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Friday, April 20, 2018


Different. It is said
Whether Destined or Desired,
They don’t know
But She is Different.

It’s a Longing,
For something unforeseen, that
She has
It’s A need that cannot be Culled,
Or cured or confiscated or commandeered;
It’s A sentiment,
That cannot be stripped
That cannot be seized

It is a sentiment that grows
Unruly, restless, climbing through her
Threatening to escape through every breath,
To Pour out with every conversation
To prove her wrong, To prove her different

But the drive, the dedication, the desire she has
Shouldn’t be destroyed for the difference.
Shouldn’t be ripped apart, piece by piece
For the person that she is

Nor should everything be shredded,
From her values to her beliefs,
From her success to her strength
For her Difference.

But torn apart, she will be
And left untouched
She will never be
She is the difference.

Not just that
Here, she is the crime
The secret, the oppressed.
She is the traitor, the immoral
And the countless other things
That follow her title
of difference

Her title that will always precede her
That will block her path
The title, that she will have to break down
And build back up innumerable times
To forge her own path to success
And succeed she will!

But in the end, we’ll have returned
We’ll come back to the difference.
Because she is Different, It is Said
Whether Destined or Desired,
They Don’t Know
 But She is Different.

-Poem Fanatic 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday Snapshot- Jaipur

Hey everyone, I'm back for another Saturday Snapshot! My mini-series on Russia has ended (At least for now), so I have some pictures of a short trip we took to Jaipur a few years ago. I'm linking up at Melinda's blog for Saturday Snapshot this week.

Inside a fort

Hotel Courtyard

Have any of you been to Jaipur? Maybe somewhere else in India? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Realize the Despondence

Realize the Despondence

Sorrowful melodies ricochet off the ears,
Of the tone-deaf slaves
Whose brittle bones and skins of dust,
Blend into the soil they sow

Gorgeous scenes never reach the eyes,
Of the colour-blind slaves,
Whose work shades their eyes
From the beauty of their world

Detritus that is art,
Screeches that are music,
Remain unrealized by the slaves

Subject to a life of labour,
Exploited into believing that they work voluntarily,
Returning home to a tedium of family and biased information,
The slave remains trapped in their cell

To change their lives, I would like
From an acceptance of monotony,
To a realization of despondence

To visit their hearts, I would like,
Realize their despondence,
And carry it with me

To open their eyes, I would like,
To the magnificence of a scene,
In all its spectacular glory

To change their despondence,
To an embrace of culture,
I would hope to accomplish

To let them see, in a world of death,
The beauty of their presence,
Their exquisite ability to influence,
The detritus into art,
The screeches into music
And the despondence into joy

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, April 9, 2018

IMWAYR- 09/04/2018

Hey, everyone! Whew- it's been a while since I've done one of these! I probably won't do one every week, but I'll try my best to get one in at least every two weeks.

IMWAYR is hosted by Kathry @ Book Date

Here's what I've been reading this week:

I finished reading "The Gene" by Siddhartha Mukherje. It's a non-fiction about the evolution of the study of genetics. It took me a really long time to get through this one!

I started reading "India After Gandhi" by Ramchandra Guha. The book is a comprehensive history of post-independence India. Normally, this period is considered a part of the present, never studied in classes- or even colleges. This one is also going to take a while!

For some lighter reading, I've picked up "Ask the Passengers" by A.S. King, I'm currently reading this one. I've barely  made any progress though- so I'll let you know how it is next time!

How has your reading week been? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday Snapshot- Winter Palace St. Petersburg

Hey guys! It's been a long time, boy, does life get busy! I'm doing my best to get out at least one post a week from now on though, so hopefully, you'll all be hearing more from me!

I decided to start off with a post I already had the content for- a Saturday Snapshot! I'm joining Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads for this post.

