This review was done for The Tales Pensieve
(TTP) under their reviewer program.
I am personally not an ardent fan of Short story
genre as I haven't read much of this genre. It’s not that I don’t like short
stories as such but it had never occurred me to try this type of literature as
I found myself more inclined and glued to the longer version of the game. So
when I got a chance to get hold of Carnival – a collection of 15 Short Stories
by multiple (promising) Indian authors, I couldn’t hold my excitement. The
recent phase of Indian Literature gives one a firmbelief that old days of quality
literature are coming back and Carnival, once again, re-affirms that opinion.
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***Every breath of ours is taken under the shadow of Death...some of us find ourselves so obsessed with the fear of Death as if our obsession can in some way or manner let us escape that truth. There verses try to decipher the universal question "Can one ever escape the Death"***
The nature has its own peculiar way to give omens..the need remains to pick them up, surrender and enjoy the symphony. Above all. . .listen and follow your heart cause if it feels good to heart, it must be right.
***Every heart has its own share of adversities which tend to pull it low down the beam. Keeping the faith alive and holding that flame of HOPE burning within inspire the heart to goad through the hardships. These verses try to encapsulate the message of the heart to let that flame ablaze to in turn let us going*** If
ever the things go weary
or Dussehra is celebrated throughout India, under different names and with
regional variations, as the victory of good over evil. The effigies of Ravana (the
evil) are burnt across the country as an epitome of the victory of good over
evil. This also marks as the culmination of nine day ‘navratra’ festival which
is observed across household wherein little girls are worshipped and offered
halwa & puri.
for Sai devotees this day hold all the more relevance. It is venerated as the
holy day that their beloved Baba attaining Mahasamadhi (leaving this mortal body)
and is a big festival in Shirdi.
left his mortal coil on the 15th October 1918. Two years before i.e. in 1916
Baba gave an indication of his passing away. It was as follows. . .
Today is 2nd October, the birthday day of Mahatma Gandhi. The word
MAHATMA has its root in Sanskrit and is made of two words – ‘Maha’ meaning
great and ‘Atman’ meaning soul. I often find myself wondering hard about the
person named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, his life, his principles and most
importantly his ethics & also as to the greatness of his soul so as to refer him as "Mahatma". The life of Mahatma Gandhi is truly an institute in
itself and the fact that he stood to his principles and ethics through-out the
life is truly commendable. It’s fairly easy to have set of governing principles
in life but what’s actually demanding is to able to stick to them come what
may. We know from what we have learned and studied about the man, that Bapu (as
he was fondly called) has indeed sacrificed his personal and public life for
his principles and for the people around (though there exist a considerable
amount of debate from some sects of people over his unfair and unjust approach
towards his family and children – Read Mahatma vs. Gandhi, for example, which
deals with his relationship with his eldest son).