The Rustle of Silence


When I chose to read this book labeled as romance thriller, I was unsure…

  • I liked only the clean romance –“that old emotional stuff in which the good prevails over evil and everyone lives happily ever after”. I had been a typical teenager growing up reading the Mills&Boon of MY times – where the Dukes, millionaires, and cowboys were the popular theme!   Over the years, I slowly stopped reading Mills &Boon, becoz it was more on the physical realm of romance than the clean nice romance   –  ok, I am getting old!!… 
  • I like reading hard copy of books…one more proof that I belong to previous gen!
  • For the last few years, I have been totally into non fiction or fiction weaved with mythical and historical topics…….it is an open and shut case that I am old!!   J

The Rustle of Silence was all the three – current times romance thriller, kindle soft book and a fiction!!

Lo and behold! I completed the book in two sittings!!  –  That says it all!!!51kocwzail-_ss300_

I was impressed by the way the thriller was built. The super suspense plot, the wonderful flow of language, the nice descriptions of the locations and the characters –   it literally brought the visuals into the eyes so easily.   There was also lot of research details which had gone into the book.

I am happy that I chose to read this book  – Fantastic entertainer!!!

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B01LWTBU6Y/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

 

Ziva


Ziva is slavic pagan goddess –  a mythical character who represents life and fertility.

i recently read about Ziva considering the Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni named his first child as Ziva.

ziva4 In general, there is an opinion that the Slavic mythology is probably obscured by Christian faith.

Ziva was often depicted naked, holding apples in one hand (like Eve from the Abrahamic myths), and grapes or strawberries or wheat in another. The apples she possessed, were said to shine a brilliant gold.

Živa was above all the goddess of water. In the consciousness of people she represented the concept of life, personified by water. She was their first “goddess”, even before mother Earth, who rules when the spread of agriculture follows.

Interestingly, there are lot of research to explore the connection between shiva, the Hindu God and ziva.

Yana


downloadYana is for Y –  the Czech model who turned into an Indian actress –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yana_Gupta

Am not a fan of Yana, though she being a vegetarian is a good factor to impress me.  Being in show business, she has done well as an author of the health book.   For a women of her age, she has managed her life and career well.

She has been on many modelling assignments with impressive labels like Calvin Klein, Sony, Lakme, Honda, Toyota, etc.

She is probably one of the few (or the only one?) Western Caucasian women to get into India film industry.

Xena


Xena is for X  –  the warrior princess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xena

images (1)While Xena, the warrior princess was a fiction character in the TV shows and movies, the entire theme of evil turning to good where Xena goes through her path of redemption is impressive.  Ofcourse, the LGBT undertones brought in spice to the Xena character.  The reason i added Xena to the list is two fold  –

  1. While there were too many heroes for the little boys to idolize, there were hardly women characters for the little girls –  Xena fills in the gap as a female action hero.
  2. And i do not have any women impressive enough with their name starting with alphabet Z  :)

Winnie


Winne is for W –   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh

While Winnie is a fictions cartoon character, the morals and philosophy  which she teaches to  the children of the world is impressive.  I enjoyed reading  Winnie as a Disney character who was extremely committed to friendship.  Winnie always highlighted the importance of small niceties in life over any such materialistic attitudes and ambitions.

It was one of the great characters to read out to children in their young age.  Look at the sample here

Vidya and Venus


Vidya and Venus are the two for V in #atozchallenge

Both are mythical women goddess from different cultures and religions –  Venus is that beautiful Roman goddess who embodies love and beauty and fertility. Vidya is that serene Hindu goddess who embodies the art of learning and knowledge.

Venus appears in multiple works of art in the different periods of art –  sculptures and paintaings.  So, is Vidya  –  there are so many ancient temples with her sculpture and the famous painter Ravi varma did beautiful paintings of Vidya.  While Venus is equalized to Aphrodite, Vidya in Indian culture is associated very closely with knowledge.

Both the women goddess still have lot of influence across humanity. Romance and Knowledge are still the most sought after in any community!

Uma


U is for Uma in #atozchallenge

Adi_Shakti,_the_Supreme_Spirit_without_attributesThe most powerful incarnation of energy in Hinduism is in the female deity  –   the goddess called by many names –  If you understand the language of Sanskrit, then “Lalitha Sahasra nama” is the one which lists all her 1000 names…..just a simple sample of what kind of powerful goddess we are referring to here.

See the list of 1000 names in the alphabetical order with the English meanings here

1000-names-of-goddess – lalitha-sahasra-nama-with-meaning

Uma is one of her 1000 names.  Being born in a Hindu family, I am completely captivated by the mythological stories of Sakthi, her different forms and the thousands of temples.  Trying to cover her in this short post is crazy –  but if you need to learn more, there are multiple great web pages all over the internet.  Couple of them are here

Teresa


Teresa, Mother Teresa  is for T of atozchallenge

When  I was at middle school, the non-detailed studies were mandated as part of English language courses –  looking back, i realize how it helped me a lot to get a glimpse of wide world than I could imagine  –  Mother Teresa’s stories was one of the non-detailed study as part of my curriculum in middle school  –  while there is no real grades attached to non-detailed studies, my dad was encouraging us to read them during the summer vacation even before the school started.   In the era of no internet,  books were the best bet to entertain us during vacations.

imagesThat is how i read about Mother Teresa and then started dreaming that I may also get enlightened one day like her if i continue to do the good deeds she recommends –  ok, that is a cliche!! but that is what i thought when I was in middle school –  I was obsessing on being a good soul and  fancying secretly the greatness of being a christian missionary nun  –  I anyways already had a great impression about the christian nuns in their pure white habits  –  this is  a result of going to a Christian convent for my junior school.  Ofcourse, later when i read more about multiple religions, this fancy fad faded when I realized every religion is a framework  with its own styles helping the humanity to attain the final goal of self realization!

So, here goes my memory on  one of the greatest soul who was of an Albanian descendant but made a sea change to the people of India and then the world.  More about Mother in the below links

Subbulakshmi


Subbulakshmi is for S of #atozchallenge

If you have visited Hindu temples, you have listened to MS Subbulakshmi’s songs without fail  –  the captivating voice is something which is unique even after so many years of her passing.  Again, if you think it is good enough to be wowed by her voice and beauty, you are in for a surprise.

Subbulakshmi persevered her life through various ups and downs and consistently kept her focus on music –  she dedicated her life for music and in turn music let her conquer it.

http://www.msstribute.org/

I have to share this short note about one of her habits.  MS Subbulakshi used to get lot of silk sarees (Indian traditional downloadwomen’s dress) as gifts whenever she is on music concerts.   She had a great method to maintain her simplicity.  She always had only 10 sarees  –  if she gets a new saree presented to her, she immediately will gift one of the existing sarees to one of her mailds.  This way, she ensured that she only had 10 sarees at any time !!

it was not only she was the queen of music, she seem to be a queen in her life with her passion and empathy towards others.

MS amma  –  Queen of music!!!!

Rosa Parks


R is for Rosa Parks for atozchallenge

African American women have done extremely well for themselves  –  while i am of Asian lineage, and it is very natural to look at Asian women as role models, I am equally surprised by the wide diversity of area in which the African American excel well.

Probably Rosa Parks is one of those first few women who stood up for themselves and in turn for the society. When she was subjected to a situation which she felt was wrong, she stood for the right  –  the right to be free and speak about it and do something about it  –  She had the courage to do what she thought was right and that in turn laid the foundation of a big change in the American history. If you want to pick up one person who taught that women can be fearless anytime, then you have to read more about Rosa Parks –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks

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