Posted in Books

The Shining : Book Review

21- September-2016
Before writing anything, Happy birthday To Stephen king.. I wish you great health and hope you will continue to take the horror to further levels 🙂

 

Image result for the shining book

In simple or layman terms, “The Shining” is not a book, it is “TRAP” for bibliophile, you will start and addicted to it, by the time you will complete 100 pages, you will feel you are fully immersed/submerged into it, it will scare you, it will give you shrills, you would like to come out, you won’t be able to, well the story doesn’t end it here, when it reaches towards end, you will feel like WHY it ended so soon… And That’s shining. So, what now.. Let’s start Doctor’s Sleep..
It is magical horrific journey, where it will starts from a Hotel which seems to be perfect for solitude, away from hustle n bustle of the city, given the fact if I have a chance to settle a place like overlook with a big library and internet as food supply was in abundance trust it is perfect place for me.

I have read other Stephen King book as well, it is 4th from Stephen King, after Different Season, Pet Sematary and Mr Mercedes. I feel The Shining has no equal, it is not the book which you will just read and forget.. When I read it, I feel like I have entered a new world that had been allusive to me in other novels.This is the book which you would like to revisit again for sure, definably when you are in mood to horror.

I think anybody who feels little interest in horror genre should definitely give a try, I am sure there will be others horrors are available too, but this plot is different, you will able to connect as Torrance family seems to be common ordinary family and they have common ordinary problems. Also, I have read it somewhere while writing Shining, the author was able to craft every scene with a sense of reality that would come alive in my mind in ways that were truly terrifying to remember. He was able to do this because of his own experiences in battling alcoholism and understanding what a person and his family goes through emotionally when dealing with this addiction.
Also, we all know Stephen king has a power i.e. the higher level of craftsmanship and storytelling. You will end up having sympathy as well empathy with the characters.

Talking about Plot, Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their 5-year-old son Danny, who move into the hotel after Jack accepts the position as winter caretaker. Jack is characterized as an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic with anger issues troubled by past binges that, prior to the story, had caused him to accidentally break Danny’s arm and lose his position as a teacher. Jack hopes that the hotel’s seclusion will help him reconnect with his family and give him the motivation needed to work on a play. Danny, unknown to his parents, possesses telepathic abilities referred to as “the shining” that enable him to read minds and experience premonitions. Dick Hallorann, the chef at the Overlook, also possesses similar abilities to Danny’s and helps to explain them to him, giving Hallorann and Danny a special connection.

The Overlook has difficulty possessing Danny, so it begins to possess Jack, frustrating his need and desire to work. Jack starts to develop cabin fever, and the sinister ghosts of the hotel gradually begin to overtake him, making him increasingly unstable.(now only Stephen king can come up with only this such unique plot). And…. Please read Shining for more …
“The world’s a hard place, Danny. It don’t care. It don’t hate you and me, but it don’t love us, either. Terrible things happen in the world, and they’re things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave the folks that love them all alone. Sometimes it seems like it’s only the bad people who stay healthy and prosper. The world don’t love you, but your momma does and so do I.”

“The tears that heal are also the tears that scald and scourge.”

“Small children are great accepters. They don’t understand shame, or the need to hide things.”

 

Many people would say there are so many extra unnecessary details here and there, like reiterating the past of Jack Torrance, once it was fine, but it feels, there some details which could have avoided, but somehow the only part I feel could have been better, when book was reaching towards climax and Dick Hallorann was trying to reaching Dan and there were so much obstacles due to weather, topiary animals.. Other than that I feel given the length of the book it depicts the perception and I love the book which explains perceptions from different characters, as recently I didn’t like We were liars just book it lacks perception. It is just single POV.

Once you read Stephen King, The Shining you will be forced to think shouldn’t you read all novels by Stephen for instance – The Stand, Salem’s Lot 🙂

Ah I forgot to mention The Shining has few side effects too –
1. REDRUM REDRUM will echo in the night
2. Before sleeping, it will force to check twice the locks of your house 😛
3. While reading at night, you might end you with some instance which will take away your sleep and make you wide-awake

So, I am forced to sign off with 5/5. Between anybody reading this review Do you SHINE ????

Posted in Books

Friendship Road…

I’ve a warm and friendly feeling
As I think of you today,
And I wish that we could visit,
But you’re many miles away.
Separated by such distance,
Yet your SMS and Mails bring you near,
Through the miles we share a friendship
That’s become to me most dear.
Friends through correspondence only,
Still your face I need not see,
For your soul shines through the mails/sms
Every time you write to me!
Your special way of writing,
Warming as the sunshine rays,
Brings joy and inspiration,
And brightens up my days.
You’ve enriched my life, my dear friend,
And I hope God wills we meet,
Friendship’s Road is so much nicer
Traveling with one so sweet!

