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.

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.

 

Titbit Thought #31

It is a common opinion that situations brings out the true nature of the person, and sometimes those true revelations can be for the good too. 

If we look with a positive note over a painful situation, dire conditions can unravel the side of a person which is shocking yet pleasing – the good side. 

We have seen many people in our life and deemed them as bad by just scraping through the surface of their character. 

 What if it’s all a facade for some reason and when you peel that rough surface of the pineapple, you could enjoy the sweet, juicy portion inside? 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if worse is for good?