The Day Of The Jackal – A Riveting Read 

My friend gifted me this book – The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth – on my birthday, considering the fact that I love fiction and he wants me to gravitate more towards non-fiction. So he kind of found a common base in between with this book.

Anyways, I was sceptical at first. An imaginary story set in an almost realistic background about a planned assassination of the President of France? Well, it look me a few months to give the book the go.

And boy, was I proved wrong! Initially, I felt the story progressing a bit slow for my taste, but once the base was set, it was so interesting that I was reading it in every possible free time I could manage. 

(Pardon for the worn out book picture; the results of carrying it around everywhere I went) 

The story is about an Englishman who is hired by OAS to assassinate the then President of France, General De Gaulle. It progresses to elaborate his planning and the part on the France to protect its President. 

An interesting part of this book is that, the author reveals the end of the story much earlier in the book. It was actually a great risk but it was worth it to read till the last even though I already how it was going to end. 

A little digging about the author, Frederick Forsyth, revealed that he had been working as a journalist in the France during that period and from what he had learnt from the bits and pieces he had heard and the knowledge he had gained, he created a fictional tale surrounded by realistic events. 

The language of the book and the way it makes the readers hooked in suspense even when they already knew how it is going to end, is a great feat in itself! The plot is well thought of with the details proving that author’s extensive insight and utter brilliance of the parallel story that was carried on side-by-side. 

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves a good mystery novel or a historical novel, as it has the ability to satisfy a wide variety of readers. 

If you have already read the book or just want to share your opinion on my review, share it in the comments. 

Happy readin until the next review! 

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For old times’ sake

For old times’ sake I did,

juttered out the ravenous calm

in hopes of sanity, 

O pull me up!

For I’m sinking in deep and deep. 

A no-ending black hole,  raws and all

scraping isn’t worrisome, no more,

 plummeting a ten times glory, it seem, 

this path down the sucker with an abhorous zeal

not ‘ye all judgemental; but for thyself

a hoarder of pain looked up for one last time-

bring me up not this hellhole;

screams won’t be so bad anyway 

I repent, not for the sins, but 

for thyself endurement.

Mystery Blogger Award

Sometimes unexpected things bring a pleasant surprise. I have always said that love from my followers always keep me going and I had an off-day when I saw this message from Bookworm Muse that I was nominated for this Mystery Blogger Award, it boosted my morale. Though I don’t look for validations, when I get it in unexpected times, it brings a whole lot of happiness with it.

I want to thank Bookworm Muse for nominating me!

So here is what the award is about.

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Created by Okoto Enigma.

The rules are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three things about myself:

  • I am a pure vegetarian and I can survive my entire life with ice cream.
  • I am a lazy person when it comes to doing things for me.
  • I generally do not like to take the help from someone, unless it is the last straw I had to pull out.

Here are the questions I had to answer:

  1. Why did you start your blog?

Well, my first blog was Wattpad Review Corner. I actually wanted to start a blog to put my thoughts out and make my writing a regular practice and hence I started it because, during those periods, I was a big fan of Wattpad. Though the stories are at par with published authors, there wasn’t any website dedicated to review the stories on it. Hence I came up with the idea to start a blog for it.

2. What’s the one thing in your life that you wish you could change?

There isn’t anything I will change as each and every experience I had shaped me into the person I am and I believe that this is exactly where I need to be, at this point of time.

3. What are your pet-peeves?

When it is a humorous comment or a joke and the other person takes it seriously and actually starts explaining it again and again, I just want to run out of there. Some can’t take a funny joke, which doesn’t insult them or anyone, just a normal joke, but they can’t understand any funny thing.

4. If you were given the chance to get that one thing you had always wanted and the chance to travel the world, which would you choose and why?

I would travel the world. It is one of my dreams that is yet to be fulfilled.

5. What is the one goal you didn’t mind not achieving?

Not becoming a great Engineer which was my goal a few years back, but my goals have now changed and I am happy that I did not become a great Engineer.

My nominees:

Ken Thinks Aloud

Dynamic Philosophies

Double Edge Web

Rant and Reason

Moonlit Pieces

Tanja Britton Writer

Metal Flower Maker

Ms Toy Whisperer

Questions for my nominees:

1. What gives you a thrill everytime you blog?

2. What is the one thing which you will not exchange for anything in the world?

3. What is one daily ritual that you will not miss out?

4. Name one characteristic of you which no one knows about.

5. What, according to you, is the best thing that happened in your life?

All the best for my nominees!

Cheers!

 

Titbit Thought #33

You don’t need anything else when you have perseverance. Come what may, you are ready to fight against anything, even when all the circumstances go wrong. 

That fire to not give up, to move forward, to push everything else out of way, irrespective of personal hurdles – victory such is much sweeter that way.  

I Found My Love – Writing 

Life is full of surprises and we often surprise ourselves when faced with challenging situations. I was put in one such situation and my decision surprised and terrified me. It was the excitement  filled terror that took over me! 

I’m planning to leave to full time job as an Engineer to do something that I love the most – to write! 

Yes! I’m leaving my high paid job in a global multi million dollar group to pursue my passion. 

When I think about it, writing has always been a part of life. Time and again, I go back to writing. But, due to the ‘mainstream’ path that the Indian society considers, my dreams of becoming a writer was buried. 

I kept it just as hobby, something to go back to at the end of the day. 

But what happens when those nights of writing excites you more? 

What if you catch yourself dreaming about sentences and content during your day job? 

What do you do when all you want to badly do is write an article on that fresh thought you got, immediately, like right now in middle of the day job? 

It’s when you realize that enough is enough. I am going to take this decision. 

I have found my love. 

Though it scares me and sometimes pains me physically to think about all the obstacles I have to face, I’m ready to give it a try because that’s how badly I want it. I really believe that my passion will win at the end and I’m ready to do all it takes. 

P.S: I’m now seeking any freelance or full-time assignments or jobs as a content writer or editor. To see my samples, check out the link – my writings. If you need any freelance articles or come to know of any opportunities please do contact me at lakshmipadmanaban05@gmail.com 

Thank you all for your support! ☺ 

Titbit Thought #32

The one thing that can never be grabbed or stolen from you is your attitude. Attitude doesn’t always mean the bold one or the rude one, even timidness is an attitude of its own, like so many other ways in which people carry themselves. 

No matter what the external forces are, your attitude doesn’t change unless you want it to. 

Developing a bold attitude is something that your future self will thank you for. The attitude that comes with a boldness screams that, ‘I take no shit from anyone’. 

Not all are blessed with an attitude to be bold. No one can instill it in you, but yourself. 

It shows that, you speak your mind, you don’t play any games and you do and stand for what you think. 

Wear boldness like you are proud of it; your life will be much more easier that way.