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Hi…Hello….Umm…Wassup?

Ok let’s get this straight. Last post was written in a extremely-frustrated-Why-is-humanity-like-this mode. My language has gone for the gods(I am definitely going to hell). It’s like when they show in movies that after having a blast last night the heroine gets up in the morning with a hangover in the morning and realizing the kind of carnage she created last night. I don’t drink(I am a teetotaler) but I was definitely high on EDM music( Starving by Hailee Steinfield) and internet (I usually go through starvation of both these resources. It’s like I am in a deadlock with my parents. Geddit? Geddit? No. It’s an engineering joke specifically for IT stream. As you guessed it by now my exams are near). So this is not a SORRY  post. LIKE NO,I AM NOT SORRY. I meant every word I said. But yes, from next time onwards I will be more responsible with my language and use it to enhance my story and not ruin it.

Have a great day lovelies,

xoxoxo

Chimera

P.S. We got a new co-writer in the blog. I think we will acronym him Benzraider 🙂sorrynotsorry1

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EFF OFF!

badass bitch

You know what? I don’t give a damn about it anymore. Fuck this shit. Let’s get real. I ain’t your “goody-nerdy-bookworm-lover”. I am a “badass-bitch-meets-plain-jane” and that’s what I have always been. I hide behind the facade of goody-goody two shoes who tries to be a teacher’s pet(yeah, really. ONLY TRY). But know this. I talk to myself, create situations in my head where the whole audience applauds for me and accepts the fact that I am damn funny and literally stalk cute people(Men to be specific) and wonder why  God was stingy with my looks. I am a fat oversized kid with a love for food so great , I would happily kill a guy if it meant I would get a morsel of nirvana(I think that’s the major reason for my barren love life). And to top it all my parents are normal people. Like why? Why can’t I be Kim Kardashian with a big bum and big bust and earn big moolah or Hailee Steinfield with the perfect pout and the damn hot body? Sadly, I am neither endowed with such charms nor  talent and which leads to my next main flaw. I am an attention seeker. Yeah I said it. ATTENTION BLOODY SEEKER. Like bruv, I could be the clown of the party just to get the attention. Oh, I am cheap and shallow and peace and maturity comes with deeper understanding of your own self? BULLSHIT. BULL-BLOODY-MOTHERFUCKING-SHIT. Like I don’t even care what you think about me after this (whatever it is:outburst, post, image breaker , whatever). The only thing I want to say is :PLEASE LOOK AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE. STOP CATEGORIZING PEOPLE INTO FILTERS AND SIZES AND COLOURS AND EVERYTHING WHICH DEHUMANIZES THE ESSENCE OF A PERSON. “A person is a person no matter how big or small” Horton said from the movie “Horton hears a Who”( Yes ,I am a twenty year old fucking adult who has a soft spot for animated movies…Like DUH, Legends watch animated movies).

To end this great self obsessed article on a spiritual and almost killjoy note, I will accept: I am VAIN, SELF-OBSESSED,SHOUTY AND AN EXTROVERTED-INTROVERT. So have a great fucking day.

xoxoxo lovelies,

Chimera

#BOOK5:Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

So here we are at post number 6 with the most trending books of the social media all thanks to Selena Gomez. So why would I pick something that has already been talked about so much? Because I have something different to say on this.

Yes, the book is about Hannah Baker and the reason why she committed suicide. I haven’t seen the show like I know the faces of the actor but I just don’t have the heart to watch another hard cover getting over dramatised only for the viewer ratings and all that crap(THAT DOES NOT MEAN I AM NOT A SELENA FAN!). But that’s not the point of this post. My main point is throughout the book Hannah just acts like a victim,someone who was misunderstood and  didn’t get the help to come out of her hell hole. But that’s an utter lie. Yes,it is. She could have stood up  to Alex or even Justin but she chose to remain silent. In an era where everything is accessible at the click of a button,ragging and bullying and body shaming are no more taboo issues that cannot be talked about.Hannah could have been a bit more stronger. Yes,Alex shouldn’t have created a list or Justin should have had more maturity or even Courtney or Sheri should not have done what they did but it was truly Hannah’s fault. Nobody can make you feel bad until you want to feel bad for yourself.Hannah should have taken the help of someone be it her parents or Clay or even Mr.Porter. Seeking your confidante’s help helps you sail through bad times. Yes, Hannah was abused and her trust was broken multiple times but so are women half her age or double her age who are raped,molested,fat-shamed and eve-teased all around the world. Not everyone hangs themselves. They make themselves stronger and face their demons sometimes alone , sometimes with the help of a best friend.

Jay Asher uses a great way to tell the story of Hannah through her tapes. The pace of the story is perfect though it becomes too much of a Hannah-Clay sob-fest at times. If you are someone who is watching the series or a lover of teenager-related  stories,this one a definite pick for you….

