Κυριακή, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2011

a passage to india

I haven't blogged lately because my teacher of english gave me a book to read. It is called the passage to india by Forster.

The book is set in India and it tries to explain the relations between the Indians and British colonists. Two British ladies visit India and one Indian doctor suggests a trip to some caves. However, an unfortunate event destroys the excursion and friendship between the Indian doctor and the British ladies is destroyed.

Here is the summary of the novel taken by http://classiclit.about.com/od/passagetoindia/fr/aa_passage.htm

The main incident of the novel is the accusation by an English woman that an Indian doctor followed her into a cave and attempted to rape her. Doctor Aziz (the accused man) is a respected member of the Muslim community in India. Like many people of his social class, his relationship with the British administration is somewhat ambivalent. He sees most of the British as enormously rude, so he is pleased and flattered when an English woman, Mrs. Moore, attempts to befriend him.

Fielding also becomes a friend, and he is the only English person who attempts to help him--after the accusation is made. Despite Fielding's help, Aziz is constantly worried that Fielding will somehow betray him). The two part ways and then meet many years later. Forster suggests that the two can never really be friends until the English withdraw from India.

In total I have to say that it was an interesting book. One can clearly see the feelings of the indians who were conquered by the British. Indians loathe the discipline and cold heart of the British and the British colonists hate the emotions which rule the lives of the Indians. The end is quite sad and as the writer suggests there is no future in the relations between the two nations unless the British leave India.

It took me a lot of time to read it and I can't say that it was very enjoyable but it helped me a lot with my english and it was something different.

You can find some more information here 

Κυριακή, 2 Οκτωβρίου 2011

You won't believe this!

I was at this party on Friday night with my friend K. when this guy came and started talking to me.  Everything seemed to be going so well that I gave him my phone number.  But as I was typing the phone, I wasn’t thinking and accidentally put my dad’s number in his phone!  The next morning my dad woke up to a text saying, “I had a great time with you last night at the party!” I got in soooo much trouble, and that guy thought I deliberately tried to blow him off by giving him my dad's number.” K. laughs at the memory of me typing the wrong number and chuckles everytime I call her for advice. She thinks my story is for a laugh but I want to have the last laugh.
HEEEELP!!!!  what can I do? Help or I will be in conflict with my parents for the rest of my school years.

Σάββατο, 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011

This is one of my favourite paintings.  First of all because I am a romantic person, secondly because there is so much symbolism in it.

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It is called Primavera (Allegory of Spring) and it was painted by Sandro Botticelli in about 1482 that is in Renaissance.

You can see six girls and two boys in an orange grove. To the right of the painting, you can see a woman with a crown of flowers who takes flowers from her dress and scatters them. Next to her is a woman in white who is being seized by a boy with puffed cheeks. This boy is Zephyrus who kidnaps the Nymph Chloris.  Later on he marries her and transforms her into the goddess of Spring, Flora who is the girl scattering roses on the ground.

Central and somewhat isolated from the other figures stands a red-draped woman in blue. This is Venus.  The trees behind her form a broken arch.

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Zephyrus and Chloris
Chloris transforms into Flora
 On the left a group of three girls in diaphanous white dresses join hands in a dance while a boy with a sword and a helmet is trying to catch a cloud. Above their heads you can see cupid who aims at them with his arrow.  The girls are the Graces who accompany Venus.

Botanologists have studied the painting and have found out that there are there are 500 identified plant species depicted in the painting, with about 190 different flowers.Out of the 190 different species of flowers depicted, at least 130 have been specifically named.

You can see the painting in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

the Graces

What I like in the painting is how Chloris is transformed into the Goddess of Spring.  I like the image of Venus in the middle and the happy and joyful dance of the Graces. Although the painting has darkened during the course of the years I can't help imagining how it must have been when Botticelli painted it. I would like to go to Florence and see it one day.

What do you like on this painting?

Δευτέρα, 8 Αυγούστου 2011

writing outside

It's after midnight and I am ready to go to bed. Today my friend S came home. we went outside in the balcony and we lit candles and lanterns. It was very beautiful. Then we took our soft drinks and lots of water and we sat outside talking and talking. It's quite cool tonight. On Tuesday it will be hot again. we had such fun and talked about everything. She left 1 hour ago and then I started surfing on the net. my mum turns the adsl off when she goes to bed because she says that it's not good to have it on at night. She may be right. But I took my laptop outside and thanks god I got a free connection. So, mum thinks I am in bed, though I am out here saying hello to everyone. Actually, I'm saying goodnight.   ^_^

Τρίτη, 2 Αυγούστου 2011

The time of my life

On Friday I had the time of my life. My cousin's friend would get married on Sunday and the girl friends would organize a bachelor's party. My cousin, whom I love very much, took me with her.

We went to GAZI in a bar called GAZAKI. There was a nice veranda on the top of it which was full of tables and a bar. All the girls had Margaritas but the barman made some juice for me because I was little. However, my cousin let me try some Margarita which is a very stong coctail full of tequila. I can't say I liked it very much.

The music was very different to the one I am used to, but it was very interesting and I like it. Although all the people were over 25 I didn't feel bad. I danced with the girls and we had such fun. I liked that I listened to something different and I went to a real bar in the centre of Athens. The place was crowded after 12:30. We left at 4:00 and we went for souvlaki. Most girls were drunk and wanted to eat and drink something before they get into their cars.

It was one of the most fantastic times in my life. Being with my cousin and so many grown up girls was awesome.

Παρασκευή, 29 Ιουλίου 2011

One of my favourite paintings

This is one of my favourite paintings. It was painted by Diego Velázquez in 1656. The painting is called Las Meninas, the spanish word for The Maids of Honour.

The painting shows a large room in the Madrid palace of King Philip IV of Spain, and presents several figures. ] Some look out of the canvas towards the viewer, while others interact among themselves. The young Infanta Margarita is surrounded by her entourage of maids of honour, chaperone, bodyguard, two dwarfs and a dog. Just behind them, Velázquez portrays himself working at a large canvas. Velázquez looks outwards, probably where the king and the queen stand. In the background there is a mirror that reflects the upper bodies of the king and queen.
what I like in this painting is that it looks as if you stand outside and you look at the scene. Take a look at the painter, the man leaving the room and the king and queen shown on the mirror.
 Isn't it different from other paintings?

Τετάρτη, 20 Ιουλίου 2011

Shhhh! Everyone is sleeping!

It's quite of boring in the house.  Everyone is sleeping and I don't know what to do.There is nothing to watch on TV. There is nothing to do in the house and I don't feel like surfing on the net today. Have you got any suggestions for me?

Δευτέρα, 18 Ιουλίου 2011

What a day!

It's very hot today. I went shopping today. I went to AVENUE shopping mall and I bought a dress for a wedding. My friend M. couldn't come with me so I took my mum with me.  She complained all the time. She thought that I had to buy a long dress and I wanted a short one. I have wonderful legs mum!!!

Anyway we found something we both liked and here it is now in my room.  Now I have to buy some nice shoes. I want high heeled shoes but my mum shouts and complains. I'll see what I can do. I will try to go shopping with M. next time.