“Turtles all the way down” – Review

This is the first time I am reviewing a book. I wanted to do it since long but my hectic student life don’t allow me to blog now and then. So, here I am blogging after a few weeks since my last post. And this time I am going to review one of the New york Times Bestsellers “Turtles all the way down” by John Green, published on 10 October 2017. I haven’t read all of his work except “The Fault in our Stars”, which is now one of my favorite movie as well. 

So, last week I went to the World Book Fair 2018 held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. I bought like 7 Fiction works. But I was most excited about this one. So I choose to read “Turtles all the way down” first. 

Here is the short description of the Book.
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction and Tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a teenager navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

Now coming back to the plot and its review.
The story, narrated by a troubled Indianapolis teenager, Aza Holmes, begins as a mystery. Along with her mildly unscrupulous best friend Daisy, Aza decides to search for billionaire Russell Pickett, who has gone missing under a cloud of fraud and bribery accusations, in the hope of pocketing the $100,000 reward money. Aza sets out to look for clues to find the missing billionaire, whilst grappling with mental illness. She spent much of her time wondering if she’s real or not. She even developed a compulsion to test if she’s real. She pressed her thumbnail into the callus of her middle finger, opening up a cut that she believes proves that she is real. However, she also feared bacteria and getting an infection. So, she has to compulsively re-open her finger wound, clean it and re-bandage it many times and keep it free from infection. Her illness was nothing but her mere thoughts taking up her mind, which she described as spirals. “The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.” 

I like the way her messed up thoughts are mentioned in the book. Like half of the book is filled just with her fighting with her own thoughts. 

So, Aza and her best friend Daisy, both went out looking for clues hoping to solve the mystery. But their detective angle is sidelined when Aza falls for Russell Pickett’s son Davis. Russell had two sons, but he didn’t really care for them. He even left his entire estate to his pet Tuatara, and not his sons.

Davis and Aza story line was the most important part of the book. Aza really tried hard with Davis while still struggling from her mental illness. When Davis kissed her, all she thought about were the eighty million microbes which are exchanged during that kiss. So, her mental illness became an obstacle in her relationship with Davis. This pushed Aza into some tough spots, which is a good thing to do to a protagonist. 

Reading the way Aza fought with her illness while still trying to be with Davis and solving the mystery as well was tremendous. Once you start reading it, you won’t rest until you finish it.

If you have already read the book, you would know that Davis and Aza do not end up together. I didn’t like this ending much. But one thing I like the most is the sense of hopefulness at the end of the book, where we see that Aza probably got to a place where she was able to be in a physical relationship with someone and have children, even when her mental illness continued to be a part of her life, and may be would always be.

And yes, I would recommend others to read this book. You won’t just read the book, it will put you into thought spirals.

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Into the woods

Into the woods I wend on that winter day,
leaving the chaotic rubble of the city.
O what peace of mind to receiveth ,
those gents hath asked me.

Thou art struggling to fiteth the w’rld;
feeble thou seem, where’s thy forté,
city madeth thee all coward;
I hath said looking into their eyes.

For once thee wend out reminiscing it all;
the smelleth of wild air, the beauty of nature.
The earth delights to feeleth thy feet, and;
one receives far m’re than those gents seeks.

And into the woods I wend on that winter day;
to returneth to reasoneth and faith again.
And into the woods I wend on that winter day;
to loseth mine own mind, to findeth mine own soul.

What One Age Will You Pick For The Rest Of Your Life And Why?

It is hardly fair as I can’t tell what my life would be like after today, so I only have ages 1-20 to choose from. But, given the chance, I would choose my present age, i.e. 20, without any doubt. Being in your twenties is the best and worst time of your life. No longer a teenager, not yet an adult. The real life has just started and the experiences with it. I, honestly, like this phrase of life. We’ve escaped our parents’ watchful eyes (or are working towards it) ; we’re earning an income or a degree; and we have more freedom, independence, and—let’s be real—fun than ever before. Friendship, dating, partying, studying and of course Internet; our lives revolves around these five things only. We live our life like it is really the last day of it, which I think everyone would like to do for the rest of their lives. Also, if we look at our portraits now, we look fabulous because of our young age, fewer worries, no wrinkles, more smiles, in short we like looking at our own pictures in these years, which is a merit if I choose this age. And also the stamina, the energy, the zest one have at this stage is meritorious. We feel like achieving every thing we want.

