Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 30th September 2012

Gliding amidst a field of fluffy clouds where all that you can see is the endless blue sky - the serenity unmatched for. The sense of being nowhere as below was the magnanimous earth ,above the mammoth sky and I was there somewhere in between floating through an abyss.

If there is anything known as 'nothing-ness' ; yes I was there!


Sometimes I wish....



This post has been published as a part of 'Blog Tag - You're it'. It is a blog hop which consists of 28 amazing members from various parts of the world on the theme – ‘Sometimes I wish’. Though the theme is common each one of our wish is unique and special in its own manner, specially because all of them are straight from the heart.

The previous post of this blog hop has been written by Nelieta Mishchenko who is a photographer, traveller and  has a beautiful travel blog Nelmitravel which is about all the places travelled by her. You can read her wish HERE. I would also like to thank Nelieta for such a beautiful introduction.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 29th September 2012

That moment when a dream comes true - heavens descend to earth , choicest blessings are showered on you just to let you know you are 'blessed'

Silent Saturday

Madly in love- with each other

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 28th September 2012

Loving and living every moment that life brings to you is the best way to live life to the fullest!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 27th September 2012

Sometimes in life you are asked to make a difficult choice ; 
not because God wants to test you, but because God trusts your decision making ability.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Whispering Wednesday





Today's Whispering Wednesday Word  is Perfect!

According to Me 'perfect' is the most misused term in English. We all are different human beings and hence the definition of perfection will also vary.What is perfect for Me might not be for you and vice-versa but still that does not stop us from looking for perfection in about everything we do.

We all look out for a 'perfect match' for ourselves but we forget we ourselves are not perfect. I think we are like pieces of puzzle. Imperfect in a sense but a perfect match only for one piece in that puzzle which when connected correctly gives out a beautiful picture!

Source: Google Images

Thought for TODAY: 26th September 2012

When dreams come true... every minute spent waiting seems like a pain!!

[ This is with reference to my weekend trip to my dream destination. I can barely wait...counting seconds !!]

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 25th September 2012

Sometimes in life despite everything that you do, you fall short of achieving somethings. May be God wants you to try harder knowing that you have not yet utilized your full potential or maybe initially  He did not want to terrorize you with the distance you had to cover. So created a mirage of the destination being closer than it was!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 24th September 2012

Love is magical ~ it makes you do weird things which earlier sounded crazy and now suddenly seem to make sense!

Like plucking petals of a flower counting loves me / loves me not or wishing on a falling star. Clutching hope with both hands tightly, praying for your wishes to be true. For your loved one to walk out of your dreams and make them come true ♥

Tutta zyada zyada taara jab gira;
Zara zyada zyada mangoon dil tera
Kabhi zyada zyada maaney na
Dil yeh surfira

~ Ishq wala Love ( Student of the year)

♥ AMEN♥ to all such heartfelt wishes, always!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 23rd September 2012

Beautiful mornings lead to wonderful days which in turn lead to more beautiful days as you spend a contented and peaceful night thinking you have done your best!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Silent Saturday

In mood for some conversation ~ This week!

Thought for TODAY: 22nd September 2012

When you are the reason behind someone's smile ~ do everything to ensure that smile never leaves that face!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 21st September 2012

Sometimes when life sends lot of problems it is just to remind you of your strengths which you had conveniently forgotten!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Review ~The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi

Introduction

ISBN: 978-93-81626-68-9
Category: Thriller
Publishers: Westland Ltd
Price: Rs. 250/- 

Once in a while you come across a book which makes you feel ‘WOW’. The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi is one such book. Combining history, mythology and geography with fiction the author has managed to create an excellent storyline which makes you feel like being on a roller coaster ride.

Behind the book

The Krishna Key is a furiously paced and riveting thriller that explores the ancient secrets of Vedic age and the Mahabharata.

