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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Good bye to the world




No. Broken is not beautiful. The one who feels the pain knows. The knifes to the heart are real and so are the tears along with numbness of brain. You win. All of you win today. Congratulations. You have successfully managed to destroy a human being to the extend where there is nothing left. No joy. No happiness. No sorrow. No pain. No sadness. Nothing. There are no feelings. I write this today with a broken heart? No. Only if I could prove it to you, I am not broken, I am whole. What you disturbed was my soul. The inner me. My thoughts. My mind. My talks. My words. My notes. My existence. My being. Gone. Not in a spoof. Slowly. Gradually. The way water erodes a rock. I don't even have a count of what is left. The sobs and screams don't escape me anymore. They are nowhere to be found neither hidden beneath the layers around. 

Oh! My eyes! They did speak once upon a time, long time ago. Now they are instruments merely to see. The heart beats are measured and limited so may be breathing faster can just ring the timer. Create your own happiness, positivity, motivation and health you try to implement wisdom, but it is easier said than done. It is not ok to judge someone based on skin color, caste, religion, or country. It is not ok to hate someone because of their grades and body shape. You have no rights to question someone unless you, yourself, have done much better. You made this life a race which I refuse to run. The standards of being a good human based upon number of likes on Facebook and followers on Instagram is rendered useless when traits of someone who actually helps the world to be a better place is happily ignored. The destination is given more importance than the journey travelled. There are no such things as promises, all words said are mere speculations. Trust no man, no woman, nor a child, for you never know which one is sent just give you the drink with poison spiked. When will you learn? You cannot dictate to a person what they feel, emotions of their heart are not yours to stream. As you are online today commenting 'hot, sexy, cool' on someone's photo, how many of you bother to know her demons. With so many applications to stay connected and updated locations to post, how many actually wondered if she got back home? 'Gn.Sd.Tc' was the SMS you sent, did you check if she ever got enough rest?

What will you do when someone treats you the way you treat me today?What will you do when I show you your regrets come alive? When around your death-bed there will be no love, you will receive your answer loud and clear. No, this is not a bane nor a praise. None of this matters now though for some permanent effects will never be reversed, even if there is a feeling of remorse. 

I am tired. Tired of pretending for this mundane world. No longer can I take these fake blows. What I crave for is long gone. My story begun and abruptly paused. No one will ever know the importance of what I lost. I have been frantically searching for that one ray of hope to hold on, that hole from where the light penetrates the dark. Everything seems to be futile, all attempts are in vain, you did this to me but now it is I who suffers the consequences. I just wait, wait, and only wait, as along with hope leaves my breath. 

There is nothing you can do now. There is no one who can save. Blossomed dreams grow cold. These pair of eyes shut down forever. A broken heart leaves this world. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Snowfall




Years away from now, the night clad with snowflakes and adorned by empty streets. Who would you want to have by your side? A family of your own, making snow angels and gazing into starry night, creating memories and millions of reason to smile. Or will you walk this path alone while listening to soft music, wondering of all the ifs, buts, and may be. Be certain for you are responsible for the falls you miss as the number of snowfalls you witness in a lifetime are already numbered to a certainity. 


Monday, March 26, 2018

Book review : Single Rule for Success




Book: Single Rule for Success
Connect with Author: Vedant Khandelwal  (FacebookInstagramWebsiteLinkedInGoodreadsTwitter)
Buy here: AmazonKindleFlipkartPothi.com
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Review:

Success. How do you define this word? Even if you did, how do you achieve it? Are there any particular steps to follow to reach the top of the mountain? Well, this is the right kind of book for you. To begin with, the cover is brilliant. The vibrant color and rightly placed graphics make you want to just grab the book at read. It is relevant though? Absolutely! Not only relevant, it is easy to understand and carry out as well. This book gives you examples of real life situations which one may face, this makes the book more realistic and approachable. Is it some super-secret, quick working formula? Well, that depends on how easily you adapt and are open to receive the lessons put across in this book. It certainly has a user friendly approach to guide you, to permit you to recognize, and utilize the opportunities which are put forward in your way. It is the motivational push you need to get you moving and keep you moving ahead steadily.

