WEEKLY WONDER: The Partner By John Grisham (#13)

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to Weekly Wonder! This is a series in which we recommend books which are definitely worth being on your reading list telling you just enough about the book for you to get an idea of  it, but we don’t give out spoilers.

This week’s Wonder is:

The Partner by John Grisham Cover

THE PARTNER BY JOHN GRISHAM

This post is at special request from mylifeasCathy. Check out her absolutely wonderful blog!

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~3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge~ (#3)

The final day of the challenge! This has been so much fun.


THE THREE RULES

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


Jeannie,

THANK YOU!


QUOTE of the Day #3

The best word shakers were those who understood the true power of words. They were always able to climb the highest. One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl. She was renowned as the last of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be WITHOUT books. She had desire. She was hungry for them.

-Max Vandenburg, from The Book Thief .

Everyone, inevitably, falls in love with Liesel. This extract from Max’s little book is beautiful, and describes the power that all readers have and are aware of- words.


Nominees

Anjali Chandawarkar

Aditi Gandhi

Aranya Johar

Harshita Sharma 


Happy Reading!

Pallavi.

~3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge~ (#2)

Day Two of this challenge!!

Without further ado-


THE THREE RULES

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


Jeannie,

Thank You!


QUOTE of the Day #2

I caught sight of my mother when the bus was still a hundred yards away. She was standing patiently outside the gate of the cottage waiting for the bus to come along, and for all I knew she had been standing there when the earlier bus had gone by an hour or two before. But what is one hour or even three hours when you have been waiting three years?

-Roald Dahl, from Going Solo

Roald Dahl is one of my eternal favorites- be it his morbid adult short stories or fun children’s books. This quote precisely describes how it feels to meet your loved ones after a very long time.


Nominees

Kriti Mehra

Gurnihal Singh 

leannaatc


Happy Reading!

Pallavi.

~3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge~ (#1)

I was nominated for this ages ago, and it’s time I finally did it.

Here we go!


THE THREE RULES

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


Jeannie,

THANK YOU!


QUOTE of the Day #1

But there’s more to it. I will come clean. I will tell you a secret: a part of me was glad about Richard Parker. A part of me did not want Richard Parker to die at all, because if he died I would be left alone with despair, a foe even more formidable than a tiger.

– Pi Patel,  from Life of Pi

I love Life of Pi. Many people think it’s mainstream, but that’s only because they’re looking at the surface. This quote just makes me happy, because it’s the truth- you need something you fear to deal with other things.


Nominees

Abhay Almal

Ritu Sudhalkar

Ruhi (Ruevian) Guha


Happy Reading!

Pallavi.

Liebster Award #3!

Hey everyone!

The wonderful Dream It Alive has nominated our blog for its third Liebster Award! Check out the first and second ones!

The Liebster Award Logo


RULES:

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.

Dream it Alive,

THANK YOU


It is also common to write 11 random facts about yourself. As Dream It Alive nominated the blog, we have written 11 random facts about how we know each other.

11 Random Facts About Us

  1. We are both in the same school.
  2. We are both pursuing Humanities.
  3. Elective English is the subject we both chose independently as our optional.
  4. Jeannie is one year senior to Pallavi.
  5. We both met at a trial workshop session.
  6. We had our first real conversation over ice cream.
  7. We both bonded over our love for books.
  8. We both prefer different genres of books but share the same passion.
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a common favourite.
  10. We both attend Global Leadership Lab, a Model United Nations Workshop.
  11. We have only known each other for a few months.

Dream It Alive’s Questions

1. If you have all the time in the world, what would you do? (Money not being an issue)

Jeannie: I would ensure an endless supply of books, coffee and pizza and spend my days enjoying the combined pleasures that these three offer.

Pallavi: There’s just so much to do! Places to see, delicacies to eat, books waiting to be read, pets to cuddle and stories to be written. I’d probably complete everything on my rather extensive bucket list.

2. If you can name a town, what would it be?

Jeannie: Booksville. Simply because I would love to visit the Booksville Library and attend the Booksville School.

Pallavi: I’d name it Nowhere. Can you imagine the confusion? Priceless.

3. What is life according to you?

Jeannie: Life, for me, is an opportunity to be used as one wishes.

Pallavi: Life is your little cameo role in the movie that is the world. Make it shine.

4. What is your goal or mission in life, if any?

Jeannie: I want to be a writer. I wish professional reading was a job!

Pallavi : My goal in life is to achieve perfection. Many people think that’s shallow, or harmful, but it really isn’t. I want to be the very best I can be. 

5. What quality you like most about yourself?

Jeannie: Great question! I feel every single quality has its positives and negatives. I guess I love the uniqueness of the particular combination of qualities that makes me, well me.

Pallavi: My favorite quality of mine is probably my greatest weakness too- I get very emotional about things. 

6. Which is your dream destination?

Jeannie: As I mentioned in the first Liebster Award, I would love to travel to London and stay there as it is a Readers’ and Writers’ Hub.

Pallavi: I love Goa. It’s a combination of everything I crave – the sun, the sea, the sand and a lively atmosphere which can be idyllic too.

