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Deception Point : Review

Book : Deception Point
Author : Dan Brown
Genre`: Science Thriller
Published By : Pocket Books
In : 2001
Ratings : 2.5/5
Cover Image : Good

I have read Deception Point after Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress. Naturally, it was a let down.
Though I was not much impressed by one of the above said either, it was definitely better then this. 
In Deception Point Brown had touched a new low. The story, characters (always his strong point) even the 'mystery find' was a huge let down in  more then one ways. A true deception.

 Rachel Sexton is an able Intelligence Officer (gister) with NRO and is the daughter of the chief political rival of the president of America .She is being dispatched by the President to the Arctic to witness, confirm and advertise the 'earth shattering discovery' of the millennium - a meteorite excavated from under tons of ice by the NASA. After the extraction and analysis the meteorite confirms the presence of extra -terrestrial life in…

Kodak Moments!

Moments which made me forget the blood and sweat , in that order, of parenting. The tears and stress, frown lines, the hoarse voice and the way I pack lunch boxes in my sleep, the list is endless.  The Happy Kodak Shots :D

A Jane Austen Mystery !

Book : Jane and The Unpleasantness Of The Scargrave Manor
Author : Stephanie Baron
Genre` :  Austen Mystery
Published in: 1996 by Crime line Publishing.

"I would rather spend an hour among the notorious than two minutes with the dull. "
                            -Stephanie Baron from the mouth of Jane Austen.
I love Agatha Christie and I Love Jane Austen.One can easily imagine my bliss when I saw the two writing styles and genre`so dear to me being merged into one.An Austen Mystery ..WOW

The book is a rare one (at the time of buying I was not aware of a full series) as in it the author Jane Austen is the protagonist and her formidable powers of wits, observation,quick analysis and deduction are put to better(?) use then writing Novels of Manners.
Here she is the accidental spy caught in a plot of some one else and sleuthing around for the sake of the damsel in distress, the heroine.

The Plot
It starts with Jane visiting the country residence of her newly married friend Isobel. There…

Classic and Contemporary

Books are my life-blood and I have read them irrespective of  hype,writers and genre.
 There are some which I enjoyed, some I admired and some I am awed by.  Long before internet and blogging, I, as a kid use to list down every book I would read in a small green and white 'SAFE EXPRESS' diary given to me by a loving aunt. 
That diary is missing from past one year,almost the same time I took to blogging, and an urgent visit to my hometown perhaps, can solve its disappearance. In that list (started from 1990s) there were no categories,only titles and author.
 I marked a star near to those which I liked and a heart near to the ones I loved ! When I took to blogging, I wanted to make a bookshelf page for my

 blog for which, I had to categorize books.From here the trouble began...

What is termed as Sahitya/ Classic and what is Contemporary is not to be decided simply as old and new stuff but it has to be based on a meaningful distinction.Myunderstanding of Classics is greatly influenced b…

Listening to the Nothings

All she want is, what she wants!
This time it were the roses her father brought for her. Ma dearest was not at all understanding/divining what daughter dearest was too proud to speak! Clearly, it was a helpless situation, for both of us.             
 What exactly happened was that I dressed her up for a neighbour's party but instead of her usual chirpy self and radiant expressions, she was carrying a glum, offended and hurt look. Doubting nothing, I pinned a red rose on her dress, and
She looked a little pleased. I thought, she wanted to pose with flowers so, I made a small bunch of roses and gave it to her. Immediately, her eyes lost the pensive look and she gave a hint of smile.  
Still understanding little I  'asie hi'  just for a lark, pinned a yellow rose in her hair and it was then that I got the usual dazzling-party-wala smile!                        Then it dawned on me that she wanted me to understand her longing forthe floral décor but was embarrassed  to 'ask&#…

Dear God ! Pray, Continue...

Dear God! If you have ever travelled for one day and two nights on an Indian Railways Rajdhani or any Express that too with two hyper active kids and without a husband/brother/mother.... that is, alone on your own, only then you will be able to relate to my words about the following pics.  My children felt - "The journey is AWESOME Ma! " I - smiling all the way, clicking pics for memories, adoring their happiness despite being on the verge of tears and somehow feeling joy despite being and looking so haggard! Rewards of motherhoodand of being a good wife!

The (W)Hole of Creation

Do you know I just witnessed whole of  the creation in front of my house? Read on. An underground water line leaked and broke in front of my maternal house, for the repairment of which, a big hole was dug by the municipality people. It was filled with muddy water and instantly became a hit with Pihu who became nothing less then enchanted by it. So much so, that she insisted on posing with it! 
By the time the prompt government labour was able to fill it up, it became a breeding house for mosquitoes and a plethora of other insects.
Children splashed stones in to it, stray dogs quenched their thirst from it, and my son along with his gang, started studying the life breeding in and around it. Pihu was sure she saw tiny tadpoles swimming in it ! 

Thus, suddenly, the slushy water hole became the center of their universe with creation of life happening in front of them. Pihu with saucer eyes called it Whole of Creation! Saari Zindagi..she said.

Concerned, I poured a little petrol to crush the mo…

With Emily Dickinson

These are two stanzas from a poem read by me in my childhood  which I remembered today on seeing a bird having a gala feast! Indeed a remarkable feat.... The poem ! 

"A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he   drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped side wise to the wall
To let a beetle pass."                                         - Emily Dickinson

Glimpses of Happiness !

Some moments are of pure delight  The times when tedium,boredem flies And happiness spreads its warmth in my heart Praise the Lord! These two are doing it right from the start... -'making me smile' 

A Flower Bloom, So Does Hope

"I have a garden of my own,
Shining with flowers of every hue
I loved it dearly while alone
but I shall love it more  with you
And there the golden bees shall come
In the summer time at the break of morn
And break us with their busy hum
Around the Shia's fragrant thorn "
                                             Thomas Moore. 

Happy Feet

Nothing happens until something moves !  Albert Einstien.

Happy Night and Happy Day

“Though my soul may set in darkness, 
it will rise in perfect light; 
I have loved the stars too fondly ,

to be fearful of the night.”
                                                                             Sarah Williams.

"Through primrose tufts,
in that sweet bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes."
-  William Wordsworth

The Second Mrs. Gioconda : Review

Book : The Second Mrs. Gioconda
Author : E.L. Konigsburg
Genre : Mystery
Published by : Simon and Schuster Children Publications
 Year : 1975

WHY,people ask,why did Leonardo da Vinci chose to paint the portrait of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when dukes and duchesses all over Italy and the King of France as well, were all begging him for a portrait by his hand? Why?

The book claims it 'lies' with  Salai-a petty thief, a shameless liar and the youngest apprentice in Leonardo's studio.
It revolves around Leonardo, Salai and Beatrice- a young Duchess with a plain face and a beautiful soul. 
Other characters of II Moro - Beatrice 's husband and  duke, Isabella- Beatrice's elder sister, Cecila- II Moro's true love and 
the Renaissance life - a character in itself give beauty and depth to the author's interpretation of the historical events.
How Monalisa- the second wife of Mr. Gioconda came into picture and was turned into 'the' picture/portrait is t…