M – ‘MOUNTAINS’

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Through the ages, you have cast a spell on man
Ancient to modern, from caves to heroes
Fascinated by your glory.

Thrilled by your sights and sounds
Looking behind and beyond your physical beauty
The man looks at you, and another looks through him.
The mind particularly sensitive and receptive

To your charm
The belief of Shiva is piece of symbolism of mountains
For the dignity composed and kept.
The love for mountains, virgin and calm
The heart melts for it till the dusk of the day
The night beauty when it’s away
Till the day’s dawn.

The mountain waves like an old breeze
The mountain rises like a small hill
The big wind swiftly leads the breeze
The call of mountains, so perennial and irresistible
Like a pleasure or a challenge.
The tall rocks conceal secrets within them;
Making men unravel it.
Every rock is a problem
Every rock is a question!!

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L – ‘LIFE AFTER DEATH’

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The afterlife is an area of human consciousness we all enter upon leaving the physical world at physical death. Throughout history we’ve been puzzled with the question, is there life after death? Along the way, our religions and various philosophers offered beliefs to answer this commonly asked question. However, many of the answers contradict each other making it hard to figure out. Nothing offers more courage than the confidence that there is a better life for those who use the present to prepare for eternity. While some believe it’s impossible to know whether there is life after death, belief in immortality is a timeless phenomenon.

Through the years there have been many philosophers that do not believe in life after death, one of them is David Hume. David Hume was a British imperialist to the extreme. He only believed in what he could see. He felt that if you can’t see your soul then they must not exist. The same hold true for the afterlife or heaven. He felt that when you died that was it; your life was over and nothing more. Buddhists also don’t believe in life after death meaning heaven. Buddhist believes that when one dies he is reborn again and this continues until the person reached nirvana. Nirvana is a state in which one has attained disinterested wisdom and compassion. In the Buddhist religion there is no god to save you or to show you the way. To reach nirvana you must achieve insight and wisdom.

In Christianity it is believed that life after death does exit. The argument to support it being that after Jesus died he rose from the dead, proving that the soul is not destroyed after death. All the Christian teachings and beliefs come from the bible and it states for god loved the world so much that he gave his only son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Hinduism, one of the oldest surviving religions of the world, has a strong faith in life after death. According to Hinduism, we are punished or rewarded according to our earlier birth sins or good work. What we do when we leave the physical world will never be known with absolute certainty until our time comes. Until then we must take into consideration all the possibilities and choose the one that makes sense to us the most.

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K – ‘ KINDLE’

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‘Paperback or Kindle?’ To be honest, I wasn’t that keen on eReaders when they first came out, insisted that they couldn’t possibly replace the paper version of a book. However I bought myself an Ipad and downloaded the kindle app. Why? Because I felt that I was missing out on so many bargains, because some novels that I was yearning to read were only available in digital format, because I loved the idea of storing so many titles in one neat little package. That’s not to say I’ve given up on paperbacks though. That will never happen. There’s something quite phenomenal about holding a book, turning the pages, stroking it, feeling the embossed lettering, the silkiness of the cover. Or is that just me? I am a bit weird.

Kindle

1. Storage: You can store thousands of titles on one device, which is handy if you travel a lot.
2. Speed: You can buy a book and have it delivered to your Kindle right away.
3. Changeable Fonts: One of the great advantages of a Kindle is its ability to change the font to your preferred size.
4. Accessibility: You can download the Kindle app on to your smartphone, Tablet or computer, which gives you easy access to all your books. Great if you’re stuck somewhere and fancy a read.
5. Selection: If you’re on holiday and fancy buying a book, depending on where you are, you might find your choice is limited.
6. Bargains: eBooks often go on half price sale, sometimes even less than half price and sometimes free.
7. Weight: A Kindle is compact and lightweight, so much easier to carry around and doesn’t take up so much space. Ideal if you’re reading several titles.
8. Durability: Unlike a paperback, your books will remain in pristine condition!

