[Recently Read] Memoirs of Love


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Edited by Arkaprava De and Jonali Karmakar

Completed this book a few days ago. A really compact and wonderful book. This book contains a collection of 20 love stories set in recent India and with theme of pain or joy in love which have an indelible imprint in our memory. That’s why the title ‘Memoirs of Love’. Now, let me go straight into stories. Not all the stories are awesome here and so I’ll point my favourites from the collection.

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         Memoirs of Love

1. Love letters by Mitali Meelan :
This one is a real gem. A real eye opener. This is really important for it has handled a very sensitive and important topic and that too in a very nostalgic style of love letters. The ending shock is the central attraction of this story.

2. The Second Date by A Raja Rahul
Another innovative piece. Imagine you are the famous cupid in heaven and your remembering a love story that you organised and made happen. Got the idea? S, read it as it has real fun elements and an interesting plot.

3. Whispers of the night by Neeti Banga:  

WOW! this one, I love this one. Some literary aspects that matches with my mindset makes it one of my favourites.
a) Characters don’t have any name. (I love this idea. Even my story Dust from a butterfly have nameless characters.)
b) Poetic style. The language is poemlike.
c) Short, compact and emotional story.
What other reason one need to read this story?

4. Macaroons by Aniruddha KR
A very good story on childish love. A story encompassing two generations.

5. A letter from the past by Chandrapal Khasiya:
A fatherly love-story that will make you smile till the end.

6. The ignited passion of long lost emotion by Aparna Mukherjee
A nice love story. The angle with which a known emotion is handled is unique.

7. Rain- elixir of love by Aabha Pandey :
A winner for its language and emotion. A fine story.

8. Memoirs of love by Harshita Goel :
A unique story. How motherly love can become a wonderful experience is the key to this story. Small and nice.

Also stories like Never Again by Kavya Shah ; An Incomplete Heartbeat; Jab we met & A special day will have a special place in my heart.

This book demands a applause for its wonderful collection of love tales that will touch every human being.

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[Writer’s Thing] Building a Powerful Vocabulary


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Building vocabulary is very important for a budding writer, and only a writer can feel the feelings when he couldn’t express his emotions due to lack of words. Thanks to internet,though we can find the words we want, but for a fiction writer , not only the musical aptness of the word is important, but also the context is important too.As I am also a budding author, I am following the following way to build my vocab

Step 1: Read a lot. Yes, as you are going to be writer, obviously you will be spending more time sticking to your book or kindle.

Step 2: Mark and note all the unknown words you are facing while reading. In this computer age, you can easily go online, or use an e-dictionary and copy-paste all the words in your word doc file.

Step 3: Start reading and using them.

Like as shown below I found the following words while I was reading a book (can’t remember the name of the book).

1)odious

adjective extremely unpleasant; repulsive.

DERIVATIVES

odiously adverb

odiousness noun

ORIGIN

Middle English: from Old French odieus, from Latin odiosus, from odium ‘hatred’.

2)Excrescence  

n noun

1 an abnormal outgrowth on a body or plant.

2 an unattractive or superfluous addition or feature.

DERIVATIVES

excrescent adjective

3)conciliate  

n verb placate (someone); pacify. Øact as a mediator. Øformal reconcile.

DERIVATIVES

conciliation noun ;conciliative adjective

conciliator noun

conciliatory adjective

4)sedition

n noun conduct or speech inciting rebellion against the authority of a state or monarch.

DERIVATIVES

seditious adjective

seditiously adverb

5)perfunctory  

n adjective carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.

DERIVATIVES

perfunctorily adverb

perfunctoriness noun

6)ignominious  

n adjective deserving or causing public disgrace or shame.

DERIVATIVES

ignominiously adverb

ignominiousness noun

ignominy noun

7)emancipate  

n verb set free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions. >free from slavery. >Law set (a child) free from the authority of its parents.

DERIVATIVES

emancipation noun

emancipator noun

emancipatory adjective

8)onus

n noun a burden, duty, or responsibility.

9)crux  

n noun (plural cruxes or cruces ) (the crux) the decisive or most important point at issue. Øa particular point of difficulty.

10)propound  

n verb put forward (an idea, theory, etc.) for consideration.

