“Who am I?” Ask yourself. You will realize that your name, beauty, height or your oddness (If any) is not going to make any difference. It is your knowledge, skill, efficiency, originality and humanity, which makes you special.
I read this insightful article by Sonal Kalra, in ‘A calmer you’ section of Hindustan Times. I want to share a brief excerpt from that article which brought a smile on my face.
“Raise your left hand if you’ve ever felt like a misfit- in school, college, workplace social gathering. Now raise the other hand if you’ve killed yourself (Not literally, Einstein) trying to change yourself because it made you feel inferior. If both your hands are up then GOOD. At least for the next few minutes this should be your punishment for being so stupidly harsh on yourself.”
Many a times, people feel unfit in many different situations maybe due to lack of knowledge, ordinary looks or short height, etc.
I remember, once there was a discussion going on some topic. Everyone in the group was giving their views and bits of information about that topic, but I was bound to ‘Just listen’ because, unfortunately, I didn’t know much about that topic and really felt misfit in that group. How it feels good to take part in any discussion proficiently, I realized.
When you’re confident, then there are fewer chances of feeling misfit and confidence comes with knowledge and skill. Everything, outer appearance, short height or anything else diminishes.
There is no guarantee that you can be an expert in every field. Don’t fill yourself with nausea thinking that how misfit you are. Generally, there is always a talent hidden in your persona. You just have to recognize your potential and work on it rather than repenting on what you don’t have.
Many of you might have seen a movie ‘Wake up Sid’ (I love this movie). In this movie Sid played by Ranbir Kapoor seems and behaves like a hopeless brat. He even couldn’t pass his exam but finally when he met Ayesha played by Konkana Sen Sharma, an independent and hardworking girl, he realizes his futility and recognizes a great photographer in him and finds a new horizon in his life.
Similarly, in the movie ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (One of my favourite movies) the main protagonist Ishaan, a child suffering with Dyslexia, was actually misfit if compared to other children around him. Then a drawing teacher played by Aamir Khan, helps him in studies and discovers a great artist in Ishaan. Eventually, Ishaan paints a master piece and wins a drawing competition.
You may find someone in your life who can guide you or can lead you to a new direction, if not, then be your own torch, search for a new path and destination for you and proceed.
There are varieties of talent in this world. All can’t be possessed by everyone. But there must be something inside you. Discover, recognize, polish and cherish your hidden talent. Stop feeling that you’re a misfit. No one is perfect, and everyone can’t be similar.
When I read the synopsis of this novel, I thought I won’t like it but then I read some good reviews of this book and finally ordered this with great expectations. But I think I was right earlier.
Back cover of the novel says:
All and Nothing tells the tale of five individuals. Tina is a talented artist, desperately in love with Aditya. But he cannot let go of his past. Their marriage sours and Tina teeters on the edge. Kriya is a fashion designer, chic and successful – but tormented; Poorvi, is a socialite and feminist – but discontented; Manas is a struggling copy writer, besotted with Gayatri – but plagued; Upasna is a willing victim of domestic violence.
Then one day, Tina summons her friends to share their stories from the beginning.
As the story proceeds, I didn’t understand anything about anyone except Tina. So many unnecessary and insignificant characters (as I think Tina’s friends who are told to be the main characters as Tina, hold no significance in the story OR they are not developed as they should be) make it very confusing and the story completely seems scattered. I didn’t understand the point of view of this novel as it keeps wandering. Characters are weakly developed and it was like hearing a story, which lacks synchronization.
I think it tells the tale of only Tina, the main protagonist and the opening character of this novel, and her insecure husband Aditya. Tina loves him madly but Aditya could not forget Antara, his first wife, though she had betrayed him. Then Tina met Rohit (weakly defined character again) on the internet and only then she understood that there was no life of her foisted marriage and finally she freed herself and Aditya as well.It is the best part of the novel as the Hurdles in their married life is well defined.
