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Book Review- Your Dreams are Mine Now by Ravinder Singh

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And I’m back with another book review and this time its Ravinder Singh’s Your Dreams Are Mine Now. I ordered it on flipkart.com and got it on time. Ravinder has written 5 novels till date: ‘I Too had a Love Story’ (My Favorite) , ‘Can Love Happen Twice’, ‘Like It Happened Yesterday’ ,‘Your Dreams are Mine Now’ and his latest work “This Love that Feels Right” and he has also edited ‘Love Stories that touched My Heart’ and “Tell Me a Story”. I have read all the works by Ravinder Singh except “Like it happened yesterday”. His very first novel “I Too Had A Love Story” as a work will always be his best work in my eyes.:-)  I really love that book a lot. It was truly an pure story with pure emotions of a man’s heart. Ravinder Singh is one of my all time favorite writers.

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Well, I loved the cover of this book…its so romantic and beautiful, isn’t it? 😉 I was so much excited to read it. I always excited to read Ravinder Singh’s book because somehow I just relate myself to them or the stories. I still remember when I read his first book I Too Had A Love Story, I was totally connected. I could actually feel the pain, love, emotions & all the things that has written in that book. ❤ Maybe that’s why I love Singh’s books. Your Dreams are Mine Now is a beautifully written teenage love story.  Its a fictional tale which draws inspiration from a real life incident Delhi’s Nirbhaya Rape Case that shook the nation by storm a couple of years back. The main characters of this book are Rupali Sinha and Arjun.

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Rupali is a young innocent girl from Patna dreams of getting into college she always wanted to join. So she steps on the ground of DU with her dreams. She is different from Delhi girls. She is not a bit fashionable, her simplicity reflects by her dressing sense. She is intelligent, beautiful, smart and a lovely soul. During one of her first days at college she plants a “Tulsi” plant in the campus garden. She wants to see the plant grow as a reflection of the growth of her academic life and herself at DU. At the very moment few guys appear in a jeep, they make fun of her and ask her few questions. She got nervous and scared. One of those guys doesn’t speak much. But he is the one she is most scared of and that’s Arjun the male lead character. He is a guy from Delhi who is very active in DU politics and want to make the world a beautiful place. Rupali and Arjun are completely opposite. As time flies Rupali gets to know the inner delicacies of matters in the campus and with that one campus scandal bring Arjun and Rupali together and they fell in love with each other. As they says opposites attract 😉 They are passionately in love but then what happens to their love story and their political future is the cruel part of the book. The climax of this book is so painful. I cried a lot at the end maybe because whenever I read a book I want to relate myself with the characters and every time it made me cry at some points. 😦

I liked this novel. The characters are well developed. The language is easy, the cover and title is quite interesting. It’s a well written book. The language os this book is so simple and it is really an easy and nice read. But if you are expecting something new or innovative in this tale then sorry! I’m sure you will be disappointed. Yes, it is similar to Nirbhaya’s case after all every novel is inspired by a true story, right?  When you read this book you will think that you just completed reading a summary reports of the incident that happened back then. Most of the pages are seem to copied from newspapers and articles on this case. But anyways, I love 3 things in this novel, one is there were no sex scenes in this book. Apart from some kiss scenes and another romantic conversation part. Thankfully Ravin did not create this awkwardness in the book. Second thing is the love confession of Rupali in the simplest way and Arjun’s emotions conveyed through the line ‘Your dreams are mine now’ and the New Year Eve’s love pendant incident and their conversation, oh that beautiful part! 🙂 ❤

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Some interesting quotes:

1. “Stand for what is right and do not let evil persist.”

2. “The present! It’s so different from the past. The past! It will never come back. Never ever!”

3. “Betrayal hurts the most when it comes from the one who you always remembered in your prayers.”

4. “Sometimes the problem with silence is that the more it continues to prevail, the more awkward it becomes.”

5. When dreams take shape, sleep runs away.”

6. “Being brave doesn’t mean the lack of fear.It means overcoming your fears.

