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Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken." - Albert Camus. These popular Camus words summoned up into my mind after completing the book,'Dark Star-The loneliness of being Rajesh Khanna',written by Gautam Chinamani..In my schooldays,I happened to watch Anand for the very first time on TV..Though I'm not old enough to understand all that serious existential sort of stuff at that moment,this movie gave me an entirely different perspective on life..Must say,it introduced an unfamiliar sense of life to a 14 year old quite eloquently..Perhaps that's the very first time I sensed 'death',and thus I sensed 'life'..Till that moment I'm unaware of the word 'melanc...
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  June 17, 2016, 5:00 pm
The grand Chennai book fair that was to be held January was postponed for the first time in 38 years due to heavy floods in November..But instead a semi Pongal book fair was held in January this year with around 250 stalls...So here again,after a long time wait The Chennai book fair was started from 1st June and will be held till 13th of June..This time also it is organized in a grand scale with 700 stalls..We visited it yesterday and bought few more books,mostly for my kiddoo..So regarding books it's double pleasure this year..We were there at sharp 11 am,opening time and had a really great time visiting each and every stall to our hearts content..As usual most of the stalls were Tamil book...
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  June 6, 2016, 12:39 pm
She is like the other half of the moon..Dark and dusky some times..Bright with light sometimes..Whoever she is..she says 'no' to all my wishes..And always asks me questions..Why do you think you are sane..while you'd love to hang out with me..?? She says...I couldn't ignore her..For I loved her as much as I hated her..Her presence gives me a strong sense of self,but also throws me in to an abyss of isolation..We are in conflict with each other all the time..Yet she is essential to my identity..She is like my own shadow I couldn't get rid of..Poor me..I'm too tired and gave up trying..I have no other way but to embrace her...For I need to feel complete now..Image courtesy Google...
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  April 11, 2016, 10:44 pm
Any sort of expression in it's most sincerest form is irresistible..I would love to listen to people who speak their mind with all honesty...A pure expression of despair,joy,sadness or not to mention,it could be bad vibes,but what ever,that honesty in expressing themselves always appear quite  fascinating for me..But these days everyone is trying their level best to be the best version of themselves in front of society..Needless to say we afraid of revealing our true selves to others because they might take advantage..So we usually put our best smile on,although our life is a complete mess some times..I know,I'm not an exception though..Then I stopped indulging in formal,forcible and me...
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  March 9, 2016, 1:33 pm
These Japanese authors I've read so far,their novels have a unique way of narration..From Yasunari Kawabata to Kazuo Ishiguro,and now Haruki Murakami,every write-up has an undercurrent of a certain calmness and sadness..When you start reading these novels,initially nothing much appears exciting or soul stirring..In most of the plots,always the agitation stays in the background..And the foreground is beautifully trimmed by simple talks...I mean very simple..You never get to know when you are falling into a ravine all of a sudden because the calmness is surprisingly seasoned by intense emotions and Catch 22 situations..Image courtesy Google'Norwegian wood' is one such beautifully crafted story...
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  March 4, 2016, 12:43 pm
So many minds..So much of thinking..Pouring opinions all around..Political,religious,national...What not ! the list is endless..So much of conflict..So many verdicts..Nobody is here to listen to your unique voice..in fact nobody cares..Everyone is here for 'approval' of their own cries...So many views...So many voices...So many vibes..In the end every voice is going to melt away in the endless noise..Unconcerned....Unnoticed..Image courtesy Google...
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  February 25, 2016, 12:39 pm
Turning every page...reading every chapter...Immersing myself in to the deep ocean of words..I was looking for someone..Some stranger from faraway places...But wherever I go I found her right before me..Every time smiling and asking,"Do you remember me ?"I was perplexed and said "No" and moved on..Image courtesy Google...
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  February 5, 2016, 10:15 am
Her thoughts flow in to the streams of linguistic disorders..Like a wild fall from the misty mountains..The two weird streams from the same origin aspiring to unite in an orderly channel..Forsaken and flake off,deceived by her own duality..The wild flow is insignificant in the infinite calm sea...Image courtesy Google...
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  January 8, 2016, 6:47 pm
Our next stop from Manikaran was Manali via Kullu..As we were already acquainted with the most interior and rural Himachal,(Sangla and Chitkul) Manali appeared to be a bit commercialized and crowded place when compared to those,nevertheless it was as awesome as any other place in Himachal with wonderful sceneries..The best thing about Manali is Bias river quietly flowing on one side of the road..Here we go with the pics..Manali main street..The most popular Hadimba temple...Man with Yak...Vashishta temple..This is the view from our cottage..Bias riverSome strange fruits called Persimmon fruits or Japani fruits..We had our dinners in Chopsticks restaurant during our stay..The Chinese food is ...
