Monday, May 03, 2021

Tainted Is Better #shortstory #shortstories #DelhiMetroStories 1

Whether you believe it or not public transport is a superb source of real life stories. At least, it's 100% true in my case. Whenever I travel in Delhi Metro, by the time I reach at my destination, irrespective of covering short of long distance, I have at least one story in my pocket. And these stories are realistic, full of warmth, carrying a high level of human touch, and are instantaneous, mostly. This first story is pre-Covid time. It was about to be that evening time rush hour peak time zone in next 15-20 minutes when I boarded it from Connaught Place. Luckily, I got a seat. A young girl was sitting next to me. She was on the phone talking to her father. It was something quite serious that they were discussing over the phone.

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The girl was going back home after office. It seemed this was something she wanted to discuss only with her father in privacy, not at home in presence of the whole family. She was least bothered about it being discussed in metro with so many people around. Probably the matter was more serious and the girl was quite matured. She was discussing about her love with a boy who is divorced. "Papa, whatsoever it is, this Shankar is far more better than that boy you finalized for me a year ago. This guy is innocent and genuine. He is straightforward and clear on his thoughts. He himself told me that before we move ahead, you need to know something about me that you don't know at all. He clearly told me about his wife and how she bluffed him."

"Look at the boy you finalized for me. He was a complete flirt. Despite we for engaged, he kept his relations intact with his girlfriends that too beyond limits and shamelessly. What respect he had for you or for me or for that sake our relationship?" She paused because his father was arguing with her from the other side. No, Papa. I don't agree with you on this. It's my life, my marriage, and my happiness. I care least for society and opinions of our relatives. I am clear that Shankar is going to keep me happy all my life. He has very clearly told me that we won't be marrying until his divorce case is over in the court. Probably, that will take another year. And till then, he says, we are just good friends and need to stay within our limits."

"Finally, Papa, if You think he is tainted, for me tainted is better. Please, this is my life. How could I live with a person who is my husband and is cheating me openly by having affairs with so many other girls? You please call Rahul and tell him clearly that we break our engagement and he is free to carry on with his colourful life his own way."

Friday, April 30, 2021

Dreamtalking by Noam Traub #BookReview #Books BookChatter

Dreamtalking: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Film Talk to Her (Spanish: Hable con Ella) by Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar provides significant insights of the famous movie Talk to Her. In this movie the Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar presents an interesting aspect of life. Women who live in a dreamy world attract men and make them fall in love with them. What could be the reason behind this? In the same manner, what is the meaning behind this powerful and mysterious movie? He says, "All the lights, colors, sets, clothes – they represent elements in the narrative, the story I'm telling. Of course, I want my films to look excellent, but every single element is chosen for a reason. It is telling something in the story. The symbolism may not always be clear for the average spectator; it is there more for me." That is quite an interesting statement.

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As a matter of fact, every movie is a big project. And behind the making of a movie, a lot happens that never comes to the light. Dreamtalking: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Film Talk to Her (Spanish: Hable con Ella) by Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is one of the best ways to understand the depth of Almodóvar's work. In fact, this book is rather the easier way to learn about it. The movie is about a woman who is in a coma and a man who falls in love with her. Finally, the two key characters in this film, Lydia and Benigno die. Author of this book, Noam Traub feels there is a lot in this film that needs attention and thus writes this book. In fact, it is difficult to touch the dreams of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

Almost all the people who have seen his films admire him a lot. And this book, in fact, is for all those people who admire him to get more insights on his fantastic work. Mostly, the people who know about his work feel the level of exceptional delight his movies provide. His work is no less than a magic. In fact, it is a work of great pleasure. The flavor or taste of his movies is second to none. That and a lot more is there in the book Dreamtalking: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Film Talk to Her (Spanish: Hable con Ella) by Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. People who watch his movies remember his excellent work for a long time. If you watch any of his movies, his charismatic style imprints on your mind forever. 

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Small Steps to Great Parenting by Kalanit Ben-Ari #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

Small Steps to Great Parenting: An Essential Guide for Busy Families by Dr. Kalanit Ben-Ari fits well in today’s hectic lifestyles and singular family structures. Which parents wouldn’t like to do the best for their children. But there is always a compromise in that due to some limitation or the other. Sometimes these limitations are real. But mostly these are induced. Whatever is the case, it is always possible to provide a great parenting experience to their children by any parents. This is possible if they keep in mind some effective and mindful small steps to implement in their life. These practical steps in the book are a result of a thorough research and real-life experiences. In fact, the bond between a parent and child is to be seen from both angles rather than looking at it as a problem on either side.

