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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book review: 65 Colours of Rainbow

Book: 65 Colours of Rainbow
Know the author: Smit Kapila (Click here)
Publisher: Srishti Publishers and Distributers
ISBN 10: 9387022099
ISBN 13: 978-9387022096
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Purchase at: Amazon
Book Review:

"65 Colors of Rainbow" is a collection of 65 short stories with the theme of humour and work. It envisages a day-to-day work life situations which all of us may have experienced one day or other. If not, they are just around the corner waiting to happen. A very realistic approach conveyed on a lighter note. ‘The Brain’ and ‘The Feedback’ are two stories which stood out with exceptional humors as compared to others from same book.

To Read or Not to Read:

The language is subtle and easy to understand. Major add-on factor is the illustrations used for every chapter to depict what comes ahead. They are apt, precise, well placed and drawn beautifully. The humor is properly timed and will definitely make you roll around in laughter. The book is light and relaxing. It will keep you entertained on your ride to work. The title is very well-chosen and the book cover depicts the colors stated in the title. This one is a quick read which you may manage to finish in a day. I would definitely recommend you read this one, especially to let go the stressful situations at work. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The shades of me

This is me sans makeup. With uncombed hair, no lip gloss, no moisturiser, no sunscreen. It is just me. The way I am. The way I look. The way I am supposed to look.

This is also me, with my face powdered and the subtle light gloss visible on lips. (That is all because these are the only things I can manage by myself, I have no idea how to use eyeliner, eyeshadow, concealer, foundations and God knows what all they use these day and I am immensely proud of it) 

This is not enough though, is it? So, finally, here is me, with various shades of lipstick and the effect of "proper" makeup usings Apps made so easily available. 

Why though? If you cannot like the original version of any person you automatically forfeit your rights to deserve that person in full pretentious glory. I respect the people who have the capability and ability to do make up, it's a art not many posses, but I certainly do not value the people who chose to be with you only when you "look" a certain way. 

The so called instagram accounts showing magnificent transformations, those bombarding news channel of a certain celeb loosing weight post pregnancy or a fitness trainer doting the perfect figure. Yes, kudos to all of those. But have you ever thought, it is because there job demands it. They have the time to spend exercising, they have money to afford personalized trainer, they have servants cooking food for them prescribed by dietitian, their children are taken care of by a nany, their outfits are selected by a fashion designer, they have a gym at home, and their make up is done by a professional artist. If everyone had that kind of facilities, you can be rest assured that everyone would look like the next Top Model. 

But not everyone is fortunate enough, we work out whenever we get the time, we settle for the time spend at gym for working overtime at work, we spend minimum 4 hours daily on traveling, we save our money for our future, for future of our children, we have to cook food, do the household chores and take care of the kids, in-laws, parents, and self. 

Respect what every person chooses to be. Applaud the efforts they take. Ditch the notion of fair skin, slim waist, flat tummy and toned abs. Settle for someone with naturally glowing skin, healthy body, and realistic tummy. This applies to the guys also, stop expecting them to turn out like some Hollywood movie superhero figure when you yourself are not even an inch of it. Be natural. Be you! And those who cannot be with you at this, learn to let go. You are effortlessly beautiful, just the way you are. If you want to dab yourself with powder, do it. Want to elongate those eyelashes, go for it. However, ensure that you do it for yourself, for your satisfaction, for your sake, and not to impress anyone else or to fall prey to the pretentious standards set by society.

Be the rockstar of your own life! Be healthy, fit, fine and wise! 😊😊

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Book review: When Opposites Meet

Book: When Opposites Meet
Connect with author: Sachin Garg
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Purchase book at: Amazon

Story review:

Ritwika is a physically challenged, bound to wheel chair for life but this has not stopped her from living her life. Chetan is accused of being on dopes which halts his dream of entering into Wrestling Olympics. One is physically strong and other not so much, is it even possible for them to end up together?  

Indu, a divorcee, lives with a mentally disturbed nephew (Jayant) and physically challenged daughter (Ritwika). Indu is a strong women. Lokesh (Ritwika’s professor) is a victim of broken marriage. However, they are not divorced. They are opposites in term of emotions, are they capable of being together?  

