Of Dreams and Courage

Everyone dreams, but a very select few have the courage to chase after them.

One of my very best friends who used to be my colleague has managed to achieve another of her dreams! She has always been a source of wonder to me! Be being the lazy dreamer, have always fantasized. Tasted the dreams in my head and then let them go stale. But this post is not about me! It’s about her. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing SN!

SN and I were colleagues. We got along famously. We enjoyed the creamy fillings of doughnuts, the silly movies, the loser colleagues and the bitter lessons of life! We were a couple of typical techies who keep cribbing about life and life in Software Industry mainly! But not just that! 😀 We always talked about switching and starting up our own boutique or a library or anything that was not THIS! This being our predictable/boring desk job! And she being the Einstein Jr that she was managed to crack the All Mighty CAT and got into a prestigious prestigious institute. It is through her that I learned of the difficulty of deciding who sits beside whom on a circular table and who is that CEO/Prime Minister of what and it is through her that Euro Crisis is not just a news thing and that it actually means something (So, I don’t read/watch news okay! Guilty!)

But seriously, after wading through all that s***, she made it! And still had enough will/patience to work day and night for that illusive internship/job that would make all of her wishes come true! And I’m ecstatic to say that she has made it! Switzerland it is!! Watch out Yash Raj-Land! Here comes my gal!!

This one is for you, my darling!! Love you loads!! And will miss you loads!!

Oh So Easy!

Oh my blog!

Sorry for neglecting you for so long. But it is so easy to forget your existence in the daily hustle-bustle. So many things have happened and I haven’t found the time to talk to you. But it is always that way, isn’t it! So easy to forget! Between the start and end points of my To-Do list, we forget the Want-To-Do list. Like missing out on that weekly call to a dear dear friend, omitting the daily  luxury of taking five minutes to yourself because you were already late office, losing out on the pleasure of early morning walks, permitting yourself to overlook the fact that it’s been ages since you whats app-ed that friend who promised to get back to.

But let me make it up to you. I can’t promise to be an avid blogger but I promise to give my 100% whenever I do.  I promise to write down my thoughts for you whenever the mood strikes me, irrespective of however busy I am. I promise to be more spontaneous in my writing, for that is your gift to me. The gift of Spontaneity!

With lots of love,

A very sorry, repentant blogger

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

All I have ever known about Egypt is through movies. Which is not quite a lot, so this book came as a complete pleasure to me. Nefertiti offered me a very beautiful view of the Royal Egyptian landscape. This book gave me a very interesting glimpse of Egyptians. And I fell in love with books all over again. The very reason for me being a book lover is that it gives me the ability to experience the soft breeze of the Nile, the heavy heat of the Egyptian markets, wonder at the beauty of the Egyptian culture and to marvel at the beauty that is Nefertiti and all while being curled up at the window sill, warm in my blanket on a cold cold night!

Nefertiti

The book opens with the young life of Nefertiti and Mutnejmet who enjoy their lives in their village of Akhmim. When Amenhotep happens to be next on line to become the Pharaoh of Egypt, Nefertiti becomes his bride. Amenhotep, who is a worshiper of Aten (The sun), is looking to overhaul the traditional worship ways of the Egyptians and Nefertiti lends her support to him to gain his affection. They go on to build an empire where their names can stand the test of time. Meanwhile, it’s Mutnejmet who is the moral force behind Nefertiti’s choices. While she belongs to the Royal family, she craves for a family of her own. Her desires are finally fulfilled when she comes across the love of her life Nakhtmin, a general who is out of favor in the Pharaoh’s army. In spite of everyone opposing the match, she leaves the royal premises and sets out to live a life of her own.

After a while, the family reconciles and comes together to face the repercussions of the neglect of the Pharaoh which has to led to the invasion of Egyptian territories by Hittites. The plot revolves around Neferiti’s wish of remaining immortal through her city and her sister Mutnejmet who is Nefertiti’s alter ego.

Overall it was a very interesting read, with loads of family drama which only added to the intrigue. This goes into my all time favorites shelf!