Bookish Witch

IT’S RAINING MEMORIES by Rajgopal Krishnamurthi 

Blurb (as on Amazon):

The mind is a vast storehouse, its capacity, though, is completely dependent on the individual it is associated with. The quality of your thoughts is vital for the well-being of your database. A fertile space has to be carefully dealt with; what you sow is as important as what you would want to harvest. When all the emphasis is on playing hard, a thought or two on playing fair is probably an indication that a healthy mind is at work.

IT’S RAINING MEMORIES is a book that will keep you in a feel-good zone throughout your reading stint with the help of six breezy stories. You could also find a few takeaways if you are keen enough.

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories

Pages: 55

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 150 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback (available only on Amazon.com): $7.04

My Rating: 4.5/5

The six stories in this book are like six flashbacks, that compel us to recall those cherished moments from life that always bring on a smile to our faces.

What I liked about the book:

  • Each story is written in the first-person narrative which makes the reading personal. In many instances, one feels like they’re reading out of someone’s journal or diary.
  • The subtle touch of humor makes the reading experience more enjoyable.
  • Each story and its detailed description make it quite easy for us to visualize the scenes and circumstances narrated therein.
  • My favorite stories were ‘The taste of deception’ which is a thoroughly enjoyable read and you can’t hold your laughter. The other one is ‘The Cafe Connection’. This one completely stole my heart. It is narrated in such a way that we would love to meet such a person on a rainy day when we’re exhausted and just need a cup of coffee and some brooding moments.
  • All throughout the reading of the book, one is sure to have a smile on their face as the narrated incidents would definitely coincide with some of our own.
  • All the six stories have a unique takeaway and a small message at the end

What I did not like about the book:

  • It is not clear whether the stories are fictional or personal experiences of the author himself. It might have helped if the lead characters in each story were given a name.
  • Certain names are dropped in, expecting the reader to know the person/character beforehand.

Quotable quotes:

  • Socializing through the eyes of technology can be like waving at a few known faces and finding a wast crowd waving back at you.
  • When you are short of preparation, a fresh mind would be enough to get the execution right.
  • A hearty meal can settle your nerves, so can a cup of coffee.
  • Solitude is a blessing, but the blessed stay connected.
  • An established practice often ruled the roost despite challenges in the name of innovation.
  • Anything that lookes outdated today was a phenomenon we were carried away by. You may fancy the elevator if given a choice, but you will have to remember that the stairs can also show you the way and take you to the top. Old will remain to be gold. You need a legend to leave a legacy behind.
  • To negate the effects of the humdrum days, we needed to breathe new life into an otherwise dry-as-dust routine.
  • When you fall for the tricks of the trade, you will come out with a lesson in hand. Ploys aplenty, so are the lessons. That’s the price you pay for always looking at the constructive side of things, believing that the good cannot be outnumbered. You never know till the cats are out of the bag.
  • Deception is an art, said the trickster; only the tricked knew its worth.
  • Women have a defined path to move on. Their journey is something they settle with, compromises aplenty, happiness topping the list. Celebrate the gender, for what they are; you have your reasons.
  • If things are to follow a plan, there should be a plan in the first place.
  • Monday is the key to unlock your week and sail through with ease.
  • There can’t be fixed goals. Of reaching a specific point is a goal, then remaining there is another, and it doesn’t stop with it. You will have to move ahead to retain the acquired tempo. A break in between could dampen your progress.
  • If you can always be on your own, then dependency would not be a word.
  • When your passion is completely different from your profession, you are forced to adapt to an all work and no play schedule. It isn’t easy, but you don’t have a choice. You will reach a stage where you will have to reinvent yourself to restore what you had been proud of earlier.
  • To be with seasoned campaigners would definitely help to master an art; the first step though, would be to shed your inhibitions.
  • When you have the luxury of indulging in food that always satisfies your palate, you seldom concentrate on the calories you load yourself with.
  • Every attempt to keep your body happy is a silent promise it will relish for a lifetime.
  • Listen to your mind; you will sail through the crests and troughs eaisly. Listen to your body; it will remain your best companion forever.
  • A friend’s friend will at some point in time become your friend too if they are meant to be that way.
  • Food cooked with an intent that symoblizes love has an energy that is unique, sufficient to get your day going.
  • To unwind amidst a lot of love is a blessing; you can’t ask for more.
  • They are not surprises if they leave you a note before the rendezvous.
  • The hardest of lessons have to be taught in the simplest of ways, if at all they need followers.
  • Food cooked with love is a blessing in disguise, and home is the place where you are blessed in abundance.
  • Your obedience should never be your weakness. If it is perceived as so, hold your head high and prove them wrong.
  • Homecoming is like returning to your roots and reviving the self.
  • Work when you have to, take a break when you need to. Milsetones shouldn’t be mere references for what you have accomplished. They are also stops where you are entitled to look back at the road travelled and assess control over your priorities that often had threats from sources you have to be cautious of.
  • When all the emphasis is on playing hard, a thought or two on playing fair is probably an indication that a healthy mind is at work.
  • A fertile space has to be carefully dealt with; what you sow is as important as what you want to harvest.
  • The mind is a huge storehouse, its capacity, though, is completely dependent on the individual it is associated with. The quality of your thoughts is vital for the well-being of your database. It isn’t always true that the smartest of people are blessed with the healthiest of minds. Isn’t that scary? Of course, it should be.
  • Memories will neither remind you that it is time to schedule a visit nor would they seek your permission to flash across. It is all in the design, and you will have no clue to its timing. The best of surprises are the most cherished ones. They either set the tone for the day or elevate your mood to hang on to a scenario that otherwise would easily play spoilsport.

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