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Franklin's Blanket

The book is a MUST read for all children. Its one of the Franklin series  authored by Paulette Bourgeois and the beautiful in detail illustration is done  by Brenda Clark , giving life to Franklin and his world!
Brenda have put so much heart in her drawings that though the story is already good , the pictures uplifts the narration to a whole new level... the windows , window- sills, towels, flowing curtains, wall hangings in bear's , fox's and the Turtle's room, décor, toys, prints on bed sheets, lamps, bookracks.....each and every little thing has come  alive by the touch of her magical pencil . The homes of the turtle's and the  bear's and fox's, have that look kiddish look .And boy! They are Clean, organized, well equipped with books, trunks, chests ,mirrors and all that stuff found in an upper middle class home.
Whew! am talking much about the graphics.
The story is  the spine and a well written one is like a spine blessed with perfect vertebrae and elastic…

Christina's Ghost

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In 'Christina's Ghost' the writer Betty Ren Wright narrates a tale full of suspense and ghosts while  beautifully telling an intriguing story of two people who are so different from each other but learn to respect and understand each other while spending summer holidays in  an isolated, spooky place.
 The grumpy Uncle Ralph had Christina in jitters when she found herself in unavoidable situation of spending summer hols with him ...specially as he don't appreciate her tom boyish ways ...and that too in an isolated mansion with an evil past lurking around it.
But things changed for worse or better? when she  encountered a ghost of a sad small boy in sailor suit ...leading to chilling discoveries.

The book is extremely well written, devoid of blood and gore and hence is fit for children.It keeps the young as well as adult reader hooked and waiting with abetted breath for the resident attic evil to strike !
Illustrations by Ann Johns …

More First Lines

More First Lines "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."                                               - George Orwell, 1984.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair." Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."                                     -Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo."    - James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist …

Famous Disney Castles

Disney ... Castles in the Air, to make a maiden's heart leap with wonder and joy, the eyes shine
like diamonds and  she sways with her Prince in the glory of love in the vast spaces of these palaces forever and ever.

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I found this article so good that can't help to share it with u all. So here are the Castles ...

The Evil Queen’s Castle, Snow White

 A castle lorded by the Evil queen.

King Stefan’s Castle, Sleeping Beauty
Amidst well-manicured trees, this castle looks soothing  in pastel colours .
Prince Charming’s Castle, Cinderella

This castle looks almost impossibly’s like the castle is just another cloud floating in the sky.

The Red Queen’s Castle, Alice in Wonderland

 A beautiful  castle but  the Red Queen herself is almost as much of as mess as the exterior of this place.


The Silent Snake

By Anonymous

 "The birds go fluttering in the air,
   The rabbits run and skip,
               Brown squirrels race along the bough,
               The May-flies rise and dip;

         But while these creatures play and leap,
        The silent snake goes creepy-creep!

    The birdies sing and whistle loud,
    The busy insects hum,

    The squirrels chat, the frog says “Croak!”
    But the snake is always dumb.

         With not a sound through grasses deep
         The silent snake goes creepy-creep."

Written by an unknown poet it's picturesque and sweet. To write beautifully about dirty pigs, slimy frogs, wobbly spiders and antsy ants is an intrinsic quality found in all foreign writers. Now some Indians are also doing great job in this field particularly Asha Nehemia, Divik Ramesh and others.
Be it prose or poetry they write effortlessly about animals in their elements . No idealistic charan- sparsh or dramatic  matr-pitr bhakti and aagya -…


                                                                            By Jeannie Kirby

 I wonder why the grass is green,
And why the wind is never seen?
Who taught the birds to build a nest,                                                     And told the trees to take a rest? O, when the moon is not quite around, Where can the missing bit be found?
Who light the stars, when they blow out, And makes the lightning flash about?
Who paints the rainbow in the sky, And hangs the fluffy clouds so high?
Why is it now, do you suppose, That dad won't tell me, if he knows? This poem shows the wonder of a naïve but curious  child  and it reminds me of another writing by Shri Bharat Vyas . In both cases the person wonders about 'Who'? i.e. who spread this beauty on earth?    Movie : 'Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti ' Song:           Ye kaun chitrakar hai Singer :                              Mukesh Lyricist :                     BharatVyas Ye Kaun Chitrakaar Hai, Ye Kaun Chitrakaar! Haree B…

Far from the madding crowd

Book: Far From The Maddening Crowd
Author : Thomas Hardy
Genre : Fiction Novel
Published By : Wordsworth Classics
My Ratings :  4.5/5

Yesterday I finished this book and in complete contrast of the title I read it in full madding crowd!
But as is the case with classics , it takes you away from the boundaries of desh-kaal-paristhiti means country, time and situations. And it stole my heart with its captivating description of Wessex nature and the flowing narration.

Its not a fast paced story or a one with many tumbling events but whatever events occur are, influential and impressive enough to turn the tide of life of the characters .
Coming to the characters are flesh and bone, lovable or despicable, but real and true. The names of the characters are also captivating Bathsheba, Gabriel Oak , Troy , Boldwood and Fanny,even Coggan, Liddy and all.

I admired Gabriel Oak .The quiet, honest, sorted  and reliable man who is the pillar of strength not only for Bathsheba and her farm b…

Shame ..shame...shame..INDIA

right now watching  The infamous malign vivad on the current shameful episode of a certain asumal....on India TV NEWS under the guidance of Deepak Chaurasiya. DISGUSTING and Shameful... those people who has the guts to defend such  animals.... worse then naali ke keede
Shame ..shame..shame..
According to Bholanad ..his father was murdered and mother was forcefully kept and young Bholanad was so much traumatise that was tongue tied till now ..... and is still under life threat.... who will save this country ?