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Susan Elizabeth Phillips * What I did for love

I think I’m becoming a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips! Her books are always so dramatic and the love stories so intense, I have to leave at least a couple of months between the books. As a quick list, here are the books I read so far and their reviews:

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Ali Shaw – The girl with the glass feet book review

A mysterious metamorphosis has taken hold of Ida MacLaird – she is slowly turning into glass. Fragile and determined to find a cure, she returns to the strange, enchanted island where she believes the transformation began, in search of reclusive Henry Fuwa, the one man who might just be able to help…Instead she meets Midas Crook, and another transformation begins: as Midas helps Ida come to terms with her condition, they fall in love. What they need most is time – and time is slipping away fast. Continue reading “Ali Shaw – The girl with the glass feet book review”

Jeffrey Archer * To Cut a Long Story Short Book review

I have never been so enthralled to hear 14 short stories of Jeffrey Archer again (after the deceptively good Cat O’Nine Tales). Had this as an audiobook playing in my car while driving up north and the entire journey was made ever so entertaining!

Short stories — To Cut a Long Story Short:

  • Death Speaks
  • The Expert Witness
  • The Endgame
  • The Letter
  • Crime Pays
  • Chalk and Cheese
  • A Change of Heart
  • Too Many Coincidences
  • Love at First Sight
  • Both Sides Against the Middle
  • A Weekend to Remember
  • Something for Nothing
  • Other Blighters’ Efforts
  • The Reclining Woman
  • The Grass is Always Greener

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Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs

A vector is a living organism that carries and can transmit an infectious agent, or pathogen, from one host organism, such as a human or animal, to another. Vector-borne diseases represent 17% of all infectious diseases, are responsible for more than one million deaths each year, and current estimates indicate that at least half of the world’s population is at risk from them.

This process commonly occurs when a bloodsucking organism, such as a mosquito, ingests the pathogen whilst taking a blood meal from an infected human or animal, and later injects the pathogen into another host when taking its next blood meal. Continue reading “Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs”

‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas

After reading the first novel in the Tufa series, Hum and Shiver, I wanted to know what would happen with the main protagonist – the Bronwinator – and the dark – haired people in the Appalachian Cloud County. This is a story about life in a small village and about the two main families of the dark and light fairy people called the Tufa.

The protagonist of the story is  Rob Quillen – a winner at the known game show – “So you think you can sing”. His world has come crashing down around him as his wife dies in an air-crash when she flies to see him at the show final. When trying to heal his wounded heart, he goes on a pilgrimage to Tufa county after a mysterious guide has pointed him in the direction of an old secret song that can heal his broken heart.

With his beloved gone, and his career both awash and uninspiring, Rob takes the chance and makes his way, settling in to the Catamount Corner motel on the edge of Needsville, home of the Tufa. Continue reading “‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas”

Violin * Anne Rice – Book review

I usually like Anne Rice books and I was truly enthralled by the Chronicles of the Vampires and the Mayfair witches series. I even liked one of her older books – Belinda. I can’t say I liked “Violin”. Written in 1996, it cannot be seen as a timeless book as some of the issues are specific from that era – fear of AIDS, death from AIDS, fear of losing the body shape and growing old. Some of the other themes are common – squabble within a family over inheritance, money issues and the life of a wealthy widow. Continue reading “Violin * Anne Rice – Book review”

Where are the Nine Planets ? by Prof. P S Sastri

WE OFTEN speak of nine planets and we have the mantras and stotras for the nine planets. In Sanskrit the word graha means a planet which has a gravitational pull (Graha), the power to attract. The constellations of our zodiac are called Nakshatras. The others are called stars (tara). What are the nine planets ? The Sun is a star, not a planet. As the “Aditya Hridaya” taught by Agastya to Sri Rama observes: Nakshatra graha taranam adhipah.

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Margaret Atwood – Bodily Harm

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply. By turns comic, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood’s Bodily Harm is ultimately an exploration of the lust for power, both sexual and political, and the need for compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.

Bodily Harm was published in 1981. It could have been written yesterday. Rennie, version 2012, would have her laptop stolen, Wifi service on St. Antoine would be non-existent. There would still be a revolution, still be people desperate or amoral enough to use a vulnerable, hapless woman.

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Astrology and the search for True Love by Dr Suresh Sharma

Sunsets, walks, talks, drives in the countryside, holding hands candle-light dinners, soft music. It’s all part of romance. Just the sound of the word rouses hopes and recalls memories. There is a longing for romance in most of us. After romance, the logical progression is to love. Above all else, that’s what we call desire – to love and to be loved.

How do I love theeWhat are the astrological factors for love and romance ?
1. If the 7th house be occupied by Venus or aspected by Venus, the native assumes love is a feeling, a tingling emotion. Moreover, he feels, it is a physical attraction for a member of the opposite sex. His/her perception of love and romance comes from music, novels, television or movies. Sometimes he says, the portrayed romance of the silver screen is a far cry from the responsibilities of real life.
2. If the 7th house is occupied by Sun or aspected by Sun – then the native says, love is thoughtfulness, concern, sensitivity to the need of another. With this combinations – young man and woman begin to see each other and become romantically attracted it often follows, they start to tell each other, I love you. And he lust after her. But the truth of the matter is, that is what so much young love is lust. It is self- ingratiating. It is for one’s own sexual pleasure.
3. True love grows when 7th house is occupied by Mars or is aspected by Mars. Growing love was once expressed sin the words of popular song, ‘I love your more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow”.
4. Great love of act is indicated by Moon – in the 7th house. With this factor he or she moves tears and appeared to be very much in love. He had taken her as his wife to care for her – to love her.
5. Happier marriages or stronger families can be produced by Jupiter in 7th house or if it is aspected by the same planet. With this combination real love is concern and action towards other all of the time – not just in one time heroic act.

Besides astrological factors, what are the powerful words ?
When the singing, dancing and excitement of such a life style subsides, there is nothing left. Unhappiness and sorrow are the only lasting fruits of romance without love. In order to find love, you first have to be giving love. When you really love others, your time, thoughts, energies and efforts are directed towards them. This is the living and dynamic law.

(Courtesy: “Planets & Forecast”, Dec., 1989.)

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