Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Imran Khan Pakistan

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Imran Khan Pakistan; A Personal History book is a work of acute intelligence by Imran Khan. It has Pakistan’s history along with Imran Khan’s autobiography in which he has clearly mentioned all the challenges which he faced in cricket and in his humanitarian task. He founded his political party in 1996 and named it Tahreek-e-Insaf, Movement for Justice. He faced quite a tough time for establishing his political career. Politics is not really a bed of roses and Imran Khan realized it very soon when he got no seats in the election of 1997. He did not lose hope and consistently worked for establishing his party. It was then in 2002 that he got one seat. Although it was not a big success, it was enough to be heard on the large scale.


It is Imran Khan’s book and philosophy’s achievement that a huge number of common masses are supporting him against all the big parties of Pakistan. Hence PTI is considered a major political party because of his book and his work. Imran Khan Pakistan; A Personal History is a reflection of what Pakistanis want today. He clearly writes that Pakistanis want a corruption free Independent Pakistan and Imran presents this vision bravely without disappointing his people. Imran Khan Pakistan; A Personal History is not a criticism like most of the books by politicians which must be a reason of reader’s interest in it. His opposition to American funding, demand of withdrawal of Nato-led alliance, drone attacks are the crux which has made his famous book on all levels and has boosted Imran’s election campaign.


Comprehensive account of Philanthropic efforts and learnt lesson:

Imran Khan Pakistan; A Personal History is a comprehensive account of Imran Khan’s personal and political life. He narrates his success story as a cricketer, and how heroism turned his life to politics. His sport turned into a metaphor for all the coming events in his life. It proved later on, that a hero who won at a cricket ground; had the spark to become a national hero in Pakistan through his enlightened and charismatic persona. How his mother’s death led him towards an understanding of the depth of Islam which made up his mind to make Shaukat Khanum hospital afterwards. He was helped by the writing of Iqbal in his spiritual journey. He reported major as well as minor details of all his activities in his book. The Independent reviews that he had observed heroic moments during fund raising for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. The Telegraph book review includes his words and says that his faith and his philanthropic work grew together. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital like projects test faith and strengthen it too and Imran has similar experiences too.

It was not a simple journey. It was an effort which was self-less but his insight deepened with the passage of time. But it was a time when he saw the true generous people of Pakistan who were not rulers but common masses. While he got to know the reality he viewed the tyrannisers too. These were the initial experience which polished him in becoming a true leader of the common people. This was a time when he came face to face with the ground realities of his country, thus a decisive moment in his life which decided his vision and theory for the future. 

Optimistic views and steadfast attitude:

When you are reading this book you can feel that like a true patriot he felt that his country needs him and he has the talent to take the control of the situation like he controlled the situation of the World Cup of 1992. He did not perceive his country as a total failure or a total collapse. His optimistic view always supported him that he can still work to establish the right image of Pakistan, his beloved Country. He thinks his country only needs a clean sweep from corruption and elites ruling the country. 

Opposition and its result on Imran’s life:

He talks about his unwanted try to involve in arrange a marriage circuit before he met Jemima and then how Jemima came across a mystic who later on became Imran Khan’s religious guide. It was Mian Bashir who inspired Imran and Jemima. He includes in his book his marriage to Jemima Khan, and how his political opponents tried to turn his supporters against him. It was not just about his supporters but it also puts his marital life at stake which got an end.

Imran’s Philosophy for a prosperous Pakistan:

He has written that he wants an enlightened Islam which can lead to adopt positive Western democratic values along with the teachings of Holy Quran. It is the need of time to adopt the successful values which are adopted by Western people and secret of their progress. Countries cannot progress until and unless their citizens are not optimistic and flexible. Human beings go through growth changes all their life; same must be the situation with their thoughts and actions. Stagnant attitudes give birth to monotony and monotony cannot bring change. This is what he tried to present through his book. Imran’s vision inspired youth and those who wanted to break monotony. His philosophy is organized and well planned that is why his supporters are mobilized. His dream is clear to his people and has cast a spell on his people. His book has played a vital role in the presentation of his thoughts and presentation of who Imran is. Although he presents problems as severe problems of Pakistan, he is hopeful to find a solution for them. His' do or die attitude and steadfast idealism is highly appreciable, that has attracted a large number of readers who became his fans afterwards. Imran Khan faced troubles; he remained steadfast in his endeavors. He clearly describes his view that democracy is just a cover for Pakistani Political parties. Pakistan People‘s Party and Pakistan Muslim League are only corrupting the country, giving nothing to the people except leaving them in darkness. Even religious parties are not playing a constructive role in Pakistan. Imran writes that they lack true compassion and tolerance.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Storyline : The Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the ring is the quest at two levels. Frodo’s quest and Sauren’s quest. One’s quest is to get the power to rule and corrupt while Frodo’s quest is to end the evil.

