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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult: Not everybody has an option

WARNING: This book will probably make you cry.
With every passing book, they seem to becoming my best friend and close to my heart. I have just finished reading “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult and yet again another book touched my heart and made me cry again, I saw the trailer first on HBO and was curious since then to the idea of a child going to court against her own family. At first I found the writing sort of... typical. Nothing particularly surprising in the style and word choice, but as I got into it the moral questions raised by the story definitely had me deep in thought.

This book deals with sensitive topics very gracefully. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view, which I loved. It gave the story so many different perspectives. There was a depth of character that you don't normally get in books that are told by one narrator. This is a story of a normal family, dealing with a life-threatening sickness, and I liked the fact that it didn…

Yada Yada hi Dharmasya Meaning - Mahabharata and ME

Mahabharata the greatest epic ever, something connected from my childhood, Arjuna, bheem, Duryodhan, Pitamaah.. Aaaaaah

Someday we will discuss Mahabharat and my childhood here, for today Lets recall one of the most well-known verses from the Bhagawad-Geeta
यदा यदा ही धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत, अभ्युथानम् अधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् | परित्राणाय साधुनाम विनाशाय च: दुष्कृताम, धर्मं संस्थापनार्थाय सम्भावामी युगे युगे ||
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham Paritranaay Sadhunaam Vinashay cha dushkritam Dharma Sansthapanarthay sambhawami yuge yuge

Approximate translation:

Whenever there is decline of Dharma (righteousness)..and rise of Adharma (unrighteousness);
To protect the virtuous..to destroy the wicked and to re-establish Dharma, I manifest myself, through the ages.