But with the fun part, comes the real struggle as well. As now, gone are the days when we used to think of all the things we might be in the future. Now, we all have growing dreams, previous accomplishments under our belts and an ever present sense of urgency to achieve exactly what we want. We are about to graduate and the real struggle begins now. That constant fear of failure haunts us day and night. We think of all the worst case scenarios that might happen after we graduate. But we try hard to achieve it all knowing that these years are the time to put it in full throttle and hit the ground running to set yourself up for future success and happiness. As it has been said by Marla Malcolm Beck “Your time in your twenties is a chance to really pursue your dreams. You have no obligations, you can work 24/7 and you have nothing to lose.”

Also, all the stress one goes through during this phase is commendable. We worry over questions and decisions about jobs, dating, friends, apartments, the list goes on and on. This age is full of surprises actually. It is a time to immerse yourself in as many new experiences as possible. We make unforgettable memories with our friends, old and new. And try as many new things as possible. We come across many people, we like them, become their friends or maybe date them. And at some point of time, we come across break-ups, heartbreaks or broken friendship, etc. And with time, we realize one thing at this age, that not everyone is a big-wig in our life. We meet many people but not everyone stays, and we have to move on and continue hoping something better might happen in the future. And this hope is the thing which keeps one going further in life. You never know what lesson your life will teach you at what time. This age is like being a pupa of butterfly life cycle, going through so many changes and emotions, and experiencing so many things before we enter the real Adult stage which is more intriguing to me. It’s often been said “How you spend your 20’s will define you.”

So all the lovely people in their 20’s, just go out, have fun. Try as many new things as possible. Go on an adventure, travel the world, make friends, fall in love, have your heart broken, learn new sports, learn new language, chase your dreams, and do every possible thing that you might cherish once this age is gone. Because in the end, you are not gonna remember what you achieved or how much money you made; but the memories you made and the fun you had.

If you had this chance, what age would you choose and why? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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Advice I would give my younger self

Have you ever thought, what would your life be if you had taken few decisions differently? Maybe you would have been a little happier than you are now, or maybe you could have saved yourself from some trouble. Each decision that we make in our lives determines how they turn out. Sometimes the decisions we make take us to the wrong path and sometimes to the right path. Sometimes we come across failure and sometimes we enjoy the success. But once we take a decision, it cannot be flip-flopped. Once you made a bad decision in the past, it remains with you. You can’t go back in time to change things. But suppose, you get a chance to give some advice to your younger self, what would it be?

If I get this chance, I would give her 7 advises for sure.

1. DON’T LET YOUR EMOTIONS CONTROL YOU.

Over Sensitive and Emotional people tend to sympathize more with others. Although it is a boon as you can understand other’s sorrow well. But, it is a curse too. When it comes to making decisions which involve other’s sentiments, you always tend to drift towards one conclusion, i.e,  “Don’t be selfish” and you end of making decisions beneficial for them but sometimes toxic for you. So stop making decisions emotionally and start thinking rationally.

2. DON’T OVERTHINK

 There is a 5 by 5 Rule.
 “If its not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset about it.” 

3. SOCIALIZE MORE 

It’s totally okay to be an introvert, where you’re shyer and value alone time more than spending time with others, but if you’re anxious about being around others or you isolate yourself too much, it might lead to loneliness and a worsened quality of life. Also, if you don’t interact with people now, it will make you hesitant lately.

4. CHANGES ARE NOT YOUR FOE. 

Life is a series of spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only steal the joy. Although it hurts to see things or people changing over the time. But that’s all a part of life. Accept the fact-“No matter what, Life moves on.”

5. LEARN TO SAY “NO” 

Sometimes, of course, we say yes.  We’re delighted to help out. But saying yes just because you don’t want to look rude is anything but not delightful. 
People will take advantage of you if you end up saying yes to everything. 

6. STOP LIVING IN THE PAST

As it has been said in the Popular TV series How I met your mother ( which my younger self hasn’t watched:P)
The future is scary, but you can’t just run back to the past because its familiar. Yes, it’s tempting, but, it’s a mistake.”