Jayant is not comfortable with social scenarios and has withdrawn from people around. Whereas Aditi is cheerful, 6 years older than Jayant, wants to work towards being the next social media star and full of life. Will socially opposites attract towards each other?

Will the opposites attract or collide just to move in opposite directions. Read to find!  

To Read or Not To Read:

Love – A strange feeling. There are so many things written about this emotion, yet there is so little known. Sachin Garg has successfully pulled off putting forward the age old theory of ‘opposites attract’ in this story line. The book revolves around three couples who are either emotionally, socially, or physically opposite. It is very interesting how all the three stories have been interconnected. First few pages are slow moving but the pace quickens post that. The plot is very well written, however, the story delivery lacked the efforts to catch attention.  The story is written in thirst person narration and the language used is fluent, no grammatical errors, and easy to understand. The book cover adds color to your shelf and looks stunning. Grab this easy to read book for those summer afternoons when you are hogging on Mango (because I was too!)

“I’ve always believed that love is not what you say. Love is what you do.” - A sentence which struck a chord with me (because I believe in it since ages)

Friday, April 06, 2018

Book Review : The Last Chai

Book: The Last Chai
Connect with author: Varun Tejwani (GoodreadsFacebook
Purchase at: Amazon
Also reviewed on: Goodreads, AmazonInstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter

Story Review

The elections are closing by and the current as well as potential Prime Minister, Narendra Doshi, gets poisoned by cyanide mixed in his cup of Tea. Is anyone in the country safe if there are attempts made to assassin the PM, moreover, the prime suspect is none other than Ajay Kamate, the personal responsible for keeping PM safe 24 hours 7 days a week. Poorvi, a journalist, exposes Ajay’s employer organization of torturing a minor and no doubt the news is viral hit. However, the truth behind this is also unknown. There are enemies on every corner and turn, no one to trust, and the threat is not limited to terrorist, outside attacks, but much more dangerous from people operating within the country itself. In the age of nuclear weapons, technological advancements, upgraded arms and ammunition, will India be able to emerge victorious as a country? Is Ajay really the one who spiked the Tea? As the blurb states, immerse yourself in the world of politics, where there are no coincidences and nothing happens by accident!

To Read or Not To Read:

Ahh! Politics. The more you shed light on this topic, the little you understand. The incidences, connection to current affairs, described political scenario and the narration style gets you into the groove as if you are living and experiences these events first hand. Although set in future, at some parts of the story you feel “Bang on target!” while at other parts, you will know, they just need more description or seem impossible to achieve. But oh well, its set in future, 2019, so you never know. The plot is very believable, almost movie like, keeps your eyes glued to the book and delivers the finale very brilliantly. Recommended for those who find political novel, political thrillers, or in general anything related to politics interesting. For the next time you sit down to have your Tea, grab your copy “The Last Chai”

Book review: Strangers with known faces

Book: Strangers with Known Faces
Connect with author: Gautam Dutta (Goodreads)
Purchase at: Amazon

Story Review:

How many of us are still connected with our school or college friends? Now imagine receiving a phone call from a solicitor asking you to present yourself to understand more about a murder. A murder of a so-called friend who you have not spoken with ages. Rajat, Anmol, Sadaf and Meenakshi find themselves is this situation even though they have not maintained their friendship over the years. Shanaya is their friend who is murdered. Friends who had separated due to an incident in their past must unite, work as a team and must get along with each other in the given circumstances. A plot line with loads of potential, go ahead and give it a read.
To Read or Not To Read:

The title of this book is very aptly chosen which goes well with the theme and is quite intriguing. I wish the cover would have been more pondered upon, nonetheless, the message gets conveyed by this strange man behind the mask on cover.  The writing style is free on errors, first person narrations, topsy-turvy twists, and past-present toggle switch; all of which makes this story stand out from the rest in this genre. The plot line generate interest as it starts, however, fails to maintain the same kind of grip as the reader approaches towards the end. If you are a mystery lover then you will thoroughly enjoy this story and those with vivid imagination will have a movie playing in your head. All in all, a good read and a book you can relax with on your free days.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Book review: My Mute Girlfriend

