Random reading and fun!

The likes and dislikes of one are part of their personality and somewhere deep down lies the reasons for such choices either good or bad. The outer appearance of a person might be totally different than the person.

Think about a situation where two neighbours staying together for decades hating each other. If a murder was free who knows they might have tried hard. Their lives flow independent of each other but at a right moment the curves of their lives not only crossed each other but they got tangled.

For a certain reason they stick together and tried to help each other despite their differences but yes at the end they donot become friends. Still life goes on.

A couple of weeks ago I had to pick a book with not much time in hand. I chose a book by Yemande Omotoso, “The woman next door“.  At the end I felt like it was not a bad bet after all.

Then soon after it, I started with Roberta Gately’s “Lipstick in Afganistan“. Roberta has served as a nurse and humanitarian aid worker in the third world war zones including Afganistan. We donot see the real suffering of the people but still was a good read.  A new angle.

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In the mean time Brenda of  “a mediative journey”, in her post “a fatherless child” introduced me to Frances Hodgson Burnett and her book, “A little princess” . Though it is a children book,  I enjoyed it thinking if only all the stories have happy endings the millions of children suffering around the world would have had some hope. A hope for better tomorrow.

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live ~ Gustave Flaubert

 

 

Nurturing Thursday: Line of thought

I always prefer to share positive quotes for “Nurturing Thursday” and my regular readers might have noticed it. We all have one or the other problem in our lives but our positive attitude and hard work help to overcome the difficult situations and make our lives better.

Earlier this week I came across a quote which upset me. I am sharing it with you. Since the quote relates to the past nothing much can be done unless we decide to play our part in society more rational in present days.

The quote is by Desmond Tutu:

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”

I can’t stay with neagativity for longer so I found this another quote by Desmond,

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

 

 

 

Nurturing Thursday- Life is a journey

I had travelled yesterday for about 5 hours. I decided to read “the” book and if weather permits enjoy the view. The only shot from the journey is

nt_30aug17  This picture was taken with my mobile Samsung s3 as I did not have my camera with me. There were some excellent photographic spots but instead of clicking I enjoyed them with peace and smile on my face.

As I was reading Hesse’s Siddhartha, I shall share some words from it for this week’s Nurturing Thursday  theme.

“Knowledge can be communicated but wisdom is not at all communicable”.

“ferryman said, ‘ it is a beautiful river. I love it above everything. I have often listened to it, gazed at it, and I have always learned something from it. One can learn much from a river‘…    I have learned from the river that everything comes back. ”

“I can think, I can wait, I can fast”.

“…it is not for me to judge another life. I must judge for myself.”

These are wise words. I am already relating to what I understood from the book to many things I see around me. I hope you find it worth as well. We must find our own meanings.

Thursday Door & Synchronized logs

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While travelling through the rural region, I came across this fantastic structure of an old barn. The walls were still strong though the door doesn’t look that old. Anyways, I like it and took this picture keeping in mind,  Norm’s “Thursday Door” theme.  Going a step forward I decided to use it for today’s “Daily Prompt” as well.

A lesson from history.

The beauty and stabiltiy of an old barn,

depends on synchronization of wooden logs.

 

 

 

Nurturing Thursday: Within

Every day I travel to my work and as it is not a five-minute journey, I prefer to read. These days I am reading “Siddhartha” written by Hermann Hesse.

In 1919 Hesse claimed: “What we can and should change is ourselves: our impatience, our egoism (spiritual egoism too), our sense of hurt, our lack of love and forbearance. Any other change in the world, even when done for the best intentions, I consider as useless.”

This is my contribution to Becca’s Nurturing Thursday for the week.