Love

Book Review: A Second Chance With Love In Corona by Abhinav Kashyap

A sweet love story of Kabir and Kia, this novella by Abhinav Kashyap gives an essence of how a married couple, living under the same roof and distant with time, come close and transform their relationship during the pandemic.

Pandemic brought tough times, especially the lockdown. When the news of lockdown broke suddenly, people went helter-skelter. There was a state of commotion. Everybody thought initially they would be shattered, their jobs and so many other things which become the livelihood and life support for families were at stake. A second chance with love in Corona sums up these feelings precisely through protagonists, Kabir and Kia and how they make the best of this time.

The story is about the duo who hardly could spend their sweet time together, since right after their honeymoon, due to the busy work schedule of husband. They now had all the time for themselves, thanks to the lockdown. During this period, they rediscover themselves and keep aside the adversity to rekindle the spark in their married life. It’s worth a read.

The book is a light hearted, bed time kind of an emotional read. Written somewhat in an informal and casual language, this 13 page book is a ‘take a break’ sort of writing. The climax of the book ends on a positive and a happy note conveying the underlying message, life does give a second chance, only if you know how to turn an adversity into an opportunity.

I congratulate the author, Abhinav Khashyap on his first book and hope there are many more to come. Best wishes!

Let me know in comments if you liked the book review. 

Pages: 13

Availability: Kindle

Buy: A Second Chance With Love In Corona https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08GZRT5B4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_GYhyFbYJG7QNV

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Sunsets That Made Me Sway

Sunset brings with itself melting emotions of bygone days;

Golden days that make you sway to an unheard tune;

Tunes those were once the songs we hummed;

With our fingers intertwined only to watch it give way to night;

Those sunsets were different than the sunsets of today;

Sunset was an emotion then, it is just another evening today;

Each sunset was then captured in the eyes and saved in our souls;

Today I capture it with my camera to praise it as nature’s galore;

Sunset is an emotion, I remind myself again;

Lost in its beauty, I go down the memory lane.

Season of Love


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As January is all set to bid adieu giving way to February, there’s more ‘Love’ evident everywhere. Love is not just in the air, but can be seen in every nook and corner of the markets and multiplexes-showrooms, card and gift galleries, restaurants displaying Valentine’s Day posters and placards. The hype is also apparently because of the online media.

Seasons come and go, however, the season of love remains forever. And, it is a good way to express your feelings in full zeal and vigor on a day specified for it. This gives us an opportunity to wait for one entire year to showcase the lovey dovey side of us; on the special day of love, in a special way to that special someone. However, there comes a time when love is not about that one glimpse or a smile or a heart melting feeling.

The perspective changes as one evolves and grows into a mature person. Goose bumps and butterflies vanish into thin air as one understands the deeper meaning of love, which is attained through simple acts of caring for those who are in need of your love and attention. Making them feel special is a feeling that gives utmost happiness and satisfaction as compared to love that’s superficially superfluous.

Today, when I sit and give it a thought, I realize how the feelings within me have transformed severely from a love that was self-centered to a selfless one. Hence, for me, Valentine’s Day is a day to show I care. And, this caring is not only for a special someone, but all those who touch my life in some way or the other. Starting from my parents who fought all odds to give me a good upbringing to my beloved partner who is there through my thick and thin, there’s more to it. I feel love for all humans who nurture noble thoughts, children-for they are the most innocent souls on this earth and, animals who play a major role in keeping me humane.

It’s a strong statement when I say that love is losing its charm. I say this perhaps because the stories of heartbreaks, betrayal, back stabbing are commonly heard nowadays. I believe, “It’s easier to break a relationship, but takes a lifetime to make one.” On this note, I would love to share a composition written by me and dedicated to all those who are in love, irrespective of what your definition of love might be:

Be with those you love, walk by their side;
When you say you love someone,
Don’t keep them in disguise.

When they falter, hold their hand;
Don’t leave them or ignore them;
If they are in a moment; bad.

They might act vulnerable at times,
Or showcase their worst side,
Believe, they are still the same you liked;
Don’t judge them in their difficult times.

None can be smiling all the time;
If you accept their goods,
Accept their weaknesses underlying.

Love demands an understanding divine;
It’s a fixture that strongly unites.

Let not the feelings of hatred seep in,
Because, it’s easier to lose, but hard to find.

Prayer Unanswered

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Whenever I think of you, tears roll down my cheeks;

The beautiful memories I have of you,

At times make me strong, at times they make me weak.

Days went by and now years equally fly in speed;

But, how can I stop missing you and accept the reality?

You had been the happiest phase, partner in crime with me;

When I look back, I find the fondest of memories.

The time we spent was not enough, I wish you were here always;

One person I long for, every second, is you who adored me.

You were the reason of hundreds of smiles, then how could it be?

I wish to see you once, torment you and talk endlessly.

If God exists, He must answer all my weeps;

I want you back forever and ever; I love you immensely.

 

Book Review: Adultery


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Author: Paulo Coelho

Publisher: Random House India

Price: INR 299

Pages: 287

My Rating: 3/5

Unlike other of Coehlo’s books that I have read, I hardly have much to say about this one. Coehlo seemed to deviate from the actual plot or probably he never had one. There is no storyline and you end up reading about a self-centered bizarre woman who chooses adultery despite being blessed with everything that a normal woman desires for. Certainly, you will have no sympathy for her or any agreement with her approach towards life.

“I have a wonderful husband who is not only madly in love with me, but also the owner of a large investment fundI have two children who are (as my friends say)my “reason for living”I enjoy my work. I’m a highly regarded journalist at a respectable newspaperOnce a year, I go on holiday with the whole family, usually to some far-flung paradise with marvelous beaches,where we stay in exotic cities inhabited by very poor people who make us feel richer, more privileged and more grateful for the blessings life has bestowed upon us.” (Pg. 1)  

However, when it comes to Paulo Coehlo’s writing, there’s always a reflection of you somewhere or the other. I enjoyed reading the opening pages of the book and probably that covers up for the entire thing. After all, who doesn’t need to break from the monotony of life. I’m sure at one point or the other, everyone needs to have some adventure, thrill and passion in life. And, this feeling has been described beautifully by Coehlo in the first few pages. However, there are better ways to come out of the boredom and take up challenges than it has been described in the book. As the story progresses, it becomes slightly unbearable and the climax completely ruins it.

Craving for some adventure and thrill in her life, Linda, the protagonist, falls for her high school boyfriend, resulting in an explicit relationship. There’s no regret in her despite knowing that she had not been loved or accepted by this man, but had been a mere entity of pleasure.

“Sin is followed by a fear of being caught.” “Not everyone needs to feel happy all the time. Besides, no one can be happy all the time.” “You don’t choose your life; it chooses you.” “A dream is always risky, for there is a price to pay.” 

Lots of unnecessary philosophies in support of this strange character have been used, which seems ironic. Trust me, I did not evaluate this book or the character as per social outlook. Despite reading it from all my heart and mind, I could not figure out till the end as to what was it that brought her back to her family, i.e. her loving husband and two adorable children. Secondly, was her want for some real adventure over? Thirdly, is this what Linda (or Coehlo) would call a real challenge?

“Sometimes, we need to hurt ourselves to heal ourselves.”

Linda might have felt the brunt of rejection, but was she really healed? I gave up on the storyline. Really!

I’m sure the next book by Mr. Coehlo would make up for this one.