Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”


Set in London during the Victorian Era this is a story of an unbelievably handsome young man, Dorian. Basil a talented painter, captures Dorian’s beauty in a portrait but feels a little disappointed, thinking it reveals too much of his feelings for his subject. He discusses the same with Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil who is a charming talker, a famous wit, and a brilliant intellect. However, possessed of wrong, fascinating, and poisonous theories. He disagrees with Basil and claims that the Portrait of Dorian is a masterpiece. Meantime, Dorian enters and curses his portrait, which he believes will one day remind him of the beauty he will have lost. He says, “If it were I who was to be always young and the picture was to grow old. For that, I would give everything. I would give my soul for that!”.


Basil knew the nature of Henry very well and was not sure about Dorian meeting Wotton. He thinks Dorian will have a bad influence in the company of Lord Henry. As the story progresses Lord Henry’s influence over Dorian grows stronger. At this point, enters Dorian’s love interest Sibyl Vane, a beautiful actress who performs in a theatre. One day when she decides to quit acting to live with Dorian and wants to only focus on their relation, Dorian rudely breaks the relationship. After doing so, he returns home to notice that his face in Basil’s portrait of him has changed: notices a cruel expression on the face of his portrait. He realizes his mistake and decides to seek Sibyl’s forgiveness. However, the next morning he gets to know from Henry that Sibyl committed suicide the previous night. Lord Henry in-spite of giving him the right advice convinces Dorian not to feel bad about it and transforms the death of Sibyl into artistic success.


Later on, Henry gifts Dorian a book which he finds fascinating. Under the book’s influence, Dorian spends his next 18 years and simultaneously sinks deeper into the world of sin and corruption.


Seriously, I don’t know how I felt about it. Great, sort of complicated with an undergoing philosophical theme, this story explains the different shades of a human. No matter how far we run from the sins which we perform in our lives, ultimately, all will be paid off here only, Karma does hit back. This one is considered a controversial read due to the content it delivers; the immorality. Regarding this book, Oscar Wilde said that he wrote the three main characters as reflections of himself. Wilde said, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”


Every book always has something to say, to deliver, it is up to the readers, at the end what message they take away. One can interpret it differently. In my opinion, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a fabulous piece of work in the field of literature and has been presented most artistically. A timeless classic.

Q: Have you read this book?

Book Review: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Heidi by Johanna Spyri is a short classic tale of a little orphan girl named Heidi. Novel starts with the scene of Aunt Dete taking her niece Heidi, to her grandfather who lives in the mountains of Swiss Alps. 

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Dete, who has taken care of Heidi for long, but now she is not able to do the same because she has got a new job in Frankfurt. However, villagers warn Dete not to leave Heidi with the old man as they think that he is a harsh hermit who has rejected religion and lives far from civilization. 

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Surprisingly, grandfather turns out to be very welcoming and caring. Heidi makes a new friend, a little boy named Peter, a goatherd who lives with her grandmother. Soon Heidi started loving the mountain life. 

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One day Aunt Dete reappears and takes her away from the peaceful life of mountains to Frankfurt as a little companion to a wheelchair-bound girl, Clara Sesemann. Heidi unwillingly goes with her aunt. 

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Story progresses and Heidi starts living her life at Sesemann house. While living there she experiences a new world altogether, gets a new friend Clara, meets Clara’s grandmother who teaches her about God, encounters a servant, who always makes her unhappy. In all this chaos she also misses the lovely mountains, grandfather and Peter. 

Will she be able to go back to her Grandfather and Peter? 

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This book and its setting, very much reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. Heidi’s character is portrayed beautifully. She is the cutest. A kind hearted fun loving little soul who spreads happiness wherever she goes. Loved the writing style especially, the descriptions of the Swiss Alps that were perfect. 

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This story teaches us that kindness, caring, and sincerity can make a big impact on the people around us. It also gives a message to belief in God. God has given us the best gift which is our lives and we must be grateful for that. Frankly, we are no one to judge a classic; they are called classics for a reason. 