A must read for obvious reason. Generate the will power required to believe in yourself. Mr. Vedant Khandelwal is certainly ‘successful’ in bringing together this wonder piece of literature which is relevant and a need of the hour for people who want to have a deeper understanding of themselves and of the path towards success.

I am sure the author will want you all to remember that it is never too late to start a new beginning. So grab a copy of this beauty and set your mind on a frequency to achieve the best.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Book review : Flowers of Sapphire




Book: Flowers of Sapphire 
Connect with Author: Anubhav Srivastava (YourQuoteFacebookGoodreads)
Reviewed for: Half Baked Beans
For Purchase: Amazon
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Story Review:

Love. An emotion we seldom feel, rarely create, and moreover, misjudge and misunderstand. Is it the same with Kafka and Vivah? Kafka has been in love before. Mira, she was the one, it has been three years since, but the memories are still fresh as if no time has passed in between. Vivah enters Kafka’s life and the equations start to change. Will Kafka be able to give up on the memories of Mira which he so dearly held on for such a long time? The romance is sensual, is it love though? Will this manifest into something which lasts? Open “Flowers of Sapphire” and keep on turning the pages to relinquish these questions you face.

To Read or Not To Read:

Although just an 80 pager book, Flowers of Sapphire is high intense read for a day which demands your complete attention. Hop, skip, and jump will not work as you read it slowly, taking your own sweet time, and consuming every word that the story narrates. Heavy words are used which makes it extremely necessary for the reader to capture the words to understand the true essence of the conveyed plot. Read the blurb and you shall know what you are aiming at. The storyline, concept, plot, and characters move in a definite synchronization and have a good buildup. Surely, you can settle down with this book for more than once and read it over again as if new and hence makes it a book to be kept on your shelf. A must read!  

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book review : Reminiscences of a Seeker




Book: Reminiscences of a Seeker - the dark face of the white world
Author Connect: Kapil Kumar Bhaskar [Website,Facebook, InstagramGoodreads ]
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Story:

Kapil is in search of a guru – a teacher who will hold his hand and guide him thru various tunnels of spiritual channels. On his journey through various facades of this unfamiliar domain, Kapil encounters things which are difficult to explain and more difficult to understand to the cores, however, it is a true story of experiences which Kapil himself has been through. This read helps the reader to understand various questions which all of us have asked at the least once in life – What is happiness? What should be our goal in this life? Which path to take? Does God actually exist? And many more. Walk with Kapil to find if he reaches his main aim of knowing the greatest power and Supreme Being.

To Read or Not To Read:

Definitely a must read for anybody and everybody. Why, you ask? Well, spirituality is certainly a touchy subject and relative to every person. When you read a book which gives you the gist of the journey traveled, it draws you towards it. All the more being a true story of Author Kapil Kumar Bhaskar himself, it is far more intriguing to know what is to happen ahead. The language used is simple and easy to understand. This is one book you will not regret having on your shelf allowing you the access to this rarely explored world at will. The title is very apt to the content and this book will certainly let you travel along author as he explores the dark face of the white world!

**Thank you to BananiVista for review copy**

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book review: Inside the Heart of Hope


Book: Inside the Heart of Hope
Author: Rishabh Puri
For purchase: Click here
Goodreads review: Here!

Story:
Aortic Valve Stenosis, ever heard of it? A disease which many of us have not even thought of is an everyday reality for Rick. Extensive pressure on heart has invaded his life and as a result he is required to go thru various surgeries. Doctors suggest Rick to be in a relaxed environment as much as possible, avoiding tension or stress as it will definitely add more strain on his heart and plus to avoid a lot of physical activity to keep his heart happy for a while. Rick has his friends and family for support, however, will love be able to find Rick in this chaos? Even if his love lady walked into his life, will she accept him for the struggles he goes thru daily? As very aptly said, Inside the Heart of Hope is a story of strong will, perseverance and optimism which will make you wonder if sky is really the limit.

To Read or Not To Read:
Although the book is under fictional category, it reads more like a memoir. The story has certain true elements to mix with the fictitious part. It is a very simple read and not very difficult to understand. The language is subtle and plain, the plot is very guessable as you move towards the end. There is no definite character buildup, although this isn't really necessary for the plot of this story line, it would have been an interesting element. It makes a good read for reading beginners and for those who has going through a similar phase as the main character in the story. It does have a good motivational element to it. When you have an afternoon off and want to have a little one-on-one reading session with your heart, this one is for you. 

