Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Meenu-Parva time in New Orleans, USA

"A strong friendship doesn't need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part."- Quoted
Cruising Mississippi river.

Jackson Square, French Quarter

French Quarter

Nightlife in French Quarter

Road trip around Louisiana

Swamp tour
Hallo Alligator!
Deep into the forest in search of Alligators.

Monday, 10 October 2016

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

My Review: 3.5/5

I finished this book and I have no idea how to feel about it. You know this can happen in real, but there was something which didn't add up for me. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you what that factor is because I don't know it myself.

"I have heard people say that the more you like someone, the more you think they are beautiful even if you didn't think so in the beginning."  

Lara Jean is a 16-year old high school girl. Few years back, she wrote letters to 5 different boys she fell in love with in various timeline. One of them, Peter approaches her and then long story short, they are in love. Everything is normal up to here. Oh yea, let's not forget, before Lara Jean, Peter was in relationship with Lara Jean's then best friend, Genievive. So, now the story is getting little complicated right? Wait until later. 

The problem is, they are all in the same school. So, Peter and Genievive bump into each other quite often. At first Lara Jean doesn't mind thinking they are still friends but later on, she comes to know that they are constantly in touch with each other, they text, talk on phone and not only that, also meet in private, whatever the reason behind it is. 

''We broke so easily. Like it was nothing. Like we were nothing. Does that mean it was never meant to be in the first place? That we were an accident of fate? If we were meant to be, how could we both walk away just like that? I guess the answer is, we weren't.'' 

"Things feel like they'Il be forever, but they aren't. Love can go away, or people can, without even meaning to. Nothing is guaranteed."

The problem continues in between Peter and Lara Jean just because of Genievive. Peter says Genievive is going through some family issues so she needs him and Lara Jean says he should be spending time with her since she is his girlfriend now. At this point, I was screaming 'Go, girl!’ She has a valid point, doesn't she? 
Trust me, I couldn’t digest this whole drama. Here, I have to shout out to some guys out there. When you break up with someone that means you break up. When you break up with someone and you are in new relationship, your previous break up means BREAK UP! No matter whatever the situation is. I mean, if you can't get over previous relationship, what's the point of new one? Why just ruin everyone's life. You broke up for a reason. Since now you broke up, why stalk on your exs? Why message them? What’s the point of this?

''There is a korean word my grandma taught me. It's called jung. It's the connection between two people that can't be severed, even when love turns to hate. You still have those old feelings for them, you can't ever shake them loose of you; you will always have tenderness in your heart for them. And jung is why somebody can't let go somebody. They are tied.''

And, at this point, our next hero, John Ambrose McClaren comes into play. John is one of those five guys Lara Jean wrote to. John and Lara Jean are instantly attracted to each other. While Peter is still handling issues of his ex-girlfriend, John approaches as a real gentleman. Everything he does and everything he says makes Lara Jean fall for him more and more. Well my friends, there is a famous saying 'A man's biggest mistake is giving another man an opportunity to make his woman smile'. This couldn’t be more true here.

''People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they are not. There is no telling how long you will have them near.''

Then Lara Jean and Peter break up. And it makes everything easy for Lara Jean and John. They hang out together until Peter realises his mistake and becomes extremely jealous of John. Then he asks Lara Jean to come back to him. At this point, I was screaming 'NO!, NO!'. Because, I was also falling in love with John.

Although Lara Jean had started to fall for John, she still had some feelings left for Peter. Now Lara Jean is confused who to choose between Peter and John. It was difficult. I was actually thinking what I would do if I were in her position. Decision like this is not easy but what can make it little bit easier is by asking yourself- 'Who would I regret losing more?'

So, lots of drama and too much confusion for our dear leading lady and at some point, I couldn't take it any longer and I screamed, 'Enough girl! Just choose one guy and get the hell out of my life.' Then comes the final conversation between Lara Jean and John, that makes me go Awwww.....

Lara Jean- ''I could fall in love with you so easily. I am halfway there already. You are so perfect in my memory, and you are perfect now. Of all the boys, you're the one I would pick. but, but I still love Peter. I can't help it. He got here first and he..... he just won't leave.''

Here, I was nodding. 'Go girl! that's right, the one who came first always count.'

John replies- ''I don't think it was our time then. I guess it isn't now either. But one day may be it will be.''
 I was like-----D-A-N-G---

I knew it, John is not giving up. Although this sequel finishes with this conversation and of course with Lara Jean running into Peter's arm but there is something inside me that says Lara Jean belongs to John. 