Posted in Books

Can you Fly ?

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained. Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.       

                                                                                   

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

 

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.” The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”

 

With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, ” It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”

 

Moral:

We are all made to fly — to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But at times we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, and the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling.

 

So let us to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the ultimate glory of life. 

Posted in Books

My 5th Service Anniversary

That was a Monday, unlike others I had in life. Fresh formals, tie, black shoes all together in a combo, for the first time. To top it all, nicely trimmed hair and clean shave. Boy ‘o boy that was the smartest I ever looked.

 

For the first time there wasn’t a feeling of alone in a group of completely unknowns. All of us stuffed in the bus together, heading towards the campus, of which we had a fleeting glance the day before. Being a chatter box is gender agnostic, it was discovery made that day. Years have passed since that Monday. Walk has been a long one, held some hands, others just shook and left. 

Its Monday again, with the same date and a gap of half a decade time to hit the rewind button in forward mode…


in cricketing terms, it’s a 4 off a no ball. Plus 5 on the board, free hit to follow.

 

Confusing 😉 Well, Today I completed 5 years with Infosys.

 

Posted in Books

My First Award Nomination

Yesterday morning, I came to office and to my surprise I received a comment from “Tahani – http://tahanishihab.com” I have nominated you for The Reality Blog Award”.  My joy knew no bounds at that time. So far I have written only 13 posts and I am nominated for some award. I am very thankful to her for nominating me for Reality Blog Award.

This award requires me to answer some questions about myself:

1. If you could change something what would you change?

There are so many things which I wish I could change; For instance – Indian Judicial System, Female Feticide, Corruption, reservation system.

2. If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?

Well, I’d just like to experience my school life again. I was the notorious student in the school known for sneaky pranks. Even though it is bad but still I would love to enjoy again.

3. What one thing really scares you?

I am only scared of GOD.

4. What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?

World Tour– which is yet to complete and I am sure I will be able to complete.

5. If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?

I love Myself so I would like to be the same – Naddy (Nadeep Narang)


And now I have to nominate others for the same. I respect, I value each and every bloggers I follow. I would like to nominate the following bloggers with due all respect to the rest:

Harshal :  http://mercvision.wordpress.com/

Viraj :  http://platedromance.wordpress.com/

Shovnoc :   http://shovonc.wordpress.com/

Archna :  http://smileinstyle.wordpress.com/

U S Pandey :  http://uspandey.com/

Amit :  http://personalconcerns.wordpress.com/

Joshi :  http://joshidaniel.com/

Posted in Books

A walk surely to remember

I was just exploring e book folder in my flash drive and I came across an e book – “A walk to Remember – by Nicolas Spark”. As always I crave for romantic novels. I couldn’t abide myself from reading this book. I would say this is a book with the promise first you will smile then you will cry. Needless to say, a book that keeps you engaged with till the last page. By the time it was scrolling down, my intriguing level was increasing to know what happen next. This book which will enforce you to drown into the feeling of the lovers and you will feel like you are actually into the character. The words, phrases are used so perfectly to describe the characters so that readers can identify feeling in their hearts.

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” 

A walk to remember story is about a young man and woman in 1958 on the coast in Morehead City in Beaufort, North Carolina.  Basically, this is the story of their first love.  Morehead City is the type of town where the kids walk around barefoot from April through October and the town’s people wave hello from their cars whether they know the person or not.  Landon Carter is a seventeen-year-old high school senior whose father is a United States congressman.  He and his father are strangers — his father is on the road quite a bit of the time and he spends the majority of time being raised by his mother.  His father insists that he needs to run for student body president to increase his chances of getting into a good college.  His father believes that “We Carters always win” and he wants to mold Landon into a miniature version of himself.

Landon wins the election and one of his responsibilities is attending the homecoming dance.  Due to the fact he has just broken up with his girlfriend, he doesn’t have a date and in a panic, he pulls out his yearbook and scans the pages for someone available.  He finally decides on Jamie Sullivan, a junior, who is the minister’s daughter, knowing that nobody else will ask her to the dance. Jamie was shy, sweet, mysterious sensual and very religious. Jamie wears old sweaters, plaid skirts and her hair up in a bun.  She carries the Bible wherever she goes and believes that whatever happens in life is according to the Lord’s plan.  She is obviously not his typical high school student and not someone in whom Landon or his friends would be interested. She wasn’t scared of people thought’s about her.

