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!

 

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! ☺ 

Much-needed Change 

People are generally on the look out for change; for something different which keeps them engaged and on their toes. 

Though at the beginning, changes will be welcomed, as time goes on, once the very interesting work would become a boring one if it is steady and stagnant. 

Even when sometimes change is not welcomed, in the bigger picture, change is what is needed to sustain in life and keep it interesting.  

Change doesn’t necessarily mean the growth in life although that is what people generally hope for. Change can even be in reverse direction. Any kind of change makes people work towards something; drives and motivates people to set a goal or a target and strive to achieve it. 

A constant life might be what people say they need. But only when being in a constant life will one realize that change is what they actually need and starts to secretly and desperately yearn for a change – in any direction. 

Embrace the change in life; it is what makes you look forward to tomorrow. It is what brings all the unknown emotions to the surface. It is what reveals the true colors and real intentions of individuals. 

Change has the capability to bring out the hidden qualities, good and bad thoughts, real feelings and heartfelt emotions. 

The mother of all reasons – change – does more than you realize. Constant change must be the only constant in your life to move forward, to relinquish stagnancy, to push aside the boring life. 

Titbit Thought #29

It is our effort, no matter what the result of it is. Others’ opinions doesn’t matter. 

If you are true to yourself and feel complete satisfaction without an iota of regret, then that is what you need to keep on moving. 

What people think of your efforts is none of your business, even if people judge you when it is none of their business. 

You do not need others to validate your efforts. 

Tap on your own shoulder and move on with your head held high. 

Killing Floor, The Start of Jack Reacher 

Lee Child’s first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor, is the start of the list of many sequels followed. Killing Floor introduces the character Jack Reacher, in the first series and gives a background about him and the type of person he is. 

Killing Floor feels like, it has been written for it to become a movie! And some of Jack Reacher’s series has really been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise and manky of you would have seen it. So coming to the 1st one in Jack Reacher’s series, Killing Floor was the first book I read of Lee Child’s works and I could say that I’m ready to read more of his writings! 

Killing Floor starts of with Reacher, who is an ex-military and was wandering off to random places, gets caught as a suspect in a murder investigation in the town of Margrave. Margrave is a sleepy town which hasn’t seen a murder in the last thirty years. 

Reacher, as a suspect in murder case, turns out to be the person who has a monumental role is solving it. When the number of bodies gets suddenly increased in the otherwise safe town, Reacher discovers that the murders are just the tip of the iceberg in a biggest nationwide crisis, which could shake the entire foundation on which United States economy.  The story progresses into how Reacher along with the help of some locals in the town unravels the scam going on behind it. 

The one thing that I liked about the book, and which is different from the others is the simplicity of the language. In the beginning, I felt like the sentences are too short, but it then turned out to be the real factor to hook me on. There are no unnecessay details and descriptions – just the one which is of utmost importance. And hence, it made the reading more interesting. A hard concept behind the story was made to feel like it is one of the simplest ones, because of the minimalistic and precise writing of Lee Child. 

All together, it was a perfect read on a lazy Sunday, munching on chips and chocolates!