7. BE HAPPY

Accept the fact that everything happens for a reason. And don’t let bad experiences steal your happiness. 

“If you had a chance, what advice would you give to your younger self. Tell us in the comment section below.”

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Mind your language

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. Language is an art of communicating. It allows people to communicate with great precision.
We learn the language that we have been listening to since birth often known as our mother tongue and It helps to bind people together and promote the positive values of a culture. Now days, People learn new languages out of curiosity. Learning a new language is like becoming another person. Its like you posses a completely new soul.

As I was born in Delhi, my native language is Hindi. But, as I took admission in a Convent School I got the opportunity to learn a new language, English, which is now close to my heart. There are many reasons that English is the only language close to my heart. First reason being My school, from where I learned it. It reminds me of the years I spent there. The morning assembly, prayers, half Indian (foreign) principal and the teachers. The church where we used to pray before exams and all the other things. It reminds me of my English teacher who made my pronunciation better.


And now made me a Grammar nazi.😅

Another reason is that English is an official language which is predominantly spoken around the world and it is also one of the official language of India. So one can talk to strangers easily as once I met with a tourist who was asking for direction, and I was not able to understand her language. But then I asked her if she knew English and then I had a good 5-minute conversation with her.

I can now watch Hollywood movies and TV Series which have dialogue in English and I don’t need subtitles in other language as they can sometime cause the meaning of words to be lost in the translation, and they can be a distraction or can even block the action taking place on the screen.

Yay! popcorns are ready and I can watch my favourite American TV series How I met your mother.

And I can easily read the novels written by American, British and other English-speaking authors without needing the translated copy.

^Yea! Coffee is ready and so is Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.

Also, there is a satisfaction that comes with English. It was rewarding the first time I understood a movie in full, or read a book completely. And helped an English speaking tourist find her way. It is also very much fun to tell my friends what exactly the new song on the YouTube is saying.

So, yeah English is my favourite Language.


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Poverty Of India

Last night, when I was coming back to my home, I saw a group of poor children sleeping on footpath. I felt terribly bad for them. Then after a few meters, I saw an old lady sleeping under the roof of bus-stand. I have seen many people like this before and their condition makes me realize that I should not cry about the things I don’t have as i have so many things like family, shelter, food, water and all the necessities which these poor people lack. I wonder what happens to them in winters, do they get a blanket to cover their body?? In our country, India, rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer. Our government rarely take some steps to remove the poverty from the country. Today i have come up with an idea that can remove poverty slowly but effectively. 30% of Indian
population is below Poverty Line which means 70% have their necessities. And out of these 70%, 25% are so rich and other are middle class workers. And not someone can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. So the idea is that we can save a few amounts of money and can help poor people in some way or another. If we save 10 rupees (Indian currency) every week, we can save up to 520 rupees every year, and can give them to poor and needy children. We can also help these children by giving them fees so that they can get education, which will surely eliminate poverty from our country. Also, there are so many things we don’t want to use like our old clothes, our old books, blankets and so many things. We can give them to these poor people and children. These are too small steps but are very effective. I have donated few things before, but now I am going to do more. Because I want to change the current situation of my country in some way or another.

WORLD EARTH DAY

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Today is World Earth Day, and we all know that our Earth is in danger. And the reason is human civilization which has destroyed the most precious thing of earth — “THE NATURE”.

The scientists today should invent the gadgets or something to minimize the destruction caused, but sadly 80% of them are busy in making money or trying to visit Mars. What is the use of these so called Planetary Missions, when you can’t save your own Planet Earth??

Global Warming is increasing day by day. Two years ago, April was not this hot in India, like it is today. Scientists and Governments just talk about the Global Warming now and then. But, they aren’t taking any steps to stop it. I know it can’t be stopped, but we can stop it from increasing, can’t we?? Plants and tress are getting destroyed for medicines and wood. I know it is important to make medicines and using woods for development of a country, but if we cut one tree, can’t we plant two. There are more than 7 billion people living in this world and their life is all dependent on plants, either for oxygen or for food.

I wonder, if all 7 billion people take pledge to plant 16 trees in their lifetime, will there be any rise in global warming then??

Think about it, it’s our planet, and we have to save it to save our lives.

 Don’t think EARTH DAY has nothing to do with you. Learn about the history of earth day and how each person plays a part.

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