The Rantings of a Bookworm


January 2017

An Encounter With Privacy

Snails, turtles, silkworms and sea urchins
Seemed to me creatures most content
There’s always a private retreat for them,
And upon Privacy I was most bent.

“Oh how wonderful it would be”, I thought,
“If humans had as lucky a chance”,
For then I could be myself, my inner self,
That wished madly to sing, laugh and dance.

A halo around me, an invisible wall,
A comfort zone; was all I wanted,
Least did I want a connection with the world,
And with the pretence and pomposity it flaunted.

So I shunned all external friendship and judgement,
And built a sturdy, yet invisible wall around me
I revelled in Privacy’s blissful company,
Only to realise it would soon cease to be.

For though I could sing and dance to my heart’s content
And heartily rave and laugh like a lunatic,
Privacy was stifling and suffocating me, and I cried,
“The world is my home!”; I was woefully homesick.

I broke through the wall, in great earnest,
And re-joined my old world in haste;
Nasty, pretentious and pompous as it maybe,
We live in here, and without it, life would be a waste.


I know it’s a messy rant of a poem, please bear with me!

Daily Prompt: Privacy

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Book Review – The Elusive Pimpernel


the-elusive-pimpernel-imageAs much as this blog is titled ‘The Rantings of a Bookworm’, let me tell you, there couldn’t exist a lazier book-reader than what I have been for the last couple of years.

After what seems like an aeon, I finally managed to read one novel in its entirety – ‘The Elusive Pimpernel’ by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. It happens to be the sequel (the third in the series, in fact) to a novel that I read four years ago – ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, which was quite a huge sensation during the days it was enacted on stage. I had been so inextricably attached to it that I remember having marvelled at the plot for weeks after I had finished reading it.  The sequel – though one would have thought that writing an equally compelling follow-up was never an easy task – is as gripping and unputdownable as its predecessor. Continue reading “Book Review – The Elusive Pimpernel”

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