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Monday, 24 March 2014

Five books to read before you die.

Reading is an art for some, a hobby for some, a waste of time for few and a way to learn for some. Reading means differently to different people. Everyone has different tastes. In this post, I'll tell you which 5 books according to me, one must read before they die.
And hey, these are not the typical "Inspirational" and "motivational" books. They are books which make you go through a variety of emotions and churn, burn and turn you! If you read them all, I am sure they will change something, somewhere inside you.. each of them will give you a unique experience and enjoyment.


1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Yes! Many will say that they have watched the movies made on this one. But you must read the book. The delightful intricacy with which the characters have been described makes it worth reading. One of the oldest books written in 1813, it still adds value to our lives.*


 Lines from the book- “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.” 




2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It is like a classic of the modern American Literature. Written in 1960, it throws light on the controversial topic of racism through a unique vision.*


Lines from the book- “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. 






3. The Counte of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This book is from the same author who wrote the famous 'The Three Musketeers' written in 1844, it is a classic story of the emotion of revenge. The plot is highly interesting and the details of everything are too amazing to describe. This book will linger in your mind long after you have finished reading it.*




Lines from the book- “Moral wounds have this peculiarity - they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.” 



4. Coma by Robin Cook
Written in 1977 this a medical fiction book and a pure thrill to read. The plot revolves around a doctor and a mystery and is interesting to read. *



Lines from the book- "No decision is easy, Sue. It only looks that way when you're young. When you're older, everything is complicated. There is no black and white, only gray."






5. Tell me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon
The author Sheldon has always been in controversies regarding the content of his books. This book written in 1998 will leave you shocked, horrified and perhaps a little dizzy. The 3 characters in this book are very interesting and the end will keep you thinking.*


Lines from the book- "Someone was following her. She had read about stalkers, but they belonged in a different, violent world. She had no idea who it could be, who would want to harm her. She was trying desperately hard not to panic, but lately her sleep had been filled with unbearable nightmares, and she had awakened each morning with a feeling of impending doom. Perhaps it’s all in my imagination, Ashley Patterson thought. I’m working too hard. I need a vacation."


*Note: Almost all books have movies based on them. Why?? because the books themselves are so amazing that the people who read them thought of converting them into movies!! Read the books & then watch the movies if you haven't because books give your imagination a kick which movies cannot. And if you have already watched the movies without reading the books, I would suggest you do read them so that you get the experience which I've mentioned above!! :)

Well, that was the list.I do hope you read them! Enjoy! 
:) :)                                                                 Au Revoir!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Happiness is....???????????

Happiness!
where art thou found?


The most difficult thing to define is 'happiness'

All our lives we want only one thing. To be happy.
Kids, adults, old people, good and bad people, sane and insane people, all everyone wants, is to be happy, isn't it?
We have been told that "If you do this" you will be happy. If you "Get that" you will be happy.
We have some fixed concepts in our minds about what happiness really is.
We study, we struggle, we work and do so many things, all in the pursuit of happiness.
We spend our entire lives chasing the ever-elusive happiness.
Even at times when we are happy, does it really last? Just a small word from someone or just a small thing going wrong somewhere is enough to fade our happiness.

These days on  the social networking site - Facebook, you'll find 'The Happy Page' one of the most sought after and popular pages. Reason?? I don't need to tell you do I?

Well if you ask me, happiness is just a state of mind. It is like air, you can only just feel it. Nothing else. It depends entirely on us whether to be happy or not.
Yeah yeah, I know you'll think "that's easy to write but difficult to follow" Of course! I agree with you! It is difficult to follow, but not impossible right???
I feel that if we stop conditioning our minds to think "if" , then a lot of problems will be solved.

Just drop the "if" and be happy that's what I would say. Happiness doesn't depend upon outer things.
I think in today's times, it has become essential for us to be happy and especially be happy without any reason. There is greed, violence, corruption, pain and suffering all around us.. When we realize that happiness is an inner thing and that we ourselves govern it, the world might become a better place to live in.

After all if nothing can take away our pain, then nothing should be able to take away our happiness either!!!!

So yes, it's okay to be unhappy once in a while so that we understand the value of happiness because the true value of happiness cannot be understood without a tiny bit of sadness. ( read more on challenges, villains and exploring the darker side in my post http://manasi23.blogspot.in/2013/06/villains-exploring-darker-side.html )

Put your self out there in the world, do whatever it takes to achieve your goals, but  do remember to ponder upon this, remember to be happy, will you??




Like I always say- Dream. Imagine. Be. Crazy. You. now I would like to modify it a little. Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be happy. Be You.
                                               
Au Revoir!!