Travel My Way- Book Review

Book Title: Travel My Way Genre: Non Fiction; Travelogue Author: Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar Number of Pages: 88 Available: PDF, Blog Chatter Library Vartika wears many hats being an ex-HR professional, a painter, a blogger and a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast. She makes her debut with this e book which is a part of the e book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Though the genre that its slotted in, is ‘Travelogue’, I feel it goes beyond that. As the title suggests, she invites you to visit the places through her eyes. The tone of the entire book seems conversational. It feels like you are hearing a friend relate…

My Land across the Border- Book Review

Book Title: My Land across the Border Genre: Fiction Author: Sayan Bhattacharya Number of Pages: 126 Available: PDF, Blog Chatter Library I discovered this gem as part of the E book carnival hosted by Blogchatter. Born in Kolkata, Sayan Bhattacharya is a Post-graduate in English Literature who’s worked in the banking and financial services and is presently in the FinTech industry. My own obsession with the 1947 partition was the reason I picked this one up and I must say I didn’t regret it at all. The book is about the protagonist Siraj whose quest for his roots leads him to his motherland where he…

Period Talk- Bring in The Daddies too

My daughter is very close to my husband and I can’t grudge her that. He’s the fun parent after all…. funnier and more playful. Whereas I’m the bad cop of parenting. So, when she ‘chooses’ me to confide about some of her stuff, you can imagine my happiness. It’s nothing short of a badge of honour. What makes her pick one parent over the other has failed me and frankly so long as I am the chosen one, I’ve never bothered to find out either. All was well in our world till we started talking about growing up, puberty and…

Grief

Grief is a lonely space to be in. Though there’s no comparison but just like religion, it’s a supremely personal thing. And though we go through the motions of expressing our condolences, I feel that there is an invisible, impenetrable wall around the bereaved. How do you reach out to them through that? The void that they are unable to comprehend, how do you even attempt to fill it? What I do know is that on the road to acceptance goes through denial, anger and depression. How long every stage lasts, is very subjective. Some collect themselves admirably quickly and…

Let The Haters Hate….

My foray into writing, on a serious level, is very recent. My steps are still very tentative, as I gingerly tread on my chosen path. How my pieces are received do keep me on my seat’s edge. I hear nice things about my writing and it does give a boost to my confidence. Just when I thought I was sliding into this smoothly, there came my first troll. I was angry, I was hurt, I was shocked at the bitterness that laced the comment. My carefully built confidence came down crashing like a house of cards. More than anything else,…

A Gender Equal Utopia

I was not born a feminist, neither was I raised as one…. I was forced to become one! My sister and I were raised with a lot of love and gender equality wasn’t something that had to be taught to us, it was a given in our house.  My mother is a woman of quiet strength but definitely not one to march on the roads for women’s rights. This was the time when wishing for a son was the norm but my father had always wanted daughters. We had a regular childhood and thanks to the fact that we lived…

Ignorance Is Kind

I hate cats… Not that I like dogs either but I can tolerate them at least. Cats on the other hand have got too much attitude. I do so wish I had a bit of that swag though. And they are so in their own world… happy with themselves. So even if I hate them, I can’t stop being envious of them either. When I first came across Gwendolyn Brooks’ quote- ‘One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers’, I had chuckled to myself. But in the past few years, as I’ve gradually moved away,…

Keep Calm And Move On

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference…. I don’t recall, when was the first time I came across this prayer. What I do know however is, how often I have fallen back on it, when faced with situations where I wanted to scream, but held myself back knowing fully well that screaming wouldn’t help me or the situation either. And every time I have resisted this urge to scream, I have thanked God that good sense prevailed on me. The futility of…

Forgive And Allow Yourself To Heal

Jesus said “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” –Luke 23:34 ……And this, when he was being crucified with criminals on either side who were abusing him surrounded by people who were mocking him. My initial schooling was in a convent school and this line would keep reappearing in the morning assembly, in the moral science class, on the playground…. you get the drift. And I used to wonder, do the sisters (nuns who would teach us), hear it themselves? Because forgiveness didn’t seem like one of their virtues when they would be reprimanding us…

Miracles Are Not Contrary To Nature, But Only Contrary To What We Know Of Nature

When I took up medicine, I was and still am often asked, ‘do you believe in miracles?’ If they have the time to listen to me, I often share this anecdote that I read long ago, but whose source still remains unknown; God was once approached by a scientist who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.” God replied, “Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a…