Till next time lovelies,

xoxoxo Chimera

#BOOK4: The Incredible Anita Desai

Today’s author is the Padma Bhushan awardee Ms. Anita Desai. Words fall short for her books. I have read only two of her works: Fire in the Mountain and Fasting,Feasting and both of them are beautiful almost poetic. She uses prose so precisely that you don’t feel like putting the book down. But there is one catch with her books.

They always end very realistically i.e. there are sad endings or even kind-of-happy endings. She never makes her story twist and turn to feed the reader’s fetish for happy endings. No, they are never morbid but they are mostly sad. They are a representation of what happens in real life not fallacies created to comfort our minds. Neither is it John Green nor is J.K. Rowling. It is simply Anita Desai and if you are not someone who can accept sadness or the reality of life in the books you prefer then she is definitely not the one for you. This beautiful author though (I am assuming you might read her book) leaves a happiness in you heart. After reading her books, I felt a little complete as though some distant blackness of my life had been closed. I know this sounds dramatic but it’s the truth. The poignancy and the beauty of it all is that I have accepted and forgiven certain circumstances and people respectively and I don’t hold grudges against them anymore. Yes, I haven’t forgotten what they did to me but it’s just that they don’t matter anymore. I let it go and somewhere it was her books that helped me to do that. I am glad that I am alive and I had the privilege of reading her books and I urge you dear reader to give it try. You might undergo changes in your own way or maybe you may not. Whatever maybe the outcome, the end result would be that you would have read great literature circulating around daily life……..

Till next time lovelies,

xoxoxo

Chimera

#BOOK3: The Anuja Squad!

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Ok peeps, I know I recommended a romance fiction last post but this is important. It’s almost a necessity. You cannot call yourself  a romantic fiction reader unless you have read at least one book by Anuja Chauhan.

That’s a tall claim to make (I know!) BUT IT’S DAMN TRUE! So what I am going to do is to tell you my view on each book and leave it up to you read what you like.

So here it goes:-

The Zoya Factor:

This is the story of Zoya(obvious)who works in an advertising agency through which she gets to meet the Indian cricket team. Being born on 25th June,1983 and having entered the world the minute India won their first World Cup,she is considered as a lucky charm for the team yet the Indian team captain Nikhil Khoda(I kept converting it to “ghoda” which means horse,in my brain)believes this to be utter bullshit and tries to implement discipline and trust in his team. This book had an amazing plot and yet I personally did not like it(surprise,surprise). Having read the other books of Anuja Chauhan before this one, I found that the narration was a bit distorted. Since this was her debut novel,I didn’t mind it so much. She had used her inherent desi hinglish style in this book as she uses in her other books and yet it wasn’t so entertaining. I would say that “The Zoya Factor” is a one time feel-good read if you are damn bored.

Battle for Bittora:

This is the first book I ever read from the Anuja Squad and I fell in love with it head over heels. I read the book thrice before I could get over Jinni and Zain (the only problem with this was that everytime I saw the cover of this book only one phrase went in my mind “Zain(honey-gold, lean,taut)Altaf Khan”). Every thing about this book was just perfect from it’s storyline to its characters to Dadi’s downright hilarious english and all the hinglish puns. The best part was the clever and extremely funny way in which Anuja Chauhan shows Indian Politics. The love story is never over shadowed by politics though the dynamics and the ever changing faces of politicians are brought to light without much fuss or stinginess. In a country where people get offended very easily,this funny and daring take on politics is a laudable effort. Go for it if you are in need for some good laugh and hilarious hinglish puns!

Those Pricey Thakur Girls:

This prequel to “The House that BJ built” is set in the 80’s and follows the lives of  the five alphabetically named Thakur sisters namely Anjini,Binodini,Chandrakanta,Debjani and Easwari. Technically it follows the love story of Debjani and Dylan(oh he is dishy but born in the 80’s so he is technically an uncle. Sigh) but the many facets of Indian families from cunning lusty uncles to scheming aunties to dumb cousins to misunderstandings between two people who love each other. It’s your quintessential love story with all the spice and sweetness of a yummy Bollywood film. Anuja tries to show two facets of journalism existent at that time(maybe she didn’t but this is my interpretation of the book) wherein one was controlled by the government and the other was a rebellious counterpart of it. Again here, a very serious issue of freedom of speech and expression of the media is shown in a funny light without overshadowing the main issue. As a topic which is extremely relevant in the current times, this book is a must-read if you are in love with the author and love her brand of hilarious yet issue based love stories.

