#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 12

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 12

Back to the routine. Here is our round  up the week’s quotes and hey we are close to the 100th day. Yippie.
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Week 1      Week 2   Week 3    Week 4

Week 5    Week 6    Week 7    Week 8

Week 9    Week 10   Week 11

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78
“That’s the whole point of life, you know? To meet new people.”

 

― Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 

 
 79
“[T]he time your friends need you is when they’re wrong, Jean Louise. They don’t need you when they’re right” 
― Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman
 
 
80
“Baby,” I said, “I’m a genius but nobody knows it but me.” 
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum 
 
 
81
Whenever somebody tells me to do something my instinct’s always to do the opposite. It’s got me into a lot of trouble, but I’ve had a lot of fun.”
― John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
 
82
“I know 
you and I
are not about poems or
other sentimental bullshit
but I have to tell you
even the way 
you drink your coffee
knocks me the fuck out.
Clementine von Radics 
83

“What you burnt, broke, and tore is still in my hands. I am the keeper of fragile things and I have kept of you what is indissoluble.”

― Anaïs Nin, House of Incest
 
 
84
“The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse. ” 
― Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City
 
#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 12

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 11

I know I know I have been not regular in posting quotes – guilty as charged. But you know what, I am back- with a bang – no more stopping until we reach the 100 day mark, what say?
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71
“If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.” 
― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar
 
 

 

72
“There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.” 
― Woody Allen

73

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not. – Mark Twain

 74

“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.” 
― Philip K. Dick
75
“I learned that the world didn’t see the inside of you, that it didn’t care a whit about the hopes and dreams, and sorrows, that lay masked by skin and bone. It was as simple, as absurd, and as cruel as that.” 
― Khaled HosseiniAnd the Mountains Echoed
 
76
“Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.” 
―  Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 

77
“I was told love should be unconditional. That’s the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge?”

 GILLIAN FLYNN, GONE GIR#100daysofbookquotes#quoteoftheday,#KhaledHosseini

 

 

 
#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 12

Book Review: Fluence

I have wondered time and again of a world without a government, or without the rules as we know. Most dystopian novels help us have a glimpse of such a world but a very few makes us wish they were true. Go ahead read if Fluence made the cut.

Book Name: Fluence
Author:  Stephen Oram
Genre: Fiction – Dystopian
Characters: Amber, Martin, Sam, Ms. Joyce
Setting: London, England, The UK
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author free of cost in return for an honest review.

I am so excited about the world the book is set in. A world ruled by corporate, a world that sustains on a assessment of performance – sort of- a class system based on the scores they have cut during the year.  But he twist is the scores are based on their popularity or the Fluence points and magine people having to try and get more social credos by updating their social lives to run their normal life. I could not stop comparing the Facebook like that few people are desperate about even in our own world.

The protagonists work for the Bureaucracy – the one that grades people into color codes as a part of disability management department. The department segregates people who have to be supported by the government from the other. Amber is trying to do her duty which is to reduce the number of people of with disability registered, so that she can gain her points for her performance.

She is ambitious to move on higher status and focused on that, come what may. Martin on the other hand has lost his vigor to try and win and just wants to stay put on his green status, but to his dismay his score keeps dipping without apparent reason, and he is determined to find out why.

The book is well twined with loopholes and the story is set in a steady pace that it would be quite hard to put it down until you finish it. Being one of the outliers, I would have liked to see more of them and how the system would fall apart. Reading about people pitted against each other and the subject of a shallow morality have always worked for me, and Oram’s Fluence is no different. 

I liked the author’s descriptive tone of narration at most places, it helped to understand the different world we are at – but oh enough of those building and bakeries already. Though I didn’t feel connected with any of the central characters, I do understand their actions which speaks much of the author’s writing tone. I would look forward to reading more of his books in future for sure.

Do let me know what you think of the book Fluence or my review in the comments. 

This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 12

#100daysofbookquotes: Quote week: 10

We are at the week 10 already! Here is a quick recap of the week that was. 