The Fellowship of the Ring 

It was long ago, 111th birthday of Bilbo Baggins when suddenly he leaves the Shire, the land of the Hobbits. Others thought Bilbo Baggins had become mad. Bilbo left Gandalf and Frodo, Frodo was Bilbo’s relative and an only e33 year old adopted heir. He owned Bilbo’s belongings which included the Ring, his home and Bag End. Before Frodo could manage it all; Gandalf left Frodo making him warned about keeping of the Ring. 

On one spring night Gandalf came and told Frodo the horrified truth about the Ring. It was too scary to know that the Ring belonged to Sauron the Dark Lord. Sauron forged the Ring to rule over Middle-earth however he got defeated in the War of the Last Alliance. King Elendil’s son Isildur cut the Ring from Sauron’s finger and kept the Ring for himself. Soon Isildur got slain in the Battle of the Gladden Fields; the Ring was lost, now it was in the deep Great River Anduin. Thousands of years passed the ring went into different hands. Finally Bilbo got after Gollum. The Ring had evil powers which always inflicted bad effects on its bearer and those who stay near to it. But then Sauron the Dark Lord regained his power and returned to Mordor. 

Gandalf informed Frodo the Ring was unsafe in the Shire. Sauron knew where the Ring was. Frodo planned to go Elf-haven Rivendell, the only safest place for Frodo and the Ring.  Frodo left the Shire with Sam, Merry and Pippin but Fatty stayed behind to distract Nazgul. The hobbits travelled through the Old Forest to meet Aragorn, their guide to Rivendell. Nazgul attacks Frodo and his companions, Frodo got severely injured but Elrond the lord of Rivendell saves them all.

At last Frodo reaches at Elrond’s house in Rivendell and Frodo meets Bilbo. Elrond summons his Council so they can bring all the matters in front of Gandalf, Frodo and Bilbo. Gloin informed everyone about Nazgul and Gollum who were haunting the Ring. The steward of Gondor, Boromir tells about a dream to search “the Sword That Was Broken” and “Isildur’s Bane” in Rivendell. Frodo and the Ring were Isildur’s Bane. Finally the Council decided to throw the Ring into the fires of Mount Doom in Mordor.
Elrond explained Boromir the intrinsic evil of the ring; the Ring had corrupting powers for everyone. Frodo decides to set for the quest and becomes the Ring-bearer. He started his quest with eight of his friends, Boromir and Aragorn, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimlithe dwarf (Gloin’s son) and three hobbits. This company has formed the Fellowship of the Ring and represent the races of Middle-earth. During an encounter with Balrog, Gandalf falls into an abyss; others run away and reach in Lothlorien. Frodo ends up the fellowship and moves to Mordor along with Sam. 

The Two Towers

Orcs captivated Merry and Pippin considering them the Ring bearer because of misunderstanding a heard prophecy. Merry and Pippin both run away while travelling they befriend with Ent (a huge tree like creature) named Fangorn. They went to Ent assembly, Ents decided a war against the cruel Orcs of Isengard. Saruman keeps haunting the scattered members of the fellowship. Gandalf reborn as Gandalf the White and assists Aragorn’s fellows to the Golden Hall of King Théoden.
Frodo and Sam met Gollum and made him their guide. They passed through smelly marshland viewed dead warriors haunting the waters. At last they see the Black Gate of the realm of Mordor. Frodo gets paralyzed because of Shelob’s sting and both friends get separated. Orc guards capture Frodo while Sam thinks Frodo was dead, he carried the Ring by himself. This book finishes with Sam’s distress over separation of Frodo from him.