This was a pleasant, heart-warming and a feel-good read. 

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Q: Have you read this classic?

An Unsaid Love Story

From the ages,

he just keeps gazing at her.

By a far distance,

with all his endearment.

She knows, his pure adoration & devotion.

Traveller on the same boat, also she is. 

It’s ironic, they can’t be one, ever.

They know it, because

that will be the end.

Sun and Earth – 

An Unsaid Love Story.

-Elysian Bookgraphy-

Book Review: Unmasked by Jenifer Kanin

“You cannot control what the people around you are going to do or who they are going to be, even if they are the people we love the most. They may make choices we don’t agree with, and sometimes we even have to suffer the consequences of their bad decisions. But the only thing you can control is how you are going to react to those people and to the events that happen around you.”

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“It is not the choice that is ultimately the most important thing, but it is our commitment and attitude after the decision has been made that will determine if we are happy and satisfied or not.”

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Just finished reading this awesome piece of work called ‘Unmasked’ which is a debut novel of the author Jenifer Kanin.  Frankly on its first impression, a book which seems to be a light and fun read, surprisingly it is not just that. 

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This book is full of great life lessons, some of my favourite lines from it I mentioned above. To my surprise this book gave me a wonderful experience and was totally unputdownable.  A very well written, adventurous ride with a taste of suspenseful mystery that will surely make an impact on your way of living life and how you think in every situation. 

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Dive into the undaunted, exciting and an inspirational journey of Gary whom I must introduce you all with, is a Raccoon. Yes a Raccoon, who with his friend Jenny and their action-packed performance will make you fall in love with them. Jenifer has done a commendable job in writing such fun loving and at the same time very well determined characters.

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I want to congratulate the author about how brilliantly she has spread this strong message through her book that we are living on the same planet and carry similar emotions whether it is an animal or a human. She beautifully broke the barrier between humans and animals, and has conjoined their lives, way of thinking, sense of righteousness and justice.  

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This was totally worth it and I had a great time reading it.

Thank you Jenifer for this… Very Impressive and Exceptional!!

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Highly recommend this to all.

Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

“A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?” 

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In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her and the consequences will be devastating…

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Being a fan of psychological thrillers/mystery novels, I have read so many books of this genre, the most hyped ones as well, but still I would like to say that this book is a hidden gem, much better than the most. 

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Brilliant! Really fantastic to be a debut novel. I freaking loved it. Better than “The Girl on the Train”. Period.

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An extraordinary gripping story of Jenna Gray which starts with a tragic accident that leads to an emotional journey with a whole round of staggering twists and a shocking back story, this will make you engrossed throughout. 

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Incredibly crafted storyline, impressive writing style and with no dull moments, I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh is an absolute winner. One of the best books in the thriller/mystery genres that I have ever read. 

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Don’t waste your time, if you haven’t read this yet, go grab it now and thank me later.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HAPPY DIWALI: My Diwali Celebration

Hey guys!! I am back with another post..
First of all a very Happy Diwali!!
Ya I know Diwali was yesterday but it is still not too late, festive spirit is on.. you know

So I came up with this special Diwali post.

India, the land of various cultures, traditions, festivals and lots of exciting food, we literally celebrate sooooo many festivals throughout the year. Diwali, the festival of lights being one of the major one. It marks the victory of Lord Rama over the evil as he defeated King Ravana. To celebrate Rama’s return to Ayodhya, after he spent 14 years of his life in exile along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, the locals lit up their houses with earthen lamps (diyas), burst crackers and decorated the entire city in the grandest manner. This is believed to have started the tradition of Diwali.
Ever since, people light lamps on Diwali to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil.

So, I am going to share some of my Diwali celebration and pooja pics here with you guys..  

So, this was my little celebration of Diwali this year. I hope you guys liked it. Let me know in the comment section, How was your Diwali?

Once again a very Happy Diwali to all and I hope you guys will have a great year ahead.

