My First Quote!

"Life is often like a Poem; when you begin to perceive it, it ends. But the lucky thing is, every end is a new beginning!" - My First Quote Ever
"Life is too precious to be just hanging around in it, too good to be just sleeping through most of it, and too passionate to be just thinking about it...... So, I WRITE..." ~ Sana Rose

September 29, 2011

The Musical Basin and Other Stories

Hello there!
Did you just think I am going to review some Short story collection? I bet you did! :D
And so, here we go - have you heard of Musical fountains? Of course, we all have heard of Musical fountains in theme parks and someplace else. 



But I bet you haven't heard of Musical basins. 
I haven't heard of Musical basins in all these years I have lived - okay, 23 only. But I saw one - now, I see it everyday, and hear it, too.

You are wondering where it possibly is. In some theme park - no. Nor is it in any famous place. It's in the ground floor bathrooms of the Ladies Hostel of GHMC, Calicut - my college hostel, that is. :D
We people were kinda puzzled when we began to hear some weird whistling sound. I thought it sounded like a kettle on the burner. Only that there was no kettle or burner here at this dingy place. (All right, it's not absolutely a Ghetto place, but it is not the most beautiful place in the world!)

I would have shared a photo of it here, but since it might offend you and insult my sanity and question the sanitation and cleanliness of the place where we have our daily baths, I am avoiding that impulse. I really wanted to take a snap of the place, but I would rather not contaminate my camera. LOL!

So there, I guess there is some glitch in the pipe lines. May be some air. No, I wouldn't use the word 'flatulent' but something is wrong. The whistling goes on and on constantly, until someone hits it. I don't know why I even care about it, let alone tell you people about, but then, it's something we are talking about here often. 

Now, can we move onto books? :) Yeah, I have been voting for some books at Goodreads. True, I don't like all the books that are popular, but I guess, I have enough reasons when I do like a book and when I do not. :)
So this past week, I read Nicholas Sparks' A Bend in The Road. I must say the plot was great. Especially, the narration. Two POV's are used. A first person narration that leaves us suspended till the end. We hang to the book to know who is this person speaking - the mysterious person. It gave me a psychological fiction feel. And it's a different one he used. And the third person narration that moves the story forwards.
And, again, I also read Sidney Sheldon's 'Best Laid Plans'. And I liked that - the suspense was different. There was no suspense - we knew all along who was the murderer that keeps appearing at various scenes. Only that in the end we find we were wrong. How's that for a suspense? But I don't understand why Sheldon started the story with a revengeful woman named Leslie Stewarts and ended the story with his famous heroine Dana Evans, reporter at Washington Tribune. From the middle of the book onwards, Dana was in focus. I absolutely don't get what it was about. But it's okay as long as the story had good suspense. But I think it's time I read more deeper books. Sheldon's writing is very simple and direct and succinct. To the point, to be exact. As far as I am concerned, I am not a thriller author, so I must read more books that adhere to my type of genre. 

Well, to the Amidst Sandcastles updates... I am EXCITED!!! You hear me? Yeah, I just told it aloud.
It was yesterday that the idea struck me like a lightning... I was having breakfast, a pretty hurried one. That's when the insight came. Insight is defined as an idea that occurs to a person, in completely unrelated circumstances, when the person is not thinking of anything related to it. And people with insights tend to be creative, apparently. LOL! ;) So, I had this insight that answered many things in the story.

I was surprised at the sudden twist that came up - and if it surprised me, I'm sure it's one you didn't expect either. So there's another surprise in the story for you! :) And it felt so good as I let things click into their right places and the last piece of a huge book-length jigsaw puzzle fell into place... :)

Let me know if you are intrigued. I want to resume writing the part 2 ASAP. I haven't done anything yesterday.
Now, talking about yesterday, it's another story.There was this movie I wanted to watch. Under the Tuscan Sun. It's based on the memoir written by Frances Mayes. And I was so obsessed with the movie that I spent all my time trying to download it. But it just didn't happen. :( And there is also another one I want to watch. Eternal Sunshine on The Spotless Mind. It happens to be a romance science fiction and I really wanted to watch it when I saw that Kate Winslett was starring in it. :( But that attempt failed, too.
So with these obsessions, I couldn't really work on anything yesterday. That was one day down the drain!
But I surely will get to see those movies someday soon.

So today I am here talking without waiting for night. What else is happening around me? Musical basin, books, writing, movies... I have got a few more movies from my guy. He says SAW series is quite some chiller. I mean blood-chiller. I am fine watching horrors and such, but I was thinking, what is there to spend time for such movies. Just some adrenaline pumping, isn't that what it is? Nothing to learn from it, from the butchering and blood spilling and flesh slicing. Is there? So, I haven't yet decided whether to watch them. But I might go for the romance movies he has included in the Pen drive.

There's one movie I want to recommend you watch, if you believe in love, family, sorrows that can break us apart and sew us back together... And what it means to be a sister... a sibling... And a mother and daughter... And what illness can do to a family... My Sister's Keeper is a movie based on a book with the same title. It tore my heart to watch it but it surely gave a serene feeling in the end, when the characters accept what happened... I guess, we too do the same when they do... And Cameron Diaz did a great job there. So did the kids in it. I say, watch it, and you will realize how lucky you all are, and if not lucky, you will know that you are not the only one - there are others somewhere...

Let me get to my lunch, I have picked it and left it under the fan and now it must have gone cold, not that I care. But yeah, there's nothing more to say. I haven't written poetry for a long time. I mean real poetry. The one in the previous post was just a sprout of hurt.
Speaking of the previous post, I know it was pretty melancholy, but it's just me. And it was just that moment's feelings. I got rid of the thoughts by the next morning. And I guess, I was wrong, to an extent. 
I am loved, no matter what. So are you. :)
And the greatest love of all - is love for yourself. The greatest love of all is the one inside you...
And I know, being sad and seeking more love was just a part of that great love.

For, if you don't love yourself, you would never seek more love. or just love, for that matter. Yeah, only those who love themselves in a healthy way would care to seek love and give love. So I am not all that wrong, am I? ;)
Take care friends and have a nice weekend ahead. I have no particular plans, but I might go home on Saturday. What else - yeah - it's sunny here now. The rains have lapsed away and the days are pretty hot and today we had no classes, because of some campus cleaning program - which I bunked of course. I just couldn't hang around in the sun much. I don't know, I am so tired these days. May be because I sleep after 11.30 PM. And I wake up tired. SO fatigued that I want to fall back into bed, but the classes in the morning don't let me. But then I think I won't get any better even if I slept again. I am just tired. 

And I don't know what's that I want to have to feel better physically. Well, quit that, I am fine otherwise.
So let me go for lunch and sit back with a movie. Well, may be, about the latter. 
:) And the next book I'm planning to read is Beach Girls by Luanne Rice. Will let you know about it.

 My Copy of Beach Girls :)

Meanwhile, I have also joined some networks. Check me out at Book Blogs site. Follow the link to view my page there. I am still groping my way around that site, but it seems like a great place of networking with readers, authors, bloggers and reviewers. :)

Again back to my lunch... :D
Bye for today!

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