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    A.Ratchasi!

    Nice to know that there's atleast another person who is not all weepy over Horse Whisperer....the book might have convinced me otherwise if I had read it, but as the movie goes...no thank you!

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    latest read ... 'The Great Indian Novel' by shashi tharoor. finally got round to reading it. quite an interesting book, actually. it's an honest attempt to go off the beaten track and do something genuinely different - the result is a book that's a trifle confusing at times, but for the most part, quite a pleasant read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramsri
    latest read ... 'The Great Indian Novel' by shashi tharoor. finally got round to reading it. quite an interesting book, actually. it's an honest attempt to go off the beaten track and do something genuinely different - the result is a book that's a trifle confusing at times, but for the most part, quite a pleasant read.

    Is it the modern interpretation of mahabharta?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abbydoss1969
    Is it the modern interpretation of mahabharta?
    it's not really an interpretation in that it doesn't try to offer a commentary on the Mahabharata. instead, it recreates the epic and presents it in modern, twentieth century terms. so you'll find that the story itself is an interesting blend of characters from the Mahabharata and events from the indian freedom struggle. lots of parallels drawn between characters and situations ... gets a little contrived at times, but eminently worth reading.
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    My latest read is "Heartsongs" , this book will be very good for you & you children, it was written by a wonderful boy who is not longer alive. "What is a Heartsong?
    Mattie has been writing poetry since he was three years old. "I write to express my thoughts and feelings," he explains. You hear the word "heartsongs" a lot in his work. "Your heartsong is your inner beauty," says Mattie. "It's the song in your heart that wants you to help make yourself a better person, and to help other people do the same. Everybody has one."

    He wanted to be remembered: As a "Poet, Peacemaker, and Philosopher Who Played" . His name was Mattie Stepanek
    http://www.mattieonline.com


    Heartsong ( Mattie was 6 years old when he wrote this poem)

    I have a song, deep in my heart,
    And only I can hear it.
    If I close my eyes and sit very still
    It is so easy to listen to my song.
    When my eyes are open and
    I am so busy and moving and busy,
    If I take time and listen very hard,
    I can still hear my Heartsong.
    It makes me feel happy.
    Happier than ever.
    Happier than everywhere
    And everything and everyone
    In the whole wide world
    Happy like thinking about Going to Heaven when I die.
    My Heartsong sounds like this:

    I love you! I love you!
    How happy you can be!
    How happy you can make
    The whole world be!

    And sometimes it's other
    Tunes and words, too,
    But it always sings the
    Same special feeling to me.
    It makes me think of
    Jamie, and Katie and Stevie,
    And other wonderful things.
    This is my special song.
    But do you know what?
    All people have a special song
    Inside their hearts!
    Everyone in the show wide world
    Has a special Heartsong.
    If you believe in magical, musical hearts,
    And if you believe you can be happy,
    Then you, too, will hear your song.

    March 1996
    *********

    FOR OUR WORLD
    We need to stop.
    Just stop.
    Stop for a moment.
    Before anybody
    Says or does anything
    That may hurt anyone else.
    We need to be silent.
    Just silent.
    Silent for a moment.
    Before we forever lose
    The blessing of songs
    That grow in our hearts.
    We need to notice.
    Just notice.
    Notice for a moment.
    Before the future slips away
    Into ashes and dust of humility.
    Stop, be silent, and notice.
    In so many ways, we are the same.
    Our differences are unique treasures.
    We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
    To nurture, to offer, to accept.
    We need to be.
    Just be.
    Be for a moment.
    Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
    Like children and lambs,
    Never judging or vengeful
    Like the judging and vengeful.
    And now, let us pray,
    Differently, yet together,
    Before there is no earth, no life,
    No chance for peace.

    September 12, 2001

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    I saw him once on the "Oprah".

    God only knows what I was thinking when I was six!


    Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
    Like children and lambs
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    Children are supposed to be kind and gentle? I heard otherwise!

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    abbydoss1969 wrote
    I heard otherwise!


    this week-end i`ll travel to Toronto. Could someone please recommend me a book store where i could bye some good books in Tamil ? Thank you!

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    Hi Alana thought i could help...have been to two (Shankar and KMBD)

    You can go to Murugan Book Depot (1241-A Ellesmere Road
    Scarborough) (416-285-9118)

    or you can go to Kalai Magal Book Depot @ eglinton and markham...it's in a plaza with lots of other tamil stores...kinda hard to miss. Again another one at Finch and Birchmount.

    Or you can go to New Shankar & Co. @ 2365 Eglinton Avenue East
    Scarborough (416-750-2370)

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    For those who like to read true stories, read
    Murphy's Boy by Torey Hayden. She's a child psychologist and narrates her experiences very well. This book is about a boy who had been mute for several years and started to talk after Torey came into picture and revealed his sad past. She has written few other books as well.. haven't read those yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alana
    FOR OUR WORLD
    We need to stop.
    Just stop.
    Stop for a moment.
    Before anybody
    Says or does anything
    That may hurt anyone else.
    We need to be silent.
    Just silent.

    Be for a moment.
    Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
    Like children and lambs,
    Never judging or vengeful
    Like the judging and vengeful.
    And now, let us pray,
    Differently, yet together,
    Before there is no earth, no life,
    No chance for peace.

    September 12, 2001
    Alana,

    I read this poem by this little boy somewhere...very touching indeed..

    Its sad that only people with short lives have such broader and peaceful insight of life...

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