The review in progress!
 About the Author

Ashwin Sanghi is an entrepreneur by profession but writing historical fiction in the thriller genre is his passion and hobby. For more details please visit www.sanghi.in

‘Me’ Thinks

I have a very bad habit of reading the last page of the book first before beginning to read the entire novel. It kind of convinces me to read it as I am able to gauge the flow of the story. But this book’s ending (Yes!! I read it before too despite the author’s note asking the readers not to) made me more curious to read it as it left me wondering what is in store for me. And needless to say I was not disappointed.

This book revolves around the belief of Lord Krishna taking birth in Kaliyug to save the world. Various permutations and combinations from Vedic Maths mixed with generous helpings of history, mythology and geography have been used to weave an intricate web of incidents taking you through all the four yugas and Vedas known to mankind.  Excellent description; teamed up with some brilliant sketches make it a captivating read. An honest confession, somewhere while reading the book I fell in love with the hero - Historian Ravi Mohan Saini. [And I thought history was boring!] Very well defined characters with a perfectly chalked out story spanning various locations Ashwin has conjured some brilliant nail biting moments page after page.

Just half way through when I had started feeling I have got a hang of it now and was guessing what next the author brought an amazing twist. It felt like being in a car on a bumpy road and experience a harsh turn almost throwing you out of the window. Though I hate history I simply devoured this book purely because of its gripping narration. An amazingly written fast paced thriller which can be easily compared to any action packed edge of the seat thriller movie.  The amount of research the author has done behind this book is truly commendable. A mind blowing effort which has ensured many jaw dropping moments in the book!

A must read for one and all – to change your beliefs, to challenge them and know our history and mythology better. Reading this book feels like being in a time machine shunting back and forth in time ensuring butterflies in your stomach. The only negative aspect in this book was as couple of places the names of the lead protagonist was mixed up with another characters name creating a confusion for a minute as you are left wondering did you get it wrong. But I would say they are very minor glitches compared to the grandeur of the book.

I admire Dan Brown, Sidney Sheldon & Jeffery Archer for their sheer ability to write thriller with such ease. After reading this book I can easily say Ashwin Sanghi has managed to do this for Indian fiction in his book.
Take a bow Ashwin Sanghi for having created such a fascinating masterpiece!

Foodie Verdict

Source: Google Images
This book is like Mexican Tacos. This dish is Mexican as the name suggests but is completely Indian with our Rajna adding a unique taste to it. Likeways this book has been written like any other international book but it is completely Indian at soul. Tangy, tasty, yummy and inviting!

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Thought for TODAY: 20th September 2012

Sometimes I feel I exist in an 'oh-so-perfect world' where I seem to be the only inhabitant!

Thought for TODAY: 19th September 2012

In times of despair, just question yourself What is the worst thing possible? this will help you be prepared for the worst and give strength to face whatever comes your way.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 18th September 2012

In this journey of life we grow as an individual and undergo a lot of changes. But our soul remains the same as it witnesses the changes and whispers quietly 'You've changed.'

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 17th September 2012

Everytime life throws a problem at you - it gives you two options  - either you crib about it and let it worsen or solve it quickly and move on!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 16th September 2012

I have that weird feeling today when someone has been criticising me constantly and I have that strong urge to do it in return. God knows why am I not doing it.
Maybe I seriously want to have a difference between us both!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thought for TODAY : 15th September 2012

It does not take much to judge a person's character. Sometimes the price is as less as a smile!

Silent Saturday

Welcome Showers!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 14th September 2012

World is full of sense and nonsense. 
It is up to you whether you try to make sense out of nonsense or nonsense out of sense.

Its a........


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 13th September 2012

It is important to hear, but is equally important to be heard.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 12th September 2012

Once in a while life gives you a fairytale when it gives you a reason to smile ~
Or better still be the reason behind someone else's smile!

Whispering Wednesday




Let the motto for today be “MORE”

More happiness….


More love………

More smiles....

More hugs.....
 
More care……….
 
More success…….

More friends….


More family time…..


More wishes….


More dreams…….


More goals….


Just like the Pepsi advt says, “ Yeh dil maange MORE!!!!” Keep asking till you get it.

