Summer vacation 2017 reading list

My few collection of books and e-book to read on my long vacation next week.

  • The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini) – halfway through
  • Life From Scratch: A memoir of Food, Family and Forgiveness (by Sasha Martin)
  • The Bone Clocks (by David Mitchell)
  • The Memory Box (by Eva Lesko Natiello)

I will definitely start with Life From Scratch.

Prepare for culinary life and adventure!


High And Low Notes

Who doesn’t familiar with Mitch Albom’s brilliant work ‘The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto’. It is one of my favourite. The literature is comprehensible but I was lost somewhere in the first few pages, thinking what was it trying to say – Music, baby, mother’s womb, guitar and suddenly about the magical strings. Nonsense! I almost stopped reading it. And then, okay, I braced myself continued reading. Until then I knew that I would be a foolish enough if I’d lost my patience and shut it.

“This is life. Things get taken away. You will learn to start over many times – or you will be useless.”

Our life is not constant. Well I don’t believe that we have to sacrifice to be happy or successful either. Forget the “life is fair” or “life is unfair”. You know what, life is like that. We have to understand our nature on how to survive in this world. We won’t grow into a person that we are at present if we don’t go through this “evolutionary process”. Whatever circumstances that we face, there’s always a price. So what do we do. We live in it, we embrace it and be thankful for it. Whether it be good or bad.

“The secret is not to make your music louder, but to make the world quieter.”

To be discovered, we struggle in life. To be praised, we struggle in life. To make it to the top, we struggle in life. Life without struggle is not normal even though one is gifted since infancy. Frankie Presto had proven it. We have to make a huge effort to create the right notes, producing a harmony. The music that will change our life. Yes, it will take years and years to make that sounds right. But what’s important – we have to have the courage to change the pitch. “…the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings.”


“But you cannot change your past, no matter how you craft your future.”

To be honest, my past wasn’t at all so good. I had both pleasurable and painful memories. All I did was ABCD which seems logical – accept, believe, change and determined. No one will be able to forget the past even though the quote is everywhere. Now that is a real bullshit. The bad ones can haunt you and predominate if you play the wrong notes. We have to help ourself to unmask it. Stand up and be confident. We create the future by learning from our past. Because without our past we will never discover our melody.