Friday, March 30, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 30th March 2012

Every closed door need not mean a closed opportunity. It could also mean an unexplored opportunity.

Thought for TODAY: 29th March 2012

Most of the issues in life are like rubber bands. 
We seem to keep on stretching them and suddenly they go SNAP!!! hurting us.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 28th March 2012

Remembering all the bad things in life is like maintaining a balance sheet with only the credits and liabilities in it.

Thought for TODAY : 27th March 2012

Holding something in your hand need not mean you can control it completely.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thought for TODAY : 26th March 2012

However much someone loves us, beyond a point our pain is just ours. 
For us it might seem like a big deal and our world might stop, but for them life goes on.

Book Review : My Life story by Arti Honrao


My life story, by Arti Honrao is a captivating tale of a young and bubbling teenaged girl who chose to follow her dreams and paid the price for it, albeit very heavily. This book is priced at Rs. 100/- and you could purchase the same from Pothi's.

Behind the book

Source: Google Images

The author has chosen to use this space for highlighting the few reviews on this book. I would quote one which struck me the most; "A touching story of a young girl! A book every teenager should read to be careful of the pitfalls in life at that age." - Dr. Smita A. Kitturkar - Physiotherapist.I truly agree with her.

About the Author

Though I have already reviewed another book by her earlier I would still like to quote what is written about her in this book's introduction as I feel this does complete justice to her personality and writing style..

Arti Honrao has the ability to pour the words in such a way that you won't only end up imagining the characters revolving around you, but will also be involved in the feelings created by the flow of her writings. She knows the art of converting her thoughts into the imagination of readers mind.

"Me" thinks

The first thing that strikes you about this book is its tag line, " I always believe in living each day at a time, until...." This cue is enough to set your mind running, wanting to devour this book at the next available moment to know until what? The opening passages also add up to the suspense element making you eagerly anticipate the next development in the story. There are a thousand questions running in your mind every moment as you are reading this book.Needless to say the narrative is very intriguing and gripping which is very essential in such stories.

The story is mainly about a girl Kavya who is full of life, on the threshold of youth, raring to go and explore what life has in store for her. It's about ;

Truth & Lies
Destiny & Luck
Hope & Shattered dreams
Hatred & Love
Fear & Strength
Birth & Death
Happy Marriage & Bitter breakups
Romance & Treachery
Commitment & Adultery

It highlights the extremes of the entire gamut of emotions you can associate with human relationships.This book re-emphasizes on the fact that life is very unpredictable. You never know what is going to happen the next moment. As you feel the central character Kavya's pain and agony through the words, you actually silently pray for her hoping for some miracle.

Like the author's blog's name suggests each and every word in this book seems to be straight from the heart as it hits you on your face and makes you come face to face with reality which otherwise we conveniently ignore though existent around us. I personally detest domestic violence a lot and avoid reading it altogether. But in this book Arti has very beautifully managed to not portray a picture of a hapless victim. Kavya, comes across as a strong person who knows how to deal with it and maintain her dignity at the same time. The author manages to explore various roles played by a woman in daily life - that of a daughter, wife, lover, sister, friend, confidante and a mother.

In our life all of us at some point have taken certain decisions in that high headed stage of giddy teenage years and royally repented it forever. This book is clearly a must read as it emphasizes "It's never too late to rectify your mistakes."

Foodie Verdict

 This book is like hot and tangy panipuri. Its makes your eyes water because of the spicy taste [ Read emotions] at the same time tantalizes your tongue [ read heart & soul] leaving you asking for more!

Picture Source: Google Images

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 25th March 2012

Love and Laughter are two expressions which need not be understood completely by the other person.

Thought for TODAY : 24th March 2012

It is perfectly fine if you cannot be the reason behind someone's happiness;
but you should always try and never be the reason behind someone's tears.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thought for TODAY : 23rd March 2012

We blame people when they change....but don't we also change our behavior towards them after this?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 22nd March 2012

Today's THOUGHT is an attempt to answer a questionnaire I got today as a forward message;

जिंदगी अगर पहेली है तो मौत क्या है?
एक ख्वाइश जो अधूरी रह कर भी पूरी होती है.

प्यार अगर दर्द है तो ख़ुशी क्या है?
वह आंसू जो आँखों से निकल के लबो को छुते है.

रिश्ता अगर खून है तो दोस्ती क्या है?
वोह नब्स जो वोह खून दिल तक पहुचाती है.

Thought for TODAY: 21st March 2012

When you suddenly start using too many ifs and buts in your conversation, it is a signal that the walls of the relationship are slowly crumbling down.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thought for TODAY : 20th March 2012

Life moves on in circles. 
Sometimes you just end up where you began only to begin again and explore a new path.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thought for TODAY : 19th March 2012

Today's thought is actually a question:

What is better;
Living with a lie Or dying with the truth?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 15th March 2012

Sometimes in life you might do our BEST but for others it might not be. Don't let that deter you for what might work for YOU might not work for them.

Thought for TODAY: 14th March 2012

No matter however much we try we just can't change our destiny.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 13th March 2012

Many times tears also fail in front of the mightiest EGOs

Book Review : Is this Love & Autumn- The last leaf by Arti Honrao


Is this Love & Autumn- The last leaf are two heart touching stories written by Arti Honrao priced at Rs. 160/- you could buy the same from Pothi

Behind the Book

The author says though this place is usually reserved either for the Bio of the author or synopsis of the book content, however sharing sentiments behind publishing this book seemed appropriate to her. 

In the author's words ; "Approximately two years ago I had promised this book to my readers and now, I have finally fulfilled my promise"

About the Author [ Taken from]

Arti Honrao has a passion for different genres of writing and hence was born Sfth, a platform to showcase her poems, short stories, quotes and sensible articles. Most of her writing depicts human feelings and emotions, which she tries to bring out onto the page and into the minds of the reader. She believes that the essence of writing lies in not only entertaining the reader, but speaking to them through her words.

'Me' Thinks 

Both the stories are woven around a common theme of love and friendship. The author, Arti explores the beauty of human relationships very beautifully. She handles the emotions involved with a lot of grace because of which you don't pity the characters when they are going through a bad time though you do feel sad for them.

'Is this love' is a poigant tale of two friends who see their friendship through tinted glasses where it can never turn into love. I would call this one a cute love story. It is said that finding a friend in your lover might be impossible, but finding a lover in your friend wont be that difficult. Arti handles this subject very aptly making us go through all the emotions with the lead characters - Vishal and Sheetal. Even a delicate topic like divorce have been portrayed with all its dignity. The joy of friendship, the beauty of romance, the excitement of marriage, the pain of a heartbreak, the hurt of a divorce - you feel this all while you turn the pages of this story.And in the end you are both crying and laughing at the same time. Crying because it has touched you and stirred some hidden emotions deep inside and laughing because of the happy ending. My favourite quote 'God is great'

'Autumn- The Last Leaf' is also a tale of two friends but with a twist. I would call this a mystery. Suspense, thrill and the paranormal have added magic to the story telling skills of Arti. She manages to create a very intricate net of emotions that it is difficult to even guess what is going to happen next. It is best left to her.Reading this story reminded me of Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon. Believe me when I say as I read the last page I was saying Shhh.. Nooooo......This can't be happening. That was the last thing on my mind as an ending to this story. Brilliant narration does full justice in building up the tempo.

Both the stories are a must read who enjoy reading thrillers and short stories. This book makes a light reading making it enjoyable to read it.

Foodie verdict

This book is like a popcorn. Very tempting, enjoyable to the last bit and leaves a nice aftertaste in the mouth [ read MIND]. Truly some food for thought!