Hands up if you want to see Lara Jean ending up with John Ambrose McClaren in next sequel? You know what, I am team John! You cannot just come and go and come again into someone's life. Just because you needed a break doesn't mean everyone will stay still and wait for you to come and play the button again and carry on with the life. This means you disrespected your girl. Nobody deserves it because every girl in this world deserves to be somebody's number one girl.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Lausanne-Geneva: Switzerland

''A new breed of traveller is, today, heading abroad to find better careers, more intellectual simulation or simply more adventure. This highly educated and globally minded cadre are neither immigrants nor expats; instead, they're happy to move from country to country in pursuit of personal or professional goals.''- Quoted
Geneva Lake I
Geneva Lake II

Sunny Geneva.
Lavaux, Lausanne
More into the vineyards

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Premier League: Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City

'Hopefully Man United can do us a favour.' Ok, first of all who does the favour here? No one is sitting here saying 'I have to beat you so that other team can win the title'. Nobody thinks about others here. It’s a competition for God's sake. It was really unnatural comment to make and when I read it, I was like 'Are you out of your mind?'. Anyway, that is what happened few days ago but what I want to write today is mainly about what happened today. I was desperately waiting for this match since last week. It was a moment of truth, moment of history and a huge contribution to the Premier League. So, just before the game started, I decided I will be happy whoever wins but huge part of me wanted Leicester City to win. While I write this, I am already imagining all United fans giving me 'WTH' look and throwing tomatoes at me. 

Now you all are probably thinking a fan like me has no place in United membership and it’s all my fault that United didn't win but before you start cursing, judging, buying tomatoes just to throw at me and kicking me out of the fan club, let me make my points clear.

As a United fan, I certainly wanted them to win as always but as a football fan, I really wanted Leicester to win. I know there is a matter of top 4 and Van Gaal's job security but look at the other side. Leicester city wining Premier League is one of the most beautiful things that can happen to EPL and somehow I wanted that to happen in Old Trafford. I wanted United and us to be the part of their win. I mean of course they can still win the title and we can still be in top 4 but after waiting desperately for a week and being restless since morning, all I get is a draw? This is not fair. I was really disappointed after the match. How difficult was it to score one more? I was so disappointed that I wanted them to replay this game. I am not going to accept draw here. 

Only if it was possible to take this case to the court. I was actually going through this scene in my mind, what if it can really happen in real? How would I defend my case? I went through it again and again in my mind. First of all I imagined all fans from both teams supporting me. Then I imagined all other teams including officials of EPL going against me. Now the case was getting tough. Then I would make a huge group of pro teams and give them speech everyday why this game should be replayed. The case would finally reach to the court. I was not scared because I had huge supporters. Finally the case ended after a long battle and obviously in my favour :). Then they decided to replay in Old Traford. Then what happened after that, I didn't get to finish my imagination. My friend sent me a message 'United neither wins nor let others win'. He was supporting Leicester too. Here you go, another one in my team :).

Anyway, the game was really tensed. Both teams were in huge pressure to win and that was making them more nervous. Towards final 10 minutes, it was like one of those times in exams where you have final 5 minutes to write and you just write whatever, hoping to get some points. Anyway, my whole excitement is gone now and I feel so empty. Looking forward to tomorrow's Chelsea vs Tottenham.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Never judge the book by its cover!

So it was like this. I went to the book shop (the kind of things I love doing in my limited free time). Although we hardly get English novels here, I feel better when I go there. So, I was just wandering around, minding my own business and suddenly.......suddenly, one book caught my eyes. The cover was really beautiful. I could say if there is love at first sight then I experienced right there in that spot, at that moment but I was well aware about the famous quote 'Don't judge the book by its cover'. I looked at the book and to my surprise, the book also looked at me. Then our eyes met. We both were mesmerized, both of us completely engrossed at each other. I smiled and the book smiled too :O. 

After few minutes or atleast I thought it was few minutes, I approached to that book. 
'Hi'- I said 
'Hi, nice dress'- the book replied. 
'Really?'- I checked myself and said -'You know book, you have a beautiful face. Are you this beautiful inside too?'. 
'Of course! I am newly released and I am going to be in the chart of best selling soon. You love adventure?' the book asked. 
'Yes!' Now I was jumping with excitement. 
'Then I am the best book for you. Buy me, buy me!' 

I quickly picked it up and turned at its back to read what it is about. Read few reviews. It looked very promising and I was already looking forward to it. 

After few days:
'You told me you are good and I will like you'- I screamed.
'No book in the world will say I am bad and you shouldn't buy me'- the book screamed.
'And your language? omg, it is so annoying. You are one of the worse books I have ever read. The writing sucks, the characters suck, the plot sucks, almost everything about you sucks. I am not going to complete you.'
'Well you bought me'- the book was jumping with rage too.
'Just because you promised me you are good. Now, I am going to sell you'- I screamed back.
'Too bad, my reputation is already bad enough. No body will buy me.'- the book was giving me a weird smile. 
'I don't care. Then I will give you to the charity'. 
I was still thinking 'my god that face' while having those arguments. 
'Just don't trust all the books based on reviews. They all say they are good but only few ones are good. Read the prologue and see if that book is the right one for you and more than anything, trust your intuition. Just because you want to read a book doesn't mean you jump into any book. If you do, you have no right to complain.'- the book was calm but firm now.
'Exactly!' I said
'Now, you know I am bad, just find another book, will you?' Book was smiling now. 
'But you wasted my time and money' I was almost crying now.
'Did you forget the famous quote from ''To kill a mockingbird?, You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.''.  

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

My Review: 4/5

It all starts with a kiss…….

He- I have a broken past and I don’t believe in relationship. I play in a band and I am a high-school drop-out. What sort of guys do you hang out with?