PAPERBACK

1. Physicality: There’s nothing quite as gratifying as holding a book in your hands, looking at the cover (often a work of art in itself), turning the new, crisp pages, inhaling the smell.
2. Safety: Paperbacks are easier on the face if you fall asleep on your book and there is something touchy feely about them I can’t resist.
3. Getting a signed copy: If you’re a booklover, you’ll treasure a book that’s been signed by your favourite author, this isn’t an option with the Kindle.
4. Bookshelf: What would a house be without a bookshelf? The thought doesn’t bear thinking about.
5. Bookmarks: I adore bookmarks. I’ve been given some as gifts, some I’ve bought myself. If people stopped buying hard copies of books then bookmarks would become obsolete.
6. Longevity: If you forget to charge your Kindle or if the battery dies then you’re stuffed. But you can pick up a paperback and start reading anytime, anywhere without having to worry about battery life.
7. The experience: Whether you’re tucked up in bed, curled up on the sofa, sitting on a train or in a cafe, nothing beats the reading experience of a paperback.

I like reading on my Kindle but I adore paperbacks too and will never give them up! What do you think, Kindle or paperback?

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Jangshersingh.com

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Blurb: Jangsher Singh, a top junior tennis player, meets with the sweetheart of his youth on one foggy afternoon outside his ancestral village in India. When he is caught in the midst of an intimate moment by her “very old-minded” brothers, the situation turns bloody; he will never again be the same. Several years later, a scarred Jangsher emerges in Melbourne at a Grand Slam, a rookie wildcard at the top of his game. His tournament record will determine the fate of two bumbling pseudo-geeks from Sydney—Yug and his tobacco-chewing cousin, Aman—who can’t seem to catch a break. The car they borrowed for their weekend getaway, an Audi R8 called Flame, has fallen into the hands of a brutish thief, and now they must do whatever they can to get it back. Come Monday morning, will Yug be able to return Flame to its owner in Sydney? Will Jangsher be able to withstand the fierce gamesmanship of Hierro, the greatest southpaw ever to have played tennis? Might Aman be able to establish an official website for the Indian rookie in time to save himself from financial ruin? Can Jangsher be victorious against Hierro? Will he end up facing the great and widely beloved Temujic—what chance might he possibly have of keeping up with the reigning champion? It will take guts of steel. No quarter shall be asked, and none given.

About the Author: Vishal Bhatia lives and writes in Mumbai, India, where he manages a small portfolio of funds and is running a start-up focused on men’s lifestyle products. In his previous life, he was an IT consultant at banks in San Francisco and Sydney. JANGSHERSINGH.COM is his first novel. He is working on his second—A memoir—about his journey from heart failure to supreme fitness.

Review: The copy of Jangshersingh.com was sent by the author Vishal Bhatia. Thank you Vishal. To begin with, I felt the story was very entertaining, written in a witty way which successfully was engaging and insightful.  For me it was a bit difficult to put down. It is a book that can be read by everyone. Most of the romantic genre books I have read have the same boring storyline, but this book was different. The story being sports fiction which caught my interest at the very day I knew about this book. One and the same amount of escapade, excitement and pleasure made it a sure shot winner and best part of was that the emotional quotient was not overly written. I liked all the characters. Climax was not wholly erratic had a little bombshell element too. The story begins with youngster Jangsher romancing Reet in Punjab. Love only harms him. Reet’s brothers beat him and take her away. Post this past of a failure, we get to read about a champion on a tennis court claiming the victory. Jangsher Singh, pride of his grandfather, his mother’s asset and the love Sally; is the surprise card from India into the Grand Slam at Australia. Parallel, 2 Indian cousins Yug and Aman, get on a weekend getaway to watch the Grand Slam in a borrowed Audi R8, but their greater adventure collapses as they lose the car to a goon on the way. Being from a country where emergency drives innovation they make a plan to come out of this. The merger of the language in Aman-Yug -Gangster story with Jangsher creates a brew that makes you think what is going to happen in the next chapter. Over all the book was very impressive to me and I definitely recommend it to other readers too. Good Luck Vishal for your next book.

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J – ‘JAGJIT SINGH’

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This is my trip down memory lane, where I reminiscence about what the uncrowned ‘Ghazal King’ meant to me as a heartfelt tribute to the legend.

