A bend in the road- Nicholas Sparks

There it comes, another Nicholas Sparks novel from my bookshelf. I did not want to read a Nicholas Sparks for some time to increase my eagerness. Thus read this after a year. “A bend in the road” surely gives us surprises and bend in our minds. Apart from the usual North Carolina romance, Sparks has taken this to next level by inducing the surprise.

The story begins in an NC setting where Miles Ryan, a cop lost his loving wife to an accident. He has a 6-year-old son, Jonah and raises him single. He could not find out who had killed his wife in the accident. He tries to investigate but it vain. He does not date anyone after his wife passed.He starts falling in love with Sarah, Jonah’s teacher. Sarah is a divorcee and her ex-husband leaves her because of infertility issues. She moves from Maryland to NC for a change and to forget her bad marriage.

There they meet and start falling for each other. Unfortunately, strings between them get loosened when Sarah gets to know that her brother Brian had accidentally hit Missy, Miles’ wife because there was a dog that came from nowhere when Missy was out for jogging in dark. She fell in front of his car and he hit her erroneously.

Miles thinks that, in order to soothe him, Sarah fell in love with Miles and tries to help his soon too. Later, he discovers that his verdict was wrong and Missy’s was an accident and not hit and run case so they get together.

This story has all the elements of a novel – romance, drama, tragedy, suspense, action.This is a complete read and entertaining throughout.



countdown · tattoos


I have been out for a longtime , did not visit the blog in the last six months and here I’m with the next blog post in the A-Z count down. For a change, rather than following the sequence of alphabets, I’m going to jump onto “T” rather than “S”. I will go for “S” a little later.

Tattoos, body art,piercing-┬ápeople who love these have been considered a wrong person in a group. I’m a tattoo and piercing lover. For various reasons, among few relatives , friends, class mates, I was considered to be abnormal. They say people with tattoos are bad people because they drink heavily and perform activities that is considered against the culture. People that have tattoos are not trustworthy or loyal or not monogamous. People that have tattoos are not good at work and all the more a big disgrace.

I always loved getting tattooed for almost a decade but was afraid of the pain- both physical and mental pain as mentioned above. I always felt tattoos are more than cool. They are expressive and every time people stop by just to understand the meaning of my tattoos , I feel like a piece of art.

I do not have many tattoos but just 2 visible ones, one on each arm. Here is the snapshot


The one on the left is the music symbol . Music is universal and it does not speak any language. I’m no musician but love music. Who doesn’t love it ?

The one on the right is called “Karma “.The word Karma in Sanskrit language means “What goes around, comes around” and I’m a true believer of Karma.

My tattoos look simple but it has got some meaning and the way I depict my life. That is why I feel tattoos are art. In a nutshell, I’m neither a “bad person” according to them nor someone that does not want in belong to the group. Like how people choose to wear clothes, shoes, cosmetics,jewelry, etc, I love to have the art in the body and also love to have more of them.


blogging · countdown · Industrialization · life

R- Revolution-A TO Z COUNTDOWN

I was born and raised in an era where the World War was long gone,politics was reformed ,everything around me was digital ,robotics was a near dream, female infanticide was almost close to extinction,global warming was far away, climate change was sought to be a topic frequently discussed, revolutions such as industrial, french, etc. mentioned was just part of a history text books and of course no dinosaurs.I was told a lot of stories about how things were during the black out and how electricity was considered a luxury way back in the 1960s in India. The stories were also about the radio days and no television days.

So happily, I have been enjoying all the stories and meanwhile born in a “so-called peaceful-era”.There is a sudden turn of events at the wake of the 21st century.This century started with the Y2K problem followed by many events of terrorism, hijacks, money laundering, the concept of global village, easy crimes, a zillion gadgets, climate change- the places were it used to very hot had become colder, tsunamis, hurricanes and several other Acts of God.There is a widespread slow but gradual injection of war. Even though there has been a revolution in the healthcare industry, there have been new diseases added to the list, thus the new sickness.

I do not even have any regrets of not being a part of any kind of revolution earlier. The new revolution has already set it.Like how the earth revolves around the sun’s orbit, this earth has come back to the same position as to how it was during the earlier revolutions. We are back to the same place like how our ancestors were but with a little difference, we are technically acquainted and live in our own world as described in the movie- Matrix.

Let’s welcome this revolution together but hopefully, it turns out to be good rather than awakening an incorrect signal.

blogging · countdown · life

Q-Quite happened-A TO Z COUNTDOWN

Anna is 70 years old and she is dying.

When Anna was 20, she worked in a firm that hired all the college pass- outs. As a freshman, just out of college, she started working really hard and got a good decade long career after which she had a 2-year break at work and set things up with her husband. They were literally moving apart, in order to mend things back, she quit the job and stitched her relationship back, got back to work later.Before she met her husband, Anna fell in love with Tom. Tom was an amazing guy with so much energy and he was a cricketer. Anna’s college mate Bella was pretty close to Tom and she had a crush on Tom, whereas Tom was being just friends with Bella. Anna was too afraid to ask Tom out and instead told this to Bella. Anna was unaware that Bella had a crush on Tom and she had manipulated something to Anna about Tom. Anna moved on and later discovered Bella’s story. Bella moved on and did not be with Tom either.Anna kept stalking Tom online and got to know his whereabouts. Of course, no girl forgets her first love even if it did not work out. Tom, comes in Anna’s dreams quite often and she just sets aside all these things and looks at the reality.

