Remember ‘forward forward x’ for Shantel back when SEGA was king? yeah. That was the first MK move that I mastered till I quickly realized it was useless against Noob Saibot. I have been thinking about MK a lot recently and I have no Idea why. Anyway, I started talking long walks everywhere cuz it helps me clear my head and I also reconnected with one of my oldest friend. We have known each other since secondary school and in our story together, there are pages that are empty because we get caught up in life and lose touch but we always manage to pick up where we left and just carry on. He reminded me of how I loved to run in the rain, like I had a notebook fetish or something and I said it’s not because of the notebook. I think, other than a mild nuisance to schedules, the rain is like a cloak for some people. You can hide your tears or your ugly shoes in the rain. If it’s a really heavy rain you can run around and scream and just be a child again. I love it. I think we all need some sort of cloak to help us deal with life sometimes, a hall pass from all the stress and problems we sometimes have to deal with. holding it together 100% of the time is exhausting. Anyway, apart from the rain, I escape through books and music and I want to share some of what I read and listened to in January:
I went back to a folder that has these gems. My favorite from each-Chasing cars, stacks, how to save a life…
I re-read to kill a mocking-bird and finally finished can you keep a secret. I love Sophie Kinsella. I read a lot more than these actually but these two were my faves.
Anyway, I hope you find your cloak if you don’t already have one and if you don’t need one or no longer need one, please let me know.
Be kind to everyone. we are all just trying to figure this life out and we need to be patient with each other. we need to see people just as they are, beyond our own perception of normal. we need to love just for the sake of it and have hope because its necessary
From mythical fancy novels to childhood favorites, we have all read books that stirred our imaginations and probably awakened our inner wander lust. When you read about mysterious cultures and mouth-watering dishes you yearn to travel. You want to taste, feel and do new things. You want to be brave. That is the power of literature. Some of these literary destinations you can still explore today but some sadly just give you the gift of imagination. Here are a few books that took me far far away past the second star to the right and straight on till morning…
Even though it’s a place from the past, I really want to visit Avonlea, the place that was ‘shrouded in a haze of bluish purple’. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery is one book that makes me hail the Author’s descriptive skill because why else would I want to go back to the 1900s and see the world as the red-headed orphan may have?
Paolo Coelho’s most famous novel; The Alchemist follows a shepherd boy as he travels to Egypt in search of treasure and new experiences. He meets kings, finds love and encounters the alchemist who teaches him the important difference between Gold and treasure
Of course Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is on the list. Follow Elizabeth as she indulges in pasta in Italy, finds spirituality in India and falls in love in Bali ultimately achieving peace of mind.
French (Charles Perrault) fairy tales like puss in boots are well represented (statues, stables, gardens etc.) in the Breteuil Chateau in France if you ever find yourself there and you’re wondering what to do.
Other books on my list include Harry potter by J.K Rowling, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, Les Miserable and Hunch Back of Notre Dame both by Victor Hugo etc. Even though most of these books have been made into movies/musicals, most of them don’t do justice to the entire story. Don’t just be arm-chair travellers though. Go out there and take these trips yourself!
NB: please tell me your favourite books… xx