“ Jo expressed her desire to have Arabian steeds, rooms piled high with books, and I’d write out of a magic inkstand, so that my works should be as famous as Laurie’s music. ” ~~Little Women
I still remember the day I read the famous classic “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott for the first time. I was almost 14 years old and I borrowed the book from a library. The very first chapter itself drew me into the story of the four sisters and their family whom I grew to love over the years. The story has never left my heart even though I never re-read it until recently. Even after reading so many other books I still find those little women captivating. Each time I read the book I am filled with an overwhelming sense of happiness and joy that I am at a loss to describe in words.
“ Little women” has influenced me a great deal as a growing girl. I consider myself lucky enough to read this epic classic at the right time as I was at the same age as the characters. The four sisters with vividly different characters have been my friends from the very first chapter onwards. I learned a lot from them and their family and I literally feel like I grew up with them. And I loved and loved the character of little Jo whom I consider as one of my favorite fictional characters.
Even though I like all the sisters, my love for Jo is much much greater. And the reason for that is quite simple. Her thoughts and attitude are so relatable for me and I can find a part of myself in her everytime I read the book. She is the bravest and the most bold character who did things in her own way. Although she is a girl who lived inside books and loved writing, she never let go of reality. She believed in the power of women and their independence and wished to be a great writer. Everytime I read about her I could sense a growing affection in my heart towards her. A little of Jo has always been in my heart and I will nourish her forever.
As I came to know that the film adaptation of the novel was being released in 2019, I remember being overjoyed by the news that I could actually see one of my favorite stories being depicted visually. But I hesitated for a little while after it got released. I have imagined a beautiful world of Little Women in my mind which is so special for me. What if the film is vastly different from it ? I couldn't bear to get my little world that I loved dearly shattered by the visual media influence of the film.
Nevertheless I was also immensely curious to see it. So after much hesitation and doubt, I saw the film today and I can't describe how beautiful it is ! It was even better than any of my imagination.The film has exceptional beauty and charm. The beautiful sceneries of the 19th century countryside are a visual treat for the eyes. The characters are portrayed warmly and in every way real as I imagined them to be. Jo stole my heart again and made me love her even more. And once again I got lost in “Little Women ” all over again.
Each and every girl should read this book at least once in her life and then we would realize that the story is something that every girl can relate to. Considering the fact that the book was published in the late 1860s , this sets the undeniable proof that even if a girl read this book hundred years from now, she too would find at least a tiny bit of any of the sisters in herself. A timeless classic ! This story will be forever in my heart no matter how old I become.
प्रिय कवि/लेखक/कलाविद टैगोर का जन्मदिवस हो और पाठकों की वॉल उनकी कविताओं से न सजी हो, ऐसा सम्भव ही कहां... पर मुझे तो रवि दा की स्केचिंग उनके शब्दों से भी कहीं ज़्यादा भाती है... भाव संप्रेषण शब्दों पर निर्भर कहां.. मन में उठती तरंगें, अक्सर रंगों और सुरों में ही सध जाया करती हैं.. बहरहाल रोबी दा का बनाया स्केच आपके साथ शेयर कर रही हूं.. कभी बहुत दिल से लिखा था इनके बारे में.. चाहें तो इस लिंक पर पढ़ सकते हैं नहीं तो उनका जादू महसूस करने के लिए तो खैर ये चित्र ही काफी हैं :)