One day, when Anna turns 40, all the ex-colleagues met and Anna confesses her 2-decade secret love to Tom. Tom gets shocked to hear this since he also apparently liked Anna and did not confess this to her because Bella made up things and everything went untold. Tom had a wife and 2 children. Anna had a husband but no children. Tom and Anna decided to take a walk for some time leaving the other colleagues aside.Anna had this urge from her heart to kiss him but was too afraid looking at the status quo of things.But, Anna did not hesitate to ask him for a long ride just to talk for some time. They took a leave behind all the colleagues and went for a long ride switching off their mobile phones.

Anna spoke everything from her heart and told Tom about how she secretly loves him to this day and she doesn’t have any reasons to betray her husband. Tom too spoke his heart out and they spent all the evening up to late night talking in the beach. Out of blue, Tom kissed Anna deeply and she responded pretty well to it.They made love passionately the whole night forgetting who they were and what they are up to.Anna has been materially happy with her husband but did not have a chemistry with him. But with Tom, the chemistry worked out and it was the best love she had throughout her life.The next day morning, both of them made love again and they parted ways bidding goodbyes forever promising that they won’t disturb or think about whatever happened in the last 12 hours in their lives.

Anna and her husband couldn’t get pregnant even though they were married for 15 years . But Anna got pregnant that month and bore Tom’s child. She wanted to keep this as a secret and she was speechless . She also didn’t want to disappoint Tom or her husband.She accepted the motherhood happily and delivered a baby girl.Anna wrote all this as a story to her baby girl so that one day she reads it and does not hate her for whom she was.

When Anna turned 62, her husband passed away and her daughter discovered the story what Anna had written to her. She concealed it from her mom and started searching for Tom. She really wanted to meet her blood dad though she loved her own dad more. It took almost 8 years to discover him. Fortunately, her daughter brought Tom to Anna’s death bed and told him everything. Anna was happy to find Tom beside her,kissed Tom ,closed her eyes, and bid good bye to this world.

Anna had a fulfilled life after meeting Tom again. She always loved Tom more , wanted to live with him, bear his child and die in his arms. Even though Tom had his own life and Anna had got married to someone else, without betraying her husband, she had lived her life. May be this is what is something that quite happened and God does not give us few things so that we get things we deserve later in life.

countdown · vacation


The title of this post might sound little different from the other countdown posts. Yes, but I do call the title as “Potato”. In my opinion, the potato is one of the vegetables that is used as a cooking ingredient in all the cultures and all the countries.Amazing, this vegetable is universally accepted without any caveat or racial discrimination.This vegetable cuts across this planet including Mars as portrayed in the movie, Martian.There is no reservation attached to it.

Potatoes could be eaten in any form – peeled, mashed, thawed, fried, boiled, etc. There is no snack in this world without a potato.Okay, I think I have written enough about this vegetable. I wanted to write about how my free time has slightly drifted from reading books to becoming a couch potato.

I had developed reading books during free time and setting up goals on as a challenge for myself. I had set up a goal of 20 books out of which I had read 17 so far. But played a role in this and I somehow got so much addicted to watching the 20-year-old sitcom “Friends”. This winter and free time had made me start watching this sitcom continuously for several hours during weekends. I’m forcing myself to get up and work out for some time and as soon as I get back home, I’m just finding time to watch the series.To my dismay, I never thought I would get addicted to this series and had to take a mandatory break off the laptop and write this blog as well.

What I like about the series is that I love all the characters in the series and I wish I had cool friends like that in real life.I love their funny conversations and the way they get dressed up especially those girls.I also learned how the young New York culture looked like 20 years ago , the title song that had so much meaning to it apart from the attractive set of the series.

Being a home alone temporary couch potato in this winter seems to be nice and I’m enjoying this short time without worrying too much about anything in life.

countdown · knowledge · life · my lessons · west

O-Other things-A TO Z COUNTDOWN

I could not visit my blog for over last 2 weeks. I was super busy running into so many new people.I’m in fact, hunting for jobs. OMG, job hunting has been too tough nowadays. I’m back in the job market after 2 years of sabbatical.

Firstly,so far, job hunting stuff has been going on and I happened to just give some low-cost freelance project management training. At least something better on my plate rather than having nothing.A paycheck after 2 years. Wow, how much ever less it might be. For the first time in my life I had to drive all alone for 50 miles every day for a period of 4 days and continuously teach the folks for about 6 hours a day, give them tests , quiz and answer all the questions they ask.

