I enjoyed reading the latest thriller by Dan Brown – Inferno. I have always been a fan of his books, they seem to have the right amount of humor, history and suspense to keep the pages turning till the very end.
Inferno has all of Dan Brown’s signature elements – the good guys, the bad guys and Professor Robert Langdon caught in the middle of it all having no idea how he got there, a memorable trip down history lane in the streets of Florence, Dante’s Inferno and his macabre visions of hell described in gory vivid detail, all culminating in a mad dash to the finish line to save the world from destruction. My favorite quote from the book though is an old adage Langdon reflects on, “from early Grecian free divers who hunted lobsters in the coral caves of the Aegean Islands” –
“When swimming into a dark tunnel, there arrives a point of no return when you no longer have enough breath to double back. Your only choice is to swim forward into the unknown … and pray for an exit.” – Inferno by Dan Brown.
Sometimes life is just like this. You have no idea what lays ahead or what the future has planned for us. All we can do is take a leap of faith and pray for an exit.
(via Dan Brown’s Inferno amazon.com)
My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie – NYTimes.com.
I admire Angelina Jolie as a person, as a celebrity, as a humanitarian. She comes across as someone who always does what she wants, doesn’t matter what people say or think about it. Although a decision to have a double mastectomy is complex and personal, as a mother, I understand completely that you would do anything it takes to be around for your kids and grand kids. After all what is more precious than life itself.
What is it about judging people, I have always wondered, that makes it so irresistible.
What is it about finding flaws in others that make us feel better about ourselves.
We comment on how they dress, how they walk, how they eat, how they speak. What they do, how they do what they do, and sometimes even who they are.
We all do it, although mostly our intentions are never to hurt anyone’s feelings. Here is the contradiction. Criticizing someone invariably hurts their feelings.
In trying to understand why I was being judgmental, I found the very reason to stop being so. I think as people, we love to categorize. As long as someone fits a certain mould, we have no problem deciding if we like them or not, if we agree with their ideas and opinions or not.
But I’m also a firm believer in the fact that you can learn one thing from every person you meet (this I learnt from my amazing husband). By “judging a book by its cover”, aren’t we denying ourselves the opportunity to appreciate, what makes us all so unique and special?
Nothing in the world can make you happier than being who you are…the real you… no pretense. So if we’re all a little less opinionated, maybe it’ll be easier to be who we really are.
Siri vs. Google Now (Comic) – Nitrozac and Snaggy – Voices – AllThingsD.
No matter how hard Google tries, it’s never going to be able to mimic Siri’s sense of humor!