Friday, July 24, 2015

#JTWYAReadAlong Disussion Post #2

Hi, everyone! Today, I have for you the second discussion post of the Just The Way You Are read-along. If you missed out on the first one, you can check it out right here. I hope that all the participants are liking the book.

If you're done with part two of the book that's to be the topic of discussion today, you'll know that there's not much to discuss about this particular part of the book, which makes up the entire chapter eight. The only highlight of part two can possibly be the mother-son relationship portrayed there. It was all very filmy for me and I really do not see any reason that's convincing enough for me to understand why Sameer stopped talking to his mom. The obvious generation gap and upbringing differences didn't add up to much either. What I did like about this part is the pace of the book. Everything moved at lightning speed and that was really a positive because suddenly there was action. Something was happening, so that was great.

What are your thoughts on Sameer's relationship with his mother? Do you believe that any of the side was well justified? How would you feel about just stopping talking to your mother altogether?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or you can even make your own post. If you have any questions, just ask! As for the author interaction this time, my question for Sanjeev is:

Does the mother-son relationship portrayed in your book have anything to do with your relation with your mother? What kind of relation do you share with your mother?

Thank you for stopping by, and happy reading! 


  1. Nice that you've enjoyed the pacing of this story. I think his mom would have to do something pretty awful for him to stop talking to her, I know I wouldn't have stopped talking to my mom unless it was pretty serious. Hope you had fun with the rest of the story, Sarika! :)

  2. I sense a disconnect between the first and the second part of the book. But again, that does not make it less interesting. The story was flowing smoothly and I did not realise when I drifted from the second to the third part and gradually towards the end of the book.
    Yes, there is a void in the story as far as Sameer's reason for not talking to his mother goes, but then, we can conveniently assume that it must have been something very personal for Sameer and he did not wish to share it with his readers.

    I beg to differ with what Sarika feels about generation gap not being a reason good enough. Well, actually and from my observation, this generation gap can play havoc with the kid especially in today's time. It has become imperative for the parents to keep up with the new generation and be a friend more than a guardian.

    Coming to your questions, Sarika, I feel what happens between Sameer and his mom is but normal. Let's face this fact - many families go through these circumstances and I just heard of one yesterday. I am not saying that because I am still a kid to my parents.
    Teenage and young adulthood is a time when we go through a lot of hormonal changes and mood swings. With the advent of social media and IT, more and more parents are becoming aware of this fact. Mood swings coupled with the stress of a competitive world puts a lot of pressure on the child and s/he vent it on their parents. However, if the parents are not in a position to understand, then, even a casual chit-chat can turn into a heated argument and that can make the child withdraw himself into his shell. So I feel Sameer's side is well justified.
    They say we must understand our parent's point of view as well. But how do you expect a mature behaviour from a kid if the parents aren’t behaving maturely enough?

    There are times when I stop talking to one of my parents. And that happens when I sense something wrong with their behaviour towards me – either they are too rude or too critical of me. While many of you might say that this is inappropriate and a suit yourself style of living, but I feel more than being a child to my parents, I have a responsibility towards myself. And I will stand for myself even if that means standing against my parents. Parents have the right to guide us and show us right from wrong. But being over judgemental is not something I approve of. No matter where it is coming from. Every child is unique and they have the right to grow at their own pace.

    My question for Sanjeev is – If your mom would have been very critical of you and would compare you to every other child, how would you respond?

    My rating for this part of the book – 3 Owls


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