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  December 23, 2015, 11:06 am
We had been to Jhalori pass and Reckong Peo almost three years back but finally now I get to post about our travel experience..What to do !!! Lazy me.. We had stopped at Jhalori pass on our way to Manikaran via Karcham..It is known as one of the world's most spectacular and dangerous roads..Only those who are good behind the wheels can try this way and we were really lucky enough to have a skillful driver with us on this tour..I must say,it is the most adventurous ways traveled so far..We enjoyed this adventurous drive more than Rohtang pass..The drive through the narrow dangerous curves was a memorable one...Jalori Pass is at an elevation of 10,800 ft above sea level in the Kullu dt. o...
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  December 19, 2015, 9:42 am
Our next plan in our road trip was from Sangla Valley to Reckong Peo..We started from Sangla in the morning around 9.30 after finishing breakfast,I still remember the delicious garma garam Paranthas at  our Sangla stay..We reached Recong Peo in one and half hour..Reckong Peo,simply called 'Peo' by locals is headquarters of Kinnaur dt.,It is situated at a height of 2,290 mt..We spent few hours  hours in that beautiful little town and headed towards Rampur for our night stay..Rampur is just 98 km away from Reckong Peo and it took nearly 3 and half hours for us to reach there..We crossed  Shongtong Bridge,built on Sutlej at Raang on our way...From there it took nearly 2 hrs to re...
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  December 18, 2015, 11:19 am
On the way from Horanadu to Sringeri there is a Lord Shiva temple in Kalasa,known as Kalaseshwara temple..Kalasa is just 6 km away from Horanadu and is situated on the banks of Bhadra river in Chikmagalur dst...On the way to Sringeri there are few scenic places and wonderful  coffee plantations...Here we go with the pics, Coffee seeds...Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCoffee plantations..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe beauty of Western Ghats...Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaKalaseshwara templa,KalasaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  December 13, 2015, 12:21 am
When we reached Mangalore from Chennai,our pre-booked cab was ready for us...From there we set off towards Horanadu via Kudremukh at nearly 9.30 am...The distance was around 130 km by road..On the way,we visited Hanumangundi falls and Vasanadu temple(which is also Annapurneshwari temple)...The drive was joyful and comfortable as the roads were really good with lots of greenery on both sides..Kudremukh mountain range was an eye feast...In Horanadu we stayed in 'Bhadra Nivas' which is a temple accommodation with minimal charges...It was newly built and the rooms were very good and spacious..The temple was less crowded when we visited it..With nature..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A H...
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  December 12, 2015, 10:21 pm
The book starts with an introduction like,Saadat Hasan Manto wrote his own epitaph six months before he died..This is what he said:Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short-story writing.Under tons of earth he lies,still wondering who among the two is the greater short-story writer: God or he.Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThese lines clearly indicate the author's caliber as a short-story writer..Saadat Hasan Manto is known as the most celebrated author in Urdu although his writings are considered as obscene in those times..I was quite reluctant to write my reading experience about this work,as I know I couldn't justify my actual de...
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  December 8, 2015, 5:45 pm
A couple of weeks back it seems,I scribbled few lines like "What am I reading""...Yes after finishing this dirty and filthy read I couldn't help but questioning myself ""What the**** am I reading ?" Forgive me for writing this way,but this must be Bukowski effect for sure..And this is going to be my first and last read from this author..The other day I stumbled upon some of his impressive quotes on net and without a second thought I picked up his work..I'm used to picking up a book with blank impression for I feel getting to know the details always spoil the actual experience of reading..Image courtesy GoogleHowever I would always enjoy a book,either good or bad when it comes to reading,for ...
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  November 14, 2015, 11:50 pm
I believe climate always plays vital role in sight seeing..That too when it's a heavy rainy day and you are in a house,a one fifty years old one,in a village full of greenery all around,when you remember every word your grannies told you about their villages,their culture and their way of living...This is what happen to you when you visit Dakshinachitra Heritage museum situated in East Coast road (ECR),Chennai..This place mirrors the life style,architecture and cultural heritage of South Indian villages..There are several model houses of Andhra,Karnataka,Tamilandu and Kerala in this museum..Especially it's a must visit for metro people who crave for greenery and are so sick of the modern lif...
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  November 12, 2015, 5:03 pm
Earlier this month when I was browsing through my reading shelf,this book with the title 'Winter Journal' caught my eye..As the Indian winter is almost here I thought this would be the befitting title to read..This is my first book from this author,Paul Auster,about whom I learnt sometime back when I was looking for stuff on 'Existentialism',my new passion these days..Though Camus and Hesse introduced me to this very topic,Paul Auster's approach was a bit more simple and transparent when compared to their theories..The absurdity in Hesse and Camus seems somewhat intense,inapplicable to practicality where as Paul Auster's journal come with more feasible explanations.Image Courtesy GoogleIt's ...
