A Man Called Ove

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Over view of ” A man called Ove”
This book is a gem in its own self. You’ll find the traces of what is currently happening in todays’s world and i.e the clash of ages and cultures in the capitalist modern society.
Ove an old grumpy man as perceived in the beginning of the book, stands between the fading epoch of his times and the new emerging era. He tries hard to hold on to the old ways of lives but he fails to stop the world from falling in the trap of the risk societies.

Ove is an orphan, a child in disguise of a man in his 50’s. The world sees him as the outlander the outcast who never leaves the storeroom of his traditional ways and lifestyles. Ove remains alien to the outside world which has apparently become pretentious and false.

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Having experienced something terrible in his life, Ove wants to suicide and leave the planet of hell but every time he tries that he is left unsuccessful because in the modern world you can’t even complete anything on time. And maybe because the quality of the ropes are to poor for anyone to even suicide ๐Ÿ˜‚
with the passage of time he changes himself after new people settle into his neighborhood.
The kind of attention that lacked from his life when was given to him, by these people, he melts like an ice cream top and makes a home of his own in his irritating yet loving neighbors.
This book basically critiques the time period in which advancement took over everything, even people’s lives. It condemns the oppressive system that deliberately made people its slave and let them drown in the puddle of so called modernity, financial crisis, alienation and loneliness that came at the stake of sanity and purity of human relationships.
But there is a ray of hope for people like Ove who can’t abandon their roots just in order to keep up with the pace of the world.
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Beyond gender vs gender war

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Aren’t you tired of gender vs gender war, already? If yes then here’s what i have to offer to contemplate upon.

Recently I watched this movie ‘on the basis of sex’, it’s reference is a good head start to make my point clear.ย  In today’s time we have generated gender vs gender war which no longer seems productive since it appropriates gender binaries. And we tend to forget that it’s the system that’s oppressive and not one gender against the other. We need to acknowledge that the laws are restricting for humanity in general. Men and women are both marginalized in their positions but the only difference that we witness is women suffer the double (sometimes).

We can’t deny that our systems are patriarchal because men got more representation than women and most of the laws are made by men. So this makes us believe that laws are patriarchal but without a doubt other men also suffer as a result of these man-made laws which indeed makes it a collective suffering of men and women. This makes men and women united because they both are victims of man-made world. This gives them an edge to strive together for the betterment of coming generations.

So what do we do then? We equally voice the experiences of discrimination, violence, injustice, against men just as we do against women. Because that way feminism would no longer be limited to female gender. Its ideals would have universal implications and all sects of people, gender would find shade under its umbrella. It would no longer be feminism against patriarchy but indeed a humanitarian approach against the oppressive system. Be it the laws, the society or the culture.

I AM just literally so tired of gender wars because it becomes threatening for individuals. The gender wars, disguise the real problems that need to be solved by a collective help of both the sexes. We need both women and men to run the world and that means some of us really need to stand for one another since, as being a woman, I feel the alarming consequences of sex differences. It is no doubt creating an inevitable chaos in the society which needs to be resolved and erase the gender binaries and eradicate oppression for the humanity.

Obstacle in the blogging society

RANT AHEAD!

This post isn’t exactly about the ‘on going trends’ of today’s blogging community but it’s actually about how some things have become a stagnant part of our social media. By ‘some things’ I mean the ways people have started using social apps and have defined a certain criteria for one to grow or particularlyย  “be famous”

Let’s talk straight about Instagram, it is a social platform where thousands of people connect, produce content belonging to their area of interest. Now that’s what it is but then there is another aspect of how people or more specifically how bloggers use it. I don’t exactly know who defines the trends but what we all know is that we all are always ready to blindly follow them.

The purpose of writing this post is to highlight the problems some of the bloggers face due to those pre-defined trends. The initial obstacle for few of people to come forward is because fame, growth or what ever you name it, has been associated with one’s physical presence on the blog. If your face isn’t on the blog or if you don’t regularly pop into people’s news feed, showing of your self then people will seldom follow you or be interested in your content.

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So yes, the problem lies there! People are more interested in your being physically present than in your content. And this is somehow obvious in Bookstgram community as well. YOUR face and Harry Potter sells!

