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Monday 11 January 2021

Memorable Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Memorable Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Memorable Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one of the most memorable books that I read in 2020. First published in the year 1890, this novel is Wilde’s most controversial works. The story explores the themes of beauty, art, love, and morality. The protagonist of the story is Dorian Gray who wishes for eternal youth at his soul's expense. That sounds dark, isn’t it? Dorian Gray is not remotely a likeable character and by the end of the book, you would very likely hate him. 

The book explores the dark side of the human psyche and it does it with precision and incisive wit in the prose. If you want to know more about the storyline I would suggest you check out the blurb on GoodReads and this wiki page tells all about why this book was surrounded by controversy when published.

What made the book memorable for me was not the storyline, but the tact with which it is narrated. The author is sometimes absolutely ruthless in stating his opinions – as uncomfortable as they may sound – you can’t deny there is some truth in them. The themes explored in the book are relevant even today - after more than a century of its first publication. You have to read it to know why. It is a relatively thin book for a classic and is a thought-provoking read.

Wednesday 6 January 2021

A Visit to Golconda Fort, Hyderabad | Few Interesting Facts About Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort Hyderabad
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

In the last week of December 2020, we went for an impromptu trip to the Golconda Fort. We have been living in Hyderabad for more than two years now, and for some reasons, this trip didn’t happen earlier. Even this time when we left our place for the fort, Google was suggesting that the fort might be temporarily closed (most likely covid restrictions, we assumed). But, we took our chances and went ahead with the plan, with the thought that in the worst-case scenario, we were just going on a long drive. But, luckily for us, the fort was open to a limited number of visitors. It turned out to be a great evening for us, and we had a lovely time exploring the fort the best way we could with a 5-year-old in tow.

The Golconda Fort is one of the landmark architectural masterpieces situated at the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad. Resting at an altitude of about 400 ft., it is one of the Deccan Plateau’s biggest fortresses. It has played an important role in the political developments of Southern India since centuries. From the Kakatiyas of Warangal to the Bahmanis and from Qutub Shahi Kings later to Aurangazeb, the fort served all the dynasties that ruled Hyderabad.
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