Friday, December 23, 2011

Henna for the Broken-Hearted by Sharell Cook


Why is Life so mysterious? Why does it always put you through challenges that you don’t wish to face? What all is there in the magical box of Life for you? I am sure we all have come across these questions at some or the other point of time in life and the feeling of being so alone and so helpless just makes us insane. They say, “Those who find the answers to these questions, gets enlightened and find peace in Life but those who don’t, keep wandering in the infinite darkness with a hope that one day they will find the meaning of their existence and the cause of being there”.

I wonder what would be the percentage of people who find or at least come close to the truth or is it that people just compromise to adjust with their life and believe that they have peace. The philosophical stats say that most of us compromise to the situations and accept what comes their way because that’s the easiest way to stay sane and be contended. Those who fall in the minority group are the ones who go in extremes. Some make to the top and some keep struggling. The truth is no matter which band you and I fall into, we never get satisfied and contended but definitely people who compromise are less aggressive and more satisfied than the rest. Which side should we choose and why should we choose?

I have been wandering for very long time now and seems like it would take few more eons for me to find or even reach close to my answers. I have seen ups and downs just like others so nothing new and most of the time I’ve fought valiantly and made to the better side of life. No complaints about anything. Yet there is something that sucks every bit of joy and pleasure out of me and breaks me apart in unfathomable number of pieces. I may be in the most happening parties, around amazingly charming people, amongst glamorous and worldly pleasures, yet just a thought of something will take me out of everything and everywhere leaving me alone in the isolation and then I wonder what’s going on. Where did I go wrong or was it destined and I am to suppose to go through all this.
It’s funny, what I want in my life, I never get it and every time I don’t want something, it comes to me. I wonder how but I somehow manage to handle those hurdles with an exception of some that probably have started liking me and have found fascination in being with me so they just don’t want to leave and here I am cribbing about them. It was a coincidence that one day my brother told me about this blog Diary of a White Indian Housewife and I just browsed it. Since then I have been glued to it and have just fallen in love with the Author “Sharell Cook”. Love not as in Love Love but love as in respect and interest. I once heard that it is not in the vocabulary that you use but the simplicity in the words that keeps your readers happy and wanting more and I must say it is true. Sharell has that talent of being simple yet strong with her writing and that could be easily seen from her fan following and the count of comments even for a simple post that talks about “Jhadoo” (broomstick). In my opinion a person with such a charisma must get recognition and I am glad that Sharell just did that by writing her first book “Henna for the Broken-Hearted”.

I am not a big reader but I do read selective books. I always imagined myself writing about my life some day but never could come up with a plan to bring everything in one single place but when I read this book,I cried. Yes, you read it right, I cried. I started this book in my flight to India and after 4 pages, my heart grew heavy and eyes wet but the best part about the book is that you cry for 2 lines and then the 3rd line brings a sweet smile on your face. I was so embarrassed that someone could catch me crying but fortunately the location of my seat was so perfect that I could so bat my ease. I am sure that there are millions of books out there written by many great and intense writers which can make me weep for probably hours and hours but something touched my heart in this book. Sharell has beautifully woven many of her latter life incidences and events and I could easily relate them to my life over last few years. It is sad that we suffer pain and go through so many things, some caused by ourselves and some caused by others but the truth is life is inevitable and so are the elements and events of Life. You cry or laugh, regret or appreciate, suffer or enjoy, you have to live it and live it long. There are some things in life that you cannot let go, just can’t and they will haunt you forever but what I have learned from life so far is that I would always continue moving no matter what and I would give a little credit to Sharell for the same because when I read her book and saw around me, my pain felt like a grain of sand in a vast desert and that helped me carry a smile again.Though there are still things in life that will never change and will always hold me back and haunt me but I would always keep my chin up for what I chose to do in Life.

If you want to believe in something and are feeling low, read the book. It might help you in many aspects.

7 comments

7 Comments:

Love is Green! said...

Sharell is AWESOME! I met her and her husband in Juhu. :)

Poor In Java said...

I am waiting for my next trip to India to visit Mumbai and meet Sharell too
I am sure she is a nice person to be friends with :) like you

Sharell said...

This is so touching. Thank you very much. Writing the book was the scariest thing I've ever done (well, maybe apart from moving to India!) and to receive responses like this is what's made it all worthwhile.

Sharell said...

I was wondering who the mysterious "Love is Green!" is, but now I know! ;-) Hopefully, well get to meet again soon.

Poor In Java said...

Your welcome Sharell. You did a bold job and it deserves appreciation and recognition.

Shazia said...

The book is looking quite interesting, and I am looking forward to read it and learn her(Sharell Cook) experiences about India.

Poor In Java said...

I am sure it would be a joyful reading Shazia. Do tell me your experience :)
Happy reading

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