Monday, July 28, 2014

Behind the Book: Sarika Pandit



Sarika Pandit is a market researcher by day and a freelance travel writer by night. She graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and did her MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar. Her travel articles are featured in publications such as The Times of India, Mint Lounge, Femina and National Geographic Traveler India. She lives in Mumbai, but every now and again, manages to break away from the shackles of her work station to journey to the far ends of the globe. The Bucketlist of a Traveloholic is her first novel.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 21 July 2014

Some moments of life are just too precious to be captured in pictures, they deserve to be placed in a crown and adorn your head.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 20 July 2014

At times all that life demands from you is respect. Respect it and it will respect you back. Love it and it will love you back. Hate it and it will ensure you hate every moment of it with more hatred

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Silent Saturday


Lessons of Life ~ 19 July 2014

He (flinging the newspaper): This is full of bad news. I told you good things never make it to the newspapers. Only bad things do. No one wants to know it all.

She: Ya they don't. Because good things make it to books, where they are forever. Just like the way they should be. Bad things are temporary just like these newspaper which feature them.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 18 July 2014

At the end of it all life isn't only about all those things where you succeeded. Its also about things you failed at for it means you tried, which is most important.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 17 June 2014


Never ever stop dreaming. Never ever. And those who ask you to, pity them for they know not the magic of dreams.

Book Review: Bucket List of a Traveloholic by Sarika Pandit

Introduction

ISBN –9788172344979
Genre: Non-Fiction / Travelogue
Publishers: FingerPrint Publishers
Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

While her B-School batch mates are busy scrambling for top jobs and grades, a restless Sarika dreams of putting on her running shoes and having all the pages of her passport stamped by the age of thirty.

What follows is a frenzied quest of not just collecting stamps but ticking off items off her ever-expanding bucket list: From learning the local language in Spain to an alcohol trail through Greece; from a tryst with Shakespeare and Jane Austen in the United Kingdom to an encounter with the Vampire in Romania; from straddling the border between two countries in the Middle East to a road trip through Morocco to the Sahara; each experience bringing her just a little closer to reaching that final destination on her passport.

A journey of falling in love with globetrotting--this one promises to be one of the best roller-coaster reading experiences you will have this year.


Behind The book

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 16 July 2014


If you observe closely life is like twitter. People follow and unfollow you, just like they come and go from your life. There is nothing you can do about it except treat them with love and respect till the time they choose to stay in your life!

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Timeless Tuesday Capture


Lessons of life ~ 15 July 2014

There is always a phase in life where feel all that we did has failed. It didn't lead to the desired results making us question our own abilities.

At that times it is important to remember that hard work never goes waste.
It might not have got its due recognition now but someday that hard work surely pays off.

Hard work is like a rose. However much hard you try to hide it, it's fragrance still spreads around marking its inimitable presence which is difficult to miss.

Never let such deterrents stop you from giving your best. At the right time, someday it will all fall into place. Till then, keep giving your BEST

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 14 July 2014

Worried about that perfect hour glass figure you could never achieve or that flawless skin you so envied every time?

We tend to forget one thing, one thing that sets up apart from each other and makes us unique is our so called imperfectio
ns like our habits, flaws... for otherwise we would all look so boring clones of each other making this world not-so-interesting!

Celebrate being YOU - celebrate those flaws for they make YOU unique in every sense - Celebrate the differences for ~Imperfection is beautiful

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lessons of life ~ 13 July 2014

It is said, "The problem with being a strong person is people forget you feel low too."

We are so obsessed with whole idea of living upto their expectations that we continue to pretend being strong long after we have exhausted all of our strength. We reach a stage where there is nothing left in us to give any further and it begins to hurt us. Yes, being strong also hurts at times.

And at such times we need to remember, it is OK to break down. It is OK to cry. It is OK to say it hurts.... for beyond that is the place where lies the real strength of ours.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lessons of life ~ 12 July 2014


Stop comparing yourself to others. It is unfair for even the dictionary meaning of compare says - of a quality or nature surpassing all others of the same kind. We are not of the same kind. Each one of us is different with unique battles of our own to sustain this beautiful struggle called LIFE.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 10 July 2014

Being loved by someone so much that even your weaknesses turn into strengths is the kind of love one needs in life.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 9 July 2014

There is always a phase in life where feel all that we did has failed. It didn't lead to the desired results making us question our own abilities.

At that times it is important to remember that hard work never goes waste. It might not have got its due recognition now but someday that hard work surely pays off.

Hard work is like a rose. However much hard you try to hide it, it's fragrance still spreads around marking its inimitable presence which is difficult to miss.

Never let such deterrents stop you from giving your best. At the right time, someday it will all fall into place. Till then, keep giving your BEST

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 8 July 2014

Stop comparing yourself to others. It is unfair for even the dictionary meaning of compare says - of a quality or nature surpassing all others of the same kind. We are not of the same kind. Each one of us is different with unique battles of our own to sustain this beautiful struggle called LIFE.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Follow your heart - Editor's Note July 2014

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As I child I remember learning in school – eyes are to see, ears to hear, hands to do, legs to walk, heart to pump blood and mind to think. I grew up believing it to the eternal truth of life – heart pumps blood and mind thinks.

It took a series of failures, fall outs, heartbreaks, tremendous breakdowns and worst nightmares coming true to realize that whatever I learnt then was so wrong. Apart from pumping blood heart has its own way of thinking and giving us different perspectives in life. And I learnt the biggest lesson of life.


