BA’s 2013 End-of-Year Countdown #5

The 2013 End of Year CountdownFor something different to bring in the new year, I thought I’d create a countdown of book-related posts. Each day, as 2014 approaches, one of my posts will go up. If you want to take part, you’re more than welcome to.

I’m coupling this countdown with the BA Posts Challenge, but you don’t need to do the same. You can share these posts in any order you wish, as spaced out as you wish, and interpret the topics in a way that suits you. You can find all the countdown topics here.

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BA’s End of Year Countdown Day #5 Memorable Fictional Places Discovered in 2013

These places can be somewhere you’d love to go or they can be somewhere to give you nightmares. What made them memorable? Why would you visit, or not visit? How did they make you feel? Continue reading

Review: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRocheLove can make a person do crazy things. .

Torre DeRoche is a city girl with a morbid fear of deep water. She is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific Ocean aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat, a new relationship and her floundering sanity afloat.

But when she meets Ivan, a handsome Argentinean with a humble sailboat and a dream to set off exploring the world, Torre has a hard decision to face: watch the man she loves sail away forever, or head off on the epic watery journey with him. Suddenly the choice seems simple. She gives up her sophisticated city life, faces her fear of water (and tendency towards seasickness) and joins Ivan on a year-long voyage across the Pacific.

Set against the backdrop of the world’s most beautiful and remote destinations, Love with a Chance of Drowning is a sometimes hilarious, often moving and always breathtakingly brave memoir that proves there are some risks in life worth taking. An engaging story teller, Torre is also author of The Fearful Adventurer, a blogsite where she posts honest accounts of her deep fears and daring adventures hoping to inspire others to follow their dreams. Film rights for Love with a Chance of Drowning have been optioned and the script adaptation is currently underway.

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Feature: Historical Travel by Aliya Anjum

I remember one hot August afternoon in Philadelphia, US, when I was being given a historical tour of the city by a very jovial gentleman who was later to become my favorite professor.  This was part of the international student orientation and the professor had volunteered to show us his city and its rich past.  What struck me most was that during the tour he said that the city’s history may not impress those of us who come from countries with thousands of years of history.  While it is true that the history he was relating was at most three centuries old, but nonetheless it was fascinating to hear about the early struggles and triumphs of a fledgling United States of America.  Take for example the story of the American flag, sewn by a woman named Betsy Ross, after she was shown a rough drawing.  Her house is close to the famed Liberty Bell, in the heart of Philadelphia city.  Philly as its popularly called, is a very vibrant university town where you can explore American history by day and watch world class entertainment by night.

That’s just my kind of travel.

New York City, Rome, Madrid, Athens, Singapore and Cairo are some of the world’s most famous cities that I have had the privilege of visiting.  These cities have skyscrapers, metro trains, bustling airports, plush hotels and fine dining, but the core of these cities is their history, which gives them a unique charm and a distinct identity. Continue reading

An Interview With Aliya Anjum

Recently I was able to review two works by author Aliya Anjum, Two Weeks of Solo Travel in Greece: A Pakistani Girl’s Diary and An Arranged Marriage, and as part of our BA Mini Event she’s kindly taken the time to let me interrogate her!

Apart from being an author Aliya is also a history and travel buff, as you’ll be able to see in the interview below, with her own history including teaching, journalism, hosting a current affairs program, working for the Pakistani government, and studying in both her home country of Pakistan and abroad.

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Author Aliya Anjum

1. Globalisation is a topic that crops up several times in Two Weeks, what do you feel are some pros and cons of globalisation?

Globalization has connected people like never before due to quantum leaps in technology.  My e-books selling on Amazon to customers across continents are a testament to Globalization.  In my opinion the greatest upside of Globalization is the communication revolution.  If used prudently, it can bring people together to serve humanity.

On the downside, globalization favors Corporations.  They are benefiting from Globalization, often at the expense of the poor in almost all countries, including western countries as we have seen in case of Greece. Continue reading

Review + Giveaway: Two Weeks of Solo Travel in Greece by Aliya Anjum

Today kick starts our first BA Mini Event here at Bookish Ardour with…

From today until the 23rd you’ll be able to read reviews of books by author Aliya Anjum, with guest posts, an interview, and we finish it all off with an eBook giveaway! Don’t forget to check back each day for all the posts included in this mini event. Continue reading