Sunday, 29 April 2018

FATE'S DESIGN

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 Book Blurb:

When a kidnapper redeems his lost conscience and finds himself unable to murder the girl he has kidnapped, what does he do? Fate is cruel to him and good intentions are never enough. At the same time, a woman dissatisfied with her existence flees from her home, not knowing what lies ahead of her. But all things come at a price and she has a hard path ahead through storms and fire. Watch how fate has entwined these lives together, into a song through struggles of conscience and identity, through the deepest lows and greatest highs and through the flame of madness and the stings of survival.

My Review :

"Fate doesn't lie in our power and life is unpredictable." This book is perfect example of the above lines. I was amazed by the fact that this book is written by a fourteen year old as the writing style is quite matured.

Perfect characterization, effective narration, brisk sentences have added flavors to the story line. I've completed the book in one go. However, in the second half of the book the story becomes predictable. Subhashis Dey is a promising author. I would like to wish him good luck for his future as an author.

I'll give 4 out of 5 stars.
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Saturday, 28 April 2018

A Pearl From Every Oyster: Book Review



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 Book Blurb:

Ricky, a busy professional, is a blend of candid innocence and persistent resilience.

He takes the roller coaster ride of life studded with unique happenings that, combined with his sensitive nature, give him the distinct ability to observe, reflect, interpret and empathise with the individuals and scenes that life has unfolded for him in its theatre.

But how do a derailed train, living with a physically challenged person, frolicsome times with friends, a cigarette, the complexities of love and desire, an encounter with death, early loss of a parent, a bout of paralysis, ironies of the workplace and deep mental challenges at school contribute to his interpretation of life?
A Pearl from Every Oyster is a collection of short stories that revolve around the life of Ricky as he embarks on the journey to find the pearls in every oyster life provides him, thus moulding his personality to what it is today.


My Review:

'A Pearl from every Oyster' is a collection of short stories or events that the author has experienced. We all have some incidents that taught us life lessons likewise he has shared all the incidents which have left deep impact in his life as well as his thoughts.

"A Friend in need" and "Austen's 5000 metres"  are my favorite ones. These will make you realize the importance of some people in your life. The language used in the book is simple yet striking. For me this is such kind of book, I love to read while sipping my coffee.

Roy Cherian Cherukarayil is a promising author. His command over words are beautiful. I'm waiting for reading more of his works.

I'll give it 4 out of 5 starts.This book is a treat to literature genre lovers. I would recommend it to all the avid readers.

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P.S. : I've received this book in exchange of an honest review.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

A letter to Granny




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Grandparents are the root of every family. They hold the family together in a single thread. I've not seen my grant parents at all. But, I've always imagined things related to them by hearing many stories from my papa. They left my papa, when he was in high school. The last days of my granny was quite painful for her as she was suffering from paralysis. If they were present, how much pampered would I've become. I had written a letter many years ago for my granny. I want to share it today for the #LoveJatao contest.

Dear Granny,

Happy grandparents day. Big thanks to you for taking care of my papa. I heard you loved to cook traditional dishes. Your dishes were quite famous in whole village. If you were here, then we could’ve been making traditional with western fusion dishes. I heard from many that I’m a replica of you. We’ve the same smile apart from the dimples and same complexion. But, do I look like you?

If you were here with us, then my bed time could’ve been the story time. I would’ve waited for your stories before a good night sleep. I would’ve been getting hot oil massage for my hair from you. You would’ve been telling me the childhood memories of papa. I also heard you were a movie freak at that time and a great fan of Dillip Kumar; we would’ve been watching his movies together.

You had missed seeing my birth, my first word, my first walk, my first day in school, my first award, my first day in college, my board results, my graduation day, my first campus choice, my first salary and many more things.  

I’ve heard from my friends that their grandparents are pampering them to high extend. I feel jealous of them. Why did you’ve to leave early from this world, I’ve this one grudge against you. We could’ve spent some valuable time together. We could’ve clicked some selfies together. I could’ve introduced you to all my friends. I miss you a lot. And, I want to tell you that you’re the most beautiful woman in our family.

Yours Granddaughter,
Who misses you every day.


Happy Grandparents day to all of you. Hope this day you’ll spend some valuable time with your grandparents; going back to the memory lane or chit chatting for hours or watching movies together or making their favorite dishes. I wish, I could do it all.


I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.

 
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Vishwamitra : Book Blitz

Vishwamitra by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
Indian Mythological Fiction
~ Book Blitz ~
11th August, 2017


When Satyavati, wife of Rishi Ruchik, exchanges with her mother the magic potion for bearing a child, they change not just their children’s destiny, but also the history of mankind. Born of this mix up is Vishwamitra, the son of a Kshatriya, who strives to become a Brahmarishi—the ultimate and most powerful of all Gurus.

Vishwamitra is the powerful story of a brave but stubborn, haughty yet compassionate, visionary king of Aryavarta who not only acquires material wealth through military conquests but also becomes one of the most well-known sages of all times.



