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Mythology and More

Fictional Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fictional Beasts Dragons Unicorns Centaurs

J.K Rowling would do this sort of thing way better. In fact, she has a book on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which covers the Harry Potter Lore about some of these. Still, I thought it would be fun to read up and talk about all the part animal like creatures that often pop up in fiction, legend and, sometimes, even newspaper sightings around us. Fire breathing or gentle, evil or pure, to part human or god, they…

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Literature

Northanger Abbey

northanger abbey book review

First things first – What have they done to Classic book covers these days? I had to wade back through time to find the book covers that gave the impression that at least someone involved with the books wanted to tempt readers and not bore them away. Rant over. Let’s talk about Northanger Abbey. “To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life than…

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Mythology and More

The Unparalleled Devotee

Unparalleled devotee narad muni vishnu story

It is said that taking the name of God before starting anything new is an auspicious beginning. So, I have predictably decided on my first post in Mythology and More to be on a story of God.   All day long Narad muni had one name on his lips. “Narayan, Narayan.” With a tranquil tilt of his head, hand raised towards the heavens and a cheerful smile, he would start all sentences, end all meetings and fill all spaces in between…

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Literature

The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair Book Review

I picked up this seemingly obscure book, just by the ‘Eyre‘ word in the title. I flipped the book over and was blown away by all the reviews. I have not had this much fun reading a literary novel in a long time. The Eyre Affair is brilliant. It is creative, hilarious & ingenious. “The industrial age had only just begun; the planet had reached its Best Before date.” Jasper Fforde fills his world with inside book lover jokes and…

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An Adventure in Spring

Spring Adventure - A fairytale walk

Once upon a time, on a beautiful morning, when the birds and bees were heralding the arrival of spring, I found myself alone; in a place, that was my home. It wasn’t long before I realised, I knew a warm and handsome guy who was in the mood for an adventure. He is a curious, loyal and dauntless sort of a fellow. A perfect companion when setting out for an adventure. So, we stepped out from the confines of the castle.…

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Literature

The Dark Twisted Truth in Lord of the Flies

The Dark Twisted Truth in Lord of the Flies

Lord of The Flies, by William Golding, forces you to look around and question everything you thought true to human nature. Perhaps, you will not agree to what William Golding shows us. Probably, you will vehemently disagree, but, it is likely that you will surrender to the possibility. The tale revolves around a group of young boys who are stranded on a deserted island during the World War. The boys are barely hitting their teens, some way younger.  Alone on…

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Literature

The Lost Key

The Lost Key Book Review

Catherine Coulter’s, The Lost Key, started off full of promise. Though, it is the 2nd book in the series of A Brit in the FBI,  the writing makes it easy to follow. The story felt like a cross between Dan Brown meets some of the earlier fast paced Jeffery Archer books. Then, somewhere after 60% of the story, the book became a series of far fetched coincidences and predictable outcomes. Maybe, I should back up a bit… Many many years ago, in the hidden…

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Literature

Dark Clouds

dark clouds phil rowan book review

It is fun to pick up a book from an author you haven’t read before, and get amply rewarded with a a good story. Dark Clouds, by author Phil Rowan, was a chance find. If you like a terrorist chase and not too much heroics, then this book might be for you. Dark Clouds follows journalist, Rudi Flynn, as he manages his sagging career and the demands of being an unwilling spy for his government. He is an American on…

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aarwen

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning..

Starting Online Magazine

P.G. Wodehouse would often say it’s damn difficult to know where to begin a story from. Go too far behind and your readers are twiddling their thumbs, bored by the old, irrelevant or repetitive information they already know, and love or hate or found uninteresting enough to forget in the first place. Start too far into the action, and your reader is probably scratching his head struggling to make sense of what is who and who is what, or making up…

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aarwen Poetry

Our plan

Our Plan Poetry

Come, run away with me Far away, further than the eye can see Across meadows of mustard Skip through thorny rose bushes Find me safe in the wilderness Don’t dare deny the lightheadedness…   Leave your caring family be Together we sow our own family tree A girl with unmanageable curls A boy exceptionally fair A house surrounded by flowers and humming bees Where two lovers shall frolic, forever free…   Come, run away with me The heart won’t need all that much money…

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