Chaahe kuchh bhi ho sawaalaat na karna unse,
Mere bare mein koi baat na karna unse
Baat niklegi toh phir door talak jayegi…

‘Jagjit Singh’ A voice that soothed me when I was agitated, and I did not even know why. The phenomenon that brought ghazals from the high echelons of mushairas  to the common man and made it not just accessible, but also palatable for him. He met a deeply felt need of the new generation to connect with the roots, which had not been explored by other ghazal luminaries. I may be not more than 4 years old when I first heard late Jagjit Singh’s voice. The ghazal king came in my life very early. While my playmates and other friends took to rhymes and nursery poems, for me it was sheer Urdu poems sung by Jagjit Singh. The reason I came in contact so early with the singer, was because of my father and his friends who got introduced to his music while as students in Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU, Delhi). Those were the days of cassettes and my father and the neighbourhood uncles carried with them all the music they had collected since the days when Jagjit Singh started his music career.

A lot of his ghazals were played at home through 1980’s and they have stayed with me even to this day while I write this post and my entire collection of his Ghazals stand at 1100 from 1976-2011. Work made me relocate and till I got settled in the new city it were the ghazals of Jagjit Singh that helped me to get to terms with new life, new people and new surroundings. The music added to the vibes – the silence which was inside and outside of me. The winter, summer, monsoon made it even better. When I slept on my terrace house watching the stars from the bedroom window, Jagjit Singh always played in the background. Slowly I found myself liking my new home and life. I have always found my peace with Jagjit Singh.

Can you think of Saath Saath without its songs? Those mellifluous duets of the Chitra Singh-Jagjit Singh duo, that spoke of a love, about togetherness, companionship and most importantly about enjoying life in its simplicity. ‘Yeh tera ghar, yeh mera ghar’ connects with all young couples who are setting up a new home on a modest income but with big dreams. ‘Tumko dekha to yeh khayal aaya’ – a song every lover can identify with… a song that steps beyond the physical and celebrates a love that is about finding tranquility, solace, peace and support in your beloved.

While ‘Bahut pehle se in kadmon ki aahat jaan lete hain, tujhe ai zindagi hum door se pehchaan lete hain’ had a lighter romantic vein,‘Baat niklegi to phir door talak jayegi’ spun a story rich in visual detail that never failed to evoked emotions in the listeners. And ‘Sarakti jai hai rukh se naqab, aahista aahista’ was sung with just the kind of delicate fragility as the shayari expressed. ‘Gham ho ke khushi dono kuch der ke saathi hain, phir rasta hi rasta hai, hasna hai na rona hai’, rising and dropping in pitch and timber, creating a mesmerizing ambience what Jagjit’s voice in Live concerts.  ‘Aadmi, aadmi ko kyaa dega, Jo bhii dega wahi khuda dega’, ‘Fasila toh hai magar, koi faasila nahin’, ‘Mere dukh ki koi dawa na karo, mujhko mujh se abhi judaa na karo’ – all these ghazals had a philosophical depth to it which for the 12 years old me, it was like listening to holy sermon. Just when you start exploring the depths of lost love in ‘Uski hasrat hai jise dil se mita bhee na sakoon’ with Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh scales the high octaves with the sharply rising meherbaan hoke bulalo mujhe chaho jis waqt, main gaya waqt nahin hoon ke phir aa bhi na sakoon’ bringing in positive buoyancy and hope. Alongside there were ‘Hoton se chhoolo tum mera geet amar kar do’ ‘Chhitti Na Koi Sandesh’, ‘Koi Fariyaad’, ‘Hosh Walon Ko’  – usually a one-off song/ghazal in films that scored over the rest of the songs in that film. Basically a single carrying an album on its shoulders! A bright spot on TV was the serial Sailaab. And the highlight of the serial, the title song sung by Jagjit Singh – ‘Apni marzi se kahaan apne, safari pe ham hain. Rukh hawaaon ka jidhar ka hai, udhar ke ham hain.’ Nida Fazli’s ‘Duniya jise kehte hain’ blew me over when I first heard it. I was too young to understand the deeper meaning perhaps. But Jagjit Singh  opened up for me a new world of music and poetry, which made me realise there is a world beyond foot tapping music and sentimental love songs.

