Thursday, 19 April 2018

It Ends with Us - Colleen Hoover

Date of Reading: 08/04/2018
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria
Place: New York
Year: 2016
Rating: 4.5/5

About the book:

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

My Review:

        I am not that much into triangle love stories. If the heroine makes a decision that I don't approve, I know that I am going to hate her forever. But this is not about triangle love even though we get that impression from the description. No . . . this is far more than a simple love story.
         The love triangle is not going to trouble you the least here (that was something new for me 😊). It doesn't matter who Lily chooses to be with because we feel a complete kinship with her to trust her enough in this. She is strong, dependable and admirable. Trust me, it takes a lot of courage to do what she has done in the end.
        There were times I felt this can't be real. Surely this should not be happening in real lives. But I have witnessed how two of my friends have gone through abusive relationships and how hard it can be. And the author's note at the end just proves how autobiographical it is.
       If you are a married couple or in a relationship, this is a must-read for you. If you are neither, then read to get a profound insight into human behaviour. Nothing is ever simple as we think from the outside. 
        And don't forget to reserve some free time before starting. This will blow you out thoroughly and so expect to get fired from work for lack of focus. Mull over it for some time. You are hereby warned, readers. And I strongly suggest you to not read the summary below unless you need to know the story beforehand for any research/project works.


       Lily Bloom met Ryle Kincaid on one of the rooftop terraces in Boston. She had just buried her father, gave the worst eulogy ever and needed a quiet place to think and relax. Ryle reached there for a similar reason -- to escape a bad day in the hospital. They shared naked truths about each other since both never believed to meet each other again. Lily hated her father who used to beat her mother. But his apologies after the fights made her stay. Her first love was a homeless guy named Atlas who was beaten up by her father. She works in a company but what she would like to do is open a floral shop.
        Ryle is studying to be a neurosurgeon and lives with his sister and her wealthy husband. He hates relationships but indulges in one night stands. He would like one night with Lily but sadly she in the quest for her true love.
        With the inheritance of her father, Lily starts a flower shop. Her path crosses with Ryle's again when his sister Allysa joins as an assistant as she is bored to be at home all the time. She soon becomes Lily's best friend and Ryle can't stop thinking about her. He finally chucks his fear of relationships and starts dating her.
       On one of her dinners with her mother, she meets Atlas in the new restaurant. She mistakes him for a waiter, though he was the owner. Seeing her happy with Ryle, he tells that he too is dating someone. Lily had always loved Atlas. She even came to Boston because it was their dream city. He had promised to come back to her once he returned from military service. But now that chapter is closed and she begins to think of a life with Ryle.

        Ryle is quite passionate about his career, but he also cares for Lily deeply. But there are times when he is consumed by anger and on one such occasion he pushed Lily hard, hurting her. He immediately apologises claiming it as an accident. Lily is taken back to the memories of her father but Ryle's efforts comfort her. But Atlas warns her against being like her mother and gives her his number in case of an emergency.
       Ryle and Lily get married in Vegas, and Allyssa is found pregnant bringing in more happiness. Ryle accidentally finds the number of Atlas hidden inside the mobile cover and suspects an affair. His anger goes out of hand and Lily is pushed down the stairs. With Allysa's persuasion, Ryle explains the reason behind his sudden bouts of temper. He had accidentally shot his elder brother at the age of five. After that, it was never easy for him to control his emotions. He promises to keep away from her when such scenarios arise and Lily's heart surges with compassion.
        Her shop is nominated for the best new shops in Boston. Atlas' restaurant - Bib's - also makes to the list and newspaper article explains how the name which is short for 'Best in Boston' is inspired by a girl. Ryle notices that Lily has attached to the fridge a magnet which says the same thing. Suspicious again, he reads Lily's old journals and finds that it has been given by Atlas.
       He unleashes his anger and tries to rape her this time. In between, he regains his normal behaviour but Lily was hurt. She calls Atlas in secret and escapes to his house. To give her some space to think Ryle goes to England for three months and she returns to their apartment. She finds herself pregnant and Allysa supports her decision to be away from Ryle.
        Upon his return, Ryle tries to get back her affections but Lily was firm. After the birth of their girl child, she asks for a divorce. She doesn't want her daughter to hate her father as Lily did. She meets Atlas again to begin her life anew.

Something to ponder . . .

"There is no such thing as bad people. We're all just people who sometimes do bad things".  - 14

"Maybe love isn't something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives." - 191

"When you experience it firsthand, it isn't so easy to hate the person who mistreats you when most of the time they're your godsend." - 293

Colleen Hoover
"Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet." - 309

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Date of Reading: 02/04/2018
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2008
Rating: 5/5

About the Book:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family... 

