Diary of a Wimpy kid–The Third Wheel – Review

Diary of a wimpy kid – The third wheel, finished reading on 28th November 2012

Synopsis
“Love is in the air – but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?
A valentines Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out on the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.
Then an unexpected twist gives greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end you never know who’s going to be lucky in love…”
Review
I am shamelessly biased towards the DWK series. I am all the more tempted to give a 4.5+ to this book without even blinking once. But let me pretend to do a unbiased review and come up with a 4+.
Greg is growing up and the love bug has bitten him as well, but in a very endearing and detached ‘Gregish’ way. As usual the story starts with hilarious notes on backflips and naps and the rhythm continues till the end.
“Ever since I was born, I’ve tried to re-create the feeling I had way back When I was floating around in the dark, Happy as could be”
At some points I could not help noticing some scenes which lacked originality. Uncle Gary – Greg scenes had a familiar touch and lacked novelty(2 and a half men is my fav, no wonder). The similar way, the valentine dance night starting scenes, kept reminding me of Charlie – Bella – Edward scene of Twilight.
But at the end of the day it’s a  wholesome laugh riot package wrapped up in a 200+ page book. I loved reading it.
4..it is…

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Review

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by kim edwards, finished reading on 27th November 2012

Synopsis
“This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down’s syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love.”
Review

Warning…gonna be a long one.

Words sway with you in its complete elegance. Paragraphs whirl around you with an enchanting aura. But the moment the book is over, only this brilliant portrayal stays with you, Not the story.
Story begins on a winter night and initial chapters delude the reader with a unstated promise of an awesome story. You will be mesmerized by the play of words but at the end you can not help feeling dejected at the story line which never fulfilled the promised redemptive power of love.
Characters…
Dr Henry with his unresolved issues of childhood is a monotonous character. Set in the backdrop of emerging strong feministic views of society, Norah and Bree, represents two contradictory sketches who struggles to maintain their identity during uncertain times.
“I hate that more than anything – being part of a cliché” Aptly applicable to the Sisters Norah and Bree.
Another character, Caroline Gill, who struck me as an odd wheel like the untimely snow, gears up and gains momentum as the story progresses. With the final dialogue of “All this years I have believed in my own innocence…”, She stands out from the rest for me.Thumbs up
Scenes…
The moment when Phoebe grabs the medallion, it is on of the most lovable scenes of the book. I loved it. Norah’s journeys to her old house and its memories were kind of shallow but the way author coined in the term “memory keeper” for the camera during that journey is imaginative.  More than once I had a strong urge to yell at Norah to’ move on’ in the beginning. Thumbs down
Down Syndrome…
I really loved the authors way of depicting Down syndrome in a natural way without any embellishments but at the same time pausing many unanswered questions in front of us. A mothers anguish and struggles against Down Syndrome, her need to balance out the sympathy and love – Brilliant and balanced portrayal I would say. Thumbs up for the empathy with a slight detachment.Thumbs up
Relationships…
David and Norah – Their relationship move like a river, calm and serene above but underlying currents threaten to rock the symmetry all the time. Norah terrified at the thought of being ‘objectified’ seeking avenues to become the ‘subject’ of someone’s life – I loved this concept. Author has penned it down very well. Thumbs up
Story…
The book boasts of aesthetic way of story telling with symbolically designed scenes. The omnipresence of seasons from winter to spring, the symbolic dropping of middle name of Dr Henry, symbolic depiction of liberation by Rosemary “You are free”, Bree –sofa-light-colors-of-love analogy of different perceptions – With such numerous well meditated scenes, The book is no less than a classic. Every scene is a like a vividly taken photograph with pulsating emotions. Those scenes beaded to make a touching story.
But from the middle author starts deviating and loose the grip on the story.  What were we promised? – redemptive power of love? Author started with a strong theme and it took off well. But after some time it strayed and I felt the power of love was never played a bigger role. Story went on as per norm and it covered normal circumstances with no intervention of love.
With just the three central characters, the story was strong enough and there was no need of ‘Rosemary’ chapter. It was completely redundant in my opinion. Much awaited confrontations lacked punch and the truth revelations frizzed out much. Thumbs down for the way author handled the story at the end.Thumbs down
I am going with a 3.5 for this book.

Diwali lights

A happy and safe Diwali to all.

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Ricky’s dreamy diwali wishes to all.

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The twisted lights

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An attempt to mirror the stars and what a poor job!

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Flames going haywire in the gentle wind.

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My fav pic.

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For happiness, prosperity and peace 🙂

Misty Mornings

The view from our balcony is amazing,  especially in Winter. Let me steal some pics from my hubby.

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Goooooooood Moooooorning….

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Slowly the mist is clearing up

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MMTS heading towards lingampally.

Eagerly waiting for December…..More mist….More Cold….

ORR and 120

ORR hyd is a delight. You never slow down below 120(mostly….). I love the route from Gachibowly to Shamshabad. A ruined-fort like structure, Rocky landscapes, a lake seen far away, almost empty roadways, all make the trips a ‘clickable’ one. I could not click anything worthwhile this time …Laters may be:)

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A random click

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The road near airport is well maintained with lot of flower beds.

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I was aiming for the bird, but i guess, she was aiming for something else. And I did not get a clean click.