After Chitra Singh withdrew from singing, following the tragic death of their only son Vivek in 1990, Jagjit Singh continued to march a solitary journey, scoring some of the most remarkable ghazals. What we call “thehraav” in Hindi… had set over Jagjit’s voice due to grief and age. This brought about some of Jagjit’s best collaborations with Gulzar. When Gulzar collaborated with Jagjit Singh, it led to the creation of some of the most melodious and sublime poetry in MarasimGulzar-Jagjit Singh association brought alive the ghazals of one the greatest poets ever Mirza Ghalib and within the reach and understanding of the lay listener. Had it not been for them, Mirza Ghalib would have remained restricted to the few golden Suraiyya-Talat Mahmood ghazals of that vintage black-and-white film Mirza Ghalib. The music lovers of today’s generation would have perhaps remained unacquainted with the magic of Ghalib.

His voice, the clearance of the words, music, and lyrics everything drew me to Jagjit Singh – it sounded very good to my ears. When I look back at my childhood, I feel the best thing I did in my life was turning fond of Jagjit Singh and his ghazals. It was sure I did not understand most of his singing but it had a consequence on me. They were soothing to my ear and connected to my heart. Nothing else mattered. Many decades after, did I actually discover the true meaning of the songs which I had enjoyed listening and humming to as very much as a child.

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Qaid-e-hayaat-o-band-e-gham asl mein dono ek hain maut se pehle aadmee gham se nijaat paaye kyon? –Ghalib

“Jagjit ka jaana, ek poori duniya ka uth jaana hai, ik daur kaa uth jaanaa hai… bahut badi shaksiyat aur bahut badi presence aapke paas se uth ke chali jaaye to wo khaalipan, use bayaan karna bada mushkil kaam hai –  Gulzar

I’d quote Gulzar again before sharing 5 of my personal favorite Ghazals by Jagjit Singh, because my words fail to describe the rara avis that Jagjit Singh was…

“एक बौछार था वो,
एक बौछार था वो शख्स
बिना बरसे किसी अब्र की सहमी सी नमी से जो भिगो देता था…
एक बौछार ही था वो
जो कभी धूप की अफ़शां भर के दूर तक
सुनते हुए चेहरों पे छिड़क देता था…
नीम तारीक से हॉल में आँखें चमक उठती थीं
सिर हिलाता था कभी झूम के टहनी की तरह
लगता था झोंका हवा का था
छेड़ गया है कोई…
गुनगुनाता था तो खुलते हुए बादल की तरह
मुस्कुराहट में कई तर्बों की झनकार छुपी थी….
गली क़ासिम से चली एक ग़ज़ल की झनकार था वो
एक अवाज़ की बौछार था वो..” – Gulzar

 

 

 

 

 

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I -‘ICE CREAM’

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Ice cream is very refreshing especially when the weather is do hot. And for me it’s a brain freezing food. Actually when I have a little problem, I’ll just buy ice cream and my mind will be relaxed, it makes me think what to do. Every bite makes me happy, so try it. Ice cream is also considered as one of the popular desert in the world.
When it melts in my mouth,of course that is the time when I can taste the flavor of the ice cream. I don’t like durian flavor, but I love it when it comes to chocolate, cookies and cream, ube, and cheese. I love the sweetness of the chocolate flavored ice cream, especially with chocolate chips. In cookies and cream, I like the chunkiness of cookies. Ube flavored ice cream attracts me because my favorite color is violet, and it also looks delicious. In cheese flavor, I like it when I bite the grated cheese mixed with the ice cream. Yummy…
But when eating ice cream, we still have to remember our limitations. If you want to eat, then go, but you have to slowly eat because eating too much is not good for our body. Ice cream contains fats and sugar. If your body receive too much fats it can build cholesterol that is not good for our body, and too much sugars can lead to Diabetes. But don’t worry just remember our limitation and we can enjoy our delicious ice cream.
Ice cream would be more exciting if its look could attract people. Most  of the ice cream designs are mouthwatering, they put a little decorations and toppings to make it more attractive to people. To make it colorful, sometimes they put fruits like cherry, grapes and other ingredients as topping. They also put chocolate syrup on the top to make it sweeter and yummier…. So everyone!!! What are you waiting for? Let’s taste this delicious ice cream.

