I have never liked the idea of my books getting withered and worn out. Though I lent my books to some friends, I always ask them to return back in good condition. I feel somewhat bad to see my books dog-eared, pages sticking out and looking battered. Whenever I see some shabby, overused books, I would promise to myself that I would take better care of my book as a sense of reverence and reciprocation for being my pillar of strength and knowledge. But I found myself on the wrong side when I was reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘Like the Flowing River’. A line in the chapter ‘Of books and libraries’ struck me: ‘I simply believe that a book has its own journey to make and should not be condemned to being stuck on shelf.’ I was wowed by this line.
I have been keeping my books so close to myself, well-kept and as good as it is newly bought believing I am doing the best for them. But I had no idea that i had been denying their journey, their strength and wisdom in making its way to the sea of humanity.
Just two days back, my friend returned few books I lent him and I was glad that these books made another journey though they look bit battered and pages stuck out. I was happy that my books had been a source of knowledge and inspiration not only to me but also to my friends as well. When I told him about my willingness to lend books more often, he came up with an idea of creating a page of FB and announcing my friends about my mini library opened at their service. I would be more than happy to lend if we share the taste in same kind of books!
This is yet another enthralling book by renowned writer Jean Sasson. Like most of her other books, Princess also never fails to touch the readers’ heart.
Princess, the first book of its trilogy, revolves around the life of Princess Sultana of Saudi Arabia. Through the best-selling author, Jean Sasson, Princess Sultana reveals the status of women in the patriarchal society and unveils the lives of Saudi Arabian women who have been silenced by their men for centuries. A rebellious child herself, Princess Sultana recalls her childhood mischievousness and her constant longing for her father’s attention and love which remain unfulfilled. Growing up in an overwhelmingly wealthy royal family, she realized of having everything except freedom. Being a rebel at heart, Princess Sultana continues to put an effort in seeking justice for women in a world where men rule completely. This real life story brings you the truth behind their veiled lives and would end up making you searching for the next book ‘Daughters of Arabia’.
This is one of those books that would leave you wanting for more….
Thanks to Jean for taking time to read this!
How does it feel to live the last day of your school life, to be the student in this uniform for the last day, to breathe the air of this environment for the last day?
In a way celebrating the last day in school means celebrating the beginning of another journey ahead. Here comes the day when you ought to beam with pride that you have faced the exams with deepest devotions to your study and that you are going to take another major step of your life. The whole journey of school life will somehow be just a distant past with fresh memories of cherished moments. End of school life may at this time bring you an inexplicable feeling of happiness that you will no longer have to follow the rules and regulations, or wear the uniforms or drag yourself to all the gatherings and classes. But as time sweeps by, I bet each of you will miss the school days from the days you used to play hopscotch on the squares of the pavement to the days when fashion, celebs, music and sports began to invade your mind. And even the much enjoyed Children’s day and talent nights will be badly missed.
The last day in school could be more of an emotional roller coaster rides with all those last minute good bye words with close friends and good luck wishes from the teachers. And there is one more important thing that you should not even dare to forget: confessions. I remember after the tenth grade graduation, I went to a friend whom I have been sulking with over a year for a small matter and apologized for my mistake. I am glad that we are still friends now and cherish those days . Don’t ever blow this now-or-never moment, you could confess what you have been hiding for so long in you, the thoughts that have kept nagging you on and on, you could pour out the things that has been whirling in your head so far. With this very thing done, you could have a guilty-free life ahead. Years later, you could have a flashback of your school life and say ‘I’m glad I did it’.
I hope each of you will have a fabulous future ahead. May the future hold lots of funs to be enjoyed, memories to be cherished and above all, wisdom to be gained with experience. May you reach for the best of your life with ever fiber of your being.
Have an incredibly wonderful graduation!
Wrote this for my school’s yearly magazine when I was in twelfth grade.
Thanks for reading,