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Review of Silas Marner by George Eliot

George Eliot’s novel Silas Marner shows the transformation of the life of a weaver namely, Silas. He is the main protagonist of the novel. Apart from Silas, some other characters like Gordfrey and Dunstan make the story interesting and worth reading. The novel is set up in the early years of nineteenth century. So, it puts focus on the changes brought and caused by industrial revolution.
Silas was a loyal and honest man. But he was found guilty and was blamed for the theft which he never did. This proved to be a turning point in his life. George Eliot has beautifully described all this in full details.
Like most other novelists of her day, George Eliot used a unique way to express her point of view i.e. she views the action from any point she finds suitable and appropriate. This viewpoint of the author has several advantages over others and it is well suited to the author’s strength as a novelist. It allows her to make her characters alive. Eliot uses this technique to increase the reader’s sympathy, make them interested and engross them within the characters.
George Eliot knew how to make her reader’s happy. Sp, she chose to end her novel with a happy ending. Silas and Eppie, living together, Nancy and Gordfrey, getting married. Nothing could be more satisfying than this. Readers get the message of power of love, hope and honesty. Readers feel and get the messages and this is now, the purpose of the novel is being served.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Reviews

 

Tumse Hi: The Untold Love Story

Tumse Hi: The Untold Love Story

Heena Priya & Harsh Hari Ginodia

 

Love always finds a way in each and everyone’s life. Without love there is no life. Everyone falls in love at some point of time in their life, whether it may be love at first sight or maybe its friendship turned into love or in some cases love after marriage. This is the way I fell in love with someone and I could clearly recall the day when I first met her. How could anyone forget the most blissful day of their life? And so it goes like this…

It all started on my first week of class XI in the new school I joined two and a half years back. All that sleepless nights of studies and persistent hard work has finally paid off and here I was at the front gate of the most Sort-out School for a student streaming ahead the life in Commerce. I was nervous as well as excited. It was a strange place, with strange people and strange surrounding. Neither I knew anyone nor did anyone know me.
After entering the gate, it was a breath taking experience; the campus was just like a huge park. Everything was clean and well maintained. ‘Marvelous’ was the word which could describe it beauty. There were students roaming all around the place. Some were seated on the lawn and some were seated on the entrance of the blocks. I asked for direction and quickly located my class. Instead of getting into the class, I decided to take a walk around the campus as it is too early for the class.

I was awestruck by the designing and engineering of each block as I passed by, and then suddenly I stopped, and I felt like I never felt before. There were no words to describe it.

I stood there staring at her, unable to move a single muscle. There in front of me was a group of 5 girls and 4 boys standing just outside the class I was allotted and having fun amongst themselves. Among them was a girl who looked like the power pack of the group who was making everyone laugh to the fullest. As she herself was laughing with full joy and excitement she appeared to be a cute little doll of 5 years old. That girl had an average height, fair complexion and wavy hairs. Her eyes were the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen in my entire lifetime.

Suddenly the bell rang and every one of us rushed to our respective classes. I got seated myself on the fourth bench with two others and even they were also new to the school. All three introduced themselves to each other and found we were from the same place. The first day at my new school started very well and all three of us started interacting freely.

The classes were interesting; all the faculties were really good in their respective field of studies. They explained the subjects with great depth. I enjoyed each and every bit of information and knowledge that I was getting in. The best part was that I wasn’t getting bored.

Around 2 P.M the lecture for the day ended and everybody started to leave. I quickly grabbed my bag and came out of the class. But before leaving, we three decided to be back to the class. We sat on the second bench, because on the first bench there was a group of four girls and the girl I saw in the morning was in the same group.

The second day of the class started very well and now we three friends were sitting just behind the group of girls. First two classes for the day went very well and we three were busy talking about gathering all the notes we missed before joining. It was becoming a problem for us to collect everything but soon this problem of ours was welcomed by the girl sitting at the first place of the front bench, but before that she introduced herself to us as Samida Banu. She forwarded her gratitude of help to us in giving us out all the notes. With this it was the beginning of the introductory session of we all three with all the four girls. First was Samida Banu, next seated was Naina Shaw, third was Kathrine Pitta, and the last one was Kathika Sengupta. 

I started adjusting very well in the very new and strange environment.

Later we started interacting with each other and by the end of the day it was decided that Samida was going to help us with all the notes and homework for Maths and accounts and Naina for theory subjects like Economics and Commerce. Next day it was decided to collect the notes, so Aastic took the copy from Samida for accounts and I took the Maths copy, while Samida gave me her number and Naina took my number. So this is how our numbers got exchanged.

