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A bird's eye view (Book Review - Felicity and the Featherless two-foot)

Felicity and the Featherless two-foot Author: Loralee Evans "No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." I feel like saying these words of Charles de Lint to Felicity, the brave, intelligent, and kind-hearted sparrow of Felicity and the Featherless two-foot. The 'Featherless two-foots' in this story are us, humans, by the way. So very right, I had thought when I started reading this book. That is how we would be perceived by the ones with feathers. The ones with fur think of us as 'Furless two-foot'... Felicity reads and knows quite a bit about the human world from her books. As she actually explores this world, the descriptions are very interesting to read. We do spend a lot of time looking at 'weird shiny pictures that don't hold still' - TV. I am sure I will never look at a sparrow the same way again. I don't think I have ever given

Dawn chorus

Dawn chorus Celebrate new day Sleepless night

Book Review (Soul Warrior - Falguni Kothari)

Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali #1) Author: Falguni Kothari "Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time." - Margaret Atwood Mahabharata is and will always will be what it is. What keeps it alive and dynamic is the way we interpret it today. As is true for all mythology and classic literature too. Falguni Kothari's 'Soul Warrior (The Age of kali #1)' is a rendition of Mahabharata from seven thousand years ago to today's modern times. Taking liberties with the orthodox tale, Falguni Kothari's 'Soul Warrior' celebrates Karna. Karna's life in Mahabharata evokes admiration, interest and also, sympathy. Karna is over-shadowed by others, especially Arjun, mainly because of the cirucumstance of his birth. The honest, handsome, talented man, treated unfairly by destiny. "Bastard-born. Rebel..." Draupadi, with all her strength and defiance

Love smiles

winking stars twinkling in her eyes - love smiles

Beautiful Collisions (Book Review - Aniesha Brahma's When Our Worlds Collide)

When Our Worlds Collide Author: Aniesha Brahma The cover of Aniesha Brahma's When Our Worlds Collide, in beautiful pastel shades, has the Boy and the Girl gazing into each other's eyes. The two faces, though facing each other, are not on collision course. Rather there's curiosity, friendship, and, I reckon, love in the two pairs of eyes. I had expected 'When Our Worlds Collide' to be a typical love story. Let me explain what I mean by a 'typical love story'. As one starts reading the story, it is obvious soon enough who the two main characters are. And it is an evident, accepted fact that they are going to end up together, when the story ends. Despite the predictable plot, what makes the story interesting, is the way it is told. The many small incidents, the fun conversations and the blooming love is reason enough to read through such love stories. I am certainly a sucker for these stories and I had expected to enjoy this story

A Passionate Search... Book Review (Michael's Mystery - Linze Brandon)

Michael's Mystery Author: Linzé Brandon Linzé Brandon's Michael's Mystery is based in the imaginary land of Kryane, a land of mythical creatures with special powers. But the emotions - both good and bad - are graphically and touchingly human. The problems of the society are believable. Michael's Mystery is the story of Michael de'Angelo and Andesine Cle'era, both strong individuals with their own powers and secrets. The two come together in their efforts to find out the truth about the allegations against the Grandmaster of Kryane. In doing so, the two of them also discover themselves and each other. What follows is a story of all-consuming love and raw sexual attraction. Michael's Mystery actually starts with the blissful couple - Randall and Elizabeth. Soon after, as Michael and Andensine meet, the warmth of the former couple's relationship is a tough act to follow. Through the course of this story, as t

F.T. Camargo - Shanti and The Magic Mandala (Book Review)

Shanti and The Magic Mandala F.T. Camargo Namaste - 'The God who dwells in me greets the God who dwells in you.' Good and Evil. Angels and Satan. Fighting since time immemorial. Shanti and the Magic Mandala is the story of the 'chosen ones' and their crusade against the 'darkness'. The six chosen ones' different cultures and religions, brighten the narration of this adventurous fantasy. Legends, Magic, Faith, and Destiny merge to pave way for the future in this tale that inspires belief in goodness. Shanti and the Magic Mandala is not just a fantasy. Each of the six teenagers - the chosen ones - have unusual passions. They are curious and they share their knowledge. Through their conversations and their experiences, this book is a trove of discoveries. But it doesn't read like a book that is imparting information. Through the words of Shanti and the Magic Mandala is conveyed the enthusiasm of Shanti, Antonio, Nasir,

BNLF Blogger's Meet - Six Word Saturday

Meeting bloggers from across India - BNLF Blog Now, Live Forever Shared with- Six Word Saturday

Well-matched Colours of Love (Book Review - Varsha Dixit's Only Wheat Not White)

Eila Sood is a little clumsy, quite a confidant and advisor, usually assertive career woman on her first visit to New York. "JFK could be an airport of any country! She spotted Whites, Indians, African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics and many other nationalities. It looked like a human world map had come alive under one roof and over a worn blue carpet." Her stay in New York of six months is well-planned. And 'falling in love' is not part of the plans. Eila's clumsiness, at times, does not gel with her confident personality. The clumsiness is very adorable so it makes for a good read. But I hope she grows out of it... Varsha Dixit starts 'Only Wheat Not White' with Maya Angelou's quote - "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." When Maya Angelou is called upon to lead way of this tale of love, I expect a book that holds my attention with its

Adventures that interest and inspire - 'Made in India' by Biddu (Book Review)

Made In India - Adventures of a Lifetime BIDDU The cover of 'Made in India' by Biddu has the author playing a guitar. His hair is enjoying the music as much as he is, it seems. And the hair is integral to the persona and performance, mind you. You will understand when you read the book. 'Made in India' is the story of musician Biddu, his adventurous journey from Bangalore (unlike the happening Bengaluru of today) to the happening streets of London and beyond. I will not even try to bracket Biddu's 'Made in India' in a single category. 'Made in India' is a rags to riches story. Not literally so, but it seems like it. 'Made in India' in an inspirational book. It is an exciting reading Biddu's life story as he struggles but never whines. "...this is the road I had chosen, so I wasn't looking for sympathy, just a massive hit record." Biddu writes about impossible dreams. The kind of 'impossible' t