It is beautifully quoted by Danielle Steel, ” If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.”
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel is a name that is incarnated in gold, if we look into the history of literature. Reading is the only way that takes us into an imaginary world of thoughts as we flip each page of a novel. A good novel has the essence that captivates the mind of its readers and each character of the story forms a connection with every heart that reads it. There is nothing better than a Danielle Steel novel when it comes to facing the reality in the best form of emotion and combination of words. She noy only has a very simple approach towards emotions and romance but also inherits the extraordinary way to present it. If you think she just a novelist who graces her books with fictional romance , then you surely need to read her books again. She is something beyond fictional romance. She has the best combinations of close to life instances and romance that might have developed in the crucial times of the World War or the journey of a young girl from immaturity to finally finding her motive for life. If you imagine travelling to another world that seems equally real and at times better than the usual reality, just pick up any of these novels by Danielle Steel. It will not be an escape from the real world but rather an exploration of a world that is much more closer to reality; a world that will teach some of the deepest lessons of life as the story will move ahead.
1) THE RING
A heart gripping storyline revolving around a young girl Araina, is the most beautiful work by Danielle Steel. The story revolves around how Araina after her father and brother disappear, faces the most brutal phases of life. The background of The World War portrays the darker side that the war carried with it. Araina becomes a victim to the most painful experience of getting trapped among people who were more like devils to her. She was almost at the edge of losing herself completely when she is saved by a soldier. The plot turns again when she again becomes alone with the responsibility of a new life that began to form in her womb. A young girl after facing her most frightening experiences of life finally meets someone who teaches her how to start a new life. The story is a perfect combination of the haunting situation of the World War, the emotional journey of a young girl and how she faces instances where her screams still haunt her in her dreams. The story of a family whose fate was differently written and how the background of the World War adds to the flavour of nightmares.
2) THE GIFT
A story revolving around a girl, Maribath Robertson who faces an irony in her life that destroys her to some extent but also makes her the reason for a family’s happiness. The girl who commits a mistake out of infatuation and does not realize it’s circumstances, faces an unexpected pregnancy with the boy escaping. This led to another journey where she is forced to live with nuns till the baby is born and given up for adoption. The story slowly uncovers the pain and loneliness she feels, not able to express it fully. But fate had an eternal happiness and peace in store for her. She becomes the medium to rebuild a family’s lost world even though her heart ached and longed for their support while she had to leave the place. Danille Steel yet again plays with words so effortlessly that it makes the character more than just fiction. The character can be felt by every woman who realizes how it is to be strong and powerful, no matter how dominating your emotions go at times.
3) A PERFECT STRANGER
Another wondrous novel mostly woman centric, very delicately expressing the essence of love at first site. The novel revolves around Raphaella, a woman who got married to her father’s friend. The plot shows how she grows up to fulfil her responsibilities as a wife but at the same time encounters someone with whom she falls in love. The story holds a gripping sequence as it portrays how a woman even after falling in love with another man, remains faithful to her husband even though that marriage was no less than a formality. The journey of a woman constantly living a monotonous life and the irony when Cupid knocks her door. The book keeps it’s readers engaged till the last word, striking a chord with every person who reads it.
As the name suggests, this book surely freezes the heartbeat of its readers. An exceptionally emotional drama, the book revolves around the life of two people, Bill Thigpan and Adrain Townshed who face heartbreak from their spouses. Each of them is aspirational about their career and also lonely in the world of millions, when they meet each other. It is the story of how two people who have faced the similar kind of pain, gradually fall in love. Also the heartbeat of the story lies in the fact that how Bill looks forward to accepting the baby of Adrain’s husband. A complete check and mate to the mostly seen ego of men, the author has beautifully framed Bill’s character as a man of honor who moves ahead to take a stand for his love, irrespective of the fact that the baby Adrain carried in her womb was not his. A novel that tends to revive the perception that love sees no boundaries, it is one of her best selling novels.
