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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Some Happy Days

It has been a long gap in uploading the happy days pics but I am not worried because it is the posting which stopped for a while not the happiness. 
Most pics represent my firm belief that  true happiness is when there is no 'reason' for it. It's a state of mind and trifle things, images, gestures and incidents just manifolds the happiness already lying within you ... and me.
 So here I am back with more Happy Days.

An edited image which can be termed as the Happiest image ever! It made my day.....
 Happy day 61
A DIY image . The prospect of being able to make it was sufficient to infuse happiness in me.
Happy Day 62.


Sunset in Bangalore as seen from our roof top.

Happy Day 63

Day break in Bangalore as seen from our balcony
Happy Day 64

It is dusk looking like a breaking dawn : view from our balcony.
Happy day 65

Pihu  on the steps of the LalBagh rock : Loved it!
Happy day 66
Anindy ready for ?  : No  prizes for guessing .This broad grin and twinkling eyes sure means play time ...
Happy Day 67

The Rose Labyrinth : Book Review


Book : The Rose Labyrinth
Author : Titania Hardie
Genre : Historical Thriller
Year : 2008
Book Cover : 5/5
My Ratings : 2/5


First things first. 
The cover of this book is beautiful.
Aesthetically encircled by tendrils and leaves and a delicate patterned border in burnt gold, it has a deep red and a pure white rose shining like jewels in the leafy tiara... 


Second, after a crisp,quick prologue , chapter one opened beautifully,flowed languidly......  naturally, taking the reader to that somewhat neglected cottage where the blackbird's song woke you from your sleep and the myrrh scent of roses comes in with light and moist air, blending with the distinct note of French lavender  from  a hedge somewhere and as you opens the door you found the low-lying mist pierced by sunshine and the smell of apples  from the orchard  spills and drowns you ....

Then and there, the magic ends and the book catches up to the contemporary note and starts playing the spirituality-meets-mystery tune. It still looked promising and I almost imagined a thriller scented in history,caressed by romance, pruned by lucid language and adorned by fluid words shining like gems with liquid fire.

Alas.... NO such thing happened and all elements simply fizzled out.
The mystery is non existent ...you know everything right from page 54 or even before .
The romance is cliched - too sweet, too sugary with a too beautiful Greek gods like people.....
AND
The strongest character was killed too soon ...as soon as you start to relate with him.
Too many riddles and circumnavigations which neither challenge the cerebral capacities nor satiate the curiosity factor.
Supporting characters are caricatures specially the father and Calvin. Sian, the ex-girlfriend's character is better drawn.Quite expectantly the climax is hollow.
It was the blurb which looked promising and along with its cover lured me into it.
The Blurb-
'Before his death in 1609, the brilliant Elizabethan spy and astrologer John Dee hid his most astonishing secrets, trusting his descendants would one day bring them to light. That time has come.
In 2003, Will Stafford inherits a strange legacy from his mother: a key and an ancient script with an enigmatic note. Deeply intrigued, he travels Europe seeking answers to it's riddles, unaware that someone is following his every move.
Back in London, Lucy King becomes entangled in Will's cryptic labyrinth, As its mysterious twists take her from France to New York, and from literature to myth, in search of its hidden treasure, she has never been closer to the truth, nor in graver danger.'

Verdict : Avoid (2 points are for some beautiful country scenes.)

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