The Nightstars

You’re tasked with creating a brand new astrological sign for the people born around your birthday — based solely on yourself. What would your new sign be, and how would you describe those who share it?

Haha! This is something The Daily Post has posted today; something I don’t believe much in. But since the task has nothing to do with astrology, and is all about creating (which I love), I am doing this.

I am a Gemini. But recreating a zodiac (based solely on yourself) is like telling about your destiny so far. So, here it goes:

Zodiac Sign: Night-star

Symbol: a bright shining sun (sounds weird with the name, but you’ll know the reason below in the description)

Favourite colour: All of them (they are vivid and open-minded people).

Description: The Nigh-stars are affable, fun-loving, life-loving people. They are bold and daring, and love adventures and exploring new things in the world. They believe in themselves and their loved ones. They are independent and free of will. No one can decide what they should do. They are capable, witty and intelligent, with high imaginations and dreams. They often prove to be light in darkness (thus, the name of the zodiac), being the source of hope, just like the Sun, dropping its enchanting golden rays everywhere (the reason for the symbol). They will grab opportunities and make their own luck. Success or failure; it all depends on them; the way they handle things (usually in extremes).


What to do

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

This is an extract from The Lord of The Rings (by J.R.R. Tolkien).

Rereading what Gandalf said, I found something. Something within me; a spark.

Those three lines, what I figured from them was simply, a realisation. Many a times, we often wish for certain things not to happen at certain times. But what I learnt is that it is not about a thing or a time.

And here’s a fact: Things will always happen when they have to. We can do nothing about them. Can’t change the way certain things work out to be; for some things are destined to be the way they are. How and when they happen, and who suffers and enjoys the strike, none of it is in our hands.

That is one thing I learnt from Gandalf, the Grey (later, Gandalf, the White). As changing the course of things is beyond our skills, some things are given to us (e.g. time that is ours). And it is our decision to use it the way we want to; control it, or change it.

And as for time, it is a choice that we make, what we decide to do with it. Make it count the way you want it to; it is yours.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Book Review

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One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,

Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.

Unlike The Kite Runner which is a story of a father-son relationship set in Afghanistan and the United States of America, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story about two Afghani women, set in two cities of Afghanistan, Herat and Kabul.

In the story, a girl named Mariam lives in a kolba on the outskirts of Herat with her embittered mother. Because Mariam is the illegitimate daughter of Jalil, her wealthy father, she cannot live with him. On her fifteenth birthday, Mariam asks one thing from her father which resents her mother. To her surprise, she encounters an event that will alter her whole life; and she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed, a shoemaker who is thirty years her senior.

There, in Kabul, Laila, a local teenager, also faces an event that has made her lone. Laila is subsequently taken in by Rasheed and Mariam, and then, is married to Rasheed. Mariam and Laila eventually become confidants and best friends. Then, several other events occur, that change their course of life, each, strengthening the bond of understanding and love between the two.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story where two women have their individual destinies, yet face the same hardships.  It is a story of how the two women develop a relationship so strong, as of a mother-and-daughter, and their bond of friendship grows stronger. This is a brilliant depiction of how love can move people to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism.

Khaled Hosseini is a truly gifted storyteller, who has the power to express even the harshest of scenes in simple words, showing its true and clear meaning, without glossing on the exploitative events.

This may seem a sad, gloomy story of two women, and indeed, it is; but more than that, it shows that despite the oppressive acts, beneath the soft feminine face, lies a heart, strong and courageous, ready to endure for the loved ones. Like diamonds and roses hidden under bomb rubble, this is a story of intense beauty and strength buried under the surface of the cruel and capricious life imposed upon two Afghani women.

This story not only reveals more of Afghanistan, but teaches that life can be lived even in the most desperate of times and struggles. It has made me realise the importance of food, of a good living, of freedom, and most importantly, of having a privilege to live such a blessed life.

It truly is the power of great books like A Thousand Splendid Suns, which can move people to the core.


The Kite Runner: A Book Review

n134136An adult Amir opens the novel in the present-day United States with a vague reference to a childhood event, and then the novel flashes back to Amir’s childhood in Afghanistan.

1975: It tells the story of Amir and Hassan, the closest of friends, as good as brothers, and also experts in the art of kite flying. The two young boys live in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and this year they are going to try harder than ever to win the local kite-fighting tournament, and this is Amir’s one hope of winning his father’s love. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon of the tournament ― an event that is to shatter their lives. Just like the kites battling in the sky, war comes to Afghanistan, and the country becomes an extremely dangerous place. After the monarchy falls and the Russians invade, Amir is forced to flee to America.

Although Amir and Baba toil to create a new life for themselves in the United States, the past is unable to stay buried. When it rears its ugly head, Amir is forced to return to his homeland to face the demons and decisions of his youth, with only a slim hope to make amends; to find the one thing which the world cannot grant him ― The Kite Runner becomes the story of Amir’s quest for redemption ― righting the wrongs he committed all those years ago as a boy in Kabul.

Hosseini’s story is not just about Afghanistan, but of relationships which are universal. The prose, elegant and rich; the story fast-paced and hardly ever dull, introduced me to a world – the world of Afghan life – which is strange, fascinating and yet oddly familiar, all at the same time. Hosseini’s writing has helped to rip the Afghanistan which is known commonly; and, has revealed to me an Afghanistan, a place which is not just another place full of turmoil and tragedy.

This story is clear and yet powerful, and not only is the story itself brilliantly constructed, but the book also explores the very art of storytelling. It’s a story with many moral values, and the book is so intensely plotted, that every page shows something new; all the pages, together, create a wonderful unpredictable ending.

A gripping and emotional story, The Kite Runner had me thrilled and moved, both at the same time. This master piece is a painfully honest story which depicts loyalty and betrayal, friendship and cowardice; which later, by an act of cruelty, ruins lives. In simple words, all I can say is, ‘The Kite Runner is a wonderful, brilliant book.’

One Lovely Blog Award

It’s been three months since I started blogging… and I bang on my second award ― One Lovely Blog Award!!!

The One Lovely Blog Award is given as a string to unveil the ‘young” who are considered beautiful blogs. The goal is to help give recognition and to also help the new blogger reach more viewers. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow-blogger who chose them (Thank you Malva for being my nominator! 🙂 )


  1. To accept this award, of course, include an image of the award (see above).
  2. Nominate others (which I will).
  3. Share seven things about yourself (continue reading to discover me!)

Seven things about me (quite reminds me of the song ‘Seven things I like about you’ by Miley Cyrus)

You can go check out my About Page, but anyway, here are seven things about me:

  1. I love books (and therefore, reading!), for they have taught me things that reality never will.
  2. Books compel me to go deep inside my soul (and therefore, write!). As a result, they have a great part in making me who I am today.
  3. I am a procrastinator.
  4. I love to make my hair.
  5. I never regret anything.
  6. I love to laugh.
  7. I love life.

Another thing about me: I am a narcissist who loves dark chocolate everything.