5 Lines I Love: Sesher Kobita by Rabindranath Tagore

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Sesher Kobita, The Last Poem 
by Rabindranath TagoreAnindita Mukhopadhyay (translated)

While my reading habit has remained quite erratic because of my job’s schedule, I am still able to sneak some time to read and finish some good books (although I am so far from the 24 books in 2019 I set for myself in Goodreads! Ugh!)

In any way, the husband has been of help in supplying me with good reads like Sesher Kobita by Rabindranath Tagore.

Sesher Kobita or Shesher Kabita is a novel by the brilliant writer from Bengali, Tagore. It was a novel written in 1928 and has since been translated into English.

While I do not particularly agree with the ideas of Amit (the main man) and Labanya (the main woman) when it comes to love, relationships, and marriage, there is no doubt that this book is a written with such classic grace and eloquence — perhaps a Tagore trademark.

So to show you some glimpse of what this timeless read has to offer, here are some lines I love from Sesher Kobita:

  1. Even the test of a poem is through an ordeal by fire, but it has to be the fire of the soul.

  2. The most remarkable things in this world happen so silently they remain invisible.
  3. Movement itself keeps us young, at every step there is newness, and no time to get old.

  4. “সহজকে সহজ রাখতে হলে শক্ত হতে হয়। ছন্দকে সহজ করতে চাও তো যতিকে ঠিক জায়গায় কষে আঁটতে হবে। লোভ বেশি, তাই জীবনের কাব্যে কোথাও যতি দিতে মন সরে না, ছন্দ ভেঙে গিয়ে জীবনটা হয় গীতহীন বন্ধন।” | Google Translate: To keep it simple is to be tough. If you want to ease the rhythm, you need to tighten it in the right place. Greed is high, so don’t worry about paying anywhere in the poem of life, life breaks rhythm by breaking rhyme.
  5. Age creeps up when we sit still.

How about you? What have you been reading lately? 🙂

Have you read Tagore? What do you think about his novels and poetry?

©2019 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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history and poetry

“Among other things,
you’ll find that
you’re not the first person who
was ever confused and
frightened and
even sickened by
human behavior.

You’re by no means alone on
that score, you’ll be excited and
stimulated to know.

Many, many men have been
just as troubled morally and
spiritually as you are right now.

Happily, some of them kept
records of their troubles.
You’ll learn from them—if
you want to.

Just as someday, if
you have something to offer,
someone will learn
something from you.

It’s a beautiful
reciprocal arrangement.
And it isn’t education.
It’s history.
It’s poetry.”

—  J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


This is originally a quote from this infamous classic book (which I am ashamed I haven’t got my hands on yet). I chopped it into some phrases and lines to make it look like poetry. It is a technique (I forgot the name, unfortunately) I learned from an online poetry course which is about the use of a quote / paragraph from a book and breaking it down into lines to transform it into a poem.

This quote spoke to me. Isn’t it nice and true? 🙂

Happy weekend my dear friends!

2016 Reading Challenge Update: April Part 2

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


I have read seven books last April and the first four are posted here. As promised, here are the three more good reads I had last month!

25th –A book at least 100 Years Older Than You  – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

What is it about: With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

What I Love: It is simple, succinct yet it can impact your views in life. Now I know why it’s one of the best classics.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: 

“You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.”

“What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…”

26th – A romance set in the future – Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

What is it about: Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

What I Love: I am glad I picked this in a whim because I have no idea of the Poet’s Corner. I love how the suspense builds and how the story cascades. I love the poetries included and the diversity of poets this book have showed.

Finally, the twist gave me goosies!

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: 

“Everyone’s got something. Some people are just better actors than others.”

“Mistakes. Trial and error. Same thing. Mistakes are how we learned to walk and run and that hot things burn when you touch them. You’ve made mistakes all your life and you’re going to keep making them.”

27 – A book recommended by a family member – You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner by Joel Osteen

You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

What is it about: In 8 UNDENIABLE QUALITIES OF A WINNER, Joel Osteen focuses on the irrefutable traits and attributes of highly successful people. These personal qualities are tested through the ages and all types of circumstances. These practical principles guide the lives of champions.

What I Love: The wise words that touched my soul.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: 

“You don’t need their approval when you have God’s approval.”

“You need to be around people who know more than you and have more talent than you. Don’t be intimidated by them; be inspired.”

“You weren’t created to simply exist, to endure, or to go through the motions; you were created to be really alive.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo Credit: Manrepeller, Shamilar, Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads


What are you favorite reads this month?