Book: My Mute Girlfriend
Author: Himanshu Rai
Also reviewed on: InstagramGoodread
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Have you ever been in love? Has the same love of your life ever broken your heart? Well, it is a ‘been there, done that’ kind of situation for most of us which will make the story of Rohan, Vaidehi, and Navya very relatable. Rohan’s childhood crush was someone who he carried within his heart throughout his journey all the way up to engineering college. She was his dream girl, Rohan had decided and was ready to spend the entire life with her. However, one little problem, he never managed to convey his feelings to her clearly. Who is this ‘she’ in Rohan’s life? – Navya or Vaidehi. And if there is only one who is the other girl? Witness the unfolding of this love story as you read this book

To Read or Not To Read:
The story line toggles in past and present but avoids getting confusion and is fairly easy to follow. You will be able to stay with the characters throughout the story journey. The character built is very idealistic, to the perfection and model, with no flaws in the aspect of loving someone but then again being a love story, this can be excused. The cover of the book is not appealing to me as I could not connect with it. The title suggest the girlfriend is ‘mute’ and had earlier expected the girlfriend actually be mute i.e. unable to speak, however, this is a false notion. As you make progress through the story, the title gets justified. The story has emotions of love, friendship, and family, all of which play a vital part and is well executed. 

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Book Review : Years later... On Facebook

Book: Years later… On Facebook
Connect with Author: Jupinder Singh (Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads)
Buy the book on Amazon Sold by Envy Bookstore
Also reviewed on InstagramGoodreadsAmazon

Story Review:

Remember the latest feature of Facebook which shows you your memories from years ago? They leave you with multiple emotions all at once. Sometimes wishing you could turn back the time to go back to that college trip or just nervous upon seeing the kind of posts you have shared. It is an anthology of emotions evoked, just like the stories in this book. Love, attachment, grief, joy, fun and laughter all bundled into one book in forms of short stories. It is a roller coaster ride which tickles you from time to time.

To Read or Not To Read:

Every story is unique on its own and leaves behind a different feeling for the reader. The book is entertainment package for those afternoons when you do not have anything else to do. A good read for those who do not have much time in hand since it is a quick one. If you ignore the grammatical errors, it is overall a book which you will want to read at least once. Each chapter starts with illustrations, you will definitely feel the urge to the turn the pages to go through these even before you reach the stories.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Book Review - Backpacking North East India: A Curious Journey

BookBackpacking North East India: A Curious Journey
Connect with the author - Abhijeet Deshpande (Facebook)
Know more about the bookClick here
PurchaseAmazon InternationalAmazon India, Available in paperback as well as e-book.
View the Backpacking seriesClick here
ISBNISBN-13: 978-1946556790

Book Review:

‘Travel across India’ is almost on everyone’s ‘To-do before I die list’ and this guide to go backpacking to Northeast India is just what one needs to carry around. Abhijeet Deshpande along with his wife Navita embarks a journey which will make you jealous of pure and unfiltered travel experience, which is very skillfully penned down in Backpacking North East India.  This curious journey will indeed keep you on toes as you are enthralled to see the cities, tourist must-visit places, and the lesser known spots as well. The book takes you hopping from one place to other showing you the culture, local people, and rituals. We get to take part in this expedition first hand while reading through their story. However, it is not just a story about travel; there are various other aspects to it. You get to go on an adventure, feel the fear, know the happiness, capture the enchanted scenes, and to let your imagination run wild.

To Read or Not To Read:

Abhijeet Deshpande is a traveller by choice and certainly good at creating a picturesque representation of his journey through his words. Minimalistic travels have been the author’s forte and he has been at it for over 20 years now. This book is written in a simple language making it easy to understand and would certainly be handy whilst planning your travel to North East India. The detailed outlines of each place of visit and the challenges faced throughout the journey make it easier for the reader to stay connected throughout the end. The personalized writing style distinguishes this book from others. So, when you are planning your next trip, you know just where to look for! Grab your copy now.


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