It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

This Friday I finished reading A Tale of Two Cities.

Yes. Yes, it’s the Dickens one. God knows that I’m lagging behind on the majority of the classics, despite the repetitive reminders to read them. This year, I decided to read as many classics as I could get my hands on.

Now, the reason behind this particular post is very simple. I simply can’t seem to be able to think of a very many things without making connections to Two Cities. Again, I know that I’m talking and writing more and more like Dickens these days, like what happens with most of the books I read.

Yesterday I met the Principal of our school, and he asked me what I was reading since he saw my Goodreads update on Facebook. (I did NOT know he saw that.) I told him about Two Cities, and of course, a conversation about characters and the story in general, ensued, in the middle of the lobby. We agreed on a number of things:

  1. Madame Defarge’s knitting registers don’t make sense
  2. Sydney Carton was very intriguing
  3. The story was good, and it would provide a very enjoyable read at the age of 15, but neither of us are 15.

Of course, there were a lot of things going on, and we couldn’t possibly have held a book club discussion on it at the time. However, I thought I’d take this chance to put out my thoughts on the book.

WARNING. THERE MIGHT BE SPOILERS. Continue reading “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

Personal Bank Account: Change Yourself, and You Change the World

We all want to do so many things. We want to write that story that’s been nagging us at the back of our heads for months. We want to watch that movie that is rumored to be so good and inspiring. We want to study for that exam that’s knocking at the door. We want to read that awesome book that makes you feel like heaven. Whatever it is, something is always holding us back. Continue reading “Personal Bank Account: Change Yourself, and You Change the World”

Habits: They Make Us or Break Us

We often don’t realize how big a role habits play in our lives. From getting up in the morning to going to bed at night, almost all our activities are habits. The three meals a day, the reading time, the office time, the school time, the chores time, doing the dishes (or avoiding doing them very cleverly); it’s all a part of the daily routine we’ve unconsciously set for ourselves. It’s all a part of the series of habits we make ourselves repeat everyday of our lives.

Often, we don’t even realize that it’s our habits driving us. And even when we do Continue reading “Habits: They Make Us or Break Us”

Procrastination: The Bane of Effectiveness

Bane is to Batman what Procrastination is to Effectiveness
Bane is to Batman what Procrastination is to Effectiveness

At one point or the other in our lives, we all procrastinate, even if it’s just for five minutes. That doesn’t hurt much. But it does hurt when you procrastinate for hours upon hours or even days on end. So many other things seem so much easier to do. A lot of people will agree with me. Continue reading “Procrastination: The Bane of Effectiveness”