The Great Wall Story

It’s Sunday, David is excited as every Sunday he goes for a walk with his father in the evening. They explore new areas of the city. This Sunday they were planning to go rock garden.

Once they reached rock garden, David started running all around, accidentally he hit with a wall.

He looked at wall curiously and asked his father, “This wall is so huge and also triangular in shape. Is there any significance of this wall? Is this related to Egyptian Mummies?”

Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

Father replied, “No, it is not related to anything. It is just a wall”

He asked same question again and again. At last his father get annoyed and created a story. He said, “Yes,  it is related to Egyptian mummies. Egyptian want there culture to be expanded. So they created a pyramid over here also.”

David replied, “Really?”

Father said, “No, I had just weave that story because you were annoying me”

David get a bit upset but then smiled and said, “Sorry Father”.

Then they both started laughing.

This post is written for “Sunday Photo Fiction”.

Word count – 176

Siblings Bond

Photo copyright – J Hardy Carroll

Little Tanya always wanted a little brother but now when he is here, she didn’t like him very much. He gets all the attention from parents.

On her 6th birthday party, while playing hide and seek with friends, she saw a boy troubling his little brother. She didn’t like it and in fit of rage she pushed the boy. Parent punished her for this behavior but she was feeling good because the feeling of jealousy is gone now she understands the love for her brother.

Word count – 84

This is a effort to write story based on photo. Part of Friday Fictioneers, other posts can be found here

World of Motivational Books and Me

The market is full of motivational books and motivational speakers. I know few people, who buy only motivational books but I am not sure they are reading it or not (following the things mentioned in the books is different question). My question is “Are these books are really helpful”? Sometimes, may be for some people it can be life changing and for some people it may be not that effective. I heard few people saying that “The Secret” was a big help for them.

I was a big fan of motivational books in childhood but when I grew up I kind of lost faith in it, not any particular reason but I found some more interesting books like fictional novels. Sometimes some character inspire me from these novels books too.

Recently after a long time I have read a motivational book thanks to my husband (he bought it for himself and I can’t resist reading any book lying in front of me). Only things I can say my experience was good because it motivate me to develop some good habits.

This post is written for inspire topic proposed by me Edition 274

The Monk Who Sold Ferrari

I am reading this book second time but I have to confess that first time I left it in the middle. I was a teenager back then and this book was full of “gyaan”. This time situation is different and I am able to understand the essence of the book. May be sometimes we need something to motivate us.

The benefit of motivational books is you always feel good after reading it and try to implement some good habits in our life. The things mentioned in the book are not unknown but it often disappears in our busy life schedule.

The story is not very interesting but in between motivational paragraphs are good. The story is about a lawyer who quits the practice after getting depressed from the monotonous life and get serenity among the Sages of Sivana from Himalayas.

Few lines from the book :

  • Ancient Rule of Twenty-one: if you do anything for twenty-one days in a row, it will be installed as a habit
  • Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams, you take time away from your own.
  • Enlightened people are priority driven.
  • What a life! All that money and all I could eat was bread and water.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

If you are an Indian, this book will make you think “What going on my servant’s mind. Is he/she plotting something?”. But then you realize we are middle class people, what will they get from us? We are also someone’s servant (may be sophisticated one but yes we are servants).

I like the book, it portrays bitter truth of India, mainly focuses on master/servant relationship. It is a story of a servant working for rich family in New Delhi. His dream of becoming rich and getting rid of servant’s life (which he called rooster coop in the book) bring twist in his life.

It is like emotional ride, first you sympathize with the narrator then you hate him and at the end it seems like may be he is right. Writer used metaphor creatively and language is simple. The book is good, writer got few awards too but if you don’t like India to be criticized, this book is not for you.

Few lines from the book go straight to your mind like :

  • “Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love – or do we love them behind a facade of loathing”.
  • Just because drivers and cooks in Delhi are reading Murder Weekly, it doesn’t mean that they are all about to slit their masters’ necks. Of course they’d like to. Of course, a billion servants are secretly fantasizing about
    strangling their bosses.
  • “But I complain about the police the way the rich complain; not the way the poor complain. The difference is everything.”
  • “Go to Old Delhi,and look at the way they keep chickens there in the market. Hundred of pale hens and brightly colored roosters, stuffed tightly into wire-mesh cages. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them.They know they are next, yet they cannot rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with humans in this country.”