Nothing speaks LOVE like ROSES

Shot by me at #BanjaraHills Rose market which is very famous for these flowers.
      Shot by me at #BanjaraHills road (Hyderabad) where roses are available 24×7

Words or pictures have never fully encompassed the sheer beauty and grandeur of the red rose. The red rose is undeniably the most beautiful among all the roses, full blooded and rich. The incredibly beautiful Cleopatra used the red rose to carpet her bedroom when she received Antony. All roses convey warmth, affection and love in varying degrees. But the red rose, being the queen of roses, is the most popular and beloved of all.  The most obvious and well known meaning of the red rose is deep love and affection. In the 18th century, a special rose language evolved as a means of communication between lovers who were forced by society to keep their feelings a secret. And the red rose came to symbolize true love that would stand the test of time. Staunchly promising affection that is forever riding high is what the red rose means.

The red rose denotes a true love that is stronger than thorns and can outlive all obstacles.  Desire is another facet of the red rose. The red rose expresses the throbbing heat of new love, a passionate expression of attraction. Red is the color of consummation, of raging desires and craving passion. The meaning of the red rose then is quite apparent from its color itself. Red rose speaks of love that awaits a passionate expression. The red rose is also a symbol of power, as represented in the War of the Roses. Red roses seek to congratulate a job well done, and to express respect and appreciation. The red rose celebrates the creative spirit of love. A red rosebud also has its own meaning. Youthful love, innocent and fresh is what the bud stands for. The attractive and unopened rosebud celebrates unpretentious and honest beauty. Purity and loveliness are what the red rosebud stands for. Poets have immortalized red roses as the flower of romantic, passionate love. But innocence, courage, heroism are some of the various meanings of the red rose. Whatever the occasion is, take a leap of faith! You never know how happy you might make someone you love and care for. Even a single red rose can become a remarkable memory not soon forgotten!

Personally writing, asking for my hand in marriage will be one of the most romantic things my man would do in his life. Proposing me with a beautiful ring in whatever the setting may be (I leave him to plan this) would be is timeless along with twelve red roses where he would say  “I have a dozen…reasons why” and hands me roses one-by-one each rose with a reason as to why he wants to marry me.

He gave her a rose
A lush, red rose
That screams of love
And end of sorrows
A vibrant rose
That made her smile
A mundane move,
A classic style
The queen of buds
That rules the heart,
One of the muse
Of nature’s art
A bold flower
Of passionate romance
A beautiful rose
Left her entranced

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The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur

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Blurb: It is the early 1990’s – the ‘picturesque’ small-town of Rajpur is in ‘full summer bloom’ and there is a definite sense of mystery in the air. Amidst its scenic setting each year a group of boys band together to spend their summer vacations – going cycling to far-off forests, sharing books, discussing everything under the sky and ogling at girls…But as youth would have it, their curious minds are more inclined to seek adventure and (hopefully!) uncover some mysterious affair. However, unlike their previous vain attempts, this time certain unusual events and the sudden appearance of a curious case of a ghost in their midst seem to hold the promise of some real adventure. In the pages of The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur rest assured that you will soon be whisked off and plunged into a headlong journey of adventure and romance of your own – on a path of discovery of friendship and brotherhood, of life and love – and, who knows, you might even encounter the Speaking Ghost itself!

About the Author: Priyonkar Dasgupta began his working as a salesman in Kolkata and currently runs a business of construction. In addition to writing as a passion he is a trained Bansuri player, and as a child had a flair for sketching which shows in the illustrations he made for this book. He also had a brief stint in acting, playing the lead role in the film “Unmourned”, a Documentary based on the Freedom Fighter and Martyr Basanta Biswas who was the prime accused in the 1912 Hardinge Bomb Case and later hanged by the British. The film was telecast on DD National on Independence Day 2005 and Republic Day 2006. During the shooting he toyed with the idea of taking up acting in films as a career, but soon decided business would be more useful in keeping the wolves away from his door while he pursued his love of writing. This is Priyonkar’s first novel.

Review: I finished reading The Speaking Ghost of Rajpur, a fat 303 page fiction book by debut author Priyonkar Dasgupta. The story is about summer vacation and the plans of being happy to explore places and visiting relatives, the story instigates. The book is tribute to childhood days. It made me go back those good old days of summer vacations reminding the stories and adventures of reading Ruskin Bond. The book is about Shoumo and Shoumik who are brothers with Shoumo being the younger one. They go to their Cousin Joy’s place in Rajpur for summer vacations. Based in the 1990’s Rajpur is a sleepy town on the outskirts of Kolkata. It is a story of these boys and their speaking ghost in tale of friendship adventure, love and courage. I liked the setting of town Rajpur with perfect combination of pleasure to keep the readers hooked till the last page. The escapades and misadventures of the tantric and the haunted dilapidated factory were the fun parts to read. The ghost angle made the story very interesting for me.  Who is this speaking ghost and what does he want? What more is at stake? I am not spilling beans on what the ghost spoke about, it is for you to read and know. I appreciate the author’s ability to make the story feel real. The end was unpredictable. Special mention to the writing style of the author along with the well narrated events and nicely written characters. The initial chapters were bit lengthy but as the story pace moved on they got along well. The problem for me was definitely the size of the font used and also the size of the book. Apart from that the book was remarkable and reminded me of my childhood days. I am glad I read this book and I definitely recommend it to my other reader friends.

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