My Review: 

       This is my first book by Gaiman and I have already become a devoted fan eagerly devouring his other works. I loved it so much that it is hard to put down the feeling in words. The life in the graveyard envelops us the moment we open this novel and trust me . . . you will never want it to end!!! If this is what happens after death I don't mind dying that much. Of course, I need to make sure to have a family grave of my own!!!
        The premise of the story gives some leads for an adventure. I was expecting a Froddo Baggins type journey from Bod anytime and was really relieved that it didn't follow any of the popular plot lines. Then there is Silas, a Dumbledore mode character, who is just as constant, dependable and aloof in a way that is endearing. I was afraid to be fond of him remembering what happened with Dumbledore. We won't want to risk our hearts twice over someone who may or may not die, would we?
         Apart from the characters, what attracted me most was the originality by which the idea was conceived. Sure there are parallels, but Gaiman successfully manoeuvres the horrors of the graveyard to something protective and homely. If you liked the movie 'Coco', then this won't disappoint you in the least.


       The man Jack reached that big storeyed house to kill the whole family. He had slain the parents and the eldest daughter and that leaves only the toddler. But the kid is nowhere to be found. He follows his scent to the graveyard on the hilltop.
       The little kid is found by Mrs. Owens, a ghost who has been living there with her husband for hundreds of years now after their burial here. The Owenses are warned by a pale ghost (the boy's mother who is going to be buried in another graveyard) that the man rattling the graveyard gates has come to kill her son. Mrs. Owens who died without children takes the boy to her plump bosom promising to be his parent.
      The man Jack is persuaded to leave the graveyard by Silas, a being who is neither dead nor living. He agrees to be the boy's guardian and other ghosts are persuaded to give the boy the Freedom of the Graveyard. That means he will be able to see the ghosts, see in the dark, can enter the graves and will also be taught to fade in and out. They name him Nobody Owens as he resembles nobody but himself. Everyone call him Bod. 
The boy Bod grows up as an obedient child. He knows that it is not safe for him to go out of the graveyard. The killer is lurking around waiting for him to make an appearance. He is taught his letters and Silas brings him books, food and clothes. At the age of five, he becomes friends with Scarlett Amber Perkins who takes him to be an imaginary friend. Together they find a tomb buried inside the hill. The treasure there - an old brooch, a cup and a little stone knife - is guarded by the Sleer, a snake with three heads. The encounter terrifies Scarlett and later her family moves to Scotland when her father gets a teaching position there.
        Once when Silas needed to be away from the graveyard, he puts Bod under the care for Miss Lupescu. She was a Hound of God or a Werewolf. Bod hates her disciplined teachings and goes with the ghouls to their country. On the way, he realises his mistake as ghouls are creatures who feed on dead things. He tries to escape by calling out to the Night Gaunts as taught by Miss Lupescu. It fails but the message is passed and Lupescu comes to the rescue. They get along well after this.
        Bod is advised to keep away from the grave of a witch who is buried at the far end of the graveyard. But on closer acquaintance, he feels an attachment to the witch, Liza Hempstock. He decides to bring her a headstone as she is buried without one. That needs money and he steals the brooch from the Sleer. But selling it proves tricky. Abanazar Bolger with whom he has tried to make a bargain locks him in a room to know the source of the treasure. Liza comes to help and aid him in his endeavour to fade and disappear. Bolger fights with his henchman Tom Hustings that leaves them both unconscious. Bod returns the brooch to the Sleer and places the big paperweight he has taken from Bolger's place as Liza's headstone.
       After eleven years of being in the graveyard, Bod is sent outside to attend school. Though he was quite brilliant he manages to go unnoticed until he helps a boy to resist bullying. The bullies corner him and he punishes them through dreams. He stops going to school after that.
       Scarlett returns with her divorced mother and this time she realises that Bod is real. She also makes friends with Mr. Frost who does some research in the graveyard. Silas is away again and this time Bod is worried about his guardian. Scarlett searches the local library for the details of the murder case of Bod's family and finds that Mr. Frost is living there at present. He invites them both telling that he has unearthed some clues as to the murder. Frost isolates Bod and attacks him. He was Jack Frost, the very man who killed his parents.
        Bod escapes through fading and finds that four other Jacks are waiting in front of the house. They are part of an organisation called Jacks of All Trades and they had foreseen that the end their group will be brought by a child who will walk the borderland between the living and the dead. So they sent their best Jack to kill him. Now they are only ones left since Silas and his comrades have destroyed the others.
        Bod traps one to a pit and others to the ghoul gate. Jack Frost is lured to the place of the Sleer. Bod informs the Sleer that Jack is their master and Sleer catch hold of him to protect him forever from the dangers of the outside world. He is forever trapped in that grave. Scarlett gets angry thinking that Bod is just like his killers. Silas intervenes suddenly and takes her memories regarding these incidents. She goes back to Glasgow with her mother. We come to know that Miss Lupescu died in the battle against Jacks.
Neil Gaiman
        By the time he turned fifteen, things start changing. He is no longer able to see in the dark or fade. Time has come for him to move to the outside world. Silas too is about to leave as he has finished his duty as a guardian. He is part of the Honour Guard who protect the borderlands. Bod bids farewell to Mrs. Owens and comes out of the graveyard.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

