“In love, we find out who we want to be; in war, we find out who we are.”

This is a plot set in German-occupied France during the second world war. The story follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, as they struggle to survive and persevere through the Nazi invasion. Their parallel stories are as different as their personalities but are just as suspenseful, complicated, and emotional. As the reader, you get to see the war that was taking place on the home front from each sister’s unique point of view. It is a heart-wrenching, beautiful and tragic story.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah offers a story of women surviving in unthinkable circumstances — the underestimated gender finding…


After Thoughts is a series where I jot down my thoughts on interesting books/movies. Where I look back and capture the ideas presented, insights, and takeaways!

Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is one of the best fiction reads I’ve read till now. I wish I had read it sooner. I wish I had questioned myself sooner. I wish.

I am 26 now and I guess it’s not so late in life to retrospect and act on my abilities.

So, on Feb 10th, 2021, I’ve set out to discover the answer to the book’s opening question: “Who is John Galt?”.


I graduated from one of the most prestigious institutes in India. I read, cook, paint, sketch, and sing. But, I still feel insecure about myself. I fear sleep. There’s anxiety constantly in my subconscious mind which keeps me awake, which makes me question my abilities, which makes me feel that I am good for nothing and that, I have to buckle up to win in this world. But is that true?

I struggle every single day with these kinds of thoughts. Especially when you are labeled in the market with “X”, “Y” “Z” skills/qualities, you are somehow trapped in it…

Aishwarya A R

Passionate reader, learner, and an aspiring writer.

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