Small Steps to Great Parenting is a practical book to look at each conflict as an opportunity to bring parent and child closer to each other rather than increasing a rift between them. The book, in fact, helps in increasing your parenting skills effectively. All the 17 chapters carry a bunch of wisdom to learn and implement in life. It will be useful if you read the book in the same sequence rather than starting from anywhere and ending anywhere. Dr. Kalanit Ben-Ari correlates parenting with a muscle. A muscle needs persistence and flexibility to keep you stay healthy all the way. For that, it needs stretching, exercise, and different kind of challenges. In fact, every child grows in a unique atmosphere that is incomparable to another child. On the other hand, every parent wants to be the best parent.

Small Steps to Great Parenting helps in expanding your ideas as parents to deal with behavioural issues. In fact, it says there is no fixed route to tackle a situation. You need to think about a range of ideas and then chose the best one to manage a situation. Part one of the book focuses on building a positive bond between parents and children. As a matter of fact, as a parent, you need to keep a relation on top of everything rather than a problem or discipline. The book definitely will change your fixed patterns of parenting by providing a new horizon to explore. 

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The Woman in White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

The Woman In White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni is in memory of the Jewish Egyptian community that doesn't exist now and its fabulous hospital in Alexandria. The story revolves around its central character Thea Woolf, her remarkable life, and her wisdom and experience. In fact, Thea's words and the story will be inspiring for many who read this book especially the women all around the world. Rather, the book demonstrates the rare combination of love, character, strength, wisdom, truthfulness, and knowledge in a woman that is Thea. That is what makes her a true role model for many others to follow. It is basically the biography of Thea Woolf by Ada Aharoni who calls her "The Sister Theresa of the Middle East". The story happens during the World War II in Egypt. That way, the book also becomes a historically true story that depicts the pain.

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Obviously, any war is prone to leave a lot of pain behind. For long, people remember the calamities and destruction it leaves behind the creating a huge debt in human progress. That same reflects in The Woman In White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni. In fact, the book is a protest against the war. Also, it creates a hope that one day our earth and this planet can become war-free forever. As a matter of fact, that is probably the biggest wish any peace-lover would have in mind and heart. In addition, the story also reflects how a small caring and sincere gestures can make a remarkable difference in people's lives. These kinds of gestures, in fact, increase the footprints of a hope for peace and harmony on a larger scale. The biography reflects a good sync between Muslims and Jews during that period.

The Woman In White: an Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni shows something that nobody could imagine at that time. The way Muslim Egyptians gave an extended arm to help Egyptian Jews was remarkable. There was a great effort from their end. We see them saving the lives of numerous Jewish refugees from the horrifying Nazis during WWII. Thea Woolf, in fact, sets an example for others in so many ways. Like, not to lose hope under any circumstances and lead to good missions from the front. In addition, there is a good coverage of the Jewish Hospital in Alexandria. That is another example of some extraordinary efforts and deeds during that era. To summarize, the book is a great piece of inspiration and hope and thus is not to be missed.

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Zohar Ginosar - Pebbles: Insightful Stories For A Meaningful Life #BookReview #BookChatter #Books

Pebbles Insightful stories for a meaningful life by Zohar Ginosar is a testimony to the knowledge, learning, and life. All the stories, in fact, are real and genuine. But for the sake of anonymity, the names and certain details are changed. But that doesn't alter the gravity of the lessons of life that pass through each of the stories. Probably this is the longest tenure a book would take to get into its final shape. This book comes to final print after a long journey of 52 years. Each story is independent of its occurrence, time, tenure, or any other sequential order. Just take one story at a time and absorb its mesmerizing message completely. Accept it as a gift of life. Each story is a pebble of different shape because of the stream it faced. Probably that is what life is. Each person shaping and developing altogether differently.