I took this as an opportunity to enhance my own skill set and understand the mindset of the West. I had a British, Latino, American, Venezuelan and Texan in my class. All or most of them were roughly 10 years older than I.The experience was exciting as well as disappointing towards the end. I had understood that in spite of me setting expectations about the class that the boot camp was restricted to teach techniques about how to pass an exam rather than teaching each and every word from the text.Two of them wanted the British way-

  • Study the text end to end.
  • Make the class sit for 9 hours.
  • Give strict instructions.
  • Hit them with a came.

Just joking. That’s what they felt and that was the feedback given by those two folks.

I did not take this feedback personally but I had to put it across to them again that, this course is for professionals and not college students. They all had roughly 20+ years work experience and wanted an old school way. And I taught them the smarter way.

Secondly,amidst the class, there was this US Presidential election fever, the election itself and the results.I really loved the whole election system in America and has been following every debate of GOP and democrat party since January 2016. I was always excited to watch the live debates no matter how long it takes and follows both liberal and fox media. In this process, I learned a lot. The ecosystem of an election, bird’s eye view of politics, federal policies, history of right and left parties, infrastructure and the procedure of the candidature selection. Apart from all these, I also started watching series like “House of Cards” to understand politics from in-house perspective and fun too.I started correlating all these to my country and other countries thereby understanding the global politics. As a child, I always wanted to get a Ph.D. degree on something after seeing my aunts and cousins. They are all PhDs from the league schools.Fortunately, I guess I had narrowed down my option to study some masters degree in political science and may be doing a Ph.D. at some point in time in life. I was like, “come on, I had been academically good throughout my college and school, but wanted to start working to support my mom.So, the goal in my life took a downturn and I guess I had narrowed down something in my life”.So before I die, I should pursue my Ph.D. in political science.

Lastly,this A to Z countdown journey had taught me how to see the entire outlook of life. and how to differentiate between good and bad, truth and fake, fun and serious.

blogging · countdown · friends


During the progress of countdown, I discovered many things about me and people around me. All good and bad things are getting under this countdown umbrella.In short, “I’m getting enlightened”.

When I was in school, I was one of the class toppers in academics.There was a healthy competition between four of our classmates and that included me.Even the teachers used to motivate all 4 of us for the school topper rank. But the catch is, the other three guys had pretty well-settled parents. Their parents had excellent jobs or businesses and those guys used to have expensive cars and bikes. They also used to wear expensive clothes whenever we have a get-together .My mom was a school teacher with a very less pay and a single parent. We used to live in my grand mother’s house and there was a lot of bullying from my cousins and neighbors. Because I used to wear old clothes and always with a book in hand. My mom could not pay my school fees, but I got few scholarships and financial assistance from one of my uncles. This financial assistance was given to me provided I get one of the top ranks else that would be shelved off. I was too scared of not getting educated, so I used to study and ensure that I get one of the top ranks.

I had a gang of friends who used to visit home or make me visit their houses so that I can teach or mentor them before the exams. They were like really they needed help because they couldn’t follow the subject. So almost every day I used to spend 4 hours after school teaching them.This went on and on . One fine day, after my school results came out, to my dismay, one girl from that gang scored more than me and I was not part of the topper list. I was disappointed because I was not one of the topper and happy also for my friend. I was like, I mentored her and she picked up stuff better and excelled. She cut me off stating that I was jealous of her and she got into her own gang.

Later, we happened to join the same college , she got admission quicker than me and did not talk to me. She used to ignore me and had her own gang of friends and later time passed by. We moved out of college and got into different workplaces.We barely had contact with each other. After many years of wisdom, we got to catch up and she is a mother of two boys. All those school girls whom I used to mentor formed a WhatsApp group and everyone is married and leading their own life. We have been chatting for almost 3 years and stayed in touch. I felt , “WOW, WISDOM”.

Things took a twist today when I discovered something fishy in the whole thing.She confessed this like a joke of the century and I’m totally in shock. I discussed this with my mom and she was like “I already told you that they have been bitching you and you never listened to me.Your adolescence made you adamant and now you think everyone has become matured.But no one has changed”.The girl who scored more than me had got jealous of me during my school days. She had plotted this with her gang and ensured that I get disturbed every day so that I don’t have time to study. They used to pretend that they don’t understand and wasted 4 hours every day. They had contacts with the person setting up the exam, paid him, chased the question paper and got all the questions before the exam.They had shared this with the entire class and ensured that I did not know this.They made use of my weakness and bad logistics at home. I didn’t have a phone so no contact and I used to get carried away very easily and believe that everyone is a friend to me.The whole thing jolted me inside out. So many years of friendship that’s what I thought, deceived me. Even though all this did not impact anything in my life later, but I feel that I have been misled by the wrong group of people around me. They had rigged, cheated and I lost trust in all of them.

I had arguments with my mom several times in my life for these set of “so-called” friends. I used to shout at her and support them whatever that came by. I realize now that my mom was right and I lost it to her. This countdown process of 26 weeks has awakened me to many things. Let’s see what all I get to know by the end of Z week.