The name itself becomes a reason why the book must have some of the most extraordinary package of emotions and how fate rules our lives. The story revolves around a family, basically three daughters who are separated when tragedy strikes their happy world. While Megan, Alexandra and Hiliry live their lives away from each other, fate has something else in store for them. Another nail biting novel by the author, describes the pain of a broken family leaving the readers in tears. The heartache of separation is conveyed in the most engaging manner ever. Each character has a deep rooted pain whose reason they realize after they meet again to unravel the secrets that were long hidden.
The story of a woman whose legacy continued for centuries, Danille Steel yet again beautifies the personna of a woman. Zoya, a woman who faces unexpected troubles in her life during the World War. Moving ahead with every phase of life, she finally faces the deepest of depression when she loses everything all over again. A story that comes as a hope that no matter how dark the night is, the sun has to shine the next day. It is the story of Zoya who gains courage to live again with her career and when love enters her heart. The undying courage of a woman who survives the darkness of the World War and comes out as a stronger person.
Anything and everything becomes extraordinary when it combines with the flavour of passion. A story revolving around the life of a married woman Liane, who surrenders in front of circumstances when she meets a man personified as passion. A conflict of emotions when she has to choose between her husband and her passion, a fight of loyalty that she owes to her husband but is driven towards another man, Nick. A journey where she treads the most difficult paths of her life keeping up with the responsibility as a wife and also losing herself to someone who for her is the only definition to passionate love.
Danille Steel, the most read authors of all times, has given the most beautiful personifications of life, love, romance and pain through her characters. Each of her character tends to speak a story that is full of innumerable emotions and grasping moments that leave us in tears. She somewhere has constantly modified and brought up the strong personality of a woman dealing with everything that comes her way. Her novels have been the best possible definitions to life, somewhere removing the myth that the story goes merrier as you keep reading. She writes realism and the fact that life brings pain and troubles before showering the flowers of happiness.
The Chariots of Belief: The Spectacle that Rath Yatra is
As the parched sunburnt Earth is, now, drenched by the first showers of monsoon, the atmosphere satiate the sweet smell of the rejuvenation. In the month of Ashadh, the Lord comes out of the Sanctum Sanctorum to give the most coveted Darshana to his devotees.
The Car or Chariot Festival
The most important festival of Lord Jagannath which draws millions of devotees from around the country and different parts of the world to Puri in Odisha.It is also believed that those who take part in this festival are known to earn their passage to Heaven.
This festival begins on the day of Snana Purnima when the three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra take a prolonged bath. Post this bath, the deities retire for fifteen days and remain in isolation and no public worship is performed during this time.
The Gods come out
After the fifteen days of isolation, Jagganath, Balabhadra and Subhadra idols are mounted on their respective rathas, and so begins the Rath Yatra. It generally starts in the monsoon, and the thundering chariots amidst the rains are a sight to behold and give experience of a lifetime. In terms of gaiety and colour, it is unimaginable as Rath Yatra being second to any other festival.
It’s believed that the etymological origin of the English word Juggernaut derives from the Mega-sized Rathas. These three separate Rathas have separate features and sizes.
The chariot for Jagannath is about 45 feet high and takes about 2 months to build. The artists and painters of Puri decorate the cars with bright motifs and art.
The Rathas are brought out to the Bada Danda and travel to the Shri Gundicha Temple where they stay for nine days.Thereafter, the deities again ride the chariots back to Shri Mandir in bahuda yatra.
Equality in Worship, ‘The sweeping Gajapati’
The most significant ritual associated with the Ratha-Yatra is the Chhera Pahara where the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots and sprinkle sandalwood water on the path. This signified that in the eyes of Lord Jagannath, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign Gajapati and the most humble devotee. It is also seen in the main offering to the Lord the common rice cake consumed by everyone in Odisha,the Poda Pitha and no dainty stuff.