If you like… Then you will enjoy Vishwamitra

  1. If you like to read about India's rich, ancient history, in an easy to read manner, you will love Vishwamitra
  2. If you have ever wondered if the ancients had any knowledge of space & science, you should check out Vishwamitra, the story of the man who created an entire new star system!
  3. If you like reading romance, take time to check out this unlikely love story between a human and an Apsara! Did you know Vishwamitra & Menaka lived together for ten long years?
  4. If you like reading stores that inspire -  check out Vishwamitra, the story of an ordinary man who even dared to challenge the gods!
  5. If you have liked any retelling of India's original epic Ramayan, you should check out Vishwamitra -  the story of the man who became the guru of Rama, the Scion of Ikshvaku!


About the Author

Dr. Vineet Aggarwal is described by many as a doctor by qualification, manager by profession and artist by temperament. Born in a family of doctors, he successfully completed an initial stint with the family occupation before deciding to venture into pharmaceutical management and currently pursues writing and photography as a passion.

He is the author of popular online blogs ‘Decode Hindu Mythology’ and ‘Fraternity Against Terrorism and Extremism’ and the author of books ‘Vishwamitra – The Man who dared to challenge the Gods’ and ‘The Legend of Parshu-Raam’








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Monday, 24 July 2017

KEY TO MY SOUL : Book Review





Book Blurb :


"When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him. It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story. But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him..."

My Review :

'Key to My Soul'  is a fusion of love, heart break, friendship, betrayal, partition, understanding one's mistake and getting over the past for a revive future. The story begins with Siddharth, the male protagonist getting physical assault and goes back to flash backs of his childhood sweetheart.

The author has mastered in developing all the characters. I found different shades of the protagonists. Apart from protagonists, each characters have their own plot and matters to handle.

Things I liked!!!


  • 'Key To My Soul' is definitely a page turner. The book will demand your unrequited attention. The language is simple and the intrigue part has added flavors to the story.

Things Could have been better!!!


  • The pace of the flashback could have been better. Some incidents could have been avoided also.


I will give it 4 out of 5 stars for the poem in the end, which melted my heart and touched my soul. I'll recommend it to all romance genre lovers.

About The Author :

Probal is an IT manager by profession, he writes poetry and fiction. Hi poems have been featured in various national and international journals. He has been awarded the 1st prize for poetry in All India Poetry Competition 2014, conducted by Poetry Society of India. This is his debut novel.


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P.S. -: I received this copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

LETTERS TO PAST (#5)







Dear B Bhai,

I hope things are going good for you. You've already found the right path towards your career. I'm really sorry for being late to write this letter. But, no more complains as I wrote it already in my diary.

Well, my first impression of you was quite normal. I thought, you're a person with normal lifestyle and you don't talk much with people apart from your friend circle. That impression changed when I moved near your cubicle and became your cube-mate. I really admire your jolly personality and appreciate your patience, which you had after going through such a difficult phase.

I'll really miss our fun-fights, your lollipop acting and your all mimicries. When you'll return to us as a manager, please don't forget to shower us good ratings. :P We'll definitely bribe you chicken lollipop. Lastly, our team will miss you and hope to see you on your marriage. :P


From,

your cube-mate, who'll bribe you chicken lollipop in future. :P



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P.S.

This is the fifth letter in "Letter To Past" series. I won't be exposing the names, to whom I'm writing. 

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

CONVERTING OLD MEN'S SHIRT INTO OFF SHOULDER TOP (#DIY)


Hello All, 

I'm here once again with another DIY project. This weekend I was organizing the rejected clothes, while a particular shirt caught my eye. I thought let's do something from that. So.... I converted my papa's old Shirt to my off shoulder top. 

Below are the steps for making it. Hope you enjoy it and share your thoughts on the comment section.

Materials you'll be needing:

  • An old men's shirt (larger is better. Here, I've taken the Large size) 
  • Scissors 
  • Tailoring chalk
  • Elastic band
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape



Materials you'll be needing

Steps for making :


  • Hold the shoulders of the shirt and fold it in half and also fold the sleeves as shown in below picture. Most importantly, make sure to leave at least one or two inches distance from the armhole. 


  • Mark a straight line using tailoring chalk as shown in the below picture. I've taken 5 inch distance from the shoulder. 





  • Cut he marked straight line using scissor. Take out the button near cut area, if any present. When you'll open the shirt, it'll make some angle around the sleeve area.You need to cut that part in a straight line also. 





  • Now, you've to make a fold and secure it with pins or you can directly stitch also. The fold should be the combination of a small  fold and rotate that small fold to make a big fold so that the elastic can be inserted easily. I've used a sewing machine to stitch. But, you can sew it  by hand also.



Mama helped me little in sewing  the arm area  :D

  • Take the measuring tape and measure the shoulder around, which was 38 Inch in my case. So, we'll take the length of the elastic as 30 Inch. Take a safety pin and insert the elastic into the hole which we made from the stitching. 







  • After inserting the elastic, stitch the two ends of the elastic. Adjust the material as per your convenience. Now, your off shoulder top is ready. I've styled it with a belt. You can wear it without any belt also.  




My final look


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