Hermitage Museum @ Winter Palace

General Staff Building, Former home of General of Imperial Army

Panorama of Palace Square
Have you been to Russia? Perhaps you're from St. Petersburg? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Origin by Dan Brown

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Genre: Thriller
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Own Copy

Robert Langdon, the reputed Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, has been invited by his former student to a precious unveiling. Langdon arrives at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, to hear his student's discovery that will "change the face of science forever".

The evening has been wonderfully organized, with special effects and constant surprises. As Kirsch (student) begins his presentation, providing two of humanity's most sought-after questions, however, it seems that these answers might be lost.

In life-threatening circumstances, Langdon flees Bilbao and works to de-code Kirsch's password and reveal his hard work. He's accompanied by Ambra Vidal, the museum director who helped Kirsch create this marvelous display.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Borrowed

Caroline Ferriday works at the New York French Consulate. Well, she doesn't work there really, she doesn't get paid, but she puts her heart and soul into ensuring the welfare of French immigrants. When Hitler invades Poland and sets his sights on France, her life turns upside down.

Of course, Kasia Kuzmerick's life takes an even worse turn when Hitler invades her home country, but she works with the Polish underground to retain some sense of independence. In a neighborhood surrounded by hopeful Poles and resentful Germans, one slip can lead to death.

Herta Oberheuser sees a sign for a government medical position and recognizes it as a great way to show that she can be as good as a male doctor. Unfortunately, she finds herself stuck in a Nazi camp working with even more dominating males.

All their lives are about to change forever, when Kasia's sent to Ravensbruck, a Nazi women's concentration camp. The world has changed, but Kasia and Caroline are determined not to let them forget the unspeakable tragedies of the War.

Monday, December 18, 2017

IMWAYR- 18/12/2017

Hey guys! I'm linking up with Kathryn @ Book Date to participate in IMWAYR again. I know I'm not very consistent with these posts- but I figured that since I had some things to update you on, I might as well participate. School just ended, so I'm going to have a lot more time to read (and blog!), which is why I'm hoping to be more consistent with these posts. Okay, here goes:

This week I finished reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, a fabulous book about World War II. It's the story of 3 ladies (Polish, German and American ) that intertwine into a great novel. Look out for my review soon- and pick up this book!

I also finished reading "Origin" by Dan Brown. The latest installment in his "Robert Langdon" series, this one knocked my socks off! I finished the book in less than 24 hours- not usual for a 400+ pages novel- and desperately wanted more! I should have a review out sometime next week. 

I am currently reading "Third Girl" by Agatha Christie, which is a novel from her famous "Hercule Poirot" series. I'm a huge fan of Christie and was therefore super excited when I came across a Poirot that I hadn't read.

How have your reading weeks been? Let me know in the comments below, or add a link to your post- and I'll be sure to visit your blog. Hope everyone's enjoying their winters (or summers)!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Peterhoff Palace and Gardens

Hello! I'm back with more pictures from our trip to Russia! Last time, I shared pictures of a ballet we watched in St. Petersburg. This week, I'll be sharing some images of the Peterhoff Palace and Gardens, also in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures inside the palace, so I'll only be showing you some pictures of the gardens.

I'm participating in Saturday Snapshot, a weekly  meme hosted by Melinda @Westmetromommyreads

It had just begun raining when we took this picture!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Publication Date: August 15th, 2017
Genre:Young-Adult Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Source: Own Copy

Emma's life had forever revolved around the actions of her elder sister, Henri. This wasn't some sort of eternal punishment or trap she couldn't escape- Emma simply adored Henri to the extent that she worshiped her every step and molded her life to fit Henri's. While this may seem like an unhealthy relationship to some, Emma and Henri had perfected their routine- sharing a seamless experience together for all their teen years.

Suddenly, after a devastating fight (left a mystery to the audience), the siblings find themselves awash on an island after a boating trip gone wrong, with only a fellow teen to guide them. They must find their way back to each other to find their way home- but with their shattered past, can the sisters shape a new future?

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