The House that BJ Built:

I am giving you a warning beforehand in this one: it is going to be a gush-fest because I am deeply,madly (if ever it was possible to fall for a fictional character after Mr.Darcy) in love with Samar Vir Singh. This is the sequel of  “Those Pricey Thakur Girls” and this one follows the love story of the next generation namely Bonu and Samar. This book is by far Anuja Chauhan’s best book because it has everything a love story and it also deals with the serious issue of property disputes in India. I loved this book and daydreamed about the very dishy,very suave,arrogant and yet lovable Samar and the hippie yet the strong “ballsy” Bonu. Go read this book and you are welcome in advance because I know you will thank me after you have read 😀

Till next time lovelies,

xoxoxo

Chimera

P.S. Anuja Chauhan’s next novella “Baaz” is about be launched. Go pre-order it on 

#BOOK2: Right and Wrong Series by Varsha Dixit

My first pick was quite deep and philosophical so I decided to pick something funny and whacky. That pretty much summarizes the Right and Wrong series by Varsha Dixit. Each book follows the love story of one particular female lead.

The first book follows the story of the very dreamy and extremely strong Nandini and Aditya , the second one follows the love story of Nandini’s best friend Shreya and Nikhil and the third book follows the story of Aditya’s ex-fiancee Gayatri with Viraj. In all the three books Varsha Dixit makes the woman the protagonist of the story. The men are all a mixture of Mills and Boon heroes meeting new-age boy-next-doors while the woman are strong,independent,dreamy and yet vulnerable. At no point is the female character waiting for her knight in shining armour. They are all woman dealing with real life issues and relationships like normal adults,which is a breath of fresh air at  a time of soppy romances and sad romanticism of reality.

So why did I pick this book,you ask? That’s because this is the first romantic fiction I ever read. This lovely series opened me to a world of realistic romances with a touch of bollywood and a lot of hindi pun. I loved every bit of this series and I hope you do too.

On a whole, the Right and Wrong series is a great read if you just finished reading a deep novel and are looking to uplift your mood with normal daily and yet dreamy romances(what a juxtaposition!) or you are someone who loves romantic books in general too…..

 

xoxoxo till next time lovelies,

Chimera

 

For you,a thousand times over.

 

I read this book when I was thirteen and I have read five times since then. In my teenage when I had a feud within my self, it was hard to relate to the peace and calm that Hassan represented and the chaos, the jealousy,the authority of being well-to-do that surrounded Amir was something I understood better. It took a long while to understand Hassan, to understand his actions and that acceptance of circumstances no matter what and mostly that love for kites.

The Kite Runner tells the story of two boys, one rich ,other poor, brought up in the same house and both related by blood(though unknown to them). One incident after the kite flying tournament changes their life forever and amid the growing violence and cacophony of war,the innocence of childhood ceases to exist and the bonds that tied them once completely snap. Years later when Amir is old, he receives a letter and a call beckoning him back to his motherland, this time to save that lost brother’s son and mostly to seek redemption. What ensues is the story of love lost and found, the regrets,the secrets and most importantly the redemption for that one wrong decision.

I love this book and no matter how many times you read it, it feels like you are yourself taking the journey. It’s like Harry Potter, no matter what time or age you read this book, it never loses that innocence,that feeling of sorrow and that high you feel when your kite flies high!

On a more literary note, the book is perfect,the author uses the shades and hues of different elements and objects to represent the various scenarios that occur in the lives of the character. There is an innocence that the author taps into that resonates throughout the book. The key point here is the childhood and the loss of innocence as the characters grow up. The war,turbulence and the protagonist’s reactions as well as the reactions of those around him are beautifully. This does not mean that each person’s reaction is recorded(that would make it so drab and boring like sogging lettuce). It’s just that the two main characters Amir and Hassan are shown as two sides of the same coin(SPOILER ALERT: Amir’s father is also Hassan’s father i.e. Hassan is the illegitimate son of Amir’s father). The plot moves at the correct pace and you are never bored during any part of the book.

The Kite Runner is a page turner for all those who love to read books and are looking for their next read! I recommend that if you are having weekend blues wherein you have just finished a series and are looking around to read a single solid story ,then The Kite Runner is just the book for you……

xoxoxo lovelies,

Chimera

P.S. Please do tell your thoughts on the book in the comment section below or you can contact me through my mail chimericallyours@gmail.com 🙂

Hi,

I am not going to reveal my name and hence I am going to go by the pen name Chimera. Sounds weird? It is a bit weird. Chimera means something that is illusory or imaginary and impossible. And it also means a goat in latin or greek(I don’t know which language!). But I like this name as it’s hard to forget (yeah,I sound like a narcissist).

So what is my blog about? It’s about books as the name suggests. But why booksutra? That’s because I want to create a list of books that I have read, my interpretation of that book and why I would recommend a particular book. What’s so new about this? There are umpteen number of blogs on books but my blog is a little different because I won’t stick to one genre. It would be a wide variety from quirky to deep and philosophical to mundane books which look boring but are actually fun!

So subscribe to my blog and feel free to give suggestions and comments for the upcoming posts ……..

xoxoxo lovelies,

Chimera