Book Review 2: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


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Part crime novel, part suspense-thriller, part family drama, Gone Girl is a difficult book to define. On the one hand, it’s a finely crafted mystery full of red herrings and shock twists. On the other hand it’s a totally original, weirdly addictive and darkly twisted “Un-Romance”.
If this book had a theme song it would be Love is a Battlefield. If it was a cocktail, it would be a vodka martini with a twist (served with a sprinkling of anti-freeze). If it were a person, this book would be a really good looking, super charming and amazingly witty knife-wielding-psychopath.
Gone Girl is the kind of book that you should read knowing as little as possible about the plot. Which actually makes it a really difficult book to review. I’m hesitant to say too much for fear that, in my enthusiasm, I might accidentally give too much away.
So, all you really need to know about the plot of Gone Girl is that it is about a man and a woman.
Sounds too vague right? I know but can’t help myself from spilling the beans so better read up the book before I spoil it for you!!


Rating: 4.5/5


~The Nocturnal Muser©


Beacon Of My Life!!


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“Come, come!”

it calls to me,

as it stands there

in the middle of the sea


Constant and steady

That radiant Light

I know I’ll be safe

If I get there ‘fore night


A beacon of hope

my soul there will rest

I know, though, to get there

is the real test


Still, it calls to me,

“Come, come!

Leave your family

Leave all you’ve known.”


“I want to come!”

my heart replies,

“but there is no boat

I cannot fly.”


“Who needs wings

or man-made things

when what’s inside

will cause the glide?”


No longer doubting

taking the first step

Can be the most challenging

So, I gulp a deep breath


Closing my eyes

I plunge into the deep

Except instead of plunging

Solidness meets my feet


Eyes open wide

As I look below

My feet on the water

Ahead of the Light Glows


Tender and sweet

With a tease of a smile

It tells me the journey

May take quite a while


I don’t care

With windswept hair

Instead of despair

I will go there


To be with the Light

I’ll Go through the flight

With happiness and ease

As I stroll in the breeze


I have nothing to lose

So, I’ll take off my shoes

Brush out knots with sea comb

And love the journey of ocean foam


~The Nocturnal Muser

Book Review 1: Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi


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“Everything is going to be alright at the end. If it’s not right, then it is not the end.”

It is constantly troublesome for any creator to go for an authentic fiction novel. More than this, if the subject/characters decided for the book exists in all actuality before, it turns out to be considerably more hard to give an anecdotal plot for it.

Chanakya’s Chant is a phenomenal endeavour by the writer to help his perusers to find out about the biography of an extraordinary ace, learned master and a super strategist Chanakya in an anecdotal way.

To the extent the plot of the novel goes, the whole novel keeps running in two tracks. One track was about Chanakya and his lord techniques to bring the whole Bharat joined under the pioneer and his protege Chandragupta Maurya.

Though, the other track of the novel is about a man called Pandit Gangasagar Mishra, portrayed as a political strategist and lover of Chanakya, who makes a few overthrows to bring his own kin to be throned in charge of Indian political framework.

The book excellently flits between the two periods and keeps the reader hooked to read what comes next in the political drama.

Though, at times, while reading modern day events unfold, I felt that some incidents were highly exaggerated and could have been toned down a bit.

Yet the book continues to keep the reader engaged and enthused enough to read to the very end. A well-paced political thriller that will keep you riveted.

It is quite entertaining and the history is not as wrong as in many others in its genre. Readers with avid interest in politics, strategic & methodical warfare, tactical mind-games must read this once.

Rating: 4.25/5


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There’s something utterly beautiful about opening yourself up to someone you love. It’s like you are ready to let that person see you in your true and innermost form. You allow that person to look at what you are, and what you have been, and what you intend to be.

There’s something utterly beautiful about trust. It’s that feeling that allows you to lose yourself in the depths of someone’s eyes and know deep inside your heart that the person will love you and care for you, but will never judge you.

There’s something more beautiful than all of these. It is the idea of baring your soul to the one you love. It is the feeling of allowing someone to look deep inside you. It is the sensation which surges through your being when you bare yourself to someone, and that kind of baring doesn’t involve shedding of clothes.

And just like a tree sports an exotic kind of beauty after shedding its leaves in autumn, you find yourself appearing more beautiful after shedding your inhibitions.

People can shed their clothes for anyone whom they fancy. It just takes a night to see someone else skin and another night to forget it.

But you can’t just shrug off your inhibitions and show off your scars to anyone. It takes more than just a night to do that, and a lifetime to forget what someone else might have bared to you.

And that’s precisely what makes this autumn more beautiful.

~ The Nocturnal Muser ©



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Lack of sex education in India and the world has already affected many people and the society. Referring a girl impure is a common practice by the society. You know that her periods are coming. Her period of what? Well, that depends on the girl. It could be crying, fits of anger, yelling, pizza consumption or chocolate obsession. So, instead of being the guy who panics or bolts when his girl’s on her period, use these tips to be the guy who pampers her or a friend who cares for her until she feels a lot better.

1. Don’t mention words like blood, pains, cramps etc. in these days. Even when her mood is good, such words can make her feel the pain again and even more this time. She may get angry, cry, or behave strangely.

2. Even if she gets angry, try talking to her being as much patient as you can be. You may think that her crankiness and her drastic mood swings are all a result of her period. You may be right. But that doesn’t mean you have to say it out loud. Keep it to you only. Don’t blame anything on her.

3. Get her food. Lots of food. Girls usually feel weak or more hungry cause of loss of a lot of blood in those days. Ask her choice. Get her what she wants to eat or cook yourself. It will make her love and respect you even more. She won’t say, she won’t show, but she will love you for this.

4. Answer her questions with care. Your girl may come up with some cranky questions which don’t even have a right answer. Your one wrong reply and you may be assaulted by a barrage of angry words, tears and the occasional threat to break up. Try avoiding such situations, or answer being really careful.

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5. Watch movies together. Just take a break from your routine and sit by her side. Hold her hands, get closer and spend some time watching her favourite movie or TV shows. This will make her the happiest.

6. Never say a NO. If she wants it, she wants it. Treat her like a queen. Try your best to get her the stuff she wants.

7. Ask her how you can help her. Do some entertaining things for her. Be a kid with her. Act weird, but being mature. Try to understand her pain. Get her pads, pills, hot water bottles just to make her feel better and show that you actually care.

8. Last but not the least, DON’T GET TOO CLOSE. If she isn’t feeling comfortable seeing you getting closer to her, then STOP. Don’t make it too cheesy for her. Don’t make her feel that she’s weak. Take good care of her like a mother does for her child, and see her smiling even on her worst days.

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PS. This article is just for informative purposes, in order to spread a good message amongst people and society. No offence, please. Basic idea via the internet and prevailing society talks. “Just another concerned voice of the just society.”

~The Nocturnal Muser