My Sister's Intended - Rachael Anderson (Blog Tour and Giveaway)

Date of Reading: 29/03/2018
Author: Rachael Anderson
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Year: 2018
Format: E-book
Rating: 4/5
From: I Am A Reader as part of the blog tour

About the Book:

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbour. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.
Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either.
Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.

My Review:
         The moment I set eyes on this cover page, I knew I am going to love this cute love story. Delightfully crafted with endearing characters this is an ongoing tale of fun, love and some hard decisions. I really liked the way Rachael chose their names -- Prudence and Knave -- both of them forced to bear names which do not accurately represent their personalities. No one can resist loving Prudence and her quirky ways (Knave was a goner from the beginning itself) and every page make us crave for more.
        The story doesn't showcase any smooth talker villains which I found lacking. The only hindrance to a happily ever after was family pressure and that in a way makes this a modern love story set in the Regency period. As always, love conquers ... all.
       I can't wait to read the next instalment in the series. More than Sophia (Prudence's sister), I am curious about the twins. Dear Rachael, I do really hope you have planned something for them 😉

Meet the Author:
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Monday, 26 March 2018

The Unity Game - Leonora Meriel (Blog Tour)

Date of Reading: 27/03/2018
Author: Leonora Meriel
Publisher: Granite Cloud
Year: 2017
Format: Ebook
From: the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Book (from the cover):

What if the earth we knew is just the beginning?

A New York banker is descending into madness. 
A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive. 
A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones. 

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible. 

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a 'complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel' from an exciting and original new voice in fiction. 

My Review

      The description of this book makes you expect a thrilling sci-fi fantasy but 'The Unity Game' is none of those. It is a sci-fi for sure, but our curiosity is aroused by the unique concept of the universe that the author has managed to incorporate into the story.
      The plot is developed through three narratives, the connection being revealed to the reader only in the last pages.First, there is David, an investment banker who is obsessed with the desire to win, then the next part deals with the story of Noœ-bouk, a being on another planet where instead of talking the life forms there communicate their thoughts to others. The third narrative traces the afterlife of Alisdair, a renowned lawyer who is being revealed into the mysteries of life.
        The book in a sense embodies the philosophy of life and its unpredictability. A life down in the dumps may soon see the bright days which rings true for this novel too. The first half is rather dull (I would have quit this if I didn't have an obligation to review) but once you pass that fifty percent sign on Kindle, things start perking up. What we find is a refreshing thought about how things work in the universe and what we need to achieve. It gels together the big bang theory and the concept of enlightenment and moksha, if you take it in an Indian perspective.
         Still, it smoothens over some questions that have troubled me always. The author fails to give a convincing explanation for the presence of evil (Duncan's remarks do not sound that logical to me), but we get some reflections through the life of David, a being who is entirely cut off from his life's purpose.
        We don't really know what will happen after death, but the speculations like these are energising. 

About the Author

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Queen’s University in Canada. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a multinational law firm.

In 2003 she moved from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA, which included a study trip around China and Taiwan, and climbing to the top of Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak and part of the Carpathian Mountains. She also served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity.
During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.
In 2008, she decided to return to her dream of being a writer and to dedicate her career to literature. In 2011, she completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. While her first novel was with a London agent, Leonora completed her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York City and on a distant planet.
Leonora currently lives in Barcelona and London and has two children. 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

Date of Reading: 05/01/2018
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press
Place: New York
Year: 2017
Rating: 3.5/5

