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#TheTwist

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Younger or elder, brothers have protective instincts in their DNA

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I sat in the crowded compartment with rowdy boys - some passed nasty comments, one made a dirty gesture and one even tried to take my picture. I cuddled myself in my own embrace. I took my dupatta and covered as much of my bare skin as possible. Though, I was wearing a salwar-kameez. I was scared. I heard many stories of eve-teasing. And panic kicked in the moment one boy tried to move an inch closer. Then, I started scolding you. I said mean things. I hated you so much that I wanted to slap you the moment you would appear in front of me. I was angry beyond words.

'Where you were?' Sitting comfortably in another compartment. Not caring for your sister who did practically everything for you. You were the worst brother on the planet. Forgetting your duties. Taking everything for granted. Tears trickled down my cheeks. The crowd was thinning, and the boys were gaining more confidence. Honestly, I was more disappointed in you. I started weeping. If there was ever a time, I felt hel…

The Kite Runner - Flawed Characters But Perfect Story

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I was on a break from reading. This is the first book I read after a gap of over a year. This book is refreshing, not in terms of plot, but in terms of narration. Sentences are simple, crisp and heartfelt. It presents a beautiful picture of Afghanistan... But only to make you miserable by presenting the realistic picture later. There is one big secret or guilt that the main lead carries on his chest. And, later he discovers his father whom he idolizes has a bigger and darker secret - one that betrays everything he ever stood for.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is one book that told me that Afghanistan was a beautiful place - with kite flying competition, kids watching English movies, gorgeous winter. I feel sad thinking how they live now.

It's a moving story of dealing with flaws where courage is not a trait, but a necessity.
Recommendation - YES
Happy reading, Saru

Single and Working — Here’s How to Make Your First Budget

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Budget is no rocket science. If you can keep up with fashion, chances are you will understand it just fine. Stick to this simple rule -  always have a custom-made budget to fit your needs. It’s like picking couture over pret, where everything is trimmed to suit your goals and priorities. So let’s take a pen and a notepad, and make a budget where you have room for shopping sprees and weekend getaways. Measure It Up: Calculate All Your Expenses
Got your first paycheck and ready to step into the grown up world. Wait… Before you think of buying that expensive pair of jeans you are eyeing for a few months, make sure you have taken care of the following figures - calculate these expenses - rent, electricity bill, mobile bill, travel expense, education loan repayment, groceries, and internet. Don’t stop there. Add your weekend outings, shopping budget, and any other passion you want to indulge in, to this list. In short - calculate every type of expense that goes into maintaining your life an…

The Story of a Suicide: An Emotional Roller-Coaster with a Tearful End

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A story often comes with a moral. There is a takeaway, moments where one feels connected with either the protagonists or the scenes. It is these parts where we connect - the emotional highs-and-lows that leave an indelible mark on us. I picked up ‘The Story Of A Suicide’ with no idea that I was in for an emotional ride. There were many parts where I felt the pain of Charu. I related to her loneliness - the rebellious nature, spur-of-the-moment manners and her vulnerability. Not only her, I felt helpless for the 6-year-old boy, who was raped by his maternal uncle and longed for an embrace from his mother who was busy battling her own demons. I wanted to magically appear into the book and rescue that little boy - to be his sister, whom he loved and trusted but could never share his agony. I even felt sorry when his friend and the love of his life, asks, ‘Are you ashamed of being gay?’

‘The Story Of A Suicide’ by Sriram Ayer is a book that talks about the problems youngsters face - seekin…

If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

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I am a fan of remakes. The sheer brilliance of yesteryear movies is hard to miss. They were packed with a good story and moving performances.What fun it is to watch actors from your generation replicating a classic! With its proposition of 'Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana', Zee Classic is India's only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classics and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era. In order to mark the occasion of India’s 70th year of independence, Zee Classic premieres
One of the most iconic films of all times, Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story of an Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through succes…

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In Between Your Fingers

No matter how much love you have for each other, feelings become dated. Anniversaries become formal dinners and 'I love you' just loses its charm. I brushed my hair and thought about those good old days when dressing up was joyous; the brand of eyeliner, the color of kohl pencil and shiny lip gloss were selected after hours of pondering. Now, they are just essentials on one side of the dresser. Age, sigh! It takes away adrenaline from your love life. Wish there was some magic potion to rekindle that lost romance.
I stacked the brush back, adjusted my coat and added a scarf to beat the cold outside. I walked towards the closet to pick my boots and watched him getting dressed. He looked so fresh and handsome, just like the day I saw him first. He raised his eyebrow pretending to ask. I smiled and sighed. I thought - is this all we have for each other?... a nod and smile to fill such empty moments. I wore my boots and asked if he was ready? He said yes and told me to double chec…