The Return of the King

Gandalf and Pippin started their journey to the city of Minas Tirith in Gondor and meet Denethor the city’s Steward. Pippin presented him his sword, as Boromir has sacrificed his life in the quest. Darkness of Mordor disguised the sky over Minas Tirith. Aragorn realized that the Riders might become late to assist him. He decides to take the legendary Paths of the Dead to Gondor but finds a large army of the Sleepless Dead follows him to southward. Boromir’s father sends Faramir, to stop Mordor army at Osgiliath. When Faramir fails and gets injured by Nazgul, Denethor becomes mad and plans to kill Faramir to end the line of Gondor’s Stewards.
Riders of Rohan reach at time and fight the enemy off meanwhile Nazgul kills king Théoden. Merry and Lady Eowyn kill Nazgul bravely. On the other side Pippin and Gandalf both stop Denethor from killing Faramir but Denethor kills himself.  After rescuing Gondor, Aragorn completes another ancient prophecy concerning the next king of Gondor. Aragorn forces move towards the Black Gate of Mordor and face Sauron’s Lieutenant who claims to have Frodo and Sam in his captivity. When Gandalf snubs him he frees his army of Mordor. Meanwhile Sam successfully rescues Frodo from the tower of Cirith Ungol. After many long and tiring days or travelling both friends reach Mount Doom. Sam carried Fordo to the top, but as they reached the Cracks of Doom Frodo refused to give the Ring, ring has casted its influence on him. Gollum bites the Ring off Frodo’s finger but he stumbles and falls into the Cracks of Doom. Gandalf rescues Frodo and Sam.

The Darkness disappears from Gondor and Aragorn becomes the King of Gondor. The hobbits return to the Shire and find their destroyed houses. Frodo lets Saruman live but his own servant Wormtongue kills him. The hobbits rebuild the Shire and start their life. Sam marries Rosie Cotton and got a daughter. Frodo was badly injured so he decided to sail away with Gandalf, Bilbo and the other Ring-bearers went towards the unknown west a peaceful paradise.


Monday, May 6, 2013

The Lord of the Rings

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J. R. R Tolkien

It was the success of The Hobbit in 1938 that Tolkien was warned from his publishers that public wants to hear more from him about Hobbits. In 1950 Tolkien wrote back to his publisher "My work has escaped from my control, and I have produced a monster . . .
The Lord of the Rings covers a number of themes related to theology like the battle between good and evil, death and immortality, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self-sacrifice, the victory of humility over pride, justice, fellowship and authority. The plot for The Lord of the Rings began from Tolkien’s earlier work The Hobbit and from The Silmarillion.


The Lord of the Rings has been adapted to different mediums like film, television, stage, Video Games. Thus these various adaptations have attracted a large number of audiences towards The Lord of the Rings. Three film adaptations are made till now. At first animator Ralph Bakshi adapted the novel for film for a minimal budget of $8 million dollars however the film earned $30 million dollars at the box office. United Artists regarded the film a flop.
Then The Return of the King was a television special by Rankin-Bass and made the film from the beginning of the book. This film was targeted to younger audience adults complained that much of the depth of the book was discarded.  Third adaptation was done by Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. A miniseries of The Lord of the Rings was broadcasted in 1993. The Lord of the Rings also got several musical theater adaptations as well.
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy won Hugo Award for Best Dramatic presentation in their particular years. The Return of the King receives 11 Oscars at the 76th Annual Awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Same book wins Empire Award for the best film of the Year. The Return of the King also wins Four Golden Globe Awards in 2004 during the HFPA’s 61st Annual Awards Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. It was awarded Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Director, Best Original Song and Best Original Score. The Return of the King became second movie in history after Titanic which earned over 1 billion $US worldwide. The trilogy became the first film of the fantasy genre, which has the most nominations in the Academy’s history, going beyond the Godfather series’ 28 nominations.
TV Guide celebrated the release of “The Return of the King” with four hologram covers, each featured significant character of the book. Best Internet Advertisement earned this award for The Lord of the Rings. This site got Online Voter’s Choice award for Best Internet Advertising.
The official website for The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers got two awards at the annual Key Art Awards hosted by The Hollywood Reporter. The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers won MTV Movie Awards in 2003. 