DERIVATIVES

propounder noun

11)bludgeon  

n noun a thick stick with a heavy end, used as a weapon.

n verb 

1 beat with a bludgeon.

2 bully into doing something.

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Now, I shall use these words in the order given above to write a paragraph. I let the words lead me to write the next lines. See below (the above words used here are in italic ):

As he came up from the gutter he smiled, flashing his odious body with joy. He found the ring. The small dome shaped excrescence on his cheek supported a chunk of filth from the high drain.  His joy flushing out of his mouth in form of spittle. A joy that could not be conciliated by even winning a lottery. That silver ring is for his wife. No matter how much sedition is done on behalf of rude behaviour to drain-cleaners or filth-bearers, their plight couldn’t be touched by common people. Like their plight, their joy is theirs only, none can take part in that. The way we perfunctorily carry our daily chores, we could never even think of living one day of their life. But ironically, they can clean shit of others by hand with perfect perfunctoriness.  If, we, the ‘mango people’ choose a life like them then that will be the most ignominious profession for a person to have in our society. Even prostitution are held higher that this job. We dream of a country where all of the bondage will emancipate and a new world will emerge. But if we can’t respect people like them, that will always remain a far-fetched future. The crux of this whole matter is not any racial discrimination, but our overall misconception about profession. We just can’t accept that filth-cleaning can also be a job; a respectable job too. While we consider them as onus to our society, actually they are carrying all the weight of shit we are spreading. A clean India doesn’t look good from a person who always is shitting on roads and public places, without caring how bad impression it will have on a foreign tourists. Every year, every political party propounds a new scheme to serve the lower strata of our country, but in the end, those words end up forming garbage in streets. This kind of thinking must be bludgeoned brutally, for the betterment of whole.

Got it? Try it yourself and I am sure it will be of lot help. Of course, you can devise your own way of vocabulary building.

Thank you for reading. 🙂 ❤

[BOTM] Manan by Mohit Parikh


What is BOTM?

I’ve read many books but few stand out and become part of my best read books. So, each month if I find a book outstanding and exactly captures my heart, I’ll make it my  BOOK OF THE MONTH or BOTM.


Manan

Manan

by Mohit Parikh

While reading this book, it felt like I am reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is written by James Joyce or Samuel Beckett.

The language is simple, extremely smooth and fluidic. This is most accessible streams-of-conscience writing I have seen till now, and also with beauty. Don’t think that the simple language prevents it to reflect utter beauty in everything in this book. A child transforming to puberty can only be clearly understood by reading his mind. And streams-of-conscience does just that.

Unlike other eminent work on SOC,where I’d have to read it repeatedly to correctly understand the line of thoughts (Note : Ulysses or Beloved), this one does not make you do that. You can get the underlying working of MANAN with one read, with one line forcing you to read the next line, thus the next page to the end of the chapter.

The imagination of a intelligent child , completely rational, explaining everything with logic is described gloriously. The evil eye walking on street, emitting laser to detect any fault by someone, sound waves emerging from a gonging bell refracts and reflects are visualized like a pro. This kind of imagery, or sometimes wonderful use of verb in action, made this one of my prized possessions.

This intricate way of understanding puberty for a child instantly reminds me of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Chapter 1 where Stephen closes his ears and compares effects of sounds with emerging in and out of a train through a tunnel.

But there are differences with portrait too, of how a child feels after watching a pornographic photo and how he reacts to every one is fairly convincing,which is not the case in portrait.(Where Stephen repents and promises to himself to live a celibate life.)

And one should learn and appreciate it’s swift change from third person to second person to first person. In few cases I even didn’t notice when the narration had turned from third person from first person, which is done like a breeze already two pages ago. When you read the book you will be forced to feel and be there where the protagonist is, which is the plus point for a book like this where not much happens and you only have to rely on the mental situation at a tender age.

And also there is a microscopic examination and observation of love in this book. It sometimes feels stupefying to see a boy thinks such of love.

All in all, I can assure you that this is the book that stands out in recently conventional love stories or thrillers. I have not seen any Indian book lately that takes up the subject of adolescence so boldly, bravely and beautifully.

NOTE:
As in the same way I don’t know Stephen King or Salman Rushdie personally, I don’t know Mohit Parikh too. These are unbiased and honest feelings of mine and yes, I have bought the book with full price in paperback format from Amazon.

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