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Writing 101, Day 12: Critique a piece of work

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Writing 101, Day 12: Critique a piece of work

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.’ – “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” 

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 'Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird."

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I received this book recently as a present from my daughter.

And I’m really thankful to her for introducing me to a fine piece of writing. It is the best book I have read so far.

I know I’m late and almost everyone might have read it.

Frankly my first reaction after going through 2/3 pages was not good. I found it a little boring and when I reached the last pages, I was still unclear about few things but the end completely changed my view.I started reading it again slowly and this time I was completely bowled over by the Finesse of this book.

I don’t know how to write a book review so please bear with me.

She writes with all the innocence of an 8 years old child Jem . About her love for her family, sympathy for her neighbours and the people of her locality and racism other prejudices found in normal local people and also about how human nature works  .

Harper Lee’s abilities to write are of very higher level.

Her description of locality, their inhabitants are so vivid, I could visualize perfectly.

In fact In fact I was so immersed in the narrators character that I was living the

whole story. I could visualize and relate with the housewives afternoon gathering

for tea and gossiping.

She has depicted the look of a small Alabama town in 1935 so well, it looks like a

painting easy enough to grasp the feel of that time.

She had depicted very well first the childhood innocence of Jem  love and care of

Her father in whom arms she found the comfort and his advice ,

 “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee,

 , concern and care of a brother and his  plays and fights with his sister Jem and their

common friend. How Jem her brother and friend were curious and tried every trick

to get a look at the most talked about character Boo of that famous haunted Radly house.

She describes how their heart was broken by the racism and and  fights for difference of opinion in their so called peace loving locality.

 the racism ‘ “Scout,” said Atticus, “nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything—like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody.”- Harper lee

Telling much will spoil the suspense of the book.

In my opinion this is a what we call a perfect, wonderful and  captivating book and a must read for all.

I’m going to read it for a third time as every time I discover something new.




Ho Na Ho- हो ना हो

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नज़रों से नज़रें मिलीं,
दिल ने दिल से बात की ‘
शब्द अर्थहीन लगें
हों ना हों |

दोनों ने एक दूजे को,
प्यार दिया, मान दिया
सौगातों की दरकार क्या ,
हों ना हों |
मन मिले, मिले विचार,
जिन्दगी से आत्मा,
तन की बिसात  क्या ,
हो ना हो |

दोस्ती जनम जनम की,
जिन्दगी भी जी ही लिए
मौत से अब डरना क्या ,
हो तो हो |

Writing 101, Day 10: Let the scene write itself

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Writing 101, day 10-

Let the scene write itself

Scene 1-

I’m sitting on a rock on the sea beach watching immersion of Idols of Goddes Durga. Just four days ( some celebrate for 9 days as Navaratri) ago we were worshiping her with full fun and frolics, with flowers and sweets. Now it is time for her to go back to her abode  hence the immersion in the sea.


Scene 2 –

After one week I’m sitting at the same place. I observed  remnants of the those beautiful idols washed ashore by the waves. Sea never keeps anything. It returns whatever is offered to it.

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It makes me think

Why we are arrogant, stubborn and hyper

Why we fight for class, color, cast or creed

Why we have become so intolerant

Why we are not compassionate, compatible and friendly

There are so many whys…

Why for petty things we pull out dagger

When the end is same for the king or beggar



Writing 101, Day 9: Writing and not writing

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Writing 101, Day 9: Writing and not writing

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Either laying around, of course after completing all the chores.


Nothing more refreshing than

Positive gossip

Friendly communication

Good for mind and soul



But not 

Mindless gossiping

Peeping in everyone’s life

Bad and boring game.


What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance: Running? Yoga? Gardening? Painting? Cooking?

Everything Especially going for morning walk either in the park or sea beach, except gardening.








Positive gossip

Friendly communication

Good for mind and soul



Writing 101, Day 3: One-word inspiration- Regret

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In everyone’s life there are bound to be some moments which one wishes one could have rectified .

Why do we regret?  When we have taken wrong decisions, we have put our faith in wrong person or we help people with expectations? 

I too have taken lots of decisions which I regret. Given a magic wand I would have rectified few of them. 

But then I think what the use of crying over split milk. What’s done is done. I try taking it as a lesson to learn and not to repeat it. Also people say that everything happens for a cause. So I wait patiently and try to see the better, positive side of it and what does it wants to teach me.

One thing is certain, I don’t regret about failure for two reasons.

1- I truly believe in what someone said ‘ You are not a failure till you blame others for your mistakes.’ I take full responsibility of my decisions. 

2-I believe that if you get what you want it is good but if you don’t get it it’s better. May be some something better is waiting for you.

One thing is sure my failures have made me stronger, more focused and confident person. 

So now I just remember them and smile and thank them perhaps they came for the same reason.

Random Moments of Delight

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Random Moments of Delight

“There is no delight in owning anything unshared.”

 Seneca quotes


Only when your consciousness is totally focused on

the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift,
lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.
– Barbara de Angelis

Sharing my moments of delight.



Best gift of God is to find delight in small things.









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@ShashaSelflove 10/20/15 Over It

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It is perfectly alright to make a mistake, to fumble the giant football game that is life – you are learning how to catch the ball and make better plays. ~@ShashaSelflove

Source: @ShashaSelflove 10/20/15 Over It

Nurturing Thursday- Appreciation

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Nurturing Thursday hosted by Becca Givens

Pench Reserve Forest India (2)

Appreciation- makes one happy

Appreciation- makes one feel important
Appreciation- raises one’s self esteem
Appreciation- encourages to improve
Appreciation- is rewarding
Appreciation- Be liberal with it
Appreciation- Nurtures one’s soul




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Scars are Beautiful- “My wounds are the battle scars of my survival and I wear them as a shield of inspiration for all to see!” ~Jessie Jeanine

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Please read this  powerful, inspiring with a great message.

Source: Scars are Beautiful

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