Fair is Foul – Foul is Fair.

It just struck me today that fairy tales are not all that sweet and romantic as I thought them to be. If you think about it, they have ALWAYS been about the beautiful ladies and the dashing and handsome men. We have the beast who becomes handsome the moment his lady love says “I love you”. The frog turns into a handsome prince the minute (or should I say second?) the princess kisses him. When Rapunzel cries on him, he regains his sight.Mind you, in all these cases the imperfect/ugly person is ALWAYS the male. We never have a guy falling for a she-beast, a she-frog or or a blind woman.You might point out the Shrek story to me, but again, BOTH of them are ugly and huge. It was  never a case of Fiona being ugly. She chose to be ugly.

If at all an ugly woman is mentioned, she is the witch or the evil twin,sister,step-mother etc. Never, ever do we find a woman who does not look good BUT, who is good at heart. A person’s worth is in proportion to their looks – so says the fairy tales. Also a man never even finds it in him to look beyond looks. We would never find a man who would say the “I love you” to a beast woman; a prince will never kiss a frog and turn her beautiful. And WHY couldn’t any of those women be happy with how their men were? Why did they find it necessary to change their looks? Doesn’t that tell us something about these fair ladies? The more I think about these things, the more irritated I get.I think it is HIGH time we reconstructed these things and tell our kids stories with something more in it. That love shouldn’t  just be about just looks.That it’s okay not to be pretty or handsome.

I mean, give us the-not-so-pretty-or handsome people a freaking chance for GOD’S SAKE!!!


Give Me An Answer!!!!

When you are a child, you have clear ideas of who you are and what you want to do with your life. But as you grow older these idea start fading and fading until you have absolutely no idea what it is that is expected out of you. Is this what “growing up” means? Is adulthood all about the plain routine that you have laid out for yourself everyday, not knowing where it is that you are going to land yourself in? (Oh, i do know the places I’m NOT going to find myself in, if that is any better..) What about the things you had dreamed of as a child? were they just that -dreams? What about love – the one thing you did not doubt about finding in this big huge world?

Oh, if I could find an answer for just one of the many questions bouncing about in my head!

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (YouTube link to the song)

No matter how modern we claim to be, there are some things that we would prefer “the ol’ way”; atleast I’m sure there are some moments old things just can’t be replaced by the latest things. Music, I believe belongs to this category.

During those days, when I feel that I just can’t take it anymore, I do not know what miracle hits my MP3, but it decides to give me (shuffle mode) Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. This is the only song of Bob Dylan’s that I’ve heard. When you are sad, depressed and just tired of it all, listening to this song makes you feel like there is someone out there who actually gets what you are going through. Its a melodious and soothing song.

Knockin on Heaven’s Door was written and sung by Bob Dylan as a soundtrack for the 1973 film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid. The song was released on July 13 1973.

The only fault of this song is that it is too short.

Here’s the LYRICS:

                                                      Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”

Mama, take this badge off of me
I can’t use it anymore.
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see
I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door.

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can’t shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin’ down
I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door.

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

I hope you will enjoy this song. And do let me know what you think 😀

To Kill A Mocking Bird: A time machine that takes you back to your childhood.

The brightest light, the light of Italy, the purest sky of Scandinavia in the month of June is only a half-light when one compares it to the light of childhood. Even the nights were blue.


To Kill a Mocking Bird is Harper Lee’s first and ONLY novel, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1961. This  novel deals with the issues of racial inequality, rape,class, courage, compassion, and gender roles from the eyes of a six-year-old girl called Scout Finch and her older brother Jem. in Maycomb – a “tired old town” in Alabama.  Several outcasts in their town shape  the way they view the world in general.

Lee has written the novel in a very simple language and the story is able to move us the readers  in the same way it moved the readers in the 1960s.To Kill a Mocking Bird can be classified into the genre Bildungsroman:  A literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age), and in which character change is thus extremely important.

This book is one of those, which would tempt the reader to start once again on reaching the last page – just because they are not yet ready to bid goodbye to Scout and her friends. For those of you who had a fun filled childhood: You will be taken back to those days once again. Those of you haven’t yet read this book: you will NOT regret taking this book.


These are some of My favourite quotes from the book:

  • Scout:”I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
  • Atticus (Protagonist’s father):”When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”
  • Scout:“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
  • “As you grow older, you’ll see white men
    cheat black men every day of your life,
    but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man
    does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.”

Anyway, I rate this book 5 stars.

5 stars = you must read the book

4stars = would make a good read.

3 stars = not bad.

2 stars = avoidable.

1 star = poor.