Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Book Review: Legacy : Letters from eminent parents to their daughters By Sudha Menon

  • ISBN – 9788184003178
  • Genre: Non fiction
  • Publishers: Ebury Press
  • Price: Rs. 399/-
Narayana Murthy, Chanda Kochhar, Kishore Biyani, Zia Mody, K.V. Kamath, Ajay Piramal, Amit Chandra, Ganesh Natrajan, Renuka Ramnath, P.P. Chhabria, Pradeep Bhargava, Deep Anand, Capt. Gopinath, Mallika Sarabhai, Shaheen Mistri, Sanjeev Kapoor, Jatin Das, and Prakash Padukone They say a daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. In Legacy, noted journalist and author Sudha Menon brings forth a rare collection of personal and evocative letters from parents to their daughters. Through their fearless approach to life, love, and overcoming obstacles, these icons from the world of business, arts, films, food, and sports share with us their experience and wisdom as they pass them on to their daughters. Deeply moving and thought provoking, Legacy is a remarkable collection of life lessons that will delight and inspire at the same time.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

A night to remember

Sarika Mishra – Regional Customer Service Manager the name plate read on the desk.  Every time I read it, I felt a sense of pride building up inside me. This is it, it seemed to say. This is where I wanted to be and this is where I had finally reached. 9 years of non stop hard work, tears, sleepless nights, prayers to every deity that possibly existed, wishes made on falling stars- it all seemed worth while now. 

If someone were to ask me about my journey I did not remember anything about it. The only thing I remembered was the starting point and my destination. I knew this was not my destination but it was one of the destinations I had envisaged for myself at some point of time.

Though the success was definitely giddy I still remembered my roots very clearly. I remembered that night when it had all ended or perhaps when it had all started for me.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Review: Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar translated by Jerry Pinto


ISBN #978-0-670-08684-9
Category: Fiction
Publishers : Penguin India
Price : Rs. 399/-

Indian Fiction happens to be my all time favourite reads always for various reasons. One easy to connect, understand and most importantly feel the characters with the story. I accidently happened to read a review of this book in The Times of India and fell in love with it. Just to clarify I am not those type of persons who pick up a book just like that. It has to click with me somewhere to make me read it. And this one did that, with that mind blowing review. 

I feel Indian fiction has some wonderful tales hidden in those beautiful dialects that we are surrounded with. And this gem happened to be in one such which got translated for readers like me. I pray and hope that more of such gems are translated in future too.

Behind the Book

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

A reminder

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In life many times we forget who we are and who we want to be. And at such times life sends us reminders for it. Sometimes it is in the form of people, compliments, songs, blogposts, books and sometimes it is in the form of something more wonderful like ........ an interview!

Oh yes you got me right I have been interviewed. This is the 2nd time I have been interviewed by the same person in the last 2 years of blogging. One of the most common thing I noticed is, most of my answers remained the same. I know some people find it strange but I find it an excellent thing. That means I am just the way I was last year and feel the same way about few things. 

Thanks Rahul, for such a wonderful reminder about who I am and what my true calling is!!

To read the whole interview please visit here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

An untold story of favourite songs

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We are surrounded with music. The beating of our hearts, the flowing blood in our veins, our voices, the hushing trees, gushing rivers, cool breeze, blaring horns… they all come together to form a unique sound called music.  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review: Nobody can love you more by Mayank Austen Soofi


ISBN # 978-0-670-08414-2
Genre: Non-Fiction
Price: Rs. 399/-
Publishers: Penguin Books India
No. of pages : 226
The first thing that attracted me to this book was its title. I was at a stage in life where this was the ultimate truth for me – Nobody can love you more than yourself!  The moment I pulled it out from the rack the cover page caught my attention, such a beauty , rare and yet alluring. That very moment I knew I had to read this one.

Behind the Book

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Sensitive, melancholic and sharply observant – William Dalrymple

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book Review: My Rainbow – Seven riveting short stories


ISBN # 978-81-927146-0-8
Genre: Fiction
Price: Rs. 180/- ( I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Publishers: Quill Club Writers
No. of pages : 169
I have always believed we all are born writers, with loads of stories to share. The only difference is some of us listen to them, while some leave them unheard. The listeners always bring those stories out in some form or the other. It is poetry, dance, singing, painting or writing.

My Rainbow – Seven riveting short stories, is a wonderful collection of short stories none other than students of DPS, Jaipur.  And that is perhaps the beauty of this book. The youngest author is not even a teenager while the eldest one is barely 15 years old but the stories narrated by them here have a different tale to say. They seem to soar with their imagination as they carry the reader along with them in a world which is created by them.

Here I would like to specially mention Mr. Hemant Kumar, publisher at the Quill Club Writers for not only mentoring the students to bring out the best in them (believe me their best is way ahead than my definition of best). The way he wrote about them and my interaction with him actually led me to read this book for to put it simply – I simply admired him!

Thank you so much Sir for “those” lovely words of inspiration, unknown to you they came at a time when I badly needed them!!

Behind the Book
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Seven remarkably gifted writers unfurl this first-ever rainbow of unforgettable stories.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013


I thought I am missing you, and then I realized I am not missing you. I am missing the person I became when I was with you; I am missing the feeling of being wanted that I got with you around… most importantly I am missing a part of me which I have left behind with you somewhere…..”

This was my status message on FB few days back. Someone commented – romantic yet painful

I replied – It’s always a pleasure to miss your loved ones.
So I was asked how it is a pleasure when that person is no longer with you

To which I replied – The person might not be but the memories with me are priceless.

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