Take A Hint, Dani Brown – Talia Hibbert

It is very hard to be the smartest girl in the surrounding. People are not generally used to seeing a girl who is smart in many technical things. They might not accept or start judging the girls for all the wrong reasons. So, the best way would be to keep your smartest to yourself and ignore the world.

Dani had been doing the same thing – ignoring the world, living her own life through her books, making her career first priority which involved zero love life. Her main reason for not dating was the fact that she cannot take out time for emotions and no one respected her smartness. The author very well provokes the story by including the lead character who loves her smartness and demands minimum emotions. They both get along together eventually and both the characters learn to respect each others professions. The best part of the book was when the girl finds out that her partner was not only listening to her but also reading her papers and other content. He praised her smartness even when he did not understand a single word.


The Tale Of The World And Pandemic

The dry leaves were crumbling under her vehicle tyers and the roads had a layer of dirt on the sides of the divider. The white powder was sprinkled on the sides of the roads which were either closed or working only as a single lane. The dogs were barking and cows were running because they felt that human life was invading their privacy which they had acquired for weeks on the road. There were very few people roaming around, it felt like it was the middle of the night but with bright daylight. The scene revealed a melancholic mood, it felt like an empty void that you feel after crying for a long time. The void was desolate and made her feel guilty for some crime that she had not performed. She was paying for something which was not her fault but there was nothing that she could do except to accept the situation.

Her mind rolled back to the first announcement about lockdown which was laden on them for 21 days about a month ago. She knew that it was the only option that the government would have in such tough times of pandemic but had not expected that it could happen to her. When the lockdown was declared, her first thought was how would she be able to survive at home without hanging out. She liked to hang out, visit friends, relatives, libraries, bookstores, coffee cafes and her life revolved around it. Now that it was taken away, she had no other choice but to stay home.

The Tale Of The World And Pandemic
The Tale Of The World And Pandemic

Of course, she had plenty of things that she needed to work on in the forced vacation but her mind would need some time to get settled. In fact, she got so comfortable with the vacation that when it was time to get back to the real world, she felt heartbroken. She tried to analyze the situation on the roads and felt a pang of despair. She loved her hectic life and the idea of hanging out daily but the situation today made her feel dejected. The scene was something similar to the movies that have portrayed scenes highlighting the destruction after the war. The roads were lifeless and everybody was scared and gloomy. 

She wondered about her life before the pandemic, the craziness of finishing work, and leaving to either meet friends or to run some errands. The tireless working hours and the rest that the body was deprived of, the honking on the roads, and the cheerful voice of the people. Today, she was out but could not hear any of these things instead she felt emptiness and loneliness. This situation today, forced her to ponder on the thoughts related to her choices. Did she like to hangout or she liked the people with whom she went out? Did she like to drive or the honking in the traffic? Did she like to have coffee or to have it at a cafe with her kind of people? Was her life hectic or the people around her made it delighted? Today, her working hours were the same but she cannot put it in the category of being hectic. The pandemic might be dangerous for the world but it has helped the people to take a pause, think and rediscover themselves.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before they die.”

The reader also needs a perfect writer in order to cultivate the idea of reading and also to convert that idea into habit. It is tough to create a habit but then the modern and broad minded beings can nurture a habit if it is for their benefit.

Here, I just want to add smaller things towards building the reading habit.

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