Hi there! I’m so happy that we are one day into the fest and its a lovely feeling for a person like me who’s almost always entrenched in the Victorian Era. Now enjoy the famous “Library Scene” from the movie Becoming Jane(2007) featuring Anne Hathway as Jane Austen.
The weather outside resonates with my deepest elements and it’s that perfect time that I had been waiting for to let out a short round up of the year’s happenings. I smile as I look at the list of books I’ve read this year for I am quite pleased with it. The books I’ve enjoyed reading the most are(in no particular order):
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
The Curious case of the dog at night time by Mark Haddon
Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
The Power of Now by Echart Tolle
Notes from a small room by Ruskin Bond
Prom and prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Room by Emma Donoghue
Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins
A room with a view by E.M.Forster
A moveable Feast By Ernest Hemingway
Now these are books I can safely recommend to anyone who wants a good read. In fact these have made the journey through this year a bit more joyous and intensely insighful for me.
I did watch a lot of movies but as for favourites, they would be:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
Pride and Prejudice (2005 version)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides (2011)
The Adventures of Tin Tin (2011)
Night at the musuem: Battle of the Smithsonian(2009)
Alice in Wonderland (2009)
Julius Caesar (1953)
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Now for the more touchy things. I’m truly thankful to my sister and friend Daisy for making this year a fun and memorable one as ever. And I’m equally grateful for my buddies on the blogosphere who kept the thirst for my passions alive through their support and inspirational presence. And thank you to one and all who read my blog and feel that it is worth something at the least.
I hope the New Year brings with it loads of lessons and trials to make us all better people. And may all our lives move towards our goals which shine brightly before us every minute of the day. I’ll leave you now with good hope for the new beginning and two precious quotes.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850
I am a people person who loves to know what the other person’s life is like and their desires, dreams, struggles, passions, dislikes intrigue me. My inquisitiveness will see no end and this drives the sympathiser in me. Every now and then I find myself in depths of some person’s story, hoping and hating with them. Wikipedia is my constant companion that I turn to during my leisurely hours and read on endlessly about people who I’ve heard and not. Biographies are like friends to me. The people in them seem more like one of my own and I treasure the experience.
Women who veer off the conventional margins of life are the one’s who most amaze me. And every time I hear or see them I feel invigorated to strive for more. The reason these woman evoke such reverence is because they have transcended their personal and social limitations and combats and have dared to look beyond. More often than not we find people who say a lot about them and some are even cynical about these achievers. But then again these women have shown that only look straight ahead of them.
In my list of favourites, Opera Winfrey figures surely at the top. The hardships she faced in her early years are shocking and sad. For someone who was abused at the age of nine she has really showed the world, this chauvinistic one, the power of a woman. We all love her show and have been following it very dearly. It is her courage and empathizing nature that has brought her where she is today. She has been a great inspiration for me ever since I stopped watching Blue’s Clues. Even her voice has something very genial and genuine about it that one can listen to her for hours. And combined with stories she brings to light it’s just one amazing ride. Another thing for a book lover like me is her book club and its recommendations. I have sincerely read most of her recommendations. The acclaimed book, The road by Cormac McCarthy, The Heart is a lonely hunter by Carson McCullers, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen are some of my favourites from her recommendations. Yet another aspect that I really admire in Oprah is her spirituality. The spiritual journey of an individual is often fleeting and inconsistent and I take every opportunity to nourish my spiritual hunger from every source I can get. Her web posts are very convenient to get to and read and ponder about. Oprah is one amazing woman who I shall always love and admire. Ironically I haven’t got to her autobiography as yet and I sincerely hope to read it very soon.
Then the other woman who comes to my mind when I think of the admirable sort is Samantha Brown. At her age I wonder if I’ll be able to do my groceries decently! Though many like to term her life as ‘lucky’ I refrain from it. I believe that she is truly blessed by God Almighty for getting to travel the world like that only happens to one in a million. It requires extreme physique, mental stamina for a woman to hop about from continent to another. I wouldn’t be surprised if Travel Channel aired a new series, “Passport to Pluto” with Samantha gleefully going on about it “icy surface”. Again her voice is magnetic and is my absolute favourite too. I just realised that I seem to love women with great voices. Or maybe it’s a coincidence, But whatever it is Samantha is simply admirable. I do not think I have watched any other show as many times as I have watched, Great Hotels, Passport to Europe and Girl meets Hawaii. I love her language which is as exotic as the places she visits and of course her dressing style. Her sense of humour which is perfect in timing and meaning as well sets her apart from the rest of the clan. Most of all its her courage that truly exhorts me. For a to-be journalist this is the first thing that I take from her.
Barkha Dutt, the super-charged, intrepid Indian journalist is another one in my list. She has every high honour to her name that a woman can possibly be garnered. Her passion for journalism purely has taken her from her humble beginnings to national fame. Fear is something Barkha I assume has never seen for where have you heard of a young woman from a conventional society report from a war live. This commendable feat brought her a lot of acclaim and popularity. She has a clever way with words and a compassionate way with people. These are the two foremost qualities that I see in her and wish to imbibe. In an era where journalists are scorned as being political and corrupt Barkha sets an example for clean news making and reporting.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling has to be a favourite for a book nerd like me. Lessons to be learnt from her life are plenty for her early life can be simply termed to have been disastrous. There is a favourite video of mine where two of my favorite women meet together and chat away. In the interview with Oprah, Rowling said: You know – I was not the world’s most secure person. I wasn’t someone with an enormous amount of – in fact, I’d say I was someone with not much self-belief at all and yet in this one thing in my life I believed. That was the one thing in my life. I felt ‘I can tell a story’. I’ve seen it for a fact that conviction in your goals really can take you far. It has been the case with almost every successful woman and so has it been too in Rowling’s case. She has faced the extremes of life- poverty and richness. There is one curious thing however- how can anyone write such a timeless master piece while grappling in the middle of a crisis? There can be no possible explanation other than the divine for Rowling claims to have been bestowed with the idea of Harry Potter in a flash during a train journey. I will always marvel at her perseverance for Potter was not published in a day by the first publisher she sought. Positivity is something Rowling has retained till today and her famous ending line ‘All was well’ stands testimony to this fact. At the end of the day when I wonder about Rowling’s genius it’s her ability to make people happy any time of the day when they open a Potter book that stands stark and clear.
Every mother out there is admirable for even though she toils only for her family she still stands for sacrifice and fortitude. In her own small and indirect way she is nurturing the growth of the citizens of tomorrow who are sure to make a difference to this world. Finally I also admire every one of you out there trying hard to emancipate your lives.
So all you women, this is what I have to say to you: Rise and Shine!