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  November 3, 2015, 12:39 pm
Yesterday we had a wonderful experience of  Godavari Nitya Haarathi..It's a regular event conducted in Rajahmudry by govt.of Andhra Pradesh since Godavari Pushkaralu..Here I'm sharing few pics of that memorable experience..The sunset viewCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe golden tresses of GodavariCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  October 21, 2015, 4:13 pm
Image courtesy GoogleA says : Please do help me..People are so misunderstanding me these days..They only see what they want to see..I do care but spilling love on social media and PDAs are not really my scene..B says : Then show them exactly what you want them to see..Showing is alone important than doing..A says : Ohh,stop your usual nonsense..Would you just get me straight to the point..B says : Grow up girl,learn to sugarcoat your words first,It's not enough to have sincere  affections..Nowadays you must also shout it from the rooftops..A says : I keep my affections a private affair..B says : Here is the point..Oh dear,you should either throw your love on social media walls or to the...
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  October 19, 2015, 11:46 pm
Every individual on this planet has a unique approach towards life...Most of the times they clash when two people from entirely different perspectives on life live together under the same roof...The marriage of the wild and crazy artist Connie and the very ordinary and stable scientist Douglas is a complete mismatch though they fall in love with each other following the universal law,'The opposites attract'..But could love be the only ingredient required for a successful marriage ?..No,right ?..There are so many other factors that influence a relationship..Here at this very point,starts the story of Douglas and Connie and their only son Albie(or Egg-his nickname),the 'Us' family..Image court...
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  September 27, 2015, 7:37 pm
Image courtesy GoogleA says, You can not live like this..This is not a free world..After all you are part of this society.B says,Yes I'm...I'm not a Zombie to live alone..A says,But you've never been part of our society..B says, What do you mean by "being part of society" ? Allowing the society to have control over me ?? on my thoughts ? my life ?A says,Not control but ,you don't mingle with people easily..They say you are egoistic..B says,No I do..Perhaps they are not in my crowd..I'm a bit choosy..And whosoever branded me as an egoistic person must have attempted several times to get control over me and failed..A says,You must find happiness in people's company..B says,I'm happy by myself....
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  August 27, 2015, 11:53 am
After a long long time,I'm back here with my new reading experience..However,I'm tired of spilling my silly opinions on various topics and rigid preconceived notions and pseudo intellectual blabberings everywhere..Somehow,I got terribly bored with the verbal expressions of every damn experience..I know I know I've started again...:PLet me come to the point..I recently finished reading "You are not so smart" by David McRaney..This comes under nonfiction category,Yeah,after a long time I picked a book from this genre..No story to tell you here,but I would like to share few interesting lines from the book..Though I enjoyed the read,I skipped some experimental parts related to psychology..Here a...
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  August 25, 2015, 10:20 am
Gokarna means Cow's ear..It is one of the foremost holy places in India..The main temple's deity is Lord Siva who is worshiped as Gokarneshwara or Mahabaleswara..It is not only a temple town but also a holiday destination..The place looked fabulous with streets having shops on both sides and traditional brick houses..There are several beaches here and also as this place is nearby Goa,we saw many foreigners passing through the streets.Here are few pics taken during our visit to the temple,The entrance of the temple,Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaChariot in temple premises...Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe flowers for worshipingCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaA stall of Puja articles..Copyright...
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  June 23, 2015, 10:12 am
Kollur Mookambika temple also known as 'Shri Kshetram' is situated in the Udupi Disctrict of Karnataka..We started after lunch from Sringeri,nearly at 1.45 pm and reached Kollur at 4.30 pm..On the way there is a beautiful sunset point in the rain forest..Here are few pics taken while our visit to the temple.Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  June 23, 2015, 10:11 am
'An artist of the floating world' is written by Kazuo Ishiguro who was born in Nagasaki moved to England when he was five..This work has won Whitbread Prize..The story was set in Japan,a couple of years after world war II..It is the story of a retired famous artist  Masuji Ono..The novel is narrated by Ono himself where he describes about the conditions of Japan before and after war..With his wife and son killed in the war,he lives with his younger daughter Noriko..The elder daugher Setsuko was already married and she has a son named Ichiro and Noriko was yet to get married..Ono feels Noriko's engagement was cancelled as the boy's party were concerned about his past..He constantly sees ...
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  May 25, 2015, 9:57 am
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