        I was dreading to read this particular one, partly due to the not so positive reviews I have read. Sophie Kinsella is so far the best chick-lit author I have ever come across and I really didn't want anything to change that impression. Still, I picked this one . . . after all it is by Kinsella.
        I can't really blame the reviews. This novel is nowhere near to her usual read. Not that bad either. But.... with Kinsella, we expect something much more. So where to begin?
       The story is completely predictable. The usual Cinderella variety as always. But that is not something I hold against any novel; most chick-lit revolve around this theme. It is the way of presentation that matters . . . and the fun element. Kinsella's usual heroines make even the most heart-wrenching situations laughable. In this regard, this is more of a Madeleine Wickham novel. There is this occasional humour, but that is far from the type we find in 'Shopaholic Novels', or 'Can You Keep a Secret?'.
        So here is my advice: Don't take this in hand hoping to find the usual laugh out loud chick lit. This is of a more serious kind and will surely motivate you in your professional life. The theme is simple: Dreams can come true if you truly wish for it and . . . don't ever judge someone's life based on Instagram (Facebook) feeds. Nobody's life is that perfect 😊😊😊
To the story:
        Katie Brenner lives in London trying to make her dreams come true. She stays in a congested one-room apartment and works with Cooper Clemmow, a branding and strategy agency. Her boss is Demeter who according to her leads a perfect life: a glamorous job, happy family with a handsome husband and charming kids and a stunning home with gorgeous steps. Even her name has a cool ring to it. She is Katie's dream come true.
        But her colleagues hate her as a boss. She can't remember most of them, especially Katie as she fills a minor post. As per the office gossip, she denied a huge project to Liz, the project manager and she has never acknowledged the work of Mark who is in charge of designing logos.
         Katie is from Somerset but she always wanted to be in London though her father was opposed to this idea. She is yet to make her big breakthrough which comes by chance when she is asked to help Demeter in dying her hair. While they were at it, Alex demands a meeting and Katie is burdened with the job of stopping him even though she has no clue as to who Alex is.
        Alex proved to be a stunning guy with enchanting manners. He needed Demeter to check some toys but as she unavailable, takes Katie instead. They had a good time experimenting and Alex advises her to speak out to Demeter if she wants to advance in her career. She follows this and is invited to attend the group meetings. Only later she realises that the guy she talked was Alex Astaris, one of the partners.
         On Thanksgiving, Katie goes home and helps her dad and his girlfriend, Biddy, to convert their farm to a glamping site. Biddy has put her inheritance to the project and Katie takes charge of advertising. Back in the office things take turn for the worse. She is informed that Alex is Demeter's lover and Katie is fired as part of cutting down the expenses of the company. Though angry and depressed, she stays back in London without informing her father.

        As the glamping business starts getting bookings, Biddy gets panicked and asks Katie for help. They are even reviewed by 'The Guardian'. Katie pretends to be on a sabbatical leave and goes to Somerset. The glamping turns out to be a huge success and even Demeter comes there to stay with her family. Katie makes slight alterations to her appearance so that she won't be recognised. She tricks Demeter into doing some horrible things by misleading her to believe that this is all a part of the ancient Druid practice, known as Vedari.
          She also gets a peek into Demeter's life and it didn't look as perfect as imagined. Her children don't respect her and the husband, though supportive, now wants to pursue his career further which means he will have to be away from home often. When her husband leaves the farm for job purpose, Kite sees that Alex has made a booking to their B&B. Thinking that Demeter wants to pursue her illicit affair at her glamping site, Katie continues her revenge. But this time her plans go awry as Demeter recognises her finally.
        She learns that Alex is not Demeter's lover and he might be possibly coming there to fire her as she has sabotaged a huge project because of some miscommunication via email. Her house has cost her a fortune and she works overtime to pay off the mortgage, which leaves no time for family. She has always stood for her colleagues. Liz was never selected and she hid this fact to avoid further pain and Mark was never that brilliant. She is always covering him up.
          Katie suspects that her assistant Sarah could be the culprit as she has complete access to Demeter's emails. While Katie stalls Alex, Demeter goes to London to get some proof. Alex and Katie get romantically attached but he is not ready to go further. Meanwhile, Demeter fails to find any substantial proof.
Sophie Kinsella
         Katie goes back to her old office and befriends her colleagues again. She records Sarah, Rosa and Flora revealing their plans against Demeter and this proof vindicates Demeter. The culprits are fired and Katie is appointed as the Creative Director. Alex goes to New York to make matter straight with his Dad; he was inspired by the bond that Katie shares with her father. Too soon he realises his folly and he comes back to Katie as she is his new found home.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Big Switch: It's Never Too Late - John Thomas

Date of Reading: 23/01/2018
Author: John Thomas
Year: 2017
From: BlogAdda in exchange of an honest review
Rating: 3.5/5

