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The Casual Vacancy (4/50)

One of the main reasons I chose to read J.K Rowling‘s “The Casual Vacancy“, was that she was J.K Rowling the creator of an amazing magical world which I brought up reading in my teens, HARRY POTTER.
Another reason; I thought it was a murder-mystery solving novel.

If you ever thought of reading this book based on these reasons; you will be disappointed.
The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy

is nothing magical, nothing mysterious and nothing that needs to be solved for certain.
It is the normal social drama of an English town; as real as it can get.
It is a strong mixture of human character.
It is full of family drama, neighbor drama, friends drama, schools drama,  and any labelled social drama you can think of in one town.
You can find nearly everything in it, from teenagers, to sex, to drug abuse, to rape, to cyber bullying, to domestic violence, to cheating; to death to another death and to more deaths.
J.K Rowling was able to portray the characters in such an ordinary way that you would love the people and in another moment hate them completely.

No one was BLACK. No one was WHITE. Everyone was GREY.

Even the character, Barry Fairbrother, whose death brought the town’s politics into a turmoil of social drama, who was in the beginning characterized as a do-good-er, that cared for the less-fortunate and helped them to a better path in their lives, had a neglecting side to him, forgetting about loved ones back at home that needed his immediate attention.

“He gave everything to everybody. Except to me.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

Everyone has secrets but;

Secrets can break you and sometimes make you.

From the secret that broke down an old woman’s spirit to a young girl’s secret actually getting her the relief she always needed.

“Things denied, things untold, things hidden and disguised.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

After reading the book, it made me wonder, what is life? What is human life?

Other than sheer selfishness that always has a disgusting stench of unintentional cruelty to others. 

“It was strange how your brain could know what your heart refused to accept.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

The thought that if anyone who saw that little boy dirty wandering aimlessly alone, would have stopped and talked to him, he might not have ended up dead.

The grass is greener the other side

Jealousy, human life is always so filled with jealousy, with people wishing they had what others had.
Like one character, Gavin, actually wishing he had his best friend’s life, totally not aware of the bliss he had till it’s gone.

“He dreamed of London and of a life that mattered.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

Hope Street

Even a street name can resemble the hope of a child’s dream for a stable, loving and caring life.

“Was it love when somebody filled a space in your life that yawned inside you, once they had gone?”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy


All through the story, there was this young character that seemed to be on the path to search for pure authenticity, with the tragic ending that nothing is authentic anymore.
What we consider normal, is not normal.
All houses have secrets and everyone has murderous thoughts.
We all are deranged in our own way, from indifference to prejudice to desperation.
That is the NORMAL.

“You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it’s whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you are; you must accept that you are not God.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy


Do you believe in MIRACLES?

“There are only two ways to live your life.



One is as though nothing is a miracle.




The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 
― Albert Einstein 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

For this week’s photo challenge; I did not know what to choose, or where to begin with such a humongous list to choose from.

I had plenty of photos, that I would like to submit as “Friendship”.

But I wanted ones that can be used to fulfill some of my favourite quotes and sayings about friendship. 

When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun’

– Groucho Marx
So, I found these photos; which was a series of an attempt to capture a photo with all of us in the air.
First attempt; looks as if we were asked by the police to put our hands up. With crazy smiley, laughing faces. 
The second attempt shows half of us in the air, gloriously :D…. you got to admit… it’ s pretty hilarious looking at it.
Friends do not let Friends do stupid things…..ALONE 😉

Strangers think I am 
My friends think I am
My best friends know I am completely
And this my dear friends; is how you capture a picture with you jumping in the air……..
Attempt: Successful!
Always Remember:
Friendship is like a blank cheque, it’s an asset and not a liberty, always a credit not a debit, always a profit and not a loss, just always make sure that it will not bounce. ;D
***P.s: this is my first time using personal pictures in the weekly photo challenge, I mean pictures which depict me in it. 😀 There has to be a first time for everything 😛

Life! Live it UP :D

1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return. But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.

3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

4. It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

5. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone-but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

6. Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth, even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

8. Always put yourself in the other’s shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person too.

9. A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word may heal and bless.

10. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

11. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die,
you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Love LIFE!

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts. Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.