Later that evening I got a message from an unknown number which read, ” Hi, Harsh:) “.

I was amazed to read this message. I don’t know why but suddenly my heart stared beating at a faster rate.

I immediately replicated seeing that message, “Hi, Naina.”

Naina: How do you know, it’s me?

“I don’t know, just guessed, and fortunately, it’s you.”

Naina: Great!!

This was the beginning of our message session and this is how we started chatting on phone through texts and came to know about each other.

Within some days of our interactive chat sessions both of us came to know about each other a lot. This created a decent understanding between us.  We discussed stuff which very few of our camaraderie knew. We got to know that our interest were more or less same. I enjoyed her company and she too liked to talk me. Once, she even mentioned that I am the only person with whom she talked most of the time. At that point of time, I felt like her special friend.

During last few days (about thirteen) she told me many things about herself. Of all those, one such thing which amazed me all the times was her nickname, Chocó. Her friends had given her this name due to the fact that her close friend named, Katherine had her nickname as Vanilla. It was because of this great bond of friendship and affection between them that her common friends named them, Chocó-Vanilla, and therefore the name ‘Chocó’ for Naina. How amazing it was to define the level of friendship between two persons that yield them the name of a combination of ice-cream flavors.

Of late, the interactive chat sessions grew more and more. Now, I started calling her Chocó as well and used to share everything with her.

As we all know time does fly, few months passed by in our bond of friendship and it was now the time for the Puja Vacation. During the vacation, we used to chat sometime but not that much. Since then, we never had the experience of calling up each other. Only two long days were left for our school to reopen when suddenly I heard my cell phone ringing. It was Naina, wishing me Happy Durga Puja. I wished her too and had a talk of the lifetime. We kept on discussing what all we did during the vacation and the conversation grew deeper. Previously, I used to wonder how one can get stuck on a phone call for hours. But it was not until then, I realized that we had a two and a half hours long conversation. Both were happy to meet in another two days time.

As the puja vacation got over and we joined back the school, the friendship between us grew more and more. This was the time when something happened in my life that I was totally broken and depressed. At that time, I was all alone, feeling lonely and depressed. No friends, no family to support. But at this when Chocó saw me in such condition, she came forward feeling concerned about me and stood by me. I shared my sadness and problems with her. She kept on trying to ease me out. She even held my hands a fewer times and tried to console me a lot of times.

 

She convinced me by saying, ‘Life doesn’t stop for anyone. So you should always move on in a forward direction and should never feel lonely and depressed. I am always there to help you out, just give me a call.’

 

By this I got to know how pure her heart was. Her inner beauty made her even more beautiful .At times when other friends, I would call them fake friends, used to ignore me like hell, then Naina was there to help me out. However busy she was, she always managed to spare some of her time with me. I enjoyed her company a lot.

 

This was the time when I came closer to her and she became one of my closest friends. Even she too treated me in the same way. This closeness in our friendship increased in such extent that even if I missed out a class in a day, she used to get angry on me and even charged me for that. The charge was to call her and talk to her, minimum 1hour.The great time of our friendship was passing by and it was in the midst of December that I started felling for her; I started falling in love with my Chocó. Within no days, I felt my liking for her.

 

Now, even though she didn’t know anything about my feelings for her, she became everything for me. Her birthday was about to come. Choco’s birthday was one of the things I was waiting for, since many days. I wanted to celebrate her with day with me and I had planned a big surprise for her with loads of things.

 

On the occasion of her birthday, she invited everyone, including me but my mind set was something else.

   And I decided to surprise her the same day with our friends at the same place. So, when she invited us for her birthday party, we all denied coming giving some excuses and reasons. She became very much upset when I said no to her. On her birthday also, she again invited me to come but I denied and made a silly excuse. On the other hand, I planned out the things with my friends and successfully surprised her on her birthday. She was really mesmerized and was very much happy on seeing me over there, present in her birthday party.

   We all celebrated her birthday very well and made it a day to be remembered and cherished forever. A good dancer was always a part of the dance group for every event held in our school. This time also, she was in the dance group and was busy in the practice. But I was not the part of the dance group and was sitting ideally in the classroom and was getting damn bored.(the fact was that I was missing her and her company with me.) During this phase of loneliness, I realized her importance, my liking and love for her. So, I started making up my mind to propose her and make her my life partner, my dream girl. Sometimes, while practicing, she used to come to the classroom with the intention to tease me and again go back for the practice session. I made out a plan to propose her on the upcoming Valentine’s Day.I made out a plan to propose her on the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Soon, just after the farewell party was the Valentine’s week. So I had to prepare everything that I wanted to do during this period of time before the farewell party.