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Blogging Recap

Daily blogging since April 1st 2016 as a part of #AtoZChallenge has been a great experience. The funny thing is, the benefits of daily blogging turned out to be very different from what I expected with those amazing comments and feedback from fellow bloggers. Foremost, #AtoZChallenge has impacted ME rather than MY BLOG. I’ve always loved to blog. Nevertheless, it was something that resembled work. I blog about what’s on my mind. And I don’t stop to rephrase a lot, either. I hit ‘publish’. My daily life gained a new context, a bigger context. I look at things and tell myself: I could write about this! I could share this with the world! There is a bigger picture all of a sudden.

I’m reading more than 25blog posts, looking at tweets, something while watching TV or maybe I’m just buying groceries. All those things have taken on a new meaning, they are part of a bigger picture. Should I write about this? I should write about that company’s decision to do this. It’s funny, when you think about it. I wonder if I am the only one who feels that they should really.

I’m getting better at writing, and it’s becoming easier and easier. Or rather, I think I’m becoming a better writer. Obviously, that’s for my readers to decide. But it certainly feels easier and more fun. How to begin to explain how many people I’ve connected within this week? It takes time to read other blogs and even more time to leave a comment. But it’s deepened relationships that were already there and formed new ones. Its gone beyond from clicking ‘tweet this’ or ‘like’ to clicking ‘comment’. I’m also meeting new people on Twitter and here on my blog. There’s warmth, a need to connect, readyness to help and share. It’s, well, awesome.

I thank BlogChatter for this initiative of connecting bloggers together who are part of #AtoZChallenge this year. Today is Sunday, a day off for the #AtoZChallenge but Blogchatter assigned an assignment highlighting 3 personal favorites from the 7 posts and highlighting three bloggers whom I found through the challenge.

3 personal favorites from the 7 posts I wrote

1. F -‘FACEBOOK’ – The Gen-today doesn’t need an introduction to Facebook or free social networking but its time the gravy trail ended . Facebook is gone commercial and is turning into a corporate stooge hell bent at squeezing out money from you in any way possible. Change is good but at least give me time to enjoy the change before you start the process all over again. Burying the details way inside he website and tweaking them every now and then just isn’t cool anymore. We meet once at a wedding . Said hi out of social protocol. That does not make you my friend . It is now common to have 500 “friends” but just to play along , try to name them from just their profile picture or see if you even know them without the convenient mutual friend option. People have moved away from each other in the real flesh and blood world just to live in the virtual internet and Facebook world. I am one of them nonetheless I hate Facebook for replacing make believe central perk with machine.

2. B – ‘BLOGGING’ – Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the things that I love about blogging. It’s served as a personal account of my journey at times and has given me something to look back at when I want to see where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and how I’ve gotten here. It’s made me a better writer. Hundreds of blog posts tend to do that.The opportunities I’ve had because I was a blogger are still crazy to me. It still never ceases to amaze me how much power this title can hold if you’re doing things right. It’s allowed me to help make a difference in someone’s life at least a couple of times and I can’t imagine a greater feeling.

3. A – ‘ANTAGONISTS’ – I love villains. Maybe it’s my dark side taking over, or maybe I just love how a well-crafted antagonist is written. The better the antagonist, the better the story for me, and the harder I root for hero. A strong antagonist makes a strong protagonist, which makes a strong story. Strong stories make for happy readers. It’s a win/win for everyone involved. Except maybe the antagonist, who probably gets defeated, but that’s kind of the job. There are also plenty of things that make a great antagonist, but the ones who stay in our heads (and hearts) and there one who are more than just cardboard cutouts of “evil” people. They’re worthy of the hero, colorful in their own right, and might even make us like them.

