Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-0-224-10199-8
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Random House
  • Price: Rs. 599/- (I got this book from the publisher for review)
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Behind The Book: Swati Sharma

Today we have Ms. Swati Sharma, the author of the soon to be released Fashionably Yours with us for a conversation as she takes us behind the book and lets us have a sneak peek as to what goes on behind an author's mind as they write what we call as masterpieces. You can connect with her on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whispering Wednesday



Today's Whispering Wednesday Word  is Amuse. 



Life amuses me all the times, sometimes literally and sometimes rhetorically. What else would you say when someone who herself is full of flaws deems it appropriate to find flaws with every single soul she meets; surprisingly enough even with few people who have been gracious enough to ignore her faults and love her unconditionally. Yet she manages to find faults with them, hurt them, ridicule them to an extent in public that they suddenly begin to distance themselves from her. And all she has to say is some more flaws in them because of this.

Just because someone is not the way you want them to be, doesn’t mean they aren’t a best version of their own selves!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: 7 Secrets of the Goddess by Devdutt Pattanaik

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-93-84030-58-2
  • Genre: Mythology
  • Publishers: Westland books
  • Price: Rs. 395/- ( I got this book from Blog Adda for review)
Lakshmi massages Vishnu's feet. Is this male domination?  Kali stands on Shiva's chest. Is this female domination?  Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender quality? Why then is Shakti never half a man? Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading?The fourth title in the bestselling '7 Secrets' series focuses on the Goddess, and respected mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories, symbols and rituals.

Behind The book

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Princess, More Tears to Cry by Jean Sasson

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-0-857-52242-9
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Publishers: Transworld Books
  • Price: Rs. 599/- ( I got this book from Random House for a review)
Bestselling author Jean Sasson has been revealing the stories of Middle Eastern life for more than twenty years. Told through the eyes of Princess Sultana, the Princess series has brought readers from around the world behind the veil of Saudi Arabian life and exposed the terrible gender restrictions and discrimination women continue to face today.

In her new book Princess Sultana vividly describes life inside one of the richest, most conservative kingdoms in the world. This is a world where male guardians rule every aspect of a woman’s world – from whom she marries, to where she works. The Princess leads a privileged life with multiple villas and servants, but even she must work in secret to record these stories of women who have been beaten, scorned and even hanged.

But this book is also a very human, endearing look into the life of a loving Saudi family and their friends. It is filled with emotional outbursts at family celebrations, a reckless car chase through the streets of Riyadh, tender moments with a beloved grandchild, two adult daughters who cannot stop disagreeing about their different views of veiling, a happy romance and always a search for justice.

Behind The book

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whispering Wednesday




Today's Whispering Wednesday Word is People. However much we deny they hold a lot of important place in our lives. They teach us, make us, break us and still in a way define us.









Saturday, October 11, 2014

Of Poets and Poems by Tikuli ( A guest post)

Today we have the lovely poetess Ms. Tikuli who has recently come out with her poetry collected titled Collection of Chaos. Here she is sharing her views on the poets and poems as I had asked for I would like to hear her views as a poet in our country and the challenges in getting published. What are the reasons according to her as we have had many famous poets in the past then why the sudden change.And what does she foresee as a future for all aspiring poets. 

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I am still at the first step of learning so not really the right person to ask about Indian poetry scene but I can tell you that the future looks promising. There is more exposure, more opportunities, and more poetry available to read. Reading is very essential if you wish to write. Not many new poets read. It is an important aspect of learning, of expanding your inner horizons. Anyone can publish a book of poems but to really get the recognition one needs to excel and for that reading writing, polishing, editing, rewriting, reading more and different poets is needed. Learning from critique, having a student’s heart is what makes a good poet/writer. Sending works to online poetry magazines and literary journals is also one of the ways emerging poets’ showcase their work and I think it is much better to be published on these reputed sites first than to go for publishing a book. I look at poetry as a tool of change and not just a pastime but that’s my personal opinion. English writing is blooming in India, More quality online and print journals - vernacular, English and bilingual have emerged and that is a great step forward. 

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Whispering Wednesday





Today's Whispering Wednesday Word  is Respect. We all need to learn how to respect, before everyone else we need to know how to respect our own selves and this is what we need to remember.

Many times we forget that I is important, hence a reminder.


Friday, October 03, 2014

Book Review: The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman

Introduction

ASIN: B00N7IN69E
Genre: Romance
Publishers: Amazon ( Buy the book from HERE)
Price: Rs. 199/- (I got this book for review from the author)

Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?

Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance.

When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants?

Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness?

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Book Review:What happens when we die – The Journey after life by Cyndi Dale

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-81-8495-615-3
  • Genre: Nonfiction / Spirituality
  • Publishers: Jaico Publishers
  • Price: Rs. 299/- (I got this book for review from the publisher)
"We all want to know what happens when we die. According to Cyndi Dale, we don t have to wait to find out. With The Journey After Life, this internationally renowned author presents a compelling investigation of the soul s journey an evolutionary cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that we travel as we ascend through the spiritual Planes of Light. Drawing on her broad understanding of thanatology (the study of death from medical, psychological, and spiritual perspectives) as well as her own extraordinary experiences as an intuitive healer and psychic, Dale has created a comprehensive primer on how we can ready ourselves for the adventure we call death, including: Is there a Heaven or a Hell? Are we reunited with our loved ones? 

Answers to the most common questions about the afterlife The twelve Planes of Light that mark each step in the soul s evolution and how to determine your own soul s progression How your chakras connect you to each Plane of Light What happens in cases such as sudden death or suicide Understanding entities such as angels, spirit guides, ghosts, and demons, and how they affect you I have learned that we have nothing to fear from death, explains Cyndi Dale. With a healer s gentle touch and a visionary s profound wisdom, she presents a modern Book of the Dead full of insights into the most mystifying questions of our mortal existence. The Journey After Life is a remarkable odyssey that will carry you beyond the fear of death and into a joyous embrace of the soul s voyage from darkness into light. "

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