Friday, September 15, 2017

Tips to self

There’s a list of instructions I wish to give myself:

1. To be patient. There’s no need to be always on the go with answers.

2. Sometimes not reacting or reacting after sometimes also helps.

3. Sometimes life throws an option to be only strong.

4. Keep smiling; anyways being negative also is not going to change the
   situation.

5. Read lots of books. They are your best friends and they don’t disappoint you.

6. Don’t EXPECT. Or be ready disappointed.

7. Make a list every day. Try to get all done as decided.

8. Write, be regular with your blogs and read others too to get a hang of what’s going around you.

9. Stop being paranoid.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Take on Sita by Amish

Synopsis:
She is the warrior we need. The Goddess we await.
She will defend Dharma. She will protect us.

India, 3400 BCE.

India is beset with divisions, resentment and poverty. The people hate their rulers. They despise their corrupt and selfish elite. Chaos is just one spark away. Outsiders exploit these divisions. Raavan, the demon king of Lanka, grows increasingly powerful, sinking his fangs deeper into the hapless Sapt Sindhu. 

Two powerful tribes, the protectors of the divine land of India, decide that enough is enough. A saviour is needed. They begin their search.

An abandoned baby is found in a field. Protected by a vulture from a pack of murderous wolves. She is adopted by the ruler of Mithila, a powerless kingdom, ignored by all. Nobody believes this child will amount to much. But they are wrong. 

For she is no ordinary girl. She is Sita.

Continue the epic journey with Amish’s latest: A thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an adopted child, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess. 

This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.


My Take:

Sita is a skilled warrior and chosen avatar of Vishnu. Now this is something I haven’t heard or read anywhere. Rather Sita was never portrayed as fighting or warrior women. The author has portrayed Sita as completely different from whatever we have read or heard about her. In that sense I would say groundbreaking. I loved the way she is showcased as the chosen Vishnu avatar. Something no one has ever attempted or I guess even imagined.

Ram is five years younger than Sita. Now this is something I haven’t heard or read anywhere. There births, relations with their parents, the way society looked at them etc are differently showcased here. Even in the marriage sequence they have only said Ram and Lakshman got married to Sita and Urmila. Theres no mention of  Also I liked the way the relation between mother Sunaina and Sita is been explained. The feminism touch here with strong female characters is commendable.

The writer has introduced a female protagonist with zero emphasis on her conventional ‘beauty’. Yes, this has happened. Also Sita here is portrayed as the decision maker and strong compared to Rama. Different but I guess not many would appreciate seeing Rama portrayed as weak.

Hanuman seduced and called Hans is not something I could even digest. Now it sounds like modern Ramayana with cool names.

The book is good in terms of fresh perspective and the highlight being Sita, but I feel the other characters for example: Urmila could have been developed better. Also Janak here is portrayed as a weak king. Knowledgeable, yet weak.

Shiva trilogy was a big hit because not many knew about the life of Shiva. We all related to the character from the authors point of view. So a story there was lapped by the audience. This one being cult, and this version being the authors perspective maybe not everyone loved. But i appreciate the point of view and found this version a very interesting and debatable.

Keep up the good work and looking forward for Ravana.

About the author:

Described as 'India's first literary popstar' by world-renowned film director Shekhar Kapur, Amish's unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon, with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra hailing Amish's books as 'archetypal and stirring'.

Amish's books include the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha (2010); The Secret of the Nagas (2011); The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013)) and the Ram Chandra Series (Scion of Ikshvaku (2015)). His books have sold over 3.5 million copies with gross retail sales of over Rupees 100 crores. The Shiva Trilogy is the fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history. Scion of Ikshvaku was the highest selling book of 2015. His books have been translated into 19 Indian and International languages. 

Amish won various awards, including the Raymond Crossword Book Award 2015 for ‘Scion Of Ikshvaku’.




