Bookworm alert!! – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird'(Harper Lee)

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Well,it’s been a while since I promised to come up with my first amateur review of the legendary ‘To kill a Mockingbird‘ by Harper Lee.I can faithfully report,my dear folks,that this book was one of those incredibly, unputdownably , unforgettably delicious reads,which you want to race through to the very end,a million times over ( the real bookworms out there will agree with every syllable I am sure!!). Such books become the centre of your existence for a few days,& every other activity ( like eating,sleeping & bathing) seem inconsequential & unnecessary! Needless to add,it creates havoc with your daily routine,transporting you to the author’s imagination,leaving you with a permanent hangover of it’s characters.THAT,is what happened,dear friends,with me since I laid my hands on this particular paperback ’50th anniversary’ edition of ‘..Mockingbird’,thanks to my nagger of a best friend(YES YOU,Mrs.Gargi Majumder Chakravorty!!).
To start with,this novel was published for the very first time in 1960 in America,& went on to win the Pulitzer prize,selling a zillion copies world-wide since then.It achieved almost cult-status,mainly due to the globally prevalent issues it dealt with, ‘rape & racial prejudice’.Strangely enough,the author of this book,Miss Harper Lee has published only one book in her entire lifetime.One book,a few hundred pages,& she created history in the literary world,achieving through her writing, what many of her contemporary influential elitists could not.She brought together two cultures,separated by color,and made the world view them through the eyes of a six year old child in her novel.Now,I don’t quite know what the rest of the world saw,but I can tell you this much,the book hits HARD.The words and the quotes will stay with you long after you have read & lost the book.
The novel narrates itself through six year old Scout Finch,a free-spirited,indomitable little girl living in the American town of Maycomb.She stays with her brother Jem,their father Atticus,& is visited often by a boy named Dill (whose character is loosely based on Lee’s best friend & famous author,Truman Capote). They have a Black lady named Calpurnia,as their house help,and she is the closest thing to a mother figure for the two kids.The story unravels around a legal case, taken up by Scout’s father,Atticus, a reputed lawyer & a respected citizen of Maycomb.The case dealt with an incident involving the rape of a white woman by a black man named Tom Robinson.Despite Atticus’s brave attempts to acquit an innocent Tom of the charges(admist extreme criticism by his relatives & neighbours) Atticus fails & Tom is convicted,finally getting shot while trying to escape from the prison.
What awed me about this book was the ease with which Lee has deconstructed a sensitive & complex issue,and driven home a lesson to the society at large.The analogy between a mockingbird & an innocent black man,accused & killed only because of his color,is just pure genius.I can’t control the temptation of sharing this entire paragraph with you all(at the cost of making this post unreadably long!!).So,here goes —
“Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”
Everything that you will read in this book,will make you think,and not in a ‘brain-aching’ way..it’s fluid & effortless…almost like a children’s novel,with some very serious adult issues! Apartheid has been a global issue,throughout the history of civilization ,& every country has had it’s share of this social evil,but to read it from the point of view of a six year old,lovable young girl like Scout,is just amazing & heart-rending,all at the same time.
There is a reason why this book has survived the test of time,& has often been hailed as the one book that every individual should read,even if they never read another book in their life!!Go order it online,guys,or just download the e-book.You will thank me(AND my best friend) later (& maybe leave a comment or two below! 😉 ).
Bowing out with another thunderous quote from Miss Lee’s masterpiece :
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world , they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results”

So long,folks….I’ll be back soon with another post about a chicken roast…sorry I just wrote that because it rhymed.. 😛 Honestly,I have no idea what’s coming up next,it might be another book review or it might be a ‘tasty post’ on some of my ‘kitchen-goddess’ Mom’s authentic Bong recipes… my growling tummy votes hands-down for the second option… 😉 what say guys?

Till then…& this goes out to ONLY my girls out there… BE the change you want to SEE!! (well,the advice is plagiarized ,I know,but as they say “bhaavnaao ko samjho yaar!”) :):);) & don’t forget to leave your valuable comments below if you have read this book & want to blabber about what you think,feel,like,don’t like, et al …I am ALL EARS! 🙂

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my superstars!

Hi Friends & Foes!

Well,since this blog is the very first one…I will start with the basics..the protagonists of this post are my “4 am people”…they are the ones I would call if I were stuck in traffic..if i were stuck in a mess…or a dress…or in deep distress!!You get the hint…they have been my saviours since forever..& the main reasons why they still bear with me are : 1) Two of them are family(1st pic-mom,2nd pic-sister).3rd one’s my best friend & I know too much about her to be enemies..so she would rather be my friend!! 😉   2)They are all Bengalis,so they find it easier to deal with my Bong Drama 😛 3)They are threatened daily over phone,so they dont forget I exist!!! eaaazzzyyy breeeezyyy!! 😉

Sigh! Apart from that…I have no clue why they are so good to me…but the truth is…they would stand by me if I commit a murder in broad daylight.. & I think thats “oshaadharon” (which is bengali for “extraordinary” by the way!;)…

The last pic is the most recent development in my life…got over with the dreaded “biye”  & left my job to marry Soubhik,a businessman & more importantly,a “good man”(pics & more about that in my next blog)..the marriage is yet to sink in,but thats another chapter altogether…

My 1st superstar…my Mom or “Maa” … well,she is most definitely everything that goes into defining the meaning of “love”…I’ve met so many people who claim to be experts on love,you know..but there’s no-one quite like my Maa..She left the comforts of her rich family to marry a doctor who had hardly any inheritence & even less to call his own when he married..that would be my Dad,who is quite a character,but more on him on another post..My Maa,she wears her heart on her mouth & eyes(blah & tears,that is!)..& boy,can she cook!!! I regret having only gorged on her food all my life & never trying to get hold of her recipes & techniques…I’m afraid my children will never say the same about me… 😦 So,the conclusion here is that,this lady is the “very ground beneath my feet”…& also a fantabulous singer..

My 2nd superstar…my Li’l Sis..she’s an itsy-bitsy bombshell of sorts…when she was in school,all she would do was watch tv & munch on potato chips…I have given her tough times as her one & only “didi”..bossed her around like I owned the place & she gave in,albeit with a lot of screaming & punching involved!! 🙂 aaahh..those were the days!! Anyways,she is 5 years younger to me,but way more mature…we have lived as sisters first,then as room-mates while I was working,& the journey has been super-fun & crazy,every single day..every single moment of our time together..

My 3rd superstar..my best friend..together since the 5th standard,we have grown both physically & emotionally together…we know each inside out & we firmly believe we are soul-mates,born as best friends in this life(yeah,laugh at us..we dont care!! :P)… we started having these crazy coincidences since we know each other..like thinking the same things,wearing the same dress,buying the same book..& later we would be shocked to know that we were doing the same things at the same time & had no clue about it…it was crazy..& the craziness of these freaky coincidences continues to this date…will reserve a post on that too..with a link to a book by Dr.Brian Weiss (Only Love is Real)… I am sure it will convert the non-believers!! 😉 So,that’s that..for now…

Next up… A review of Harper Lee’s ‘To kill a mockingbird’ , which is turned over by my side as I write this post!

Till then.. Au revoir.. Keep your city clean & treat your pets well…& here’s a Bong word to express your frustration in the most satisfying way ever..”DHOOOR BYANG”… try it.. you’re gona feel soooo good u will want to kiss my feet(which are not even pedicured right now!!;)..as for the meaning of that phrase…well,who cares!!? 😛

Love — xoxoxoxo!