Intense Fervour and Deep Reverence
The sacred journey of the Gods is highly revered by the masses but the highlight of this festival is undoubtedly the stupendous and gorgeous chariots which will take your breath away. In terms of splendor, devotion, grandeur and liveliness, it is one of the grandest and most memorable spectacles of India. The God of the people rides to give Darshana even to the underrated deprived, in his procession everyone is an equal participant, pulling the Rathas to the immortal culmination of devotion and fervor.
This Rath Yatra allows the human soul to be driven by the pure unconditional love for the Supreme and its creation, is a reminder of the Nature’s Cycle of change, as is with the World. Nothing is stationary, and is always moving and ever-expanding.
Re-evolve as a Human: Qualities we have lost over time.
Evolution happens at so many levels – physical, mental, spiritual or biological, then what is re-evolving? Over the years, people and their mentality have changed which is legit because experience changed and so did the society. However, did anyone ponder upon what is lost during the course of the change? May be, or maybe not , but the result
is destructive. On one hand we are technologically advanced but on the other hand, we have lost few core values. Some people may agree, some might differ, few might avoid, but the idea will definitely hit the cognition.
It is really great practically and intellectually at par with others but while undertaking it all, we have to keep our emotional quotient in the parallel tangent. While we are busy being successful, on top, ahead of the time, we are losing on peace and balance. Wars over money, food, land, people, states etc. have left us with nothing but urge to conquer everything. Be it any discourse job, academics, personal life; we feel incomplete, something is always missing – relaxation, trust, companion or home.
Let’s talk about present times where corruption, hatred, hostility, envy, lust etc. have taken over the human within us. No one is bereft of these flaws, neither are they oblivious about it. Strangely, knowingly or unknowingly, people have started embracing these flaws. One can never be perfect or ideal, but one can always try to be better than before.
One of the most beautiful parts about being a human is having patience. Unfortunately all over the world, people are losing this quality. We all heard this phrase, “Patience is the key to success”, well, indeed it is. A successful career, relationship, bond,companionship etc everything requires patience. With patience, comes the power of tolerance. It is not right to tolerate injustice but it is also not right to react impulsively. Patience gives you and the other, time and space to think about their actions, which in turn may or may not make them understand but it will give you the chance you need.
Sympathy might be artificial, empathy comes naturally. When we empathize with someone, we start living in their shoes. We start thinking about how we would feel or react and hence it helps us in understanding others better. Empathy followed by understanding and positive compromises helps in maintaining a healthy relationship.
Patience and empathy come hand in hand.
Truth might hurt, but it will always keep things clear and transparent between people. Honesty is a virtue which most of us don’t possess. Unfortunately that’s a bitter truth. With honesty comes loyalty, you’ll never lose anyone’s trust. It’s never easy to say and accept the truth but in long-term, it gives you clarity and a stable mind. No inhibitions, no fear and when you have nothing to hide, you come out as a bold and strong human.
These three qualities will lead to development of other qualities like -understanding, confidence, sympathy, humbleness etc. Humanity is at stake, try being a better version of your own self. This world will turn into something we all are striving for.
Love, Life and Society through the lines of Piyush Mishra
Piyush Mishra is not just a singer or a lyricist, but a powerful human with an overall package of intellect, talent and emotions. He is a theatre and film actor, music director, lyricist, singer and scriptwriter. He is sensitive, observant, witty and intellectual.
His songs “Are ruk ja re bande”, “Husna”, “Aarambh hai Prachand” etc clearly shows his sensitivity towards human nature, functions of the world and how the society works. He is a graduate from National School of Drama.
He was born with the name of Priyakant Sharma but later on changed it to Piyush Mishra as a sign of rebellion against his authoritative aunt. He has worked for films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Ghajini, Lahore, Agneepath, and he has also performed in the shows like Coke studio, Bharat ek Khoj etc.
Here are 10 beautiful quotes and lines written by him that shows various emotions we all go through:
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