She- I am a final year student at Harvard. I don't hang out with guys. But I guess the times I do, it's guys with ambition. Guys who wear suit. Guys who will end up in the Senate or as a CEO. Umm... guys who my father would approve of. My father and I don't get along, but don't ever mistake that for me not having perfect for him. He's a hero- he's my hero. But I have never quite been able to live up to him, so at some point, I just stopped trying and went my own way. 

He- Must have been fascinating, travelling bunch of different countries?

She- I don't know about all that. It's not a normal life, moving to a new country every few years. Kind of lonely sometimes. You leave behind everyone you know and start over. I don't know if I'll ever get married, but if I do.... not sure if my husband will understand my ambition and not sure it's the right life for kids. 

He- Would you like to have a dinner with me?

She- Just once because I don’t believe in love anymore. I was very young when I fell in love but I still remember what it was like to have my heart torn out, to have my dreams smashed. To have scandal nearly tear my family apart. I cried and cried. I was so scared, but no one would help. And all I could think was- I wanted my mother. Yes, she told me that guy was not right for me. She saw right through him from the beginning. I wanted to find her, and hug her, and make all of this fear and pain go away. I wanted to go back to being her little girl, and having her protect me and make everything better. No matter how much I might have wanted that guy: I couldn't go back there. Not now. Not ever. 

Then he and she both go to their own lives. He never gets over her so decides to write a song for her.

She- I sat back in the chair and sipped my coffee, crossing one arm across my chest. My head was still hurting, and thinking about him made it hurt worse. For the first time in a long time, I found myself having really mixed feelings about a guy. He was fun to be around, but he was confusing as hell. And not exactly welcoming. Was I just lonely? It had been so long since I'd allowed myself to really care about anyone. Sometimes you go looking and don't find anything, and sometimes it slaps you upside the head like a good Irish Catholic mother. 

He- I never wanted a relationship but lately, I'd started to realize that even though I was around people all the time, I just felt so damn alone. 

She- You are not an easy guy to figure out and I am not interested enough to try. It’s just last night you were all, stay the hell away, and in morning you were friendly.

He- Sometimes losing control can be wicked awesome. And sometimes it’s a disaster. Sometimes it can take your whole life and rip it to pieces.

She- I don't know why this bothered me. It's not like we were a thing. It's not like we were anything. But you'd switched moods so quickly, from anger and hostility last night, to open and laughing this morning, and now you were cold. I didn't get it, I didn't like it, and I was starting to not like you.

He- I love you

She- I don’t love you. I don’t even like you. I am a little different and isolated. But also a hero. And even though I start out very isolated, I come out of my shell. Which is something I learnt to do long ago.

He- This is going to sound like a cliché. And it sucks like nothing else in the world. But if I love you….I have to give you what you need. Even if that means letting you go. Yes, truth sucks.

He then sings of his longing, of her refusal, and of his precious hope that if he let her go, if he kissed her goodbye and watched her go, that she’s eventually come home.

She- It almost hurt to watch the awkward painful interchange between us. This was too much. Too much emotions, too much pain, just too much. I needed to get back to my room, get a good book to read, and escape. Get grounded again; get back in control of feelings that were twisted through me like a storm, tearing down leaves and building and leaving me directionless and confused. No matter how much my heart yearned for him, no matter how much my body wanted him, my mind knew that he was a mistake.

He- I don’t want to lose her. No one has ever meant this much to me. Then I have to do the thing she needs. And maybe she’ll come to me. If she doesn't…….well….it wasn't meant to be. But I wasn't going to let her go without telling her exactly how I felt.

She- It reminded me that being dependent on people you love is nothing but a crutch. It reminded me that the inevitable result of love is heartbreak. It reminded me that the other side of those overwhelming emotions was death. And I wasn't willing to go there. I wasn't willing to do that harm to myself ever again. Never again would I watch my own lifeblood pouring out of me into a bathtub because I needed people in my life. It was bitter, like dust, a bare moonscape inside my heart instead of flowers or bunnies or hearts or whatever the hell other people wanted to feel like. And it was mine.

He- I love you, and I want you to be happy, I want you to have the life you deserve. And if that means … if that means I have to stand here and watch you walk away, then I’ll do it. I won’t be happy about it. It’ll break my heart. But … if that’s what you really need, then we’re done. Before you go, you need to know- I’d do anything for you. Even kiss you goodbye and watch you go.

She- Can you put up with me? I am crazy half the time. You know I’ll pull away and get angry when things are tough. I make my own home, wherever that is and home’s where the people I love are. It’s the things that matter to me, and holding on to them and taking care of them. And remember- I will love you, pamper you, care for you and give you everything I can. I will make you feel on cloud nine with my love. I will make you feel like the best man on this planet but the moment I feel avoided, unwanted, ignored, sidelined, I will be gone and I will never feel the same again. I will quietly move on.’

He- I don't want to screw this up. I don't ever want to be the person who hurts you. Because you make me better. You make me feel like I matter. Like my life matters. I feel like, with you, I can do anything in the world. That we can do anything in the world. And we will.