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Pebbles Insightful stories for a meaningful life by Zohar Ginosar has 6 chapters. Each chapter has a set of a few stories. It's like a bouquet of a different set of flowers having their individual and unique fragrance of life. Like, Chapter 1 is The Journey Towards the Unknown. Chapter 2 is Swimming Lessons. Similarly, Chapter 3 has an altogether different theme. So is true for Chapter 4, 5, and 6. An extraordinary amount of patience can carve and an extraordinary level of strength in the most fragile structures. That is probably not an easy task to understand unless you read the story - "Jose's Secret". Can you create something from nothing? In the first go, everybody would say No. But if you peek inside the story "Job Definition" you will not say "No" next time someone asks you the same. That is the beauty of each story.

Pebbles Insightful stories for a meaningful life by Zohar Ginosar I think is for everyone of any age. No matter what you do and where you live, this insightful book is going to deliver a great bouquet of beautiful messages for life. 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

You Deserve Better by Yossi Maaravi #BookReview #BlogChatterA2Z #Books

You Deserve Better: Success in real-life negotiations by Yossi Maarav has 12 interesting chapters in just a little more than 200 pages. There are four important gateways in between at relevant junctures. Don't miss those. Rather the whole book is necessarily a not-to-miss for every aspirant in life and profession. Whatever you aspire to achieve with whatever goals you have, this book is a must to get a right direction and a positive fighting spirit to move on. As a matter of fact, these gateways are as four mantras of life that can help you conquer any matter. The first gateway says - 'Start on the right foot'. A good start is always important for any journey of life whether on personal or professional front. The second Gateway says - 'Power and Strategy'. Of course, every action needs a right kind of energy and strategy.

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A lack in any of the two (Power and Strategy) might lead to a blunder. The third gateway says - 'The Importance of Emotion'. A lack of emotion in any project might mar its enthusiasm and energy. Similarly, an overemotional act can also take the situation in an adverse direction. Finally, the fourth gateway says - 'The Personal Dimension'. Each gateway is followed by three chapters thus making it total 12. The purpose and meaning of each gateway will become much clearer by going through its following chapters. Each chapter of You Deserve Better: Success in real-life negotiations by Yossi Maarav is introspective and thoughtfully written. Should you dare to make your first offer? Of course, yes. And that is why this book becomes more important to read. It educates you how perception has its own influence on negotiation and persuasion. Therefore, having a right perception is necessary.

To create a right approach towards your goals it is therefore important to read You Deserve Better: Success in real-life negotiations by Yossi Maarav. In fact, there is a lot more to talk about, but then that will go endless. It is better to grab the book and get the intent in your own way. There are a lot of takeaways from this book. 

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Xenagogue - Where Are You? #poetry #BlogchatterA2z

I am continuously searching for, 
My continuity in this slowed down, 
World that has almost come to a, 
Standstill and I feel like lost totally, 
As if somebody blindfolded me and, 
Left me in an unknown territory, 
Where even the known faces look, 
Unknown. I stand alone. Fearful.
Frightened. All of a sudden tears, 
Start pouring out without any pain, 
When I start finding out the reasons, 
Of painless tears flowing through, 
Years and the tearless pains in the, 
Looms of my mind losing a track of,
The one I had always around me,
Who used to be my light in the dark, 
My Xenagogue.

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Life was not so isolated ever in the, 
Past where even the encrypted, 
Eruptions were never so strange to, 
Everybody knowing the fact that, 
Behind every complex situation, 
There is a simple solution to keep, 
Life moving smooth sailing through, 
Hardships sooner or later because, 
Somebody somewhere around was, 
There to hold the hand and show, 
Right path in a very natural way, 
Even if I was standing there in, 
Entangled and estranged roads of, 
Life I was never too down and, 
Drowned as it has become now, 
Because of breathlessness and, 
Losing my Xenagogue. 

I am not sure if I will be back on, 
Track after losing all my hopes, 
Getting every single prayer lost, 
In vain not resisting my pains and,
Disdainful feelings wondering in, 
Mind that has forgotten to regain, 
Back with the power of prayers, 
Mindfulness and meditation now, 
Fearing every moment on slippery, 
Muddy path that is so uncertain of, 
Potholes and puddles underneath, 
Making every step full of surprises,
Every step I take I pray to get back, 
That time when things were not, 
That bad even though troublesome, 
Times were there but not that, 
Painful, tearful, and fearful because, 
Every step I had my Xenagogue. 

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