Thursday, July 06, 2017

In the name of God- Ravi Subramanian My review

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 Synopsis:

The Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram safeguards within its sacrosanct walls centuries of customs and rituals, unimaginable wealth and an unwavering calm. Until a dead body turns up in its holy pond. And then another. The murders threaten to shake the temple’s very foundation, and when fingers point to its sealed vaults and its custodian, Aswathi Thirunal Dharmaraja Varma, the titular king of Travancore, all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, a high-profile heist in a jewelry store at the Wafi Mall in Dubai leads investigators to a massive smuggling racket and brings Kabir Khan, additional director of the CBI, into the heart of south India. In Mumbai, a series of high-intensity explosions kills many, threatening to dismantle the country’s most coveted diamond trade. Could these incidents be related? Racing against time, Kabir tries to unravel the puzzle, separating fact from fiction, history from religion, and put a stop to the killing spree. Slick, riveting and fast-paced, In the Name of God is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.

My Take:

The synopsis had me intrigued.  The moment I read it I was sure I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on this. I started reading in morning and finished in 4 hours. That was the power of the story. You cannot just put it down once you start reading. The story moves at a gripping pace, with detailed development of characters some even bordering shades of grey.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Danielle Steel: The Mistress: My Review

Blurb:


Natasha Leonova’s beauty saved her life. Discovered starving on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, she has lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas’s spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Natasha’s job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. She knows her place, and the rules. She feels fortunate to be spoiled and protected, and is careful not to dwell on Vladimir’s ruthlessness or the deadly circles he moves in. She experiences only his kindness and generosity and believes he will always keep her safe. She is unfailingly loyal to him in exchange.

Theo Luca is the son of a brilliant, world famous, and difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Lorenzo’s widow, Maylis, has transformed their home in St. Paul de Vence into a celebrated restaurant decorated with her late husband’s paintings, and treats it as a museum. There, on a warm June evening, Theo first encounters Natasha, the most exquisite woman he has ever seen. And there, Vladimir lays eyes on Luca’s artwork. Two dangerous obsessions begin.



Monday, July 03, 2017

Gits Brown Rice Dhokla My Review

The other day tried and I must say it was just yummy. J Loved the sour flavor. Much healthier than the regular besan one. Also filling and the quantity enough for a family of 3. Also the flax seeds give a nice crunch.

This ready to eat packs are a boon when you get up blank in the morning but still want to fix a healthy breakfast, when you run out of batter and bored of making upma. I loved this Dhokla and since kiddo too loved this it’s going to be a regular at home.
PS: I mixed the contents, added curd and little water for adjusting consistency. Garnished with curry leaves and a good mustard seeds tadka. Served with coriander chutney.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Every time it Rains- Nikita Singh My Review

Nikita Singh, I read her love@facebook and found it not bad for a new author. Since then she has been doing great with her story telling abilities. I like the emotional quotient in her books.

Synopsis: 

A haunting love story that does grip, the theme of the book is revealed in its title itself. The book has been widely read by youngsters in India, especially girls.
'Like a Love Song' has a young woman Maahi come to terms in seeking true love, something that remains elusive for many and most dreams often die before they could ever be lived.
A four year old traumatizing heartbreak is something that the young woman finds hard to overcome. Time does heal and so it was for Maahi.
Just when she has nearly buried the past and is out exploring new relationships, having become confident of being in a true love bond, the past comes around to haunt Maahi.
As the blurb of the book puts it, 'Love is a many-flavoured thing' the authoress portrays that all aspirations about love can vanish 'in the blink of an eye'. A constant struggle between the heart and the head, strong emotions in conflict with plain reason, the story is an emotional saga about self-destructive love contrasted with the healing powers of true passion.
Written in plain, simple but good English, the book has been well received by a growing fan following of Nikita Singh’s novel readers.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

DesiVdesi Chikoo Chips

Got to hear about this new version of crispy but not fried or baked and I was very curious to try that.  Got the products from DesiVdesi a food brand that is using natural techniques in keeping the snacks retain the nutrition. You can know more about them here







Tried their Chikoo Chips which are crispy, without any preservatives or added color. . Not very sweet which means no much sugar added. Makes a good option for kids who are fussy eaters. Maybe this version would tempt them to try this fruit.

Tips to self

There’s a list of instructions I wish to give myself: 1. To be patient. There’s no need to be always on the go with answers. 2. S...