H A P P Y D I W A L I

Weeping Democracy

Is this the END of Integrity?

Is this the END of Equity?

Is this the END of Morality?

Is this the END of Democracy?

And Most Importantly,

What is the reward of following righteousness?

What is the reward of performing goodness? 

Maltreatment…?

Harassment…?

Persecution…?

Where is the JUSTICE?

Where is the LAW? 

Virtuous, Right-minded man, right now: 

VULNERABLE.

HELPLESS.

-Elysian Bookgraphy

Book Review: All Roads Lead to Ganga

“Although at Badrinath I missed the sound of birds and the presence of trees, there were other compensations. It was good to be part of the happy throng at its colorful little temple and to see the sacred river close to its source. And early next morning I was rewarded with the loveliest experience of all. 

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Opening the window of my room and glancing out, I saw the rising sun touch the snow-clad summit of Nilkantha. At first, the snow was pink; then they turned to orange and gold. All sleep vanished as I gazed up in wonder at the magnificent pinnacle in the sky.”

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A treat to nature lovers! ‘All roads lead to Ganga’ is another gem from the collection of Ruskin Bond. If you love reading travelogues this one is definitely for you. As always, once you start reading, you get lost in the author’s magical words, which beautifully describe the breath-taking beauty of various places that leads to the sacred river Ganga. 

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The book lays out a magnificent evocative description of the snow-capped mountains, thinly populated villages, their activities, and lifestyle, away from the hustle-bustle of the chaotic city life, the great trees of Garhwal, the animals, the birds, along with the different places of worship. This narration takes you to a mesmerizing journey that will be there to stay.

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It is from Ruskin Bond. I don’t think I have to say more. If you are aware of his writings or have read his works earlier, then you know very well how this book would be. His subtle and lucid style makes this one a delightful read. 

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Review: Burnt Bones And Beautiful Butterflies by Jerusha Mather

“I don’t go home to a lover I go home to a room
Where memories and colours come alive
Perhaps I wasn’t born for another
Maybe I am wasting time within the ice-cold air
I put my wet flowers in the bin The war in my heart stops”

A poem straight from the heart, with the feeling bounded by emotions when poured on a paper in the form of words, leaves an impact on the person who reads it. Those words can strike you deeply, and you will get to know the writer’s state of mind, the circumstances, the tears, the joy of all that the poet has gone through.

Recently, I got a chance to read this book, which is a collection of poems called Burnt Bones and Beautiful Butterflies by Jerusha Mather, illustrated by David Kennett and Anjana Jain. The title of the book is unique and yes, it comprises burnt bones, like the hardships, failure, heartbreaks, at the same time, it also deals with the love, humanity, the care, and all those simple little things that make our life the beautiful butterflies.

Written with all her sincerity and honesty this collection is simple yet complex. The poems beautifully layout the poet’s idea of thinking and reflect her genuine emotion and passion.
She gave words, the wings to fly in the open sky, very high, very high.
No matter whatever the situation, there is always a ray of hope, all we have to do is to find that.

Rating 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Spooky Reads for Halloween by Ruskin Bond

Hey guys! Hope you are doing well.
Since you all know, it’s almost Halloween and this is the perfect time to read scary stories to get in to the mood and spirit of Halloween. So today, I am going to recommend some great spooky reads by Ruskin bond.
Lock your doors, settle down and grab one of these scary chilling read.
Happy Halloween!!
Scroll down to see the list:

The Wind on Haunted Hill

A Season of Ghosts

The Ruskin Bond Horror Omnibus

When Darkness Falls and Other Stories

When the Night Falls

A Face in the Dark

The House of Strange Stories

The Empty House

The Duel

Whispering In The Dark

Captain Young’s Ghost: Ghost stories from the Indian Hills

This is it.. Get spooked and have fun with lots of spooky stories and plenty of treats. Keep the lights on this night, because you never know what may be lurking in the dark. Happy Halloween to all.