Can their relationship ever culminate in a love with a promise of togetherness forever?

Reading A Promise, Togetherness Forever will reinstate your belief that love can heal all wounds, those inflicted on the body as well as the soul.

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

 

Reshma Ranjan is a passionate romantic who loves literature and has been driven by the romance around her. She has made up her own happy endings in her imagination for every movie and for every book with a sad ending. 
 
“Slowly I started to create my own characters and situation, creating a world of romance and happy endings to my liking. But for my laziness, I would have penned umpteen numbers of stories with unexpected people meeting and falling in love and uniting for a lifetime.”  
 
Also a voracious reader but for which she believes she could never have started writing. “If I can bring a smile and a happy sigh on at least one reader’s lips I will feel a blessed writer.”
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A FAILURE THAT CHANGED ME

For the past 4 years I have sat back and regretted many relationships in my past. I always thought to myself why I put myself through those painful relationships. I’m one of those girls who always wanted to get married so when I met the guy I thought he was my dream guy, my soul mate, I locked him down fast. We got engaged and 7 months later we ended our relationship. I never really got closure because it was such a toxic relationship, so to me it wasn’t worth the tears or even thinking about ever again. But lately, I’ve been thinking about how that one man, that one relationship has changed me so much. And I want to thank him.

Thank you for being a part of my life at some point even if it was just a few months. I believe that certain people come into our lives to change us and make us better, and for me you were one of them. You taught me how to be strong while I was emotionally and verbally abused. You taught me that my anxiety is hard for certain people to handle and I understand and that it will take special people to love my flaws.

I’m glad our engagement failed because I know what that heartbreak feels like. I know what it’s like to plan your entire future and have it all taken away. I know how to prevent those feelings ever happening again. I stopped dreaming, I stopped planning. I live in the present without worries of the future. In all honesty, I’m glad it all happened because it’s another life experience that helped me grow and mature to the woman I am today.

All those fights, the power struggle, and the embarrassing public uproars. Without those arguments I would have never known how wrong for me you were. I learned since then what actions are worth the fight and what ones are. Those arguments, those big traumatic scenes where my anxiety got the better of me, have really made me a better person today. The nights I lay in bed crying making me realize I never want to go through that again. So yes, our poisonous relationship changed me.

In the end, we didn’t make it as a couple and I am so happy with that failure.  To be able to get closure is the most important thing you can do for yourself. So girls, when you’re sitting back thinking about revenge on your ex man, take a minute and really think, is it worth it? I mean they did after all help shape you into the beautiful woman you are today and will surely lead you to your future man. So do not stay mad at the pasts forever, when you need conclusion, remember this – I would not be the well rounded woman I am today, and I would not know what it’s like to feel that pain. It made me strong. I am the woman when her feet hit the floor each morning the devil says “oh crap she’s up”. That is who I am proud to be.

This post has been written for as a part of #ChatterPrompts’ 

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Reader’s Reviews & Tweets

“Your words are as important to an author as an author’s words are to you.”

Those words may seem counter intuitive to you if you are a reader, but in our data-driven age, book reviews left by readers on Twitter, Amazon and Goodreads can make a huge difference in the success of an author.

(1) “The number of reviews helps authors get into promotional gold mines .”

(2) “Word on the street is that reviews help push our rankings on Amazon.”

(3) “Reviews make it easier for authors to get their books in indie bookstores.”

Getting book reviews is vital for me.  There are two main benefits to having your work reviewed: public presence and social credibility.  The crux of the matter is that when people are talking about you, it means your book publicity is working. Publicity helps increase book sales, and book reviews are one key way to make those sales happen.

Here are the links to the reviews of the eBook on short stories  on blogs, Goodread, Amazon and also Twitter. Thank you readers.

GoodreadsBetween The Pages

AmazonBetween The Pages

Blogs

  1. Shamik
  2. Aparna
  3. Keerthi
  4. Dixita
  5. Rashi

Tweet Reviews 

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2018 Reading Challenges

Here are my reading challenges for 2018!

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018

I’ll be stepping things down this year and aiming for just 25 books to begin with and it may go up to 50/75 depending on the other 2 big reading challenges for which I have signed up.

 

Do you remember the feeling when you read the first book by your favourite author? Yes well, its for that feeling that I have come up with this challenge. Also, there was a time when I would only stick to the books written by authors I had previously read and enjoyed. But soon I realised that I was missing out on a lot other books. So, readers & bloggers, come together to this challenge that will make you pick up books by authors that you haven’t read before! You never know, you just might find another author to love and follow.

The 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge is hosted by girlxoxo and consists of reading 1 book for each category! You can sign up here, and don’t forget to link up after each month!

JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.

FEBRUARY – One Word
Read a book with a one word title

MARCH – Travel the World
Read a book set in a different country than your own, written by an author from another country than your own, or a book in which the characters travel

APRIL – Read Locally
Read a book set in your country, state, town, village (or has a main character from your home town, country, etc)

MAY- Book to Screen
Read a book that’s been made into a movie or a TV show

JUNE- Crack the Case
Mysteries, True Crime, Who Dunnit’s

JULY – Vacation Reads
Read a book you think is a perfect vacation read and tell us why.

AUGUST- Award Winners
Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.

SEPTEMBER- Don’t Turn Out The Light
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, horror novels.

OCTOBER- New or Old
Choose a new release from 2018 or a book known as a classic.

NOVEMBER- Family
Books where family dynamics play a big role in the story.

DECEMBER- Wrapping It Up
Winter or holiday themed books or books with snow, ice, etc in the title or books set in winter OR read a book with a theme from any of the months in this challenge (could be a theme you didn’t do, or one you want to do again).

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