**Thank you Bookfever.net for review copy**


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gudi Padwa / Ugadi / Cheti Chand / Navreh : Science & Rational


Maharashtra and Maharashtrians around the world celebrate Gudi Padwa today. A new year marking the start of Chaitra Month as per Hindu Calendar. All are busy in preparations, the Gudi is up, rangoli is done, flowers decorate the corridors, and the home is smelling of traditional dishes being cooked. However, how many of us actually know and understand the 'why' behind Gudi Padwa? As children, when we get curious over everything and ask questions, we must have asked 'Why do we celebrate Gudi Padwa?' Our parents must have told us, 'because it is our new year, we have been celebrating it for many years now!' and they would have explained us the rituals and traditions but out of all this, only one thing must have excited us, new clothes! Our basic question though, has still remained unanswered, 'Why do we celebrate Gudi Padwa?' 

Indian culture has never been discreet or irrational, it has openly embraced science and aligned the festivals and rituals to it. Gudi Padwa is celebrated as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh, Cheti Chand by Sindhis, Navreh by Kashmiris, and in North East Manipur, this same festival is known as Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba. Without dwelling much on the traditional aspect of this festival, let us view it from a different angle.  If we look at Gudi Padwa logically, we will certainly be delighted to know the following rationals behind it;

1. Gudi Padwa is known as the new year as the Lunar Calendar of Hindu's starts from this day. It is the first day of Marathi calendar of Chaitra and on a similar line first day of Sindhi month of Chet, hence they celebrate it as Cheti Chand. 

2. A mixture of Neem leaves, tamarind, and Jaggery is eaten as Prasad during Gudi Padwa. Neem signifies the bitterness or sorrows one cannot run away from whereas Jaggery is the sweetness or happiness we all experience. This imparts the learning that one must move ahead is life balancing both the positive and negative aspect of life. Besides, Neem, Tamarind, and Jaggery have medicinal properties. When consumed together it makes way for detoxification of the blood and strengthening the immune system. Not only is the body purified but also positive thoughts are built in an individual when the logic is known. Sindhis celebrate it by worshipping water - the main elixir of life - signifying that life needs to be celebrated. For Ugadi, a special preparation of pachadi is prepared which includes flavours of sweet, sour, salty and bitter, reinforcing the above logic.  

3. The Gudi which is usually erected at entrance and windows of households is not an ancient way to celebrate this festival. This tradition was started by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja. This was done keeping in mind that the aspects of this festival must reach every individual. Being the learned King that he was, Shivaji Maharaj understood the importance of imparting the right knowledge. A traditional Gudi consists of Mango leaf, cloth, Copper vessel, flowers, and the surrounding area is decorated with rangoli, all of this has the properties of welcoming happy vibes and fulfiling the aim of spreading the message. Since it was started by Shivaji Maharaja, the Gudi is absent from most of the other religious celebrations. However, the rangoli, flower garlands, food preparation, and of course, the new clothes remain common. For Navrej, the preparations by Kashmiri Pandits is similar to that of Iranians celebrating Navroz. They worship the new calendar on this day.   

4. India is considered to be dominated by Agriculture, more in the past than it is now. This day marks the beginning of spring and harvesting season for farmers and hence the celebrations.

5. Spiritually speaking, for Hindus, Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu), Hanumana, Laxamana, and Sita reached Ayodhya. For Sindhis, this day marks as the birth of Lord Jhulellal (incarnation of Lord Varuna) It is also believed that Lord Brahma created the Universe on this very day which again marks a new beginning. 

6. Astrologically, this day is marked as the commencement of New Moon. Also, the Sun rises to mark the beginning of first zodiac sign, Aries, again marking a new beginning and cycle thru the perspective of Zodiac.

7. Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba celebrated by North East Manipur marks the start of the new calendar and traditionally, they indulge in spring cleaning before the festival arrives. The same is followed by Maharashtrians before Gudi Padwa. This helps to throw out negativity from the home we reside in and making it a better place to live.