7. If you are given a magic seed, you can throw it in the ground and it will grow whatever you want, what would it be?

Jeannie: A tree that grows books. (Can you see the pattern here?)

Pallavi: Books. And excellent WiFi.

8. What is one thing you have been meaning to do but haven’t seem to find the time?

Jeannie: Read and write. I do read and write every day but I can’t seem to find enough time to devote to these two activities as much as I would like to.

Pallavi: Finishing my To Be Read pile and spending time with people who make me happy. There never seems to be enough time to do things you want to do, once you find them.

9. What is an ideal day?

Jeannie: The day after the Final Examinations as I am free of any pressure to study and am well-rested. On this day, I can do whatever I want. (Any guesses what I would do?) What makes this day even better is the expectation that the subsequent days would be the same.

Pallavi: An ideal day is a day well spent with my best friends, doing fun stuff-  like baking, or reading, or walking an adorable dog.

10. What are your hobbies?

Jeannie: Do I even need to? Besides reading and writing I like to make 3-D Puzzles (something else I mentioned in the first Liebster Award.)

Pallavi: My hobbies are reading, writing , petting animals, and travelling. I also enjoy speaking to large crowds, debating and Model United Nations.

11. If a stranger hands you a hundred dollar (pound, euro, whatever your currency), what would you spend it on?

Jeannie: A hundred rupees is too less for books or my Starbucks so I would probably spend it on stationery.

Pallavi: Buy glue and sequins and decorate stuff. Bedazzle it.


Nominees

Abhay Almal

Kriti Mehra

Bulldog Travels

ch4rl13sm1th

Her Lonely Journal


Our Questions

  1. Name a book that influenced your work.
  2. What’s the story behind your blog name?
  3. Name a writer you would like to work with. (Dead, alive, fictional, doesn’t matter.)
  4. Are you a part of any book/movie/TV show cult or fandom?
  5. Name twelve people (Dead, alive, fictional, doesn’t matter) you’d like to share your last supper with.
  6. Do you have a tattoo? Is there any particular one you would like to get, and where?
  7. If you had only 24 hours to live, how would you spend them?
  8. What’s the song currently stuck in your head?
  9. Which fictional universe(Book/movie/ TV show, any one) would you like to live in for a day?
  10. Describe a time when you defied society and societal norms.
  11. How was your day?

We look forward to reading the answers to our questions!

Happy Reading!

Pallavi and Jeannie.

Dissecting a Tale: College Decisions and Indian Mythology

Hey everyone!

Today, as I was preparing for a college interview, a well-wisher questioned the wisdom of me going to the US for my undergraduate studies due to the costs involved. That raised the age-old question: was I going to a different country to gain knowledge or to get a prestigious degree from a US University?

Hours later, I found my answer in an old story from Indian Mythology. Let me tell you that story:

There was once a priest who was very poor, there were constant quarrels in his house between his unhappy wife, his hungry children and his helpless parents. He begged the deity of his temple to help. So the deity gave him a pot of gold. The happy priest sold the gold and used the money to repay his debts, bought all the things money could buy, and even made investments to secure his future. But soon after the quarrels started again: between his greedy wife, his ambitious children and his neglected parents. Each one wanted a greater share of the treasure. Annoyed, the priest went to the deity and demanded a solution. Once again the deity gave him a pot of gold. “No, I don’t want another pot of gold. Give me something that solves the problem truly,” cried the priest. “Pot of gold!” exclaimed the deity, “But I never gave you a pot of gold. I gave you the nectar of wisdom. Did you not drink it? Or were you too distracted by the container?”

I thought this story resonates well with the scenario many students currently face. Those who go to college for a degree so they can get a good job and earn more are essentially selling a pot of gold while neglecting the nectar of wisdom within. However, someone who studies in college but does not get a degree is at a disadvantage as well as they cannot get a job without a degree just as if the priest had drunk the nectar of wisdom but not sold the pot of gold it came in, he would have been unable to use his newly found wisdom.

While knowledge  is the nectar of wisdom, the pot of gold is the degree that puts you in a position to use your knowledge. Only if the priest drinks the nectar of wisdom and sells the pot of gold does he have the wealth to alleviate his poverty and the wisdom to bring happiness to his household.

Similarly, if a student gains knowledge at a University, the degree helps him/her get the opportunity to apply that knowledge.

I now have an answer: I am going to the States to acquire knowledge and to apply it for the betterment of the world.

I know this is not a usual type of post. Do let me know what you think and if I should do more of this kind!

Happy Reading!

Jeannie

How To Read More?

Hey Everyone!

I have always been an introverted picky reader (See my Types of Readers post to know what that means) because I always felt that I have limited time and I cannot possibly read ALL the books I want to read in my life so I never understood why I should waste precious time on a bad book? and I know that no reader has enough time to read all the books that they want to read and as a blogger who recommends books to people and (hopefully) adds to their TBRs, it is my duty to suggest a  few ways in which readers can read more books.

This post is dedicated to Charlie from ch4rl13sm1th. Check out her blog. It’s awesome!

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