Have you read any of this?

Do you agree with me?

:)

Let’s talk!

Out-of-comfort-zone Books I Loved

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


Surprises!

That is the main theme of  The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today.

February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

So here are the out-of-comfort-zone books that I truly enjoyed recently. 🙂

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

I am not into classics. But this one’s surely worth reading.

2. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

This is my first read poetry book. I read it as I am getting addicted to writing my own poems. To say that I am crazy about this book and Lang Leav would be an understatement! 😀

3. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

A book I just read because I can’t sleep, I am surprised that I actually liked the brutality and the explicit language used in this book.

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Historical fiction, though I enjoyed some, is not actually my to-read genre. But this one is, for me, one of the best.

5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I am a certified Albom fan, so why the hell this book is here?

It’s because magic and fantasy isn’t my comfort zone. And to tell you honestly, I am quite anxious that I will not like this novel as much as I loved Tuesdays with Morrie and his other books. BUT! I am wrong! 😀

6. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Mystery and thrillers is my fave genre. But this came as a surprising hit for me as it is my first try for John Grisham. 🙂

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

With its intimidating length and historical depth, I thought this book will bore me. But I was, again, wrong! This is insanely a great read!

8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Medical drama is a genre I haven’t tried until this novel. And with the courageous and eloquent storytelling of Lisa Genova, I may read some more medical drama. 🙂

Photo and link credit: Goodreads


That will be it for this week!

Have you read some of this books?

If not, what are the books that surprised you?

Let’s dicuss!

 

Let’s read classics!

If you’re on a hunt for the best must-read classic novels, then read on! 

Because ‘to read more classic’ has been an infamous bookish resolution last Tuesday, here is a short list of recommendations I got from some awesome book lovers!

I am more than happy to receive all the encouraging comments for my new year’s resolution post last Tuesday! What’s best is that I now have a handful of must-read classics to choose from for this year!

And I am sharing it with you! ❤

From Belinda of Changing my World with Words

“Pride and Prejudice” is a always a good one, but if the 20th century is okay with you, try “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Rebecca.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca

From Mandi of Mandibelle Thoughts Expressions and Articles

“Emma is great by Jane Austen, The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne, Alice in Wonderland and Alive Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H. Lawrence, or Son’s and Lovers by the same. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald.”

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H. Lawrence

The Virgin and the Gipsy

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

From Irene of Toodles Irene!

“So far the only classic I’ve really enjoyed has been Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck.”

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

From Wendleberry of Marvel at Words

Some off the cuff recommendations:

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Herland

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

From Alyssa of Book Club Babe

My fav classics are either romances (Wuthering Heights, Age of Innocence) or dystopia (1984, Brave New World).

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence

1984 by George Orwell

1984

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

From Christopher of CLCouch123

“If you’re interested in a kind of classic, I might be able to advise. I happened to buy two new novels while I was away. They are The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell–sort of a Vatican conspiracy-thriller–and The Well by Catherine Chanter, which looks freakish and I trust will be freakishly good.”

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Fifth Gospel: A Novel

From Lynn of Books and Travelling with Lynn

Lots of great classics out there – I second Wendleberry’s above – particularly Howl’s Moving Castle.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Photo credit: Favim and Goodreads

Have you picked your classic now?

Please tell me!

If you have more recommendations, please share! 😀

P.S.

Thank you BelindaMandiIreneWendleberry, AlyssaChristopher, and Lynn for sharing to me your classic insights!

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30 DAY BOOK CHALLENGE: Book that has been on your “to read” list the longest

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Four more posts and  I am done with beckysblogs creatively made 30-Day Book Challenge! 😀

So here’s the topic that I will post about today:

DAY 27. – Book that has been on your “to read” list the longest. 

After I consulted my ever-reliable Goodreads account, here are the books that’s almost buried in my TBR. Yep sorry!

All the Light We Cannot See

This is my 2015 reading challenge’s a ‘BOOK YOU READ IN SCHOOL’. I have read a few pages but the length intimidates me.

To Kill a Mockingbird

This my reading challenge’s a ‘BOOK ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR TO-READ’ list. Hopefully, I will be able to get some courage to read this. 😀

The Goldfinch

This my reading challenge’s a PULITZER-PRIZE winning book that I would really want to read soon!


That’s it for today!

What are the books that intimidates you? Is there any? Or it’s just me? 🙂

Let me know.

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