         You might be 27 or 33 or even 45, but there could at least be one moment in your life when this question pops up: "What did I do with this life?" With every birthday that brings us one step closer to our graves, out comes these reflexive thoughts -- the doubts of being on the right track. Some may quench this spark with the notions of practicality, still there will always be a few who takes the less travelled path before it's too late. . . and make stories.
        'The Big Switch' is one such story of a daring attempt. We could pretty much assume the story line from the title itself , but I was never expecting such a drastic change of careers as Keith, the protagonist planned to do. If you would like to read a different version of Santiago, the hero of 'The Alchemist', then this is just the pick. As hundreds of movies and novels before it, the novel asserts once again that it is not the goal that is important, but the journey to achieve it. Whether you can make it come true or not is not that relevant. Who knows? You may reap better rewards than you have planned. Don't get me wrong here, but if I ever come by Keith in my real life I am going to think he is absolutely crazy. . . but so are all who have left some marks in this world.
          John Thomas' novel is one such which compels you not to make judgement with the cover page. The front cover is a bit dull and so is the font colour in the kindle edition. But in spite of all this, I made it to the end because of the lovely writing style that keeps you wanting for more and of course, we can't neglect the certain familiarity we feel toward Keith's character. There is a Keith in all of us. But will we all make the leap that he had made is yet to be seen. Now to the story:
         Keith Kurien was happy that he secured a job as a software engineer in H&G, one of the prestigious companies in IT sector. But after two years of back breaking work, he is left with a poor appraisal and a manager who hit on his nerves almost everyday. It is only when he is dumped by his girlfriend Maya, who accuses him of not balancing his work and relationship, that he begins a retrospection.

         When he goes with his roommate Brijesh to witness the historic world cup final of 2011, he is struck by the way Sachin Tendulkar enjoys playing cricket. He still keeps the same enthusiasm of a beginner. This makes Keith think of his own profession which he has chosen for financial stability.
         A two week assignment in the Banglore branch of the company comes as a turning point. Ramesh, the manager there, inspires him with his own life story. He started his career as an accountant, a job he never liked. Studying software development with the help of online resources, he got a position in H&G and soon made it to the post of the manager. Keith thought back to his own life and decides that what makes him happy is playing football though he had never played it before.
He begins practice with the hope of becoming a professional football player and joins the football training club, Young Tigers. He retains his job for monetary benefits, but decides to find a different source of income through writing. It is in a writing workshop he meets Kyra. She was his young teacher and the sparks fly from the first moment itself; their relation progresses from friends to lovers.
       An accident that incapacitates him for weeks comes as a big blow as he was just selected to play in a match representing the club. With Kyra's inspiration he writes a novel based on Ramesh's life, titled The Accountant. Keith resigns the job thinking he could make it as a writer now. But these expectations fall short when the sales fail to pick up. To make the matters worse, the doctor poses doubts on him playing football again.
           There begins the search for a new job. While attending one of the interviews he gets an urgent call from the publisher informing that his book is on the way to become a best seller. The Bollywood star Farhan Khan has read and shared it through his social media account making it an instant hit. He realises that his true calling is to become a writer. He may not be able to play football again but it is his attempts to be a footballer that eventually led to to his true calling and to his destined partner. As Keith himself says, "With writing, I am definitely not living my dream. But I wouldn't have been this happy even if I was living my dream."

Something to ponder on . . .

"Your fears, they have a strange knack of finding you. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, they will get you. And when they do, they will trouble you just as you always feared" - Loc 585

"Most Indian schools followed a simple rule. If a boy was good at studies, the teachers branded him as an engineer. And if it was a girl, she was branded as a doctor. Soon, even the parents followed in on the act and the poor kid was left branded for life" - Loc 763

"Most people spend their entire life doing something they don't feel connected to. Doing a job that troubles them by the day and haunts them at night, they live their lives in quiet desperation. . . They commit spiritual suicide every single day. . . Many people don't even realize that they are caught up in the wrong career" - Loc 1335

"You can choose anything. It has nothing to do with your current capability. It has nothing to do with your past. It has nothing to do with your present. . . Set a goal so big that it scares you. Decide on something that won't let you sleep at night" - Loc 1365

"Football is not a game with turns. It is very much like life in this regard. As both in life and in football, you need to fight for every turn of yours" - Loc 1716

"If one has to succeed, then he must get used to the idea of failing" - Loc 2000

About the author
John Thomas is a full-time seeker, who is in a continuous search for meaning. To earn his livelihood, however, he does a lot of other things. He works as a Freelance Software Developer, a Freelance Content Creator, a Stocks Investor/Trader and anything else that interests him.
He wants to write stories that can make a difference. And his debut novel, The Big Switch, was an honest attempt at sharing the message that it’s never too late to follow one’s passion. He is currently working on his second novel.

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