Books that made me fall in love with reading

I spent my childhood reading Pran’s comics and champak. Champak is a children’s magazine printed fortnightly. It contains short stories with social message. I still
remember some of the stories and social message hidden inside them which helped me to become a better person. At that point of time I had no idea that these small cute
books are precious to me so I have not preserved them

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Then J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter came to my life. First time I saw this book, a thought came to the mind “Why a person spend time to read these heavy book when movie
based on it is there?”. After sometime I got the chance to read “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone” for the first time I got hooked and then understand difference between the movie and book. I can read it again and again.

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These books made me fall in love with reading because I am in a different world while I am reading them. This post is written for Indispire Edition 245

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9 Forms of Goddess Durga

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As a Indian we don’t need any introduction to Navratri. It is celebrated across India. Every state has a different style of celebrating Navratri like Gujaratis love to do Dadiya (a dance form) during Navratri and we all know the importance of Durga pooja for Bengalis. In my state M.P. people do nine days fasting and on 8th or 9th day after Kanya Bhojan they break fast.

Nine days are dedicated to nine forms of  goddess Durga.

  1. Shailaputri – Shail means mountain and putri means daughter. As per Indian mythology, she is daughter of king of mountain Himalaya so named as shailaputri. Sati, Parvati, Bhavani are other names of Shailputri. She is wife of Lord Shiva and mother of Lord Kartik and Ganesh.
                       वन्दे वांच्छितलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम्‌ । 
                       वृषारूढ़ां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्‌ ॥
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2. BrahmaCharini –  She is unmarried form of Parvati. She want to get married to Lord Shiva but got rejection. So she decided to perform hard austerity. She has done fasting for 1000 years and slept on the floor.
                        दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू।
                        देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥
3. Chandraghanta – She is married form of Parvati. She wears the half moon lie lord Shiva. She is symbol of bravery.
                       पिण्डजप्रवरारूढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्रकेर्युता। 
                       प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चंद्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥
4.  Kushmunda –  It is believed that goddess Kushmunda created the universe with her smile. Her name formed accordingly Ku means “a little”, Ushma means “warmth” or “energy” and Anda means “cosmic egg”.
                       सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च। 
                      दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कुष्मांडा शुभदास्तु मे। 
5. Skand Mata – Skand mata means mother of lord Skanda. Skanda is the another name of Lord Kartik. In this form she holds infant lord Kartikeya in her hand. Kartikeya save humankind from Raksha Tarakasur.
                     सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया। 
                     शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कंदमाता यशस्विनी॥
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6. Katyayani – She is born to Rishi Katyayan so name as “Katyayani”.  She is known as Warrior goddess. Raksha Mahishasur take a boon from Lord Brahma that no man can kill him. Goddess challenged Mahishasur for duel and she killed him.
                      चंद्रहासोज्ज्वलकरा शार्दूलवरवाहना। 
                      कात्यायनी शुभं दद्याद्देवी दानवघातिनी॥
7.  Kalratri – She is the most violent form of Goddess Durga. Also known as “Kaali”. She has black appearance and represents that there is also other side of mother Goddess which create fear among Rakshas or ill doers. Worshipping her make a person fearless.
                     एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता। 
                     लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी॥
                     वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलताकण्टकभूषणा। 
                     वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयंकरी॥
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8. Maha Gauri –  Maha means “great” Gauri means “white or fair”. Maha Gauri means extremely beautiful. As per Indian mythology because of some effects Goddess Parvati skin color become dark.  As a effect of boon she turned fair after bathing in Mansorvar river in Himalaya. Eighth day color is Pink, which also represents beauty.
                     श्वेते वृषे समारूढ़ा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः। 
                     महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेवप्रमोदया॥
9. Siddhi Datri –  She is the 9th Form of Goddess Durga. Siddhi means supernatural or meditative power, datri means giver. Worshiping her will help in getting blissful mind, meditative power.
                  या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु मां सिद्धिदात्री रूपेण संस्थिता।
                  नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
This concludes my post on 9 Forms of Maa Durga. Happy Navratri, Happy Dusshera. May Goddess Durga bless you.
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True love is like old wine the older the better

Love is a sacred feeling. In my opinion you can feel attraction at first sight but it takes time to fall in love. Even mother bonding with new born child takes few days, which is believed to be most sacred form of love in the world.

Love is to accept a person with all his good and bad qualities, this feeling cannot pop up in seconds. It takes few years married couples to actually fall in love with each other irrespective love or arrange marriage. Couples having love marriage always complain about changing their partner’s behavior because they only know one side of other person and this person seems new to them.

Love can’t pop up as surprise like it is often said that “True love is like old wine the older the better”.

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Godaan

Munsi Premchand is a great writer indeed. Every character is so well written, while reading the book you feel like living in a village.

It’s not a kind of book I usually read but it feels wonderful to read the old classics belongs to your own country. Few chapters are dedicated to women not women empowerment but what writers thinks about women. He expresses his feelings through Mr. Mehta’s character. I like this character the most. He is a philosopher and the women coming to his contact realizes their true self.

I loved the book, it is bit depressing but everything is coming on track towards the ending (except the debt part).I would recommend this book to those who love the real literature.

Who Will Cry When You Die?

Everyone is familiar with Robin Sharma’s work. He does not need any introduction. I am not a big fan of motivational books but this book is quite different. You feel connected with the book.

Best part of the book is it’s small chapters. Each chapter is not more than 2-3 pages. You can read 2 chapters a day and keep book aside. Mr Sharma tried to cover every aspect of life in the book, professional, personal, health, spiritual, etc. There is no new information but sometimes we need reminders.

My few favorite excerpts from the book :

  • Why brain surgeon is paid so much more than a MacDonald’s employee because he has accumulated far more specialized knowledge and specific know how than the McDonald’s employee.
  • I’ ve had a lot of trouble in my life, some of which actually happened.
  • Joining the “Five o’Clock Club” will allow you to start controlling  your day rather than letting your day control you.

Shiva Trilogy

If you have interest in mythology, this book is perfect for you and if you don’t like mythology, storyline is enough for keeping you engaged. I am not a very big fan of Indian writers but Amish Tripathi has attempted something very different which makes me appreciate him even more. For people, who have not heard about Shiva trilogy, it consists of three books :

  1. The Immortals of Meluha
  2. The Secret of Nagas
  3.  The Oath of Vayuputras

This is a fictional story that portrays Lord Shiva in a normal human being form. King Daksha represent him as a Lord Neelkanth to his people in order to fulfil his personal gain but it turns out differently. As story proceeds, few secrets discloses to Shiva which leads to lots of twists and turns making this book more interesting. Other characters also woven in a manner that justify there name, for example Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesh, we all know they look differently but Amish know how to fit them in a story.

This book gives new definition to evil. It deals with saying that extreme good turns into extreme evil. Best part is no character in the book is either good or bad, they react as per the situation. I would say it is a must read.