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064
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

 

065

 

“To you, I’m an atheist.

 

To God, I’m the loyal opposition.” 

 

― Woody Allen

 

 

066“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
067
“Still though, I think if you’re not self-obsessed, you’re probably boring.” 
― Dave Eggers
068
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
 

 

069
“On Friday night, I was reading my new book, but my brain got tired, so I decided to watch some television instead.” 
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

070“This is the hardest part: waiting for stupid people to figure things out.” ― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

 

#writealoveletter: To the one I have moved on from

#writealoveletter: To the one I have moved on from

To the one I have moved on from
 
People say the dumbest things.
 
Everyone has been asking me to move on, as if moving on was the most natural thing for a human to do after you fail. What happened to ‘never give up’, ‘try till you succeed’? Just because the person they love more is hurting, the rules change, don’t they? 

Everyone thinks after a period the feelings I have for you should somehow dissipate as if nothing happened at all. Somehow I am supposed to  not remember the dreams and thoughts we shared together. Who gets to decide this period of limit? I wish it could happen it doesn’t or it did not. But at the end I have no other go but to give in to them – I have moved on. 
 
I know deep down you will be happy to hear that. The guy I know would not hurt me if he could help. Sorry, the guy I knew. I am still trying to process this and I am not sure anymore how it works. 
 
Everything is just as it was when you left, if you care to know. Our, erm.. my house is still as messy as it had been, with clothes and books strewn on the floor. But it still feels empty, without the promise of you returning back. But it is alright, our relationship had run its course, isn’t it what they say?
 

I still listen to the music you left behind on my system. I find myself nodding the rhythm without realizing it was once yours. Just like I had been. It does not matter, people change, right? I am fine these days. Better than what I used to be. I feel myself cringing even to think of the days that passed on without me getting out of the bed. 

 
I am alright, I even though I stopped going to horror movies these days, for I would need to hold your hands and then pretend I was not frightened. See, I can reminiscence about our days together, without breaking down. Maybe one of these days, I would be able to smile at random things. I am making progress.
 
I met the niece of our neighbor, at the supermarket. Yeah the cute 3 year old she asked for you. How would the children know it was a taboo to talk about break ups and the ones that broke up? I found myself grinning at her mother’s plight trying to deflect the kid’s attention to elsewhere and then had to chastise myself for being so horrible. I could not help but remember our poor attempt to babysit the kid for an day, who ended up in the ER. You thought that might a black mark in case we decided to adopt a kid in some future. Silly me, I thought we were together in that future.
 
It is not hard to continue our lives as if nothing earth shattering happened. In fact, we did not know it did for a while since then. We did not realize that it might be the last time we hugged. We might have hugged a few seconds longer, or might not. It is not like I spend my time thinking about what-could-haves. I have moved on. I am not writing any of those silly ‘You are the sun my earth revolves around’ kinda poems anymore, I can see you almost smiling when you read that line.
 
Oh well, you might not be reading this. Of course we mutually unfollowed each other from social media, you know that is almost a divorce in today’s world. We decided we would not stalk each other virtually, like the other exes do. Haven’t we been always better than others? 
 
There is nothing that I have left to say to you. Maybe a few apologies, but we were never that kind. We didn’t have to say sorry, because we almost knew what was running in each other’s mind. Maybe that is why hurting each other has been so easy. 
 
Here it is, what I have been tiptoeing around, though I should have started with it. You broke my heart. My world shattered to pieces when you broke up with me. Though the break up played a main part in it, but what followed was crucifying – an absolute silence. And surrounding me is a myriad of questions and all I seek now is  answers. But even more than answers I need to know you will not come back into my life when-so-ever, under no circumstance at all. I want to be able to fill the holes left by you, with assurance that you would not need them back. Just tell me if you would, I wouldn’t mind me being broken for few more weeks or months.
 
Love
Someone who knows to say she has moved on
 
P.S  This is part of a series #writealoveletter that was published by Chennai Bloggers Club as an anthology.