3 favorite bloggers

1. Mithila who blogs at Fabulus and The Blue Life

In terms of vocabulary development, we were all little geniuses in childhood, learning hundreds of new words every year. By the time we entered first grade, most of us had active vocabularies of several thousand words. But we weren’t geniuses for very long. By age 11 or 12, equipped with a sizable survival vocabulary, we lost some of our early enthusiasm for language, and the rate at which we picked up new words began to decline significantly. As adults, if we don’t make deliberate efforts to increase our vocabularies, we’re lucky to pick up even 50 or 60 new words a year. This year through her blog, Mithilas has so much to offer (at least 26 new words) that it would be a shame to let our vocabulary-building talents go to waste. So here’s one way that we can regain some of our youthful brilliance: learn a new word each day. Sarting each day with a fresh word can be intellectually nourishing and more enjoyable than a bowl of All-Bran or Muesli.

2. Shalini of Something’s Cooking

I like cooking ( but I am not a prof in it or it is not a must for me to cook daily), but I dont read food blogs or follow any food bloggers because in the past I did go through few of them and found them terribly bad bloggers who wrote blog posts without knowing facts and they wanted just to share pathetic recipes, because they want to boast about their kick ass meals and those photographs of their food which are straight up foodporn. Now that everyone’s getting into the food writing game, the whole thing feels cheap. But ever since I got introduced to Shalini’s blog, I am glad to have met someone blogging about food who is not like others and she knows the receipes well to share. Her blog re-iterates that you first eat food with your eyes & then with your mouth. She is clever, confident & creative when it comes to blogging about food. The blog and her posts are well laid out with different category of recipes and something delectable to serve you.

3. Kala, blogging at Relax-N-Rave

House is a place where people live and add value to those four walls made of bricks. After a long tiring day of work the only thing we look forward is to get back home, have a nice cup of tea and spend quality time with family cherish the wonderful moments together. When your house is decorated well it looks nicer and it gives a true home feel not only to the family members but also to the guests. I am driven by a passion for art, design, decor. Various facets of colour, print, pattern, and texture inspires and impresses me a lot. If an artistic and lovingly curated home, full of character and warmth sounds like a dream come true, Kala’s blog this #AtoZChallenge has to be bookmarked for some wonderful interior design inspiration! Her blog is one stop for for aesthetic, creative and original, Home Decor Designs inspirations. You will find some beautiful collections of decor products. Take some inspiration and start decorating your home.

Additionally a special BIG shout out to Dixita, Simardeep, Chandni and Rohan for their wonderful usage of words for #AtoZChallenge.

Find all of my #AtoZChallenge posts here

‘Finding next level blog love through #AtoZChallenge with #Blogchatter‘ 

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The Japanese Wife

Kunal Basu’s writing is so unrelieved in its tediousness that it is a minor miracle that he has produced in his collection of 13 short stories titled The Japanese Wife, one story worth reading – the eponymous one. The story is an unusual tale of a pen-friendship between Snehamoy Chakrabarti, a mathematics teacher in a secondary school in Shonai, an island in the estuarine area of the Bay of Bengal, and Miyage, a Japanese woman, that leads to an unexpected marriage.This, despite the two protagonists never having set eyes on each other. Snehamoy lives with his ageing aunt, who has raised him, and lives for his wholly epistolary relationship with Miyage. Into this set-up arrives the woman who he was supposed to have married, now widowed and with a son. A subtle bond of compassion develops between the two while Miyage writes to Snehamoy with news of her terminal illness. There is the obligatory twist in the tail. But it’s done with feeling and a keen sensitivity. It is rich with emotional restraint and a kind of truth that answers to the heart. There is a kite-flying sequence in it that is beautifully orchestrated in both its literal and metaphorical keys. The rest of the book is marked by Basu’s sensational and characteristic inability to create tone, its utter and absolute lack of style, even, sometimes, its unstable grammar, punctuation and syntax and its appalling (lack of) editing. The stories skitter around the world: Hong Kong, China, Switzerland, Delhi, Agra, Java, the Sunderbans. In fact, throughout the book we get an empty wistfulness about a particularly Bengali brand of communism. Basu chooses to tattoo his texts with a kind of vacuously decorative lefty referencing that is nothing more than flashing a brand name to advertise its wearer’s trendy credentials. Then there’s Gratefill Ganga, in which the seduction of a young American widow, Evelyn, by Yoginder Singh, a Delhi travel agent, is powered by the engine of popular Hindi film songs. When Junot Diaz creolises his English to mint anew the language of Dominican immigrants, or Vikram Chandra strikes a miraculous balance with the delicately judged seam of Hindi running through the English in Sacred Games, they remind us of the infinitely supple possibilities of the English language.