Now, it was the time for me to take the first step of my life and had to arrange everything  accordingly .

7th Feb: Rose Day

I gave her a red rose in a bundle of many pink and yellow roses. I told it’s my love and friendship.

8th Feb: Propose Day

I proposed her to be with me forever as a friend and stand by me in every situation.

9th Feb: Chocolate Day

As I entered the class, I gave her a bag full of chocolate and she was delighted to have it and the spark in her eyes was just like a small cute baby.

10th FEB: TEDDY DAY-

 I gave her a teddy saying that this will always stay with you when I m not there and she instantly gave a name to that teddy as GINU.

11th FEB: PROMISE DAY-

Simply I just promised her to be with her in each and every situation and take care of her.

12thFEB: KISS DAY-

Whole day I was wondering what should I do but finally at night I texted her with a kiss saying I will always be with you and thanks for being always there for me.

 

13FEB: HUG DAY-

UNFORTUNATELY I couldn’t give her a hug so I just wished her.

 

14FEB: V-DAY – THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE AS PLANNED.

14th Feb, this was the day when I was going to start a new life altogether and this was the same day when our classes for 11 was getting over. Everything was going very well as planned but just when I decided to propose her then our friends started to play games and their ruined all my plans and she became very upset and I could not propose her.. But later in the evening I apologized to her and then made her feel relaxed and proposed her ‘ I LOVE U CHOCÓ, will you be my partner for life?”. I promise to keep you happy always and take care of you to which she politely replied ‘I LOVE U 2 BHOLU RAM’ THIS WAS THE BEGGINING OF OUR LOVELY LOVE STORY.

 

We both wrote our annual exams very well. Yeah, it was love which was improving our grades. As the class 11 got over and the results came out .We both passed our exams scoring good marks and then we proceeded to class 12, a very new, risky and adventurous journey of our life.

In our new class also we both used to sit in the same order. But the only difference was now that my seat was in the corner of the bench and she use to sit at the third place in the first bench and in the corner, our most common and closest friend Shreya Punn used to sit.

Moreover, it was a fun for us to sit over there. Whole today we three used to talk more and concentrate less in the lectures. Only we knew how we managed to do so many things altogether, time management became necessary.

Now we both used to spend as much as time we can with each other during the school hours as it was not possible, neither for me nor for her, to meet after the school hours. We were class 12th students and had a very hectic and busy schedule.

 Her family was very strict and could never allow her to be in a relationship. She had a very big joint family and she hardly managed to call me from her home. So, we had to keep our relation till the school hours only. We needed to hide it from others as well. School hours were the most happening hours for both of us.

During the classes we both used to catch each other’s hand and sit back in the class. When you are in love, everything seems beautiful, so was the case with us. We talked a lot in the classroom and then, used to borrowed notes from our classmates. We were handling two things together, look how busy we both were. Whenever she held my hand, I could feel the soft touch of her soft and beautiful fingers.

1st June , it was my birthday . I still remember, this was our first date and we both spent a lot of time together, talking, laughing then laughing and talking .For the first time, we shared same coffee, same ice cream and same cold drinks too. That’s too cute, right?

 I told her everything about my life; she too shared everything with me about her life starting from her family life to her ambitions. We discussed our views on some mutual topics of interest. This way ,we spent almost the whole day together and we both enjoyed a lot together and this was the best birthday I ever had because this was my first birthday with my love. 

After this we both knew each and everything about each other , everything about life, family…..and so on.

We never ever met each other then the school campus. Library was one of the favorites place for both of us. Actually it was a lover’s point. Every couple, including me used to meet their beloved in the library. The librarian was well aware of this fact but he just ignored it.

As her Accounts tuition was just after the school hours so I used to drop her to her tuition .On the way we used to talk and walk, holding each other’s hand, feeling the warmness of each other’s finger.

We disclosed our relation to all our close friends. They all were very much happy to know this and yeah, they got a chance to tease us. Be we enjoyed it. When you are in deep love, you can bear and hear anything. Love gives you a special strength to withstand all the difficulties .Same was the situation with both of us. We never took their comments seriously as we were in true love with each other and were not ashamed of being called as a couple. It was a proud moment for both of us to be called as a couple.