There is a very brief description of Tina’s friend initially, and their problems and stories have been elaborated at the end through the letters which Tina wrote to their friends. At the end, once Tina’s story is almost finished, I did not want to know about her friends. The end of the novel is abrupt. Also I didn’t like the dull book cover. Honestly, I did not enjoy this novel. I think it could have been a very good novel if written from a steady point of view, unfolding every character at the right time and in correct proportion.
A cart-puller hurried with his cart towards a furniture shop. He was attacked by polio, and his legs were defected. “Would you able to pull the cart laden with this furniture?” A man asked who had bought some furniture from the shop and wanted a cart to carry them to his home.
“Yes sir. Give me your address” The cart puller said and put the furniture to his cart one by one.
There are so many people in our society deprived of physical or mental fitness. But their dreams, zest and will power is absolutely fit.
Sometimes they have some special skills in them, which need to be polished. But unfortunately, they have to struggle a lot to adjust in the mainstream. People do not concede them easily.
Many children born mentally or physically retarded or “abnormal” (As they say) face ignorance and frustration. At some point even their parents gets frustrated and finally console themselves that their abnormal child is just like this and nothing much can be done. It’s better to concentrate on other ‘Normal’ children. They think.
Never think like this. After all, those abnormal children are not guilty. It’s some medical abnormalities or sometimes their cruel fate. They need love, care, support and acceptance. Some of them possess different special skills. I’ve seen so many “Differently-Abled” people, doing great jobs in various fields. They are always full of enthusiasm (Of course pain resides in their heart), never ready to give up easily and want to achieve something in life. There are so many organizations, working for the welfare of such people. They teach them to make their life easier and help them to be a part of mainstream society.
It is a story of love (Initially it seems a pure love story but it is much more than that), challenges in life, determination, pride, acceptance, and support, which make anyone stronger.
This story is about Ankita Sharma, a young, smart, intelligent and vibrant girl. This novel is about her successful progression in life. Suddenly, something happens in her life and depression traps her completely. It is about her terrible torment leading to “Bipolar Disease”. It is about her endeavor to conquer the dreadful tribulation.
The prologue of this novel is good and clear. It evokes interest to proceed further and peer into the flashback.
It is a very engrossing read; you can complete it in just one sitting. The language is simple yet stylish and mature. The pace and flow of the story is very good, and you won’t feel like putting it down. Over all it has a unique storyline written wonderfully. The highlight of this story, for me, is that the pain and turbulence of Ankita are expressed brilliantly.
I would like to congratulate the author for writing such a poignant, interesting, smart and gripping story. No wonder it has been declared a national bestseller. A must read novel!
Well, I’ve finished this novel "Trapped wings, open sky…still I want to fly high!": By Nisha Arppit today (The name of the novel rhymes well:) It is her first novel.
I've read some very good reviews and ratings of this novel so I picked this. But "I'm" not very impressed. There are few things which I didn’t like; Language and structure of the sentences are immature and very ordinary sometimes. Moreover, there are so many mistakes in this novel (The editor shouldn’t have ignored it!) If you can ignore these things, then it is an average & very quick read of just 153 pages. This is a story of a small-town, hardworking, ordinary girl ‘Preet’ with extra-ordinary zest and ambitions. She works in an MNC and the story deals with her management and fight of survival with the difficulties and darker aspect of the corporate world.
The novel starts with two short stories before the main story; that is “Aman & Shreya” And “Komal & Karthik” (Which creates confusion. I didn’t like this style to start a novel)
I liked the character of “Aman”, later, love interest of Preet, who supports and helps her coping up with the difficulties of the office.
There are so many characters and frivolous incidents which create confusion and due to which the story seems scattered sometimes. I personally think that story of “Komal & Karthik” before the main story was not required. Also, although, the novel is written in first person, the author has used multiple points of view making the storyline distracting.
Though the plot of this novel is very common & familiar, yet the pace of the story is good, so it's not boring.