The past weekend was kind of a let’s-celebrate-womanhood for me. Today, many people understand feminism as feminazi and I would like to make it clear here that I am all for the former only. Let’s make it clearer with their definitions –
Blurb (from Goodreads) –
Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses for friends’ weddings and baby showers. To escape her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin travelled the world, often alone, several weeks yearly. She fell in love with the planet and attractive locals – connection without commitment. Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests help transform her into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road – a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home.
My thoughts –
As a part of the 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, I picked up this book for the month of July, for which the motif was – LOL: Hilarious memoirs, silly chick lit, comedic sci-fi. Pick a book that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. The book was in my TBR for quite a long time. The title of the book was what attracted me to it and when my friend gifted this one last month, I was super-duper happy! 🙂 😀 (more…)
Blurb (from Goodreads) –
Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie–who is 600 miles away–because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die.
So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories–flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband.
Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband’s sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?
My thoughts – (more…)
The picture above sums up my thoughts & experiences on being kind and showing love & compassion to the world around me. As my friend Natasha commented on one of my Kindness posts, “…… I feel the power of kindness is really underestimated in our world. It is kindness in our intent, thoughts and actions that really keeps the world going”. (more…)
We have no time to stand & stare….. (more…)
Participating in this challenge has made me more aware and witness the kind gestures my fellow human beings show all around me. And at the end of the day, I realise that kindness is, after all, a choice that we make & a matter of the heart; whether we want to be kind or not reflects the person we are. Sadly, even when kindness is free, within our control and makes us feel great too, but even then some of us cannot be kind enough. (more…)
Clouds in the sky,
Meadows in the foreground,
And the freshness of the air around,
Is this heaven? (more…)
During our growing up years, at home as well as part of the Moral Science classes in school, we all are taught to be kind among many other virtues. We are told to be kind, in thoughts & words, to our fellow human beings, the animals around us as well as the plants & trees. However, as we grow up, the significance of these lessons seems to grow lesser & lesser. Life gets busy and in a bid to be a part of the mad rat race we all are a part of (voluntarily or involuntarily), we seem to lose them. Most of the times, we expect these virtues from others but somehow ignore or forget to practise them ourselves. (more…)