FOLLOW YOUR HEART- 99.99% of the times it knows exactly what you want. And the remaining 0.01% times when it doesn't mostly means you don’t want anything! ~ N

When you decide to listen to your heart there will be many instances where you will be termed an emotional fool, a person who is not rational enough in life to accept the harsh realities around. But what these people will never understand is that it is not about not accepting the realities, it is about accepting them and yet not being bogged down by them.

Always listen to your heart, for some day it might just stop saying anything to you.
And that is the day you might exist but you cease being alive. ~ N

Read the whole editor's note at Writer's Ezine HERE

Lessons of life ~ 7 July 2014

A perfect moment is not when everything around you is perfect. It is when things are at their chaotic best and you are still at peace.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Book Review: Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises Timothy F. Geithner


Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-0804138598
  • Genre: Nonfiction / Business and Banking
  • Publishers: Random House
  • Price: Rs. 699/- (P.S: I got this book for review from the publisher)

Stress Test is the story of Tim Geithner’s education in financial crises.

As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then as President Barack Obama’s secretary of the Treasury, Timothy F. Geithner helped the United States navigate the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, from boom to bust to rescue to recovery. In a candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, he takes readers behind the scenes of the crisis, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy. This is the inside story of how a small group of policy makers—in a thick fog of uncertainty, with unimaginably high stakes—helped avoid a second depression but lost the American people doing it. Stress Test is also a valuable guide to how governments can better manage financial crises, because this one won’t be the last.

Stress Test reveals a side of Secretary Geithner the public has never seen, starting with his childhood as an American abroad. He recounts his early days as a young Treasury official helping to fight the international financial crises of the 1990s, then describes what he saw, what he did, and what he missed at the New York Fed before the Wall Street boom went bust. He takes readers inside the room as the crisis began, intensified, and burned out of control, discussing the most controversial episodes of his tenures at the New York Fed and the Treasury, including the rescue of Bear Stearns; the harrowing weekend when Lehman Brothers failed; the searing crucible of the AIG rescue as well as the furor over the firm’s lavish bonuses; the battles inside the Obama administration over his widely criticized but ultimately successful plan to end the crisis; and the bracing fight for the most sweeping financial reforms in more than seventy years. Secretary Geithner also describes the aftershocks of the crisis, including the administration’s efforts to address high unemployment, a series of brutal political battles over deficits and debt, and the drama over Europe’s repeated flirtations with the economic abyss.

Secretary Geithner is not a politician, but he has things to say about politics—the silliness, the nastiness, the toll it took on his family. But in the end, Stress Test is a hopeful story about public service. In this revealing memoir, Tim Geithner explains how America withstood the ultimate stress test of its political and financial systems.

Behind The book

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Lessons of life ~ 6 July 2014

The way someone speaks to us doesn't necessarily define us but it surely defines them.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Silent Saturday


Lessons of Life ~ 5 July 2014

Trying to prove yourself to someone who just doesn't know your worth is like drawing a line on water - futile!

Book Review: The Last King in India: Wajid Ali Shah by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

Introduction

  • ISIN: 9781849044080
  • Genre: History / Nonfiction / Biography
  • Publishers: Random House
  • Price: Rs. 599/- (P.S: I got this book for review from the publisher)

The Last King in India is the story of an extraordinary man whose memory still divides opinion sharply today. Was he, as the British described him, a debauched ruler who spent his time with ‘fiddlers, eunuchs and women’ instead of running the kingdom? Or, as most Indians believe, a gifted poet whose works are still quoted today, and who was robbed of his throne by the East India Company?

Somewhere between the two extremes lies a complex character, a man who married over 350 women, who directed theatrical events lasting a month and who built a fairytale palace in Lucknow. Wajid Ali Shah was written out of the history books after his kingdom was annexed in 1856. Some even thought he had been killed during the mutiny the following year. But he lived on in Calcutta where he spent the last thirty years of his life trying to recreate his lost paradise. He remained a constant problem for the government of India, with his extravagance, his menagerie and his wives — in that order. For the first time his story is told here using original documents from Indian and British archives and meetings with his descendants.


Behind The book

Source: Google Images

Friday, July 04, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 4 July 2014

Never let anyone tell you your worth. It is not that you are worthless, it is them who is incapable of knowing it.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Book Review: Lost in Pattaya by Kishore Modak

Introduction

ISIN: 9789381841228
• Genre: Fiction/ Drama
• Publishers: Grapevine India Publishers
• Price: Rs. 150/- (I got this book for review from the publisher)

It is every dad’s nightmare – his little girl goes missing.
 
For Palash, the sorrow compounds from the incessant replaying of the critical minutes when his ‘Daddy-eye’ faltered, distracted by his own weakness, substance abuse. The loss and the ensuing search sends him spiraling into a divorce and the loss of a steady corporate job. Scouring for his little girl in the brothels of Pattaya he is ensnared in the web of mafia that runs the sex trade of Thailand. When he eventually finds her, will he be able to build back a wasted lifetime, or, is it too late for rescue, for him and his child?
 
Behind The book

Source: Google Images

Lessons of Life ~ 3 July 2014

Some lessons of life come free, while there are some for which you have to pay a huge price ! They are worth the price for they are actually priceless :)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Lessons of Life ~ 2 July 2014

Have you ever tried breaking your favourite chocolate into pieces? Or rather crushed them beyond recognition before eating?

They still taste the same don't they? For that's its real essence. That's how WE are. However much broken we are still the same. We might be broken but our soul is still whole for our core essence is that of a fighter, a doer and an achiever!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014