Book Review - The Stopover by Ram Prakash & Deepa Pinto

Introduction

The Stopover is a yet-to-be released book based on an innovative concept.Blending the facts with fiction here, the authors Ram and Deepa have added some beautiful photographs to the narrative making it a truly extra ordinary experience.

As the website of the book says, ' This is a book that presents the unseen people in India - their lives, ordeals, their hopes and dreams.' 

For more details on the book, release dates and the authors please visit The Stopover.

Behind the book

Source: Thestopover.com
About the authors

Ram Prakash

Ram had been in the advertising & marketing world for 12 years when he realised that we have but one life to explore the many fascinating worlds around us. Armed with a one-year photography course, he set out to seek beyond what the eye sees.

Deepa Pinto

Deepa teaches German at the Goethe Institute. Her passion for languages is matched by her passion for travel and exploration. With a pen in hand and a yearning for the unknown in her heart, she set out.

Me thinks

If I were to describe my experience in one word it would be – Refreshing. After a long time I have come across a book which actually leaves you feeling fresh after going through its pages. It is so mesmerizing with some breath taking pictures adding to its beauty that you just don’t want it to end. It is a visual treat as you turn pages after pages and travel with the characters to those exotic locales. Captivating narration teamed with an interesting storyline makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read! It is truly a trend setting concept – mixing fact with fiction along with photographs.

Overall an excellent read for one and all purely because of its innovative concept. More so for people readers who enjoy travelling!

P.S: I am looking forward to its release to read it fully and will add further to the review on completion of it.

Wishing the entire team of The Stopver ~All the best for their book!

Foodie Verdict

Source: Google Images
This book is like marshmellows which leaves with you a nice , soothing feeling!




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 11th September 2012

Sometimes it all boils down to one point - To be or to not to be!

Book Review: Urban Shots - Crossroads


Introduction

Urban Shots - Crossroads (ISBN 978-93-81626-42-9)
Edited by Ahmed Faiyaz
Published by Grey Oak Publishers
Price Rs. 199/-

‘Every individual around us has a story to tell. It is up to us to listen to his tale.’ –with this feeling I began to read Urban Shots- Crossroads.

Many times in life we reach a crossroads where we need to make a life changing decision. It is about those incidents this books talks about. It is a pleasure to read 30 urban stories by 26 authors as it gives you a deeper insight into our otherwise mundane everyday lives. We ourselves never realize how interesting our life could be for someone else!

Behind the book

Source: Google Images
Urban Shots has the right ingredients for a breezy read…’ – DNA, Mumbai.

About the Authors

This book has an interesting collection of writers with people ranging from popular writers, to bloggers to debutant writers – each story outdoing the other. A beautiful collection, undoubtedly!

Me thinks

Amidst all the beauty, love and laughter in our lives there is also a place for chaos and confusion. We want somethings, we don't want something. We hate someone but cannot do without that person. We like someone but we like someone else too. We ourselves create so much of confusion in our lives responsible for the chaotic lives we lead. Perhaps we never realise this until one day we see someone else's simple untangled life!

This book talks about people who are very much like us. Could be your next door neighbour, your colleague, your friend or maybe the stranger you just bumped into on the road. The stories narrated here are so realistic it makes you feel you are listening to someone narrate a personal incident to you.  

Though choosing out of all those 30 stories is a bit difficult I will still select my 5 favourite picks ( in no particular order) 

  • Plummet - A touching tale of a son trying to match his father's expectations.
  • Categories - A riveting love story about how we categorize ourselves.
  • She got off easy - About girl who eloped to get married to her lover.
  • Crossroads - About a writer's confusion on the women in his life.
  • The Gap - A single mom's battle to make amends with her teenaged daughter.
Each story is narrated very beautifully and the emotions have been brought out very well. As you turn pages after pages you will feel the connection with each one of them at some point or other.
 

Foodie Verdict 

Source: Google Images

This book is like the roasted corn on a nice rainy day- Nice, hot, tempting, soothing, tasty and inviting.