However, this might not be something you’ve noticed, because there are exceptions indeed but if you agree or not, people have stopped looking for deep connections, they don’t read those long captions of yours to talk back or say something.They would rather like it or won’t bother about your existence unless it has something more to do with life style blogging or whatever.

So, despite all of this, there are people who have accepted my presence in the Bookstgram society without my being physically present. They respond, they talk and read, they have something to give because they know content matters more than one’s face. I am thankful for those friends to exist!

Do tell me what you think about this post and I am always open for discussions. Like please someone TALK!

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Perks of Being a Wallflower

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This one was a hard to review book since I had a love-hate relationship with the story line. Basically it’s a story about an alienated fresh-man Charlie who narrates his life story through writing letters to a stranger. So, yes! It’s an epistolary novel.The thing is that readers are not aware of the person who receives his letters and he never gets a reply back from him or her.

The plot revolves around Charlies life, who is a sufferer ofย  mental disease due to some childhood mishap and it pictures a completely different side of a teenage boy who tries to cope up with life and people around him but ends up always alienating himself outside the picture. The novel deals with diverse characters that are part of Charlies life and also depicts the insights of their existence from the perspective of Charlie.

The novel is kind of deep and it might also just pull you off with some teenage content but the way some of the scenes about high school life, friendships and familyย  are portrayed it kind of hits home.ย  And believe me guys like Charlie are rare not because they are romanticized by the author but because they are what they are.

The side-kick characters are Sam and Patrick who are senior to Charlie but are really the only ones who kind of drag him out of his shell. The chemistry between the three of them is fervent but it tags along ups and downs till Charlie’s sophomore year. The story ends on both Patrick and Sam’s graduating from the high school and Charlies beginning of his second year.

Rating 3.5/5

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dorian gray

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This story reveals how the world suppresses passion and the deepest desires.
And how Hedonism is not practiced to achieve the highest aim.
To bring forth this problem to the society, Oscar Wilde uses a character Dorian Gray, who is of the belief that pleasure must be the pursuit of life.
Rationality as the spirit of the age is demeaned and the protagonist believes that logic and reason destroy the peace of soul.

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An artist Basil paints a timeless and most beautiful portrait of a young man Dorian Gray. .
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The beauty portrayed in the picture is undeniable and irresistible that it makes the seeker crave it.
The result of such recreation realizes Gray of his own beauty which he wishes to never perish.
His wish is granted and instead of his handsome face, the portrait starts to age with time.
But eventually Gray realizes that the sins he commits in the pursuit of pleasure they mark their existence on the portrait; with some hideous scars and aging wrinkles.

He hides the truth from the painter and the society and continues to live his sinful life.
However there comes a time in his life when his youthful face starts fearing death and he decides to finally change his life.
But a sinful man like him, meets a tragic end and he writes it with his own hands. .

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Book Club of functioning Readers

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โ€œA book club for dysfunctional readers who find solace in books.โ€

What are we about?

This book club is run by three members who have their own specialty in bringing diversity to this platform.

The leading members are

@afunctioningbookaddict

@coffeefueledfiction

@bookish_brews

We are Pakistani bookstagrammers, but our platform is open to all races, people of color and different ethnicity. Itโ€™s run without any racial biasness and in the hope of bringing people together on a linear scale.

What do we offer to you?

Itโ€™s all in one platform which brings reading and writing together.

We offer you book discussions on book of the month, or by targeting any specific genre, poetry of the week, and writing completion.

Also, itโ€™s for both Urdu and English readers which allows more inclusion to the house.

What we will offer in the future?

Active member/readers will get book clubโ€™s personalized goodies: logo, bookmarks and they even get to have blind dates with books. This will overall add colors to your dedication and our hard work to bring the best for you guys.

If youโ€™re willing to follow our league feel free to join us at @bookcluboffunctioningreaders

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For Manto

For Manto’s 65th Death Anniversary.

You might be interested to know why I always write about him because there are things people generally don’t know about the writer and I don’t wish to educate them by any means.

It’s just me with my thoughts about writer’s struggling career.

Manto Saheb, i know how it would have felt for you to hallucinate different characters that you painted in the stories of yours.

I know how the guilt of giving them voice has eaten you up because you could only write about them and not exactly erase their pain from the blurred canvases of their lives.

You brought shadowy existence to their darkened bodies and felt the irremediable wounds fate painted on their faces.