It was 14th Feb, our first anniversary. We had spent almost a year with each other. Pre board was going on and board exams were nearer. We had our Economics exam on the day of our anniversary .Like any other couples; we didn’t go out and met each other. Instead, we both encouraged each other to study. Yeah, it was the month of February and board exams were nearer. We lessened our phone calls and text messages and started concentrating more on our studies. We both had enjoyed a lot for almost 1year.And no it was high time for both of us. We needed to be serious and we both knew; only we could make each to her understand this fact. Where there is understanding, there is love, for sure.

We studied together, discussed important concepts and questions and prepared together for our exams. Within no time, the month of March arrived and so were the boards. We tried our best, worked hard and gave our best. We both studied, just for each other, just to make each other proud. We secured good percentage and now, we both were satisfied with each other. Now, we had loads of time to spend with each other and possess each other.

Romance was never an option in our life as we decided. Love for each other was more important, that too true one.

When you are in true love, the world around us seem to be brightened us .Everything seems interesting. Life becomes more happening; it changes .They find real heaven in this earth. We dream of someone else, we think of only that person 24/7 hours.  In love, people only that person becomes everything.

Lucky are those who find true love and get their true love. And, I was amongst those lucky people who found there true love. I could never ever find a better girl than Naina, my Chocó. Now, she was the only reason for my existence. I am nothing without her. We both are like a pair of socks and shoes , both useless without each other. I will always cherish each and every moments we both shared and spent together, first as a friend, then something more than that and now finally as lovers.

 

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Anthology

 

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Sample chapters: Chase Your Dreams

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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Novel

 

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Aside

The Girl I Used To Be
©Laura
I tell myself that everything’s going to be ok,
that there is no reason for all this pain.
The time it took to change, the time it took to
see all those mistakes.
The life I had, I can’t have back. The choices I made,
affected me in all those ways.
The mistakes I made have not been forgotten.
The tears I shed, the sounds I made, the feelings
that left me feeling in a different way.
Yet I can’t see why these tears feel so unreal.
I’m not the same, my words are unsaid.
What I hide, is buried deep inside.
To know, to love, to breathe.
It hurts to know that I’ll never be the
girl I used to be. The one that would always laugh,
the one that you knew would always be strong.
The feeling is real, the truth is sealed.
I cry in the dark, cuz I know I cut too deep.
The blood is like the rain,
in every way it drifts away.
The scars are real, but the wounds in the heart
are another mark.
If you only knew what I’ve been through,
or maybe you could take a walk in my shoes.
I’m not fake, I’m not a doll,
I just don’t think I’m the same in any way.
So where did my soul go?
Why did I ever let it runaway?
What happened to that girl?
The one that could make you laugh,
the one that would always take you out?
What happened to that girl,
cuz I’m lost without her?
I’m no longer me, the mistakes changed me,
but did they change her?
If only I would know.

The Girl I Used To Be
©Laura

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Poems

 

First Chapter: Chase Your Dreams

Chapter 1:

The Beginning:

 

“Dear, wake up, it’s almost 6:30, do you want to be late on the first day of the school?” said Meera Ahuja, Kashish’s mother.

 It was a beginning of Kashish’s new life. Everything would change around her. Last week only, Kashish’s family shifted to a very new and unknown place in West Bokaro. The place was very new for her. Although, it was a silent place, no traffic problem was there, but still she didn’t like it. She was missing her hometown Ranchi where she had spent ten years of her lifetime. She was missing the houses, roads and traffics of Ranchi. She was missing all her friends whom she had left and came. Also, she was missing all those days of her life, when she used to do mischief with her friends. A new place, new school, new friends, new life, everything was so new for her, whole night she was thinking about it.

“O.K mumma” Kashish said to her mother in a forceful tone. She got ready for her school. She had lots of questions in her mind which was left to be answered. She went to her new school with her parents. She entered the school campus for the first time. She was always in the habit of comparing things. So, she started her work of comparison. Inside it was written in bolder letters “HOLY CROSS SCHOOL”.

They went to the Principal’s chamber. Her parents were talking to the Principal ‘Sr.Vidya’. Kashish didn’t understand their discussions, so she got irritated. While they were talking, few more sisters came to the office. She was getting more irritated by their talks. The talk was finally over now.

“Kashish, we have to go now. Bye and start well.” said her parents. Then, they instructed her many do’s and don’ts and then left.

Kashish did not know where to go next. She was totally confused. Then she saw one of the girls walking all alone in the corridor. Hoping to give her company and also, she might help Kashish, Kashish went to her and asked, “Can you please tell me the way for 4th standard. I am new in this school, in fact, new in this whole place.”

