Book Review written and Posted by Ranu

Yesterday I was able to finish reading the book, “A Long Way Home”.  The author is Saroo Brierley. It’s published by the Penguin Group.

The author was thirty years old when he wrote the book. He has very vividly described the trials he faced as a child. It’s hard to imagine a five year old boy remembering early years of his life in such great detail.

While reading the book I felt he was an extraordinary boy, he looked after his year and a half old sister, while his mother went away to work in an unknown place for days, so she could provide food for her family of five, three sons and a daughter.

He was left alone most of the time with his sister, while his brothers also looked for work.

Saroo the main character was always curious to know where his brothers go everyday. He managed to convince his brother to take him. This was the beginning of the little boy’s arduous journey,  who came close to death a few times but was  saved by unknown strangers.

His older brother had told him to stay where he left him, but Saroo somehow moved from there and ended up in strange  places and was unable to find his home, he did not know the name of the place where he lived, tried his best to describe it to strangers who were busy with their own life and paid no heed to a poor little boy.

Eventually he was lucky an Australian couple adopted him. he had never seen anything good in his life before this, he was surrounded by poverty, coming to Australia exposed him to a life he had never known, he actually could have a room where he could sleep and get meals without asking for it.

All the comfort and good life did not stop him from thinking about his brothers and his sister and mother. Every day he reminded himself about his family he longed to meet. He did not want to forget them and the place he came from. It’s as if he captured the memory of his five years in India, safely tucked away in a corner of his mind, his determination to remember his family was a priority.

His adoptive parents took good care of him fed him clothed him and gave him the opportunity to go to school. He loved them and did not mention the family he left behind, because he did not want to offend them.

He grew up and soon was able to use a computer, he used it to locate the place he came from, it took years to be successful, he did not give up, in the end he was united with his family

I was amazed to read how dedicated he was. When he left India he was only five years old, to be able to find his family after twenty five years is nothing short of a miracle!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/book-review-posted-by-ranu

Ato Z challenge: Letter V

My little pupil Ben 

Had a Voracious appetite

You can easily tell when

He’d eat two Papa burgers

At a tender age of ten!

 

His round visage

And lovely blue eyes

Sliding about beneath 

their brows

Was a picture of health!

 

Verses he could not memorise

Yet he would Vow day after day

“I would succeed he would say”

He tried in Vain to be Victorious

But his brain refused to co-operate!

 

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April Blog Challenge: Letter ‘U’

 

Rain is falling drip drop

Umbrella is what I need

So I do not get wet

Unnecessarily!

 

Unfortunately

The rain keeps falling

She is unable to go out

The thought makes her uneasy!

 

Unending rain 

Is difficult to bear

Children screaming 

Will expose you to unbearable pain!

 

Mold and mildew

Brought in by the 

Unwelcome rain

Oh it is such a pain!

 

 

 

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/april-blog-challenge-letter-u/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghazal lyrics by Bahadur Shah Zafar singer Mohammed Rafi translated by unknown, posted by Ranu

Lagta nahin hai dil mera ujrhey dayyar mein :My heart has no repose in this despoiled land

Who has ever felt fulfilled in this futile world?

The nightingale complains about neither the sentinel nor the hunter

Fate had decreed imprisonment during the harvest of spring

Tell these longings to go elsewhere

What space is there for them in this besmirched heart

Sitting on a branch of flowers 

The nightingale rejoices

It has strewn thorns in the garden of my heart

I asked for a long life, I received four days

Two passed in desire,two in waiting

The days of life are over

And the evening has fallen

I shall sleep legs outstretched in my tomb

How unfortunate is Zafar !

For his burial 

Not even two yards of land he was granted

In the land of his beloved!

Blogger challenge,letter S

Selfish and Selfless 

Are two different acts

I’d rather not choose the former

If I can’t be the latter!

 

So I tried to sort out 

Among the people to

Tell me sincerely 

Which one they’d select!

 

I was surprised to know

Nearly all of them voted 

For selfish and ignored selfless

Because they said,

“We’d like to look after ourselves first!”

 

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Blogger challenge letter R

It’s been a while since I 

Read a Recipe oh my

I am more than Ready 

Today to cook Rice so spicy

Biriyani with lamb completely groovy!

 

 

Real Reason for cooking 

 Is to vow everyone looking

I was not aware the realm 

Will be so ravenously hungry

The Royals are demanding I hurry!

 

The Rice is Raw and the 

 Lamb is not out of the box

The invitees are  Raucous

And I’m going  absolutely bonkers

Help me Reena  help me Robert

Keep these Ruffians in their motors!

 

Come one and come all

Let’s rejoice and thank the Lord

Relish the food at this moment

Remember I may not make it again

So Relish rejoice and revel this moment!

 

 https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/blogger-challenge-letter-r

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blogger challenge Letter Q

 

Quietly I stood in the queue

I asked not a question

And enjoyed the view

Quack came a quack and looked

At me, “who gave you permission

To stand in front of me?”

 

I quipped but sir

I am not here to quarrel

So leave me alone

His queue swelled up

Folks I kid you not

I decided to quit 

While I was ahead!

 

Strangers can be queer 

I want you to know

Quaver is what they do

When things don’t go their way

Their thinking is quite different

I’d like you to know

 

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