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) –
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…)
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…)
I am quite behind the actual schedule in posting under the KINDNESS CHALLENGE (2016) but I am committed to complete it for sure, come what may! 😛 Following the required things under the challenge is being done by me without fail, however, I am not being able to post them, for reasons I don’t want to bore you, my readers, with.
Anyhow, for the 2nd week of the challenge, I had to observe kindness around me. I always love noticing the little, (more…)
Author: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.
Participating in the 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge has been so far a good experience and has done me good by making me pick up books from my huge stack of tempted-to-bring-home-but-not-yet-read books. For the month of May I had to select a book under the motif “Story of Survival” and while going through my earlier mentioned stack, the picture of Malala Yousafzai staring at me from the cover made my job easy. So, for the month of May, MALALA it was! (more…)