Both Landon and Jamie star in the school Christmas play that Jamie’s father has written.  The play details the personal story of his life after his wife’s death and his search for love and the meaning of life within his daughter.  Jamie plays the angel and Landon, the lead male role.  Over time, in rehearsals and occasional talks together on her front porch, Landon starts liking Jamie.  As a result, he becomes a better person, helping her do good deeds and accompanying her to the orphanage.  The opening night of the play, he is amazed when he first sees her walk on the stage dressed as an angel, with her hair loose and flowing down her back. Landon kisses Jamie on stage. She glitters onstage and he falls for her true beauty.

After that plot twists and turns and an untold secret (which I think it should also keep as a secret as there will no fun in reading that) that change their lives forever, Landon and Jamie fall in love.  Pain and sorrow lie ahead but the story lets you believe in the power of love and that dreams do come true.  Their story is unforgettable and as you wipe your tears away, you come to an unbelievable end.

This book deeply captivates the romance, sensitivity which we all have inside. And will stab at your heart if you really got into it.

“Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Loves is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in others people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”  – Nicolas Spark.

At the end I deeply recommend this book, in case you haven’t read.

Posted in Books

Parsing XML document using SAX Parser

import java.io.IOException;

import javax.xml.parsers.SAXParser;

import javax.xml.parsers.SAXParserFactory;

import org.xml.sax.Attributes;

import org.xml.sax.ContentHandler;

import org.xml.sax.ErrorHandler;

import org.xml.sax.InputSource;

import org.xml.sax.Locator;

import org.xml.sax.SAXException;

import org.xml.sax.SAXParseException;

import org.xml.sax.XMLReader;

public class SAX_Parser_Example {

int batchSize = 0;

static public void main(String[] arg) {

// Give the file path of your system.

String filename = “C:\\Users\\WS\\POC_SPVTG\\POC_23Aug\\PEIS_DataSample.xml”;

// Create a new factory that will create the parser.

SAXParserFactory spf = SAXParserFactory.newInstance();

// Create the XMLReader to be used to parse the document.

long startTime = System.currentTimeMillis();

XMLReader reader = null;

try {

SAXParser parser = spf.newSAXParser();

reader = parser.getXMLReader();

} catch (Exception e) {

System.err.println(e);

System.exit(1);

}

// Specify the error handler and the content handler.

reader.setErrorHandler(new MyErrorHandler());

reader.setContentHandler(new MyContentHandler());

// Use the XMLReader to parse the entire file.

try {

InputSource is = new InputSource(filename);

reader.parse(is);

} catch (SAXException e) {

System.exit(1);

} catch (IOException e) {

System.err.println(e);

System.exit(1);

}

long endTime = System.currentTimeMillis();

System.out.println(“Time taken to complete the parsing of document”+(endTime-startTime));

}

}

class MyContentHandler implements ContentHandler {

private Locator locator;

private StringBuffer curCharValue = new StringBuffer(1024);

/**

* The name and of the SAX document and the current location within the

* document.

*/

private int batchCount =0;

public void setDocumentLocator(Locator locator) {

this.locator = locator;

}

/** The parsing of a document has started.. */

public void startDocument() {

}

/** The parsing of a document has completed.. */

public void endDocument() {

}

/** The start of a namespace scope */

public void startPrefixMapping(String prefix, String uri) {

}

/** The end of a namespace scope */

public void endPrefixMapping(String prefix) {

}

/** The opening tag of an element. */

public void startElement(String namespaceURI, String localName,

String qName, Attributes atts) {

System.out.println(“<“+qName+”>”);

}

 

/** The closing tag of an element. */

public void endElement(String namespaceURI, String localName, String qName) {

System.out.println(“</”+qName+”>”);

}

/** Character data. */

public void characters(char[] ch, int start, int length) {

showCharacters(ch, start, length);

}

/** Ignorable whitespace character data. */

public void ignorableWhitespace(char[] ch, int start, int length) {

showCharacters(ch, start, length);

}

/** Processing Instruction */

public void processingInstruction(String target, String data) {

}

/** A skipped entity. */

public void skippedEntity(String name) {

}

/**

* Internal method to format arrays of characters so the special whitespace

* characters will show.

*/

public void showCharacters(char[] ch, int start, int length) {

for (int i = start; i < start + length; i++)

switch (ch[i]) {

case ‘\n’:

break;

case ‘\r’:

break;

case ‘\t’:

break;

default:

System.out.print(ch[i]);

curCharValue.append(ch, start, length);

break;

}

// System.out.println(“\””);

}

}

class MyErrorHandler implements ErrorHandler {

public void warning(SAXParseException e) throws SAXException {

show(“Warning”, e);

throw (e);

}

public void error(SAXParseException e) throws SAXException {

show(“Error”, e);

throw (e);

}

public void fatalError(SAXParseException e) throws SAXException {

show(“Fatal Error”, e);

throw (e);

}

private void show(String type, SAXParseException e) {

System.out.println(“System ID: ” + e.getSystemId());

}

}