She looked at Kashish, and then came closer to her. She stated staring her. Kashish got frightened. Kashish had thought that she would help her. But, instead of that, she came closer to her and gave a tight slap. Then, she went away. Kashish was left shocked. She wanted to slap her back tightly on her cheek. But now, she couldn’t.  She was feeling ashamed as other students were laughing at her loudly, which also made her to cry. A plethora of feelings were coming in Kashish’s mind which were unimpressionable.

Then, finding the classroom by her own, she finally went inside her classroom, it was 4th ‘B’.

 “Oh, you are the new comer” the teacher asked.

“Yes ma’am”

“What is your name?”

“Kashish Ahuja ma’am”

“Well Ms.Ahuja, I am your new class teacher Ragini Gupta. I whole-heartedly welcome you to this school. Accept this school as soon as possible. Go and sit over there.”

The teacher instructed her to sit. She went and sat beside a girl. Kashish couldn’t see the face of the girl as she was facing towards the other side. Then, she turned towards Kashish. Both of them were shocked to see each other. She was the same girl who had slapped Kashish. Kashish wanted to ask her the reason, obviously for the slap. But she failed to do so because of the fear of getting another slap. Kashish was wondering “What the hell is this? Why everything is happening so bad with me? This place is so unlucky for me.”

Both of them were sitting quietly and were not even looking at each other. It was like both of them were the biggest enemy and had decided not to talk with each other. After several minutes of deep silence, finally the girl gave a paper to Kashish.

“What the hell is this?” said Kashish.

“Open it” the girl instructed her very politely.

For few seconds Kashish wondered why the girl was so nice to her. Without thinking much, she followed what she said. Inside it was written “I AM SORRYJ” with a very cute smile. Kashish liked it very much.

“It’s ok”

“Thank you. Well, I am Samaira. You can call me Sam. Can we be friends?”

“Why are you so nice to me?” She was left confused. She was still wondering why she was so nice to her.

“Hello, what happened?”

“First, tell me the reason. I want the full description, why did you slap me?”

“Hahahahahhahaha….” she started laughing loudly.

“Are you mad?”

“Maybe”

“Disgusting”

“Yes, I am”

“You are irritating me”

“See, when I am angry. I am used to take out all my anger and frustrations on others. Unfortunately you were one of them.” she said and again started laughing.

Kashish started staring her continuously which made her uncomfortable.

“Ok fine. New student right?”

“Yes, I am Kashish Ahuja”

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Almost a month had passed. Kashish started adjusting well to the new place. By now, she had made many new friends. She started accepting everyone. She started sharing all her feelings and views to others. Now, she was comfortable among all. She and Samaira had become best friends. It was something which Kashish had never thought about. It is rightly said “Time does not spare anyone. It changes everything.”The friendship which started through a slap grew more and more deeper and stronger day by day. They got busy in their own world which was filled with dreams.

Samaira Akhtar was also an exception. It was true that she was a girl .But, by her deeds and habits; she appeared to be a boy to everyone, in fact to Kashish, her best friend also. She was being called as ‘Nanhi (small) don’ by her parents as well was by her classmates. She was good and nice by nature but her family background never allowed her to do the things which she wished or desired.

 

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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Novel, Uncategorized

 

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How to Create Buzz for Your Upcoming Book on Goodreads

Promote your book

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So, how can you create buzz for your upcoming book before it launches?

Give away copies of your print book.
It makes sense to give away books – if your goal is to get reviews. More than 50% of giveaway winners review the books they win, so the more books you offer, the more reviews you are likely to get. Run your giveaway for two weeks to a month. Goodreads says, “Giveaways less than two weeks run the risk of not getting enough entries, while a four-week giveaway will generate more entries.

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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Chapter names:Chase Your Dreams

Chase Your Dreams – Heena Priya & Atiya Shaazi Ahmed Chapter names:

  1. The Beginning
  2. Six Years Later
  3. Fun Time
  4. The Most Appreciable One
  5. Oh Shit! Its love
  6. One minute
  7. Radio/Video Show
  8. Samaira’s Discovery
  9. Permanent Solution for Temporary Problems: Suicide
  10. Learning to Live again
  11. Crushed feelings
  12. Thinking ways to distract mind
  13. An advice made life
  14. Smart board for smart students
  15. It’s time to be serious
  16. Result time
  17. Contradicting choices
  18. The Runway plan
  19. The Dear Departed
  20. A strange beginning @Amity
  21. Lady Fighter
  22. A shocking day
  23. Another Kash
  24. The Truth Revealed
  25. Secret Work
  26. Everything back to normal
 
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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Novel

 

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