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How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else

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The national bestselling riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all—and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks. In his fifties, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a mansion in the suburbs, a wife and loving children, a six-figure salary, and an Ivy League education. But in a few short years, he lost his job, got divorced, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. With no money or health insurance, he was forced to get a job at Starbucks. Having gone from power lunches to scrubbing toilets, from being served to serving, Michael was a true fish out of water. But fate brings an unexpected teacher into his life who opens his eyes to what living well really looks like. The two seem to have nothing in common: She is a young African American, the daughter of a drug addict; he is used to being the boss but reports to her now. For the first time in his life he experiences being a member of a minority trying hard to survive in a challenging new job. He learns the value of hard work and humility, as well as what it truly means to respect another person. Behind the scenes at one of America’s most intriguing businesses, an inspiring friendship is born, a family begins to heal, and, thanks to his unlikely mentor, Michael Gill at last experiences a sense of self-worth and happiness he has never known before.

Life is a matter of familiarizing yourself with your values and priorities, which usually comes as a result of looking back at your individual experiences. This is the case of the life-changing experience of Michael Gates Gill, a former creative director at J. Walter Thompson Advertising. He was born into a life of never-ending privileges that allowed him to exceed in every aspect of his life, without lifting a finger. Because his goals in life had been easily achieved due to the high social class he stood in because of his father, he never had a chance to actually work hard for a place in the world. Because of his elite job, he felt he was the ruling class of the world and look down upon those of the working class. But soon enough, fate followed and resulted in a turning-point in Michael’s life. After 25-years of loyal service, he was roughly put off from his job without a single recognition in regards to his working years of success. He had then realized that karma came back at him for all the times he had mistreated the people beneath him. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop there. In just a short term following this, he got divorced, lost his estate to his wife along with the respect of his children, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Michael’s life came crashing down all so suddenly in the year of his sixties, that it felt that it was impossible to regain a steady momentum. However, an opportunity at a job at Starbuck was offered to him to get a new fresh start on his life and out of surprise, he took it. Michael began to re-orient his values of his life and gained a new understanding on the ways of respect. He wasn’t familiar with the mentality that respect and self-worth comes to those who earn it with hard work and a sense of humanity for others. This is why the theme of the memoir “How Starbucks Saved My Life” is when people choose to take risks on something new; they end up getting a higher level of understanding on the experience.

Therefore, taking risks can eventually lead to life-changing experiences and they are unquestionably worth taking. “How Starbucks Saved My Life,” is the perfect auto-biography on reflecting on life’s moments and considering ways that it can be applied to the future.

 

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H – ‘HAPPINESS’

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Happiness is the most important feeling that people can feel. one essential standard for living is being able to be happy. Happiness can be found in many different forms. Positive people are happy people. No matter what type of hardships they have to endure, they try to overcome and believe the day they hope. They know what happiness is and try to forget something negative. There are three effects that make me happy which are are having energy, having money and having good health

The first effect of being happy is having energy. There are many ways of having energy. Exercise is one of the ways that can gain energy. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When I engage in physical activity, I burn calories. As a result of burning calories and lose wight, my body will lean and fit. So this is one of the effects that usually makes me more confidante, improve my self esteem and make me happy.

The second effect of being happy is having money. Having money allows me to buy what I want and need without thinking of the price. Usually when gets what I want, I feel a great feeling which is a feeling of happiness. As well, when I have money, I can travel anywhere I want at any time I want. Traveling actually refresh my mind, relax me, and makes me blessed and happy.

Being healthy allows me to work and make money, and have all of the things I want. On the other hand, when I am not so healthy, I cannot accomplish or achieve my common goals; consequently, I become angry and sad. Also, when my health not allows me from doing things that I want to do, I lose my potential and become a liability to my family members.

I hope we are always happy, convenient, satisfied, pleased. But the fact that the unhappy exists makes the moment of happiness more valuable. So, the attitude we should have is to thank our happiness. So, we have to just think tomorrow and forget the past because we create our own happiness.

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