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An Aromatic Memory May 7, 2009

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Ilanji Flowers

Ilanji Flowers

Ilanji (Mimusops elengi) flowers have a sweet aroma that captures your mind and sometimes drives you to a state of ecstasy which you never want to leave. We (me and my sister) had a collection of those tiny brown flowers that we kept in a small bottle secretly. It was because we were always cognizant of the fact that Mom would throw the bottle away the moment she saw it. Her reason for doing so was that once out of the bottle, those flowers will be all over the floor, just like our books and it will be very difficult for her to clean it. I think besides this, she doesn’t want anything to be kept so long. Keeping books from primary school or even a newspaper cutting made her angry. During such times, it was our grandma who gave us support by saying that such things, though they are trivial, may be useful in the future. But in the case of these flowers, even grandma would accuse us for keeping such a “smelly thing” inside home as she believed that it attracted snakes. Though snakes were always a nightmare to us, we used to keep these flowers inside old boxes or even cupboards where we are almost sure that Mom’s eyes wouldn’t reach that often. Therefore, our dresses, books and other things always had a sweet scent which we loved. Now, I am missing those smells. There are no more Ilanji trees in our place now and no more hidden bottles. But the interesting thing is that snakes do keep coming into the house!

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“The Grapes of Wrath” May 7, 2009

Posted by linta in Turning the Pages.
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Cover Page of The Grapes of Wrath

Cover Page of The Grapes of Wrath

The only worthwhile thing that I could do during the last vacation was reading books. It was from the internet that I came across the title “The Grapes of Wrath.” After reading it, I can’t only say that it is one among the few brilliant books I have ever read. Set in the time of the Great Depression, the story reveals an often unnoticed, forgotten face of the U.S. Also, it is one of those books that made me cry. I can see my grandmother in the place of Ma, my grandpa as Pa, and my little sister as the innocent Rose of Sharon. In a situaion like the one that is described in the story, they will do the same as the characters did. In fact, it is not the story of the 20th century U.S. only, but can be applicable to any place, especially during that time of economic crisis. I have seen people moving from place to place without being able to settle anywhere in our place. The ending of not many novels have made me cry. While reading it, I was actually into it. There is not even a single part that makes us to feel bored. It is a really amazing, engrossing, emotional work; one of those must read items.