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All in all it’s a nice read. I love the way Ravinder writes his novel. Your Dreams are Mine Now will make you cry, laugh and happy. Some pages of the book seems boring but the suspense makes you engross to read the entire book. The beautiful love story of Arjun and Rupali will touch your heart. It’s a lovely book and I enjoyed it with my “Britannia little hearts biscuits” 😛 I love these biscuits 😀 It really reminds me of my childhood 🙂

Well, This story touched my heart and shook my soul and I hope it does the same for you too when you’ll read it. I did not like the end. As I mentioned the end left me in tears, I personally think the character of Rupali shouldn’t have died not at least like this. It was so upsetting. Its a good story but it could be an excellent one if in the end both lovers were united. But I guess everyone should read it once, it’s a well written book. So don’t think much just go for it! 😉

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Book Review:- THE STORY OF MY LIFE by HELEN KELLER

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Helen Keller probably needs no introduction, She was the first Deaf-Blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a great writer and a really brave & good person. So today I am going to talk about “The Story Of My Life by Helen Keller”.  🙂 This is the autobiography of the young Helen Keller, written by herself when she was 22 and a student at all-female college Radcliffe. And I must say, it was really a good read. It is a nice book and beautifully written by Keller. Her life’s journey is unique. It was totally a very inspirational, motivating and eye-opening experience for me. I felt so bad for her when she described that at one point of her life she was so desperate to communicate with people, and she was sad that no one will understand her or her feelings. 😦 It was heartbreaking to read this. Really, Keller’s story of life, of learning was very touching to me.

The most beautiful thing about Helen Keller’s autobiography is how natural and literate she was. The most enjoyable aspect of this book is definitely her passion for BOOKS. 🙂 There was a huge list of books that she read. Books were extremely important to Keller as they helped her to learn what other people learned through sight and hearing. The first book she remembers making an impact was ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’. The writing is just excellent. It’s actually exciting to read her in her own words. I really loved every single word of this book. It is just not a book, its her life in her own words, and this is really amazing. 🙂 Her journey, her struggle and everything was just so inspirational and amazing. Keller’s life is neither a miracle nor a joke, it is a great achievement, it is the result of her struggles. I was really amazed to learn that in the course of her life, Keller taught herself French, German and Latin, I mean really this is her passion for books, languages and learning.

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There where so many beautiful things in this book. But mostly I loved when Keller’s teacher Anne Sullivan tries to teach Keller what love is, and Keller can’t understand why her teacher won’t show it to her. It was really a sweet moment. When Helen asked her teacher “What is Love?” She simply replied:- “You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch Love either, but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.” I just loved her answer. She beautifully described love. 🙂 ❤

In the second part of the book, we can read the letters written by Helen Keller to her beloved ones during 1887-1901. Through these letters, she opened her mind, thoughts and love. As Helen became older, she became more politically involved campaigning for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, birth control supporter and other social causes. Another enjoyable aspect of The Story of My Life is that if you ever feel sorry for yourself for what you don’t have or what you are currently struggling with, your deficiencies and struggles may suddenly seem minor in comparison to Helen’s. She was really a great lady. 🙂 In 1964, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the U.S. highest civilian honors and in 2003, Alabama honored her (born in AL) on its state quarter.

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Quotes from this book:-

#1. “One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.”

#2. “The bible gives me a deep comforting sense that (things seen are temporal, and things unseen are eternal.”

#3. “Knowledge is love and light and vision.”

#4. “Do not think of todays failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.”

#5. “It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.”

#6. “It is so pleasant to learn about new things. Every day I find how little I know, but I do not feel discouraged since God has given me an eternity in which to learn more.”

Overall, it is a great book. I liked it very much. The story of Helen Keller or I would say the journey of her life is really amazing, inspirational and motivating. 🙂 And I think, everyone should read this book. It’s an amazing story of overcoming difficult trials and making the best of what is given to us. It is a beautiful biography and after reading this, I now want to read more and more autobiographies. 😀

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