Say you care:
I must admit, being a woman, I could almost feel Katherine's heartache and pain when she loses Arthur. Can you imagine the pain?...to find that 'someone' you love so intimately, your soul mate and then lose them by a stroke of fate? It made me realise that having our loved ones around should not always be taken for granted and now might be a better time than any other to let them know how much they mean to you....those of us who fight and bicker for petty things might be a little more considerate if we realise these are precious moments we are wasting!..I dont believe in acting lovey-dovey all the time, but I do agree that thinking of the bigger picture (i.e. each of us have are here on a limited time offer) will make us nicer people....think about it!
Peace is the only ending:
At some point in the book, Katherine (Gregory, really) thinks 'War does not answer war, war does not finish war. The only ending is peace'. If only these stupid politicians and terrorists understood this....if they knew that by harboring religious hatred and violence, all they are doing is nurturing an insatiable beast...what kind of a world do we think we will leave behind for the coming generations?...anywho, wont get too carried away here (after the mumbai blasts, its difficult not to)...but I do wish there is more peace in this world...reminds me of John Lennon's 'Imagine'...check out the video here!
Say yes to the girl child:
King Henry VIII (yes, the same amorous, disgusting king husband) ended up divorcing Katherine for not producing a male heir...didnt matter that she had a daughter..didn't matter that she suffered through a number of miscarriages/stillborns...all he wanted was a boy and heir (what the heck!!!)...sad to say. we are in the 2000s now and nothing has changed...I have heard so many stories about people, especially Indians, who will keep on going till they have a boy child....then there are others who wont hesitate to kill a female child....what a sin!!....Also makes me thank God for giving me the loveliest parents who were content with two girls!