8. The Sun crosses the equator during Gudi Padwa which is the reason why we have equal length of day and night for a while. This is also the reason why rising early in the morning and worshipping is considered to be auspicious. The rays of Sun are prominent in the first 5 to 7 minutes of its rising, emitting the Teja and Prajapati rays. The rays are emitted by Sun at different frequencies and while it is over the equator the frequencies of Teja and Prajapati are at the strongest thru the year. As per ancient texts, it is believed that when the body receives the rays emitted at this frequency, the rays penetrate the body and can be retained for a longer time, improving the bodily functions.  

9. None of our festivals is complete without the basic prayer chants. Every religion has its respective chants, however, these chants have a very positive effect on the mind and brain functioning. It has been scientifically proven that the sound you hear has an effect on even the tiniest cell of your body. The vibrations cause the cells to either develop or decay at the faster rate. It has been observed that when we chant Om, mantras, subtle prayers, shankhanaad, the frequency of sound of the bell, and low pitched prayers majorly have a positive effect on cells allowing it to improve the body function.

We have always grown up hearing stories from our parents and follow them without knowing the logically rational behind them. Indian traditions hold deeper truths than we can imagine. In all the westernization of world, we have lost the touch of our own culture and values. Now, it is our responsibilities on how we let our children see this world and how we teach them the importance of our traditions. Our Vedas, texts, mantras, are already developed in a way that even in the modern world, we can very easily follow them to experience peace and leading a fulfilling life. If never knew the logic because our parents never did, if we are able to arm our future generations with the logic of our culture, traditions, festivals, and why we follow the custom that we do, then definitely we will see a much smarter, self-educated, and happy generation ahead. If we can keep our Children happy and raise happy kids, we are truely headed towards a more developed future. It is in our hands now to allow what is right and take a U-turn to a time when India was one of the most developed nations with the powerful tool of knowledge. 

Here is wishing you all a very Happy Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Cheti Chand, Navreh, and Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba! Different names, diverse religions, but our roots are same and joined together by one nation.       
|| Hari: Om ||

 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Seven Sins


It's a typical Sunday morning,
The guests are just starting to float in. 


The sun is up and so is the decoration, 

Everything is perfect, and wheels are set in motion. 


On arrival the guests are greeted with sweets and smiles,

What do they hide behind it, all this while?


As the procession begins, things get more clear,

On the outside, they all are each others cheerleaders.

Some guests impatiently wait to be given attention,

Being center of attraction is only their motivation. 

Till then they talk about how they can pull off a better scene,

Greedy for attention and money-grubbing is plainly seen.

A little humour or a small discomfort is all it takes

It is a tiny dust of wrath but into a storm it bakes.

Little do they care of the functions and rituals,

As long as they showcase their outfits and rich jewels.

Gluttony! Their face may as well scream, 

"Foodfood, free food" with hunger they beam.

Arrangements are class apart,

Hard work of all, seen right from the start. 


Yet there are some who frown on impulse,

Envious that for them it is not done, they repulse. 

Right there! There in the corner, you see,

Is the father of the bride to be. 


Trying to make everything perfect for his little angel, 

Tired and tensed, sloth he must, for the story of his baby girl.

Dressed up in a flawless gown, 

Here comes the Bride! Twinkle in eyes, hazel and brown!

It's her day today, something she has imagined for years,

But quintessential is reality, far more superior.


She can feel the Groom staring at her, 

The desires, dreams, hopes and lust of the future together. 

Time halts in this moment of eye connection, 

The Groom proudly holds her hand and they move ahead in unison. 

In spite of all the theories, attending weddings, and articles read, 

Nothing can prepare them for their journey ahead. 

It's unique, it's theirs to write and experience,

They will have their own serious, humourous, joyous, crying, and emotional moments. 

What is to come is never known, 

Even if one wears the King's crown. 

Irrespective of how things have been, 

Everyone blesses the couple for a great beginning.


It's strange but as true as it can be, 
Envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath, sloth, and pride.

