Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Nothing Lasts Forever by Sidney Sheldon

My Review: 4/5

Another great book by Sidney Sheldon about love, hate, society, murder, profession and ambition. The main characters are the three young female doctors who are just starting their way to 5 years training in the hospital. 

Dr. Paige Taylor: She is a natural born doctor. She is enthusiastic, hard working and adventurous but when she inherits a million dollar from a patient that hated her guts, she is in trouble. 

Dr. Honey Taft: A society victim! She is from higher class family and because of her family status; she was forced to become a doctor despite nurse being her ambition. With her not being so intelligent, Dr. Honey decides that there is only one way to get into medicine school: by selling her body.   

Dr. Kat Hunter: The most serious one! Because of her bad childhood, she vowed never to let another man touch her again but as an author suggested, nothing last forever and she trapped herself into a deadly challenge that cost her life.  

The reason I am giving 4 stars is because I have read other better books from Sidney Sheldon. It is a simple and straight forward book with no suspense. Its good but not the best. Still, it’s a great page-turner. I guess its a magic of Sidney Sheldon. It describes the normal everyday life of doctors. Even though the story was bit slow in some cases, I really enjoyed it that I had no idea when I finished this book. The author is right. Nothing last forever..... not even a good book. 

Sidney Sheldon is certainly one of my favourite authors :).

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A year since Graduation!

It has been a year since I walked on the stage of Whitworth hall in gown, collected my certificate and walked down the aisle with my graduation hat on. What a day it was! Very emotional too. Four years of hard work had finally paid off and it was time for the celebration of our achievement. Now, I sit down and look back to see where I am exactly a year after that glorious day

I have travelled to new countries, learnt new languages, made many new friends, conquered the challenge of living alone in non-English speaking country, became victim of cultural difference again (I don’t know how many times it will come more) and most importantly, started PhD. I have never been this adventurous in my life before. Life has been good so far. 

I am still in touch with my Manchester friends. We talk about difficult yet beautiful days in Manchester. Uncountable hours in library, exams and coursework stresses. I don’t know why but sometimes I miss that a lot. Those were the days. Once in a while, going out for dinner with friends was like a treat for us. Chem Eng life was difficult but PhD life is even more challenging but what I am happy about is, the minute I walked on the stage to grab my certificate, I had imagined my life in 1 year and 5 years and even 10 years from then. I wasn't sure whether I would be able to give justice to the certificate that was on my hand. Whatever happens, I wanted to see myself doing something productive by this time. Having said that, I am quite glad about where I am and what I am doing now. I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you God!

Monday, 14 July 2014

I was in Germany when they won their 4th World Cup

Being in the country that wins the World Cup is something special. I feel quite fortunate to be in Germany at this time of my life. I really wanted to go to Brazil in this World Cup but due to some reasons it couldn’t happen. So, I was hoping Germany would win so that even though I couldn’t go there, World Cup would come to my doorstep J.

It was 2002 when I first started watching this tournament. I was hugely impressed with Brazil that time. So in every World Cup after that, I supported Brazil 
by default but in 2006 and 2010, I also supported England additionally. In last two World Cups, I became well aware of German football and their capability though I didn't watch Bundesliga. However, me being in England that time, we saw Germany as one of our main rivals (nothing personal). This time, since I am in love with Germany and have started following Bundesliga, I supported Germany. Plus, because of few other reasons, I decided to support Brazil, Ecuador, England, Mexico, Netherlands and Spain too.

Brazil's first match against Croatia wasn't that impressive. The era of Brazilian Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Cafu has certainly faded away. Also, the game was too much into Brazil's favor that I lost my interest in them. Croatia deserved to win that match. As a result, one country got deleted from my list: Brazil. Netherlands vs Spain was slightly tough decision but after seeing Van Persie's flying projectile goal, I had my heart set on Netherlands. I somehow knew that the maximum level Mexico and Ecuador could reach was knock out stage. I still followed them though. Their game was equally competitive and entertaining. England was very disappointing this time. By looking at their game, I was surprised they were even qualified for the competition. By the time World Cup reached to the knock out stage, my list had condensed down to Germany and Netherlands only. I really wanted both of them to reach final but unfortunately the main player I was supporting in Netherlands started degrading. As the days passed on, Robin Van Persie showed the performance that we saw of him when he was working under David Moyes in Man United. So, when the World Cup reach to the final, there was only one country in my list- Germany. 

I really enjoyed this World Cup because the competition was more competitive than previous ones. So many talented players! On the final day, our institute organized a public viewing. Watching football in a group is always fun. Cheering, screaming, laughing and drinking (coke), it was a great fun. It was 1 am in the morning when I returned home after Germany won. At that time of the morning on the road, I had never seen this kind of crazy celebration. Just few hours ago, not even an insect was on the road but as soon as they won the title, I don’t know from where they started and since when, there were queues of vehicles on the road following each vehicle in front of them in slow motion. Every vehicle was honking the horn and people had their heads sticking out of the windows. They were screaming like crazy. It was too loud for me but I was enjoying it. It was good see people happy and I felt like I am in right country at right time J.

Now the World Cup is finishedL. Since it started, I haven't done much work but check on World Cup updates and wait for the next match. Thinking positively, since the World Cup started, I am doing overtime: whole day in the office and at night, World Cup duty :P. Now since it’s over, coming back to the reality is more saddening than ending of World Cup for next 4 years L

Anyway, Congratulation Germany! A well deserved victory J