Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review : Desperate in Dubai by Ameera Al Hakawati

  • ISBN 9788184001716 
  • Genre Fiction
  • Pages 560
  • Publisher  Random House India
  • Price Rs. 299/- ( I got this book for review from the publisher)
The first thing that interested me in this book was that it was written by a blogger turned author and it was really inspiring. I am sure every blogger dreams of something like this. Moreover given the backdrop of a city like Dubai it became an instant hit too. No wonder I was more than happy to receive this book for review as it had been on my to-be-read list for too long! And I was not at all disappointed.

For a first timer the author has done an exemplary job in this book giving you a light read promising loads of laughs and tears at the same time. Though the book is not very high on the emotional side, there are few places where I could actually feel tears stinging my eyes. Over all a fun read to be devoured at leisure.

Thought for TODAY: 30th November 2012

At times life hands you a weapon which you may not know how to use...Fret now. Adversities will teach you that!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 29th November 2012

He: You are so perfect for me in every way .I cannot spend a single waking moment without you or your thoughts crossing my mind. I want to talk to you, listen to you, feel you, hold you and spend the rest of my life with you. I love you as much as you love yourself. Do you love me?

She: “Love” might not be the right word. I live you……in every breath and every heart beat.

The couple broke off eventually. The boy moved on in life, found another love and was happy. The girl went on with her life as if nothing had happened.  Years later they met once again:

He: Did you miss me?

She: I am alive, had I missed my breath and my heart beat I would not have survived till now! 

The boy concluded he was never missed and hence never loved. He walked away one more time from her life. But this time the survival was easy for that girl as she came to know she was never loved in the first place. She was just liked and that like changed the moment something else came his way. He had moved on long back it was she who had to move on now.

P.S: Wish people understood the difference between like/ love/ live – could avoid so many heartbreaks!

P.P.S: This is an excerpt from my new story Treasured Ardor on which I am currently working. Will be back with the full story soon!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Whispering Wednesday

Today's Whispering Wednesday Word  is LIFE.Though all that has been said on life is not enough and there are endless things that one can say about, but I would like to share a few lines written by Me on this:
जिंदगी से नज़र बचा के कुछ हसीं लम्हे चुरा लो,
ये जहान  है तुम्हारी राह ताकता की कब तुम इससे अपना लो।

Loosely translated it means: Averting the gaze of life steal some beautiful moments, the whole world is waiting for you to claim it.
Sharing one of the most perfect picture I could find to describe my madness for life because this is exactly how I feel about it:

Google Images

Thought for TODAY: 28th November 2012

People are sometimes interested in knowing your pain only to hear it as a plea for help and not for the sake of being a patient listener.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 27th November 2012

Many times when relationships break one of the most important things we forget to take back from that person is the right to hurt us because of which even after becoming complete strangers that person still has the capacity to hurt you and upset you!

Book Review: Manto - Selected Short Stories by Aatish Taseer

ISBN: 978-8-184-00144-0
Genre: Fiction
160 pgs
Publisher: Random House
Price: Rs. 199/- (I got this book for review from the publisher)
I have always loved Indian languages. They have such a distinct flavor and yet are so mesmerizing. Urdu has been my first love solely for the beauty though I also love Punjabi, Bengali, Awadhi, Rajasthani, Hindi and Gujarati. Needless to add this love of mine has made me read translated works of many famous regional authors mainly to bask in splendor created by them.
Manto – Selected Short stories translated by Aatish Taseer is a collection of short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the greatest short story writers as he is often referred to as. He was an epic writer of his times and has left a mark in the world of literature through his impeccable work. Due to which even today, after almost a century of his birth he is known as the most powerful voices of his time.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Review: The Valmiki Syndrome by Ashok K Banker


ISBN:  978-8-184-00141-9

Genre: Non-fiction
Pages : 278 pgs
Publisher: Random House
Price: Rs. 250/- ( I got this book for review from the publisher)

Since eternity we have been brought up with certain values deeply instilled where our mythological books and Vedic  scriptures play a very important role. As a child I remember being told that the Bhagwad Gita, Ramayana, Vedas, Puranas etc hold all the secrets of life. You name a problem and you will find its solution there. The only thing is it might not be spelled out specifically as your answer. You have to read it, search it and interpret your answers.  We the children of the 21st century who are used to having everything "instant"  be it food or relationships, found this to be a lengthy process.It was not long before this master key to a healthy living was long forgotten. The Valmiki Syndrome by Ashok K Banker is a book which makes us question a few things about our life and takes us back to our scriptures for their answers.