I know how it feels to write about them and feel as if your whole life has turned upside down because there are too many voices to be heard and you could bring only few forward.

I know how sakeena comes into your dreams and stares at you blankly and how her stare gives you a deathly vibe because you witness marks of people on her soul. Those marks gnaw every corner of her existence and you watch them spread and it makes you sick enough to even exist. .

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Book review: Dulcinea and The Death Code

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Enthralling and fascinating, this novel makes the reader transcend their mundane life to a place of higher reality. After all, we all want to escape the present and move towards some adventure promising future.

Victoria Ray beautifully pen downs a story of a girl Dulcinea who has born with superpowers but doesn’t realise about them until she moves to Sweden and starts her life with other “gifted” children. With her new identity revealed as a death code and an entity sent from other dimension, she experiences existential dilemma like any other human of a modern society.

Dulcinea embarks on a journey towards the relative truth of her existence, along with a couple of her friends to find the answers of her identity. Unfortunately something dreadful happens and she gets lost for a long time in another dimension.
No one knows where she’s gone and when she shall return until one day a girl lost for 2 years appears as her in another country.

To find out her origin and the mystery of her very ambiguous existence, Ray is finally going to reveal it to the readers by next summer.

Concept of the story

It’s a fantasy and a science fiction novel full of “Stranger Things” vibes. As Dulcinea’s father is a chemist and works at Biofuture foundation.

The novel depicts the foundation as a place for special gifted children who are schooled to tame their powers.
Unlike the protagonist who predicts death, the book has diverse characters with diverse talents. The story encapsulates a world of teenage superheroes who try their best to resolve the mystery of the unknown world “A-ria” and Dulcinea’s existence.

The writing style is quite unconventional because the narrative moves back and forth in time, for the readers to delve in completely inside the fantasy world.

Without a doubt this novel reminded me of Brave New World’s futuristic society, full of scientific revolution to undo the secrets of the universe.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it because it made me think that what if, this life is a construct? And everything we see or do is a lie? And that i belong from another dimension and this humanistic society is just another phase of a video game.

Homegoing by Ya Gyasi

 

The book entails stories of every grandchild leading from the two step sisters, Esi and Efifi who were separated even before they knew that one of them existed and it finishes when both their grandchildren are united in Birmingham some decades ago. .

It’s an Absolutely terrific novel that traces the history and origin of African colonization till the days of abolition of slavery.

Homegoing isn’t just a story or a narrative, it’s the whole of Africa depicted by the diverse characters and their lives.

The British invasion in the continent and African tribal wars have been blamed to scar its people with horrific past and violence.

The repercussions of slavery are traced throughout the generations of the two step sisters, Esi and Effia.

The buried histories of their ancestors re-emerge in the form of hysteria and trauma in the present of their grand children marking the terrors they had to go through.
It’s saddening how the characters were the victims of incompleteness even after they were long settled in the cities of 1st world countries.

No matter what, they face a loss of identity because some of them couldn’t even trace back to their origins as the maps of their lives were re-drawn and changed entirely.
I wish i could do more justice to the review but it will never be enough.

It’s a highly recommended novel for you to read and accept that how colonisation was and is a genocide of millions of people.
And it will never be enough to call out the aftermath of unprecedented invasions of Africa.
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Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering Heights written by Emily Bronte is an intense love-hate story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, an adopted child by Catherine’s father. After the death of Earnshaw, Heathcliff faces bullying and abuse at the hands of the rightful owner and the son Hindley Earnshaw. He leaves the place by making a wrong assumption that his love for Catherine is one sided and returns becoming a gentleman to take revenge for the miseries inflicted upon him. The plot of the novel is potent while depicting the fierce characters and their acute personalities. The novel definitely has the traces of Gothic fiction because the deceased find their way of coming back to haunt the living characters.ย The novel stays true to it’s age which was the Romantic Period since it has Gothic setting and the natural description is vivid.

My opinion on this book is that if you’re a classic lover then you must read it otherwise it depends because after all it’s a CLASSIC and novel is just too slow. The plot is chaotic and you’ll encounter so many deaths in one book which might leave you agitated. However, the writer had some skills because every tiny thing is so realistically described. You’ll get to know the every spec of the characters and they’ll sound family to you. So that’s totally on you to decide, read and make an opinion.

Rating

4/5