Achievements of the Novel

  • The Lord of the Rings was awarded International Fantasy Award in 1957.
  • BBC conducted a “Big Read” survey in 2003 and The Lord of the Rings was got “Nation’s Best-loved Book.” 
  • Another survey was conducted by Australian ABC in 2004, in which Australians voted The Lord of the Rings “My Favourite Book”, Germans found the same as well.
  • Customers judged The Lord of the Rings as favorite “book of the millennium” in a 1999 poll of
  • The Lord of the Rings stood 3rd in the Librarians’ poll.


New York Times Book Review writes "A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning." Many critics criticized The Lord of the Rings as being “wagner for children.” American critic Edmund Wilson characterized The Lord of the Rings as “Juvenile balderdash” in his essay “Oo, those awful Orcs”.  W. H. Auden criticized The Lord of the Rings in 1968 objecting to Tolkien’s conception of animate species that are basically evil without possibility of redemption. But in 1956, New York Times book review Auden called it “a masterpiece of its genre” that succeeded where Milton failed” in showing an epic battle between good and evil. He also included that it “never violated” the reader’s sense of the credible.” Like most of the fantasy books, The Lord of the Rings is also criticised by Evangelicals for its references to quasi-pagan elements and “occultism”.
Michael Moorcock, another notable science fiction writer wrote a detailed critique of the book under the title Epic Pooh preceding the thesis that The Lord of the Rings was simply a child’s tale written in the language of epic myth.
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Publication History           

First edition of The Fellowship of the Ring came in the year July 29, 1954. George Allen & Unwin published it.  The Fellowship of the Ring had 531 pages. The publisher decided to split the whole work in three parts however Tolkien thought it as a multiple volume with six sections. Tolkien proposed six titles for the six sections. The Fellowship of the Ring got two out of the six titles; first section had title: The Ring Sets Out or The First Journey and second section titled as The Ring Sets South or The Ring Goes South in the Millennium edition. The Two Towers was published in November 11, 1954 and it had 416 pages in total, it was followed by The Return of the King October 20, 1955 and had 624 pages.
The six titles were as follow:
T Book I: The Ring Sets Out
O Book II: The Ring Goes South
L Book III: The Treason of Isengard
K Book IV: The Ring Goes East
I Book V: The War of the Ring
E Book VI: The End of the Third Age    
The Lord of the Rings has been translated in dozens of languages due to its success. Tolkien himself checked many translation of the novel. His comments improved the translation process as well as his work. It was The Lord of the Rings which increased the demand for fantasy fiction.

Book Rating

  • The Lord of the Rings is rated as 4.4 and 96% people liked it on Good reads. 
  • The Lord of the Rings is rated 5/5 on foliosociety.
  • Amazon has 4.6 rating for The Lord of the Rings.
  • Google book has 4.5 rating for The Lord of the Rings


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Deadly to Love

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Author: Mia Hoddell
ISBN: 9781291319170
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance


There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger. 
Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.

About the Author 

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn't even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon. 

What people are saying

"It was a very original idea, not to mention modern. I loved that little twist. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound." ~ Kacii - The Kooky Bookworm 5/5

“I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn't put it down. The story line was original, intriguing and made you feel like you were part of the action. As well as this there were many twists and turns that kept me hooked and the book was really well written with a solid plot. The book didn't reveal everything straight away which was great as it left in suspense right up until the end.” ~Lucy M 5/5

“I found that it's surprisingly original concept was quite common in real life but not so much in books. I found it a delightful read that I will look forward to reading in the future. And the new cover! Marvelous.” ~ Kathy H 5/5

“All I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different. I love the twist and detail she used I was instantly pulled in and felt like I was there with the characters.” ~Brianna 5/5

"This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end. In Deadly to Love the action is constructed incredibly well, it is fast paced but filled with loads of detail that leaves everything easy to imagine and visualize." ~ Billie 5/5

"Mia Hoddell used the senses well to add depth and engage me as a reader, especially during action sequences or heightened moments. I really struggled to stop reading this book!" ~ L. Morgan 5/5

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