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. 

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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! 

Titbit Thought #27

The highest level of maturity is when you realize that it is more important to make yourself feel satisfied, make yourself feel happy instead of pleasing others. 

The contentment when you try to do things for your own happiness, instead of considering the judgement of others or waiting for others to do things for your happiness, is when you can feel pure liberation. 

Titbit Thought #26

It is not fair on the job you do, or for the person you do, if, in the back of your mind, you have ‘Sorry’ as the go-to option. 

Even before you start the work, if you have some excuse prepared,  then it transcribes into how much you really want that work to workout for you. 

If you are doing something nice for someone else and have an apology prepared to fall back on if things didn’t  happen as it should,  then it signifies your real intention of how much you really wanted to do it for them or how they really matter to you in the first place. 

Titbit Thought #25

How do we define Freedom? 

Well, you may come up with multiple perspectives and explanations to define freedom, but, according to me, there is no particular universal form of Freedom, just like Freedom itself. 

But when freedom is bounded by various criteria, then it is actually not freedom. 

The boundary of the society, or family, or oneself must not influence our freedom. There is no term such as Restriction which is associated with Freedom. If it is, then we are probably fooling ourselves into thinking that we have the Freedom. 

For example, if you think you have or want to have Freedom to eat whatever you want, then nothing should stop you! Not the place, not the people around you, not even the food itself! 

If you think you enjoy Freedom, then nothing should influence it. That’s when you enjoy total Freedom and that feeling of having Freedom is incomparable to anything else. 

SIDNEY SHELDON’S HERO – TRACY WHITNEY

If you are someone who is a fan of Sidney Sheldon’s books, then the name Tracy Whitney would have immediately brought a spark of recognition in your mind. Tracy Whitney is one of the strongest female characters ever written. Though Tracy Whitney is not someone who is all good, the negative element is what sets her apart and attracts the readers.

Tracy Whitney was first introduced in the book, ‘If Tomorrow Comes’ as the main lead of the book and Tilly Bagshawe went on to write two more books with Tracy in the book titled, ‘Chasing Tomorrow’ and ‘Reckless’.

Though Tracy was a negative character, what made her the hero and not the bad guy was because of her background, that she was just an ordinary soft, young girl. Her experiences with the wrong crowd made her to land her in jail and that days in jail made her develop into a strong, firm girl who is ready to face any hardships. Tracy goes on to become an arts and jewels thief who steals from the rich.

The brilliance she exhibits when she cheats the police, rich people and government all around the world, the risks she takes, the presence of mind she exhibits and escapes tough situation is mind-blowing.

Though she is a ‘thief’, I cannot stop myself from admiring her skills and brain! Sometimes I go like, ‘What am I even thinking?’, but in the end I can’t just refrain from applauding her mentally every time she deceives everybody out there waiting to catch her! She is a big time crook, yes, but there are a few times her good heart peeps out.

The courage she exhibits in front of even the highest ranked government officials is an inspiration to me to not be afraid of anyone in life. The beautiful way in which she falls in love and mends her broken heart is touching. She sets an example of the independent way a woman should carry herself even with their partner.

Tracy Whitney has become one of the phenomenal characters that I have read and one of the few characters that has stayed with me long after I have completed reading the book.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

This book was long due for many years. I don’t know why I kept putting it off to take this book and read it. But, man, I am glad that I get to read it finally!!

This is one of the greatest books I have read in quite a while. No wonder it has risen to become one of the best-selling books in the world. The first in the Millennium series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is about a Swedish journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, who made allegations against a billionaire, but wasn’t able to prove his testimony in the court and thus lost the case. 

When Mikael is glooming on his defeat, he is invited by Henrik Vanger, the head of Vanger Corporation, to help him solve a case by offering lucrative money and most importantly, important proofs against the billionaire against whom he had lost the case. Since his career as a journalist was almost over, he found no reason to not accept the assignment.

The assignment was to find out his grandniece, Harriet, who went missing many years back. Henrik Vanger provides him with all the evidence which he had collected over the years. Lisbeth Salander, who aptly signifies the title, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, helps him in his case. 

The character Lisbeth Salander was inspired from Steig Larsson‘s real life, when he stood by and watched his acquaintance, Lisbeth, being gang-raped when he was at the age of 15. After that, consumed by guilt, he tried to earn her apology but could not. This character Lisbeth Salander, who is also a rape survivor, is a shadow of the real Lisbeth from his life.

The sad part of the book is that Stieg Larsson died before the book was published. A man who has so brilliantly written such an intricate plot with lots of characters, keeping the clarity intact is to be accoladed. 

A brilliantly crafted book worth spending some worthwhile time. 

I’m waiting eagerly to start on the second book of the Millennium!