North and South

Well, again I picked up a book because of a series. Dear Margaret and Thornton, Where have you been all this while.Being the perpetual romantic that I am , I thought I have a talent to sniff out romance from anywhere in library. I am wrong, you have been hiding till now!. Never believed that, there will be an equal to Pride and Prejudice. #HellYeah there is. If you see the series(Please do not see the 1975 one!), first you will be smitten by Richard Armitage for sure and second, you will rewind it and see the last scene again and again for at least four times. I did. The next thing I did is pick the book to read.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – The book is an exhausting read with its all twists and turns. Or may be with the fast pacing of the series, I was expecting something of a short novel. When it got adapted into the series, I think the makers gave a convincing makeover to the story as well as the protagonists. From books to series, the protagonists are more polished with their characteristics enhanced a little.

Richard Armitage as John Thornton in North and South

While Margaret remained lithe and elegant ever, Thornton’s character has been altered a little from the book. In the book, his character is a little more expressive and less mighty. Still the strength of the character was evident. In the series, Thornton is tailed to fit Richard Armitage and his persona. Series has trimmed many a redundant chapters from the book and made it crisp. At the end of the book, author evidently rushes to close the threads while the series stroll past in its own calm and composed pace. The series end was sweeter than the book, but they could have included many a quotes which essentially form the crust of Margaret and Thornton’s love story. I would have loved to see many in the series. All in all, series scores a lot higher than the book(!). I would say, they have carved out a aptly pace, modern love story from the old classic.

.. call upon her name. "Margaret!" Still lower went the head; more closely hidden was the face, almost resting on the table before her. He came close to her. He knelt by her side, to bring his face to a level with her ear; and whispered-panted out the words: "Take care. - If you do not speak - I shall claim you as my own in some strange presumptuous way. - Send me away at once, if I must go. - Margaret! - " Ch. 5, North and South #elizabethgaskell #fanart

 

Would go with a 3.5 for the book. And the series is a must watch for all the Romance hunters around there!

Cakes and bakes

 

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Tried to make a swirl cake but I think it ended up like a Tiger Cake. Should have come out a little better if I have followed the recipe to T .

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Awww this is my perfect load of lemon cake. I have been longing to make a lemon cake ever since I started reading Game of thrones. Now I know why the stark girls are so fond of it. The perfect load! So fluffy and moist. This is the best cake I ever made.

A Song of Ice and Fire

Four years back, while strolling on a literature forum website, I got a comment from a considerably-intelligent fellow member quoting “Winter is coming”. Initial googling told me that asoiaf is nothing but a common fantasy fiction with a lot of violence, rape, incest and more violence to top it up(see, google can be wrong sometimes. ), so I never picked it up for a read then. Recently I got hooked on to Game of Thrones HBO series. The advantage of seeing GOT all four seasons and then reading the book is GOT takes away all your gasps and shrills. GOT kind of prepares you for asoiaf.  I can not believe I finished off all the released books in this series. #Iamsimplyawesome.

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Initially I thought I would do a complete review after reading the first five books. But the book is so enormous that, reviewing is impossible. asoiaf is a completely different from whatever I have read so far. A epic of such enormity can not be compared with any other works of fantasy. I am not even attempting to do a review. Completely blown away by this series.. Straight 5 out of 5 from me. Let me scribble something about the series instead of a review. (Spoilers ahead)

Every main character in the book is unique. When I say that, I meant the main POV characters which is close to 30 in number.  As R R martin clearly says in his interviews, this is no black-and-white story.  There will be at least a moment in the story where you sympathize with even the cruelest of the baddies. The language is not exceptional but the story lines are colossal and intriguing with many thought provoking scenes. RR martin weaves it together to create magic. You never know when a storyline can collide with the other and trick a gullible reader like me. 

Jaime Lannister – I hated him the most during Game of Thrones, and Clash of kings but eventually by the end of Feast for crows, he became my favorite. He comes into play with his famous words “The things I do for love” and we instantly hate him from that moment. And Now RR martin has me in his lap,  hee-hawing for more Jaime- the golden Lannister chapters. A scorned love and a lost hand, that’s what it takes to turn him into Jaime the just. I really loved the way RR martin describes his love for grey characters every now and then. He has been true to his word. Everyone gets to express his mind and we are convinced too.  Jaime’s character goes through many twists and turns. The moment when he speaks to Brianne about how he earned the title ‘Kingslayer’ opens a new window to an event which is mentioned by many with different connotations. When you see the event through Ned’s eyes, Jaime comes across as a greedy-oathbreaker who was found sitting on the iron throne after the murder of the mad king.  But when he explains it to Brianne in one of the rare moments, all you can see is a person who torn between his father’s life or his duties.  Everyone is justified in their actions and believes. Yesterday, I heard someone say, there are three versions of any event – mine, yours and the truth. So true!

Tyrion Lannister – During the trial for Regicide, I nearly thought Tyrion may not be as bright as they claimed to be. It is one of the characters which impressed me the least in the initial 3 books. What the hell! Apart from a foul mouth, the dwarf does not display much of intelligence. It was more of a play of coin and luck than his brain. May be post exile he has developed some gray matter and started impressing the readers I believe. May be the end of Tywin is the start of Tyrion. Hopefully he find out where the whores go and pays his debts in due time! Its one of the interesting threads which I look forward to in the book.

Arya Stark\Sansa Stark – I feel these characters the two sides of the coin. Both loves Lemon cakes and that ends their similarity. Yet there is an underlying thread which connects their characters, Opposite is the word. They are just opposite to each other. But eventually, once they learn to play the game of thrones, they tend to be the same….One has more courage than sense and the other has more dreams than sense. Waiting for the day when this she-wolfs meet again. I am even trying to bake a lemon cake these days!

Jon Snow – I have kept the best for the last.  Who says there are no white characters? He is as white as snow and as straight as you can get in asoiaf. Its easy to like him unlike Jaime. You love him from the first book to the 5th one. And hope RR keeps him in the wall forever. I have been reading about all this theories about how R and L combo gonna be Jon’s parents and the major twist blah blah. Unless, RR puts it in a dramatic way, I think Jon should stay as Ned’s bastard. I liked the chemistry of Jon and Ned in GOT and I carried it all the way to asoiaf. I want the Father-Son duo to stay as they are. Well, fans proposes and RR disposes.  I am kind of clinging on that. I think even I could do a fangirling act for this character…Please don’t kill him, please!

The story has innumerous parallels to talk about and a variety of characters to impress you. I read somewhere that Dance with the dragons has a character list of 63 pages and sometimes even RRM does not remember whether he killed his character already or not. It’s a task for his editors to keep a list of dead characters. Here I am reading the final chapters of Dance with dragons. My nails are almost gone. But bad enough author has left at least 10 cliffhangers in Dance with the dragons so long live RR Martin.

 

 

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Rating 5/5

*****

Pinkathon 2015

Ran a 10k marathon! First it makes you an bedridden for one day and the other day, you are a star among your gang of girls!

Things woman do for stardom! Sigh.

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Welcome speech by Milind Soman and an anchor who claims he has an immense man crush on Milind.

isn’t it an insult to the 5000+ ladies gathered for the run.Well he has  a weird beard, so we are good.

 

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And where is my medal? There you go…

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My frog, bib and the medal!