All the seven 'sins' of humanity,
Are present at a big, fat wedding!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Book review : Relics of Magic






Book: Relics of Magic

Story Review:

The Blurb gives is amazing gist of story and really what you read here is what you get. When you hear the word ‘magic’ what is the first thing that comes to you mind? The tricks, the universe, the night, or the touch of someone special. The word gets its meaning from the way a person interprets it. Ajieth wants to become a Magician and this story is his journey as he inches closer to this destination. However, success is not as easy as it sounds, Ajieth is faced with various dilemmas and must overcome them to reach where he wants to. Amidst all this chaos is his childhood love and the urge to want her. Will he get success here at least? Read and find, peeps! 

To Read or Not To Read:

Author has kept the language very down to Earth which makes it easy to read. Although, at certain stages Science is involved (very necessary) for explanation, it is still not rocket science and will make sense as you proceed through the book. The story line is quite interesting and unique as there are not many books which show the journey of Magician as beautifully and meaningfully as this one does. This one is definitely a page turner and will keep you engaged till the end. If you have one entire day in your hand and don’t know what to do with it. Read this one! It’s a short, entertaining, read for those lazy days when you feel like being wrapped up in blanket with a good book and some pasta for company.

*Book reviewed for Half Baked Beans

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hold my hand


Hold my hand and let me take you to places away from here. Where the world as we know ceases to exist and everything is a possibility. Let me paint the future for you and wipe the slate of past. Let us, together, traid the winds of far across storms, experience the water calm, the desserts which shine, the snow which cools the night, shower in the rains and the pleasant spring wind blows. Life is short and there is so much yet to be done, so just hold my hand and let me take you on this adventure!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Book review : For A Girl In A Star




Book: For A Girl In A Star
Author: Ratna Chandu

Story:


Two childhood friends. Two different personalities. Two lives. One disastrously beautiful story. Two best friends falling in love with the same girl. We have heard this before. Ofcourse. But the twists and turns in this story are far ahead of what you can imagine. Sahas and Avinash struggle with their feelings of friendship, love and family. How will they cope up with this? To add fuel to fire, Sahas runs into his father, the one who abondoned his mom and him when he was just a child. When these two diverses collide, hell breaks out. Will this friendship survive the bumpy, violent ride? Read and find out.



To read or not to read:



Most of the chapters are to the point with no batting around the bush. At times you may have read the sentence again just to realize the impact of what you have read. The language is simple, easy to comprehend, and it's a quick read. Carry this one in your Kindle for those boring travels and weekend mornings. Will definitely recommend and will wait for authors next one.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Let the Phoenix be reborn


Pic courtesy: Lauri L


You know that sick feeling in your stomach when the world seems to pass by while you stay rooted to one spot. Stuck. Numb. Immobile. Perplexed you search for that one familiar hand to hold on but it's no longer meant for you. All you can do is leave. Tears serve no purpose nor do the thousand memories. When a soul loses to this materialistic world, it is universe that weeps for its own failure. You tried, baby girl, you really did. Your mistake? You put your whole heart to it. The knots in stomach increase as your will power diminishes. Come on let the tears flow and drain you out. It's only a while till you put up that brave face, you know that. Let the blackness engulf you. No one is here for you, don’t you dare cry for help. You betrayed it, crushed it, smashed it to dust and yet listen, listen you fool, the heart is willing to guide you. The stubbornness to avoid it is here to stay, even whilst heart beat slowdown in bits and pieces. The goosebumps are real, so is the cold, then what makes your heart warm now? Is it the stabs of hot knife across your throat? 

"Where to from here, Miss? Where does your road lead?" the guardian angel asks
As if in answer,  you succumb on ground and slowly realize; the way ahead is clouded, foggy, and that one hand, still remains missing.

Light withdraws itself as black becomes prominent. With no strength left to fight this sphere. There now, there flow those drops, are they tears or blood? The black round on red almond, eyes now have no strength to stay open. Who do you blame for what has become of you? Everyone in the world is to name a few. Let it be attributed to the stars who chose not to align, pin it on the universe where appeals go unheard, responsible are the planets for their unfaithful position, each one with overly high expectations in mundane world is accountable, liable are ones setting just for adjustment, culpable are those who migrated from lands far, and finally you, yourself, for being the one from a different era.

Close your eyes, baby girl, shut them now. Sleep, forever, let the phoenix be reborn!

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