Saturday, February 17, 2018

Simple joys

Simple joys are well, simple to start with 😃 . But the definition of simple joys keep changing with time and age.

Previously eating out used to be joy. Now eating home cooked food is joy.

Always we realize the value of mom cooked food when we have to fend for ourselves.

Watching a movie without disturbance is joy.

Getting hot dosas/ rotis from the tava direct on plate is joy.

Not having to worry about what to cook tomorrow or the next meal is joy.

Getting to read your favorite authors book without having to wait is joy.

An impromptu coffee or dinner date with hubby is joy.

Getting mom's favorite saree and watching her reaction is joy.

The most favorite one being having your loved ones around you and chit chatting with them.

Maybe a few years back had I thought of simple joys of life I guess the list would have been different.
That's what maybe time and growing up does to you.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review:9 Yards of Silk by Sakshi Kiran

This book was sent by the author in exchange of a honest review.


Shakuntala lives with her son Bharat in a deep forest. One fine day Bharat reminds her of his father, resulting to upset her. As the child goes out to play a celestial maiden Menaka appears in front of her who offers friendship, suggesting to share their stories with each other. Menaka tells her about Kaushik, a sage to whom she was sent by Indra for disturbing his fierce penance and how they ended up falling for one another. Shakuntala also shares her story of meeting and marrying the charming prince of Hastinapur who later abandoned her. During the conversation Shakuntala finds blessings in her life, why she was abandoned by parents at birth and how her estranged husband was just a victim of circumstances for leaving her. After Menaka's departure, Dushyant returns to her in the hope of reuniting with family. Now it is Shakuntala's turn to decide. What would she choose? (less)

My Take:

The book opens well with a beautiful conversation between two very strong females, Menaka the celestial Apsara and Shakuntala. We all know the Menaka and the Shakuntala story. But what I loved about the book was the way they conversed, as two powerful ladies.

 The author has used her imagination; combined with mythology and written a  beautiful story. The story is crisp. These days many authors write about the mythological genre. Putting across their point of view, or should I say add their color to the story/picture. Sometimes its interesting/ thought provoking.

Language could have been better,Some stories I feel should be shared in a language that suits the era.  A good attempt to share a different point of view. The female characters are described beautifully. Although I felt the Kaushik character had more scope for development. I even felt the character of Bharat half baked, Would have liked to read a little more about him.

Overall a great attempt from a debutante author and I would wish you all the best for your future. This book is fast paced and to the point without much lengthy narrations. A beautiful addition to my collection.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Book Review Soul Mates: By Beenu

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Ajanta, a 30 year old divorcee, who runs away from her past, is leading an independent life with her pet cat "Pepper" in Coimbatore. Without the slightest knowledge of her "symptoms of depression", she paddles through her regular routine when she comes across her childhood crush, Ajay. Life starts taking unexpected turns pushing her to an emotional turmoil. Will Ajay be able to help Ajanta from the hell hole? Or will he be the reason for her to sink deep into the hole?

My Review:

The book is pretty simple, in a smooth language. Pretty straight forward and focuses on the inner peace. We all look for happiness in other person, but our happiness lies within our self, this is the gist of the story. The takeaway is that we keep forgetting in our stressed and busy day to day life.

The story revolves around Ajanta and her quest for happiness. The end I found to be abrupt. Maybe its an open ending, but somewhere I felt the story to be incomplete.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: Kartikeya The Destroyer's Son By Anuja Chandramouli

(I got a free copy from the author in exchange of an honest review)

Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva—KARTIKEYA.
Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire, and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadev, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, yet his gifts toThumanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?
For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who reveled in blood lust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?
Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions, and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.

My Review:
There are many books written about  Shiva, Parvati, their relationship and even their son Ganesha for that matter.

Few authors have attempted to write about Kartikeya, the elder son of Shiva. He rides a peacock. He's also known by the name of Muruga and Vel (Spear) is his weapon of choice.

 I guess we all know only this about him.This in essence is all what an average Indian knows about him.Anuja Chandramouli has attempted to write about one of the lesser known Gods in the Indian Pantheon and I must say I am impressed by the research and groundwork the author has done to write this book.

Fiction or fact is debatable and depends on your perspective but it felt good...
The characters introduce themselves and help the reader become a part of the story.A good insight in Kartikeya's story

Lots of witty dialogues and repartee. Incidents are narrated to a detail which makes you marvel and at points gives you goosebumps. The author surely knows how to keep the mythological story interesting.

Also Indra is shown in a different light, as in hungry for power and self centered.

Very few authors have this caliber to write and entertain as well as share a story from mythology in a language we understand and relate to. For me a few highlights are a talking peacock; Chitra. The relation between Shiva and Ganga and the way these stories are interlocked.

I loved her this piece of work and would recommend you all to read this mythological fiction. Keep up the awesome work Anuja.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: Fairy Tale by Danielle Steel

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A twenty-first century Fairy tale for readers of all ages, by the ever-magical Danielle Steel.
Fairy tale is an enchanting rendering of a much-loved classic by the world's favorite storyteller, Danielle Steel.
Camille Lammenais has grown up in the beauty of the Napa Valley surrounded by acres of her family's vineyards. Her parents, Christophe and Joy, still deeply in love after two decades of marriage, have built a renowned winery and chateau modeled after Christophe's ancient family estate in his native Bordeaux. Camille has had a perfect childhood, safe in her parents' love. After graduating from Stanford, she returns to help manage Chateau Joy, her lifetime goal. But their fairy tale ends suddenly with her mother's death.
Six months after losing his wife, the devastated Christophe is easy prey for a mysterious, charming Frenchwoman visiting the valley. Camille, still grieving for her mother, is shocked by the news that her father intends to remarry. Then she begins to see past the alluring looks, designer clothes and elegant manners of the Countess, while her innocent father is trapped in her web . . .
A wonderful, beautifully told tale from America's favorite novelist, Fairy tale is a captivating example of the truths that will always withstand even the darkest storms and a reminder that sometimes fairy tales do come true and good prevails over evil in the end.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Working out

This time started with working out without excuses. Earlier, I  used to go only for walks. Now have decided to take health a little more seriously ,only walking is not enough.

Started with cardio exercises. I am not a big fan of cardio but have started nevertheless,  let's see how much and how good I fare.

Wish me  luck people.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Currently Reading

An excerpt from the current reading :Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli.

And yet this was the precise moment when hope had been resurrected. The  war would be over soon and a new order would image emerge from the Ashes of the old . The sun would rise in the new,golden age and for a while at least all would be bright and beautiful again .

"I come bearing  presents" Vishnu told Kartik who seem to have cheer up considerably. Garuda, who has been watching the proceedings in silence stepped forward and place the offerings of the day was in front of Shiva's son who examined the splendid Treasures on display with mild curiosity. There was gold aplenty and silver in addition to crowns,diadems, a whole of jangly jewellery and great minds of precious stones.

 Even more impressive were the weapons they had sent no doubt an oblique him to get off his behind, pick them up and charge into war.

Simple joys

Simple joys are well, simple to start with 😃 . But the definition of simple joys keep changing with time and age. Previously eating out ...

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