Thought for TODAY: 25th November 2012

However much you deny most of the times you are remembered by people only when they need you!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Real Love Story: My entry for the Get Published contest - Treasured Ardor

Ansh Malhotra and Roshni Chopra are two candidates nominated for the President’s awards this year for the exemplary work they have done in their respective fields. Both of them are startled to see each other’s name in the list and are busy conspiring ways to skip this prestigious award. This list has left them in double minds as confused souls who are having sleepless nights as the D day arrives closer.
Copyright (C) 2012 Privy Trifles

Source: Google Images

Thought for TODAY: 22nd November 2012

Failure is a way of life to teach us the ways which don't work. Try till you find a new way of making things work. Don't fear it. Otherwise it will scare you more. Hug it with love and it will melt in your love!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 20th November 2012

Despite the dreams having broken before and not manifested into reality our heart still manages to get the magical ability to dare to dream again....Love my heart for this one <3 <3

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 19th November 2012

It takes a nasty incident to remind you there's much more to this world than just fairytale romances and happily -ever-afters!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 18th November 2012

The knowledge of having someone there  - is the thing that makes the difference in the way you face your storms.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Source: Google Images
Fingers intertwined together, I slowly feel your breath
As you pull me closer to kiss on my neck.
"You are beautiful" you whisper as you clutch my face with both your hands
I see a reflection of the love in your eyes which fairytales speak about.
There is nothing else that can describe the magic that we share
Our hearts are muted as our souls bare.
There is a silent music to which our bodies sway
Unearthing deep corners of our heart where our desires lay
I close my eyes letting your fingers caress my face
You grab my waist not letting me shy away from your gaze.
You play with my hair creating ripples in my soul,
Slowly connecting all the dots and making me whole.

I shake my head as I realise I am dreaming once again. We are miles away from each other yet so near... I just have to close my eyes to feel your breath next to mine!

Thought for TODAY: 16th November 2012

Every heart has loved once and that love is what makes us what we are - a good or a bad person for that is the our interpretation of love and life.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 13th November 2012

In life sometimes you reach a stage where you laugh at your own follies and that is when you realise you have come a long way from what you used to be and what you have become.

Happy Diwali

Diwali is the time of the year when all that you can see around is lights. May these lights take away all the darkness in the form of pain, hurt, hatred, anger or failure and replace it with loads of love, laughter and peace forever ~ Amen!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 12th November 2012

The most amazingly beautiful things in this world are left - unseen, untouched and unfelt- yet we say the world is so bad!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 11th November 2012

We came alone in this big bad world - we were not scared then. As we grew up we met people, had family, made friends, is then we started knowing fear - of losing them, of being left along, of being lonely, not accepted... we forget one crucial fact that we will be going all alone from here too!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 9th November 2012

Tonight, a beautiful smile blessed my face. First I thought it must be the lovely weather...but then I felt it was the romantic song I had heard few minutes back. A while later I realized it was the glow on my face..when I remembered the compliment I got in the morning. I racked my brains and found too many options - favourite lunch, new dress, movie plans and many more when it suddenly stuck Me it was YOU - I thought of you and it left me with a smile ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 8th November 2012

Relations define us and hence we do carry a piece of each one of them safely imbibed within us. When we look at them few years later, they can either make us cry or laugh!! But they still deserve that place for they define us in more than one ways and make us what we are today.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 6th November 2012

In life it is very important to meet a few wrong people to know the value of the right ones when they come along!

Book Review: Aleph by Paulo Coelho


ISBN: 978-0-00-745689-3
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Price: Rs. 350/- 

I have admired Paulo Coelho’s style of writing mainly for the ease with which he deals with such profound things in life. Personally I was going through a very rough patch few weeks back and a random visit to the library made me land up with this book. I somehow believe that books talk to me and that is what makes me read them.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 5th November 2012

And finally after 2.5 months of facing system issues (dwindling in the storm) I formatted my system (mind) today :

Deleted some viruses (bitter memories)
Installed some antivirus softwares ( made myself a bit more stronger)
Ran a good virus scan (faced myself in the mirror with a smile)

And Voila my system is ready as good as new!

Book Review: Ghosts of the past by Arti Honrao


Sometimes in life you come across a love-story which touches your soul very deeply. Ghosts of the past by Arti Honrao is story about two lovers who meet online and fall in love. Life has its own shares of challenges to give to each one of them. The beauty of the story is the way both of them have dealt with their share of problems.

You can buy this book from HERE

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Thought for TODAY: 4th November 2012

I flip through some pages of life and revisit some old memories - wrapped in beautiful flowers, engulfed in their fragrance...missing some special people and smiling as I feel them ~ Me

Photo: I flip through some pages of life and revisit some old memories - wrapped in beautiful flowers, engulfed in their fragrance...missing some special people and smiling as I feel them ~ Me

Book Review - The Stopover by Ram Prakash & Deepa Pinto


ISBN: 978-8-1908421-6-7
Publisher: Krab Media
Category: Photo-Fiction
Price: Rs. 495/- 

Behind the Book


A blend of fiction and fact, enhanced by photographs, The Stopover takes its readers on a voyage to uncharted territories through four absorbing stories.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Book Review : The Bankster by Ravi Subramanium


ISBN: 978-81-291-2048-9
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Category: Fiction
Price: Rs. 250/- (P.S: I got it from BlogAdda for review)

Behind the Book

Bankers build